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PS3 Hacked Pros and Cons

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PS3 hacked pros and cons

Last week we reported that a group of German hackers named fail0verflow has broken the PS3's encryption system to allow pirated apps and games to be run on it. Now we have learned that George Hotz, another hacker known for cracking the iPhone platform and creating the infamous Jailbreak, has decrypted the "root key" of the PS3 and has posted it online for anybody to work with it.

We really don't know how these developments will play out, only time will tell, but we want to analyze what would happen if indeed this hack is the final blow on the PS3's few remaining lines of defense against piracy.

PS3 Hacked Pros

For people that want to run third party software, the open PS3 platform would be great news. Any software that they produce would be signed as legitimate and allowed to run without the need of modifying Sony's firmware. Fail0verflow claims its work was solely designed as punishment for Sony’s removal of OtherOS in a firmware update after George Hotz's original PS3 jailbreak last year. The capability of running Linux would be back again, and the PS3 could have added functionality by running apps such as XMBC, which plays old SNES games. Also the possibility to run software from an external hard drive or USB drive would be available.

The news of a hacked PS3 would create the real possibility of boosting PS3 sales. If we follow how things worked for the PS2 massively pirated console, where sales increased after news of a hacked PS2. This could after all become good news for Sony.

Customization of everything from how the PS3 interface looks, to creating little changes such as custom soundtracks for games, or running a third party browser, etc.

Finally, the capability to run pirated software. Sure, fail0verflow can claim all they want that the intention of hacking the PS3 was solely to allow homebrew software and that they do not condone piracy, but we all know that the real purpose of their work is to allow pirated games to run as legitimate software on the PS3. From a user's point of view, this would be ideal. Get your game for free by downloading it on your favorite bit torrent website and play it with the same functionality of a legit paid copy.

PS3 Hacked Cons

So far, a wide open PS3 sounds like a great idea. But the repercussions of it could actually hurt the PS3's gaming community. The main concern being what sort of measures Sony would take to tackle the issue of piracy. So far it is all speculation, but we could imagine Sony could do the following:

First, They could continue the war against hackers and try to win it. After all, up until now Sony was able to keep up with hackers by releasing firmware updates that would patch any holes in their software. The problem here is that team fail0verflow had figured a way to hack the system so that it would be immune to firmware updates. This means that Sony would have to engineer a new solution in a short period of time, and given the history of Sony guarding copy protection this is probably a solution that either will not be good enough, or could end up crippling the PS3.

Second, Sony could switch their main source of revenue from game sales to a paid subscription system. This would not be a solution against piracy, instead, it would be another method that Sony could use to make up for the losses created by it. The video game industry seems to be moving in that direction and it would not be a surprise that Sony adapted this measure. This option would certainly hurt PS3 users that are actually paying for legit games, since they would not only have to pay for their games, but also for a subscription to allow the games to be played online.

As we mentioned before, it is all at this point pure speculation and it's hard to predict what the future holds for Sony and its Flagship game console. We can only hope that these changes would at the end work for the better and the game community will benefit from them. What do you think about the latest news regarding the PS3 being hacked? are you happy about it? or do you think that it perhaps might end up harming the video game industry? Feel free to let us know putting a comment at the bottom of this article.

Tags:ps3, hacked, fail0verflow, George Hotz

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+1 Bob176 2011-01-05 15:04 #13
The PC can play pirated games without effort and since most game developers release files to allow yourself to run a game server, will mean its impossible to charge for online play. Just thought i would leave that here.
+1 Smeg0rz 2011-01-05 13:29 #12
Seriously... These Hackers are pure bell ends, they say they have done it because of Sony removing 'Other OS' - does he not realise the reason WHY sony removed 'Other OS' in the first place? Stupid %^&%
0 Bent Ove R. 2011-01-05 09:44 #11
I think all this hacking will result in that Sony will now charge money for PSN, no more free PSN only PSN+, and users have to pay to play online as stated in the article. Also we'll loose ALL the rest of the Sony freebies as punishment, have to pay $$$ for everything.
+2 fillfill 2011-01-05 08:49 #10


Overall, the benefits in the short term are far greater than the losses, and Sony are making money on the hardware too! specially after taking the Cell production factory! Sales will not be hurt much at least for 2011, and with increased sales, it might even increase the software sales.

I think we will see ps2/wii sales from this year.

Well done Sony!! a sinister scheming but it seems working, barely anyone realized it! I could still be wrong, but if i am wrong, then Sony were very stupid and lucky!!
+1 fillfill 2011-01-05 08:48 #9


4: the timing of the hack came right after the holiday seasons (too suspicious to be coincidental)

5: Sony doesnt want to cut the prices of ps3 since they are barely making any money on the hardware, so to avoid pricing war with 360, it is a good time to release the hack now. many people will see hacked ps3 with higher value.

6: there is 2 ways Sony could have allowed this hack at this timing:
1 - by keeping in touch with GoeHots and give him money to delay his hack to be public
2 - Sony must have fired or leaked a person who knows how ps3 works so he can then released the information to the hackers that will help them.
+1 fillfill 2011-01-05 08:47 #8


This is Sony hacking PS3 not the pirates!!

I think this hack was done by sony from behind closed doors. the reason i think that is because the benefits are far greater than the disadvantages in the short term. here is my reason why the hack is good for ps3:

1: I think this will give the ps3 a new life similar to the ps2

2: new mass customer market will be reached (the ones who cant afford to buy original games)

3: ps4 has to come within 2-3 years, so hacking the ps3 now is a good timing to increase the hardware sales while the software sales will not get affected immediately, only after few years we will see very low software sales, and thats the perfect time for the ps4 to come in. By that time, ps3 would have made a huge install base.
0 Chadwardenn 2011-01-05 03:31 #7
What's all this talk about online cheaters?! The only game where anybody ever cheats with hacks is COD. On the Xbox 360 only J Taggers could only do anything major, anybody else would just edit their saves which you wouldn't even need a hacked Xbox 360 at all. Does cheating occur on the ps3 version of COD?!

The only cheating I ever see on the Xbox 360 is glitching, because of this hack for the ps3 it won't equal a load of cheaters, you won't even come across hardly any if any at all. Just don't worry about it.
-1 Bulls*** 2011-01-04 19:46 #6
Hurting the PS3 gaming community is a load of bulls***.

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