A US hacker who gained notoriety for unlocking Apple’s iPhone as a teenager is now bragging that he hacked Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3).
George Hotz, the hacker, sad that his hack could allow people to run pirated games or homemade software. It took him 5 weeks to hack Playstation 3.
He said he was still refining the technique but intended to post full details online soon.
The PS3 is the only games console that has not been hacked, despite being on the market for three years.
Mr Hotz said that he had begun the hack last summer when he had spent three weeks analysing the hardware.
After a long break, he spent a further two weeks cracking the console, which he described as a “very secure system”.
Recent versions of the PS3 do not have the ability to play PS2 games after Sony controversially removed a piece of hardware.
He admitted that it could also allow people to run pirated games.
There has been a new announcement from Sony, the makers of Play Station 3 (PS3) game consoles. Accordingly, the newest PS3 firmware update to 3.30 features trophy enhancements that will enable PS3 gamers for sorting options that make will it make easier for them to claim bragging rights among their fellow PS3 players on PlayStation Network.
Trophy enhancements –- With the new PS3 firmware update to 3.30, PS3 players can more easily sort trophies in the [Trophy Collection] and [Comparing Trophy] sections. Sorting can be done with [Trophy Collection] in the [Game Category] and also when comparing trophies with your friends in the [Friend Category]
– Trophy Folder (Title List) can be sorted by game name/ by title according to the date in which PS3 players earned their last trophy (ascending/descending)
– Add-on list (Group list) can be sorted by original/the date in which Ps3 players earned their last trophy (ascending/descending)
– Trophy list can be sorted by original/trophy name/grade/date of obtaining the trophy (ascending/descending)
Although this is not much of added features to the Playstation 3 firmware update of 3.30 which is evidenced by some comments going “who cares?”, Sony claims that this firmware update for PS3 to 3.30 prepares for some more exciting features including 3D stereoscopic gaming, which is coming soon to PS3.
What can you say about this PS3 firmware update to 3.30? Are you one of those people who said “who cares?” Do you really care about trophies in the Playstation Network?
I don’t know if this a good news for all Playstation 3 players out there as Sony announced a new firmware update 3.21 in its PS3 game consoles.
In an effort to eliminate rampant piracy among Playstation 3 games, the firmware 3.21 update announced by Sony will disable the OS installation function in PS3 game consoles.
Usually, when Sony announce a new firmware update in its Playstation console games, it is meant to add new features. However, with this new 3.21 firmware update, a lot of Playstation players are quite disappointed as they will now be forced to buy original PS3 games from Sony and its partners to be able to play them in their Playstation 3 consoles in case they update their Playstation 3 game consoles.
However, various Playstation 3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature of their PS3’s can opt not to upgrade their PS3 systems to the latest 3.21 firmware update. The drawback of that move is you cannot access the following features that are previously accessible:
– “Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat.
– “Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later.”
– “Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)”
– “Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later.”
In addition, for those who are willing to update their PS3 systems to this latest 3.21 firmware which is around 100MB, they should back up first all data stored in their Playstation 3 hard drives as they can no longer access these after installation of the latest PS3 firmware 3.21 update.
One way of keeping up with its rivals, Sony just announced that they would be releasing a whole new PlayStation 3 this fall with a higher hard drive capacity.
From the old version having 120 GB, the new bundle will have 160GB and 320 GB. Good thing is that, the price would still be the same. $299.99 for the 160 GB while the one with 320 GB of memory would be on $399.99.
The second bundle having the 320GB hard drive will be included in the PS3 Sports Champions Move bundle. This bundle will include the PlayStation Move controller, one Move game, the PlayStation Eye camera and a bonus blu-ray demo disc.
PS3 Sports Champions Move bundle would be available by September 19 as part of the Move launch. In Europe, the 320 GB version featuring Move would go on sale September 15 for 349 euros.
According to our inside sources from Sony, the white version of Sony PS3 Slim that was released in Japan last July 2010, will be release world wide by early September 2010.
Sony needs to come up with this one in order not to be left behind with rivals Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Furthermore, another rival Microsoft also announced that it would start selling its Kinect motion-controlling game system in Europe from November 10.
In the gaming industry, competition is really that tough, quality, capacity and price are mostly considered by the gamers. They need to satisfy all these things in order to get the sales that all wanted.