Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Games I've often harped on Apple for its policy regarding jailbreaking, but of course, Apple isn't the only company engaging in such practices. We already talked about Motorola, and now, we have Sony - already a company with a checkered past when it comes to consumer rights. As it turns out, Sony don't want you jailbreaking your their Playstation 3.
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RE[4]: Ridiculous
by umccullough on Tue 7th Sep 2010 23:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ridiculous"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

And as for PSN (Playstation Network), I'm sure there'd be a few people out there who would have no interest in their network - they would just want the hardware. The PS3 itself.

Standalone apps wouldn't need the network.


Totally.

I've got two of the original XBOX consoles running XBMC and other homebrew... since Microsoft cutoff XBox Live for the old XBOXes now, there is really no major reason *not* to modchip them.

Many view this type of situation as a challenge... for me, it was an opportunity to pick up a couple cheap consoles (~$7 for one, free for the other), and some cheap modchips (~$40/each) and do something fun with them, which my entire family can enjoy.

As a bonus, they still play legally-obtained used games and I don't have to worry about Microsoft "banning" or "bricking" the console in the future.

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RE[5]: Ridiculous
by obsidian on Wed 8th Sep 2010 00:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Ridiculous"
obsidian Member since:
2007-05-12

Exactly!

If only there were companies out there which had enough vision to see this as an *opportunity*.

In other words, they can see that there are people wanting to tinker around with hardware, and they'd think "ok, now there's an opportunity here. This could be an interesting market. How can we build on this? How can we help them out and grow the market?"

In other words, a bit like the Lego Mindstorms approach, as it were. Ok, that was built specifically for programming and mods, but you get the general idea.

If Sony were to take the Mindstorms approach with the PS3, allowing people to tinker with it, that would seem to be more productive.

Such companies seem to be rare, unfortunately.

Edited 2010-09-08 00:43 UTC

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RE[6]: Ridiculous
by WorknMan on Wed 8th Sep 2010 03:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Ridiculous"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If only there were companies out there which had enough vision to see this as an *opportunity*.

In other words, they can see that there are people wanting to tinker around with hardware, and they'd think "ok, now there's an opportunity here. This could be an interesting market. How can we build on this? How can we help them out and grow the market?


Precisely. Where is the console-equivalent to the GP2x? A little box for $300 or so, running Linux with HDMI-out that I can put in my entertainment center, and run with it whatever the hell I want?

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RE[6]: Ridiculous
by viton on Wed 8th Sep 2010 03:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Ridiculous"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

If only there were companies out there which had enough vision to see this as an *opportunity*.

PS3 was open platform for 3 years, with open documentation and tools, and almost no one used that "opportunity". Even RSX was available in earlier firmware (not documented, but Sony can't distribute nVidia confidential info)

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