The PlayStation 3. For a long time, it was a rather well-protected machine, and it wasn’t until early this year that George Hotz finally managed to crack the thing wide open. In essence, it was now possible to jailbreak the PlayStation 3 like you would jailbreak your iPhone, but of course, Sony wasn’t pleased. With the recent firmware update, v3.50, Sony went from surgical precision to the battle axe – they blocked all non-Sony
USB devices controllers (and a lot of PS2 > PS3 controller adapters) from working.
Sony is pretty much being thrown into every corner of the ring during its fight with the jailbreak community. The PlayStation 3 has been hacked using any imaginable USB peripheral; you can jailbreak it using an iPod, Pandora, Dingoo, and, as a final uppercut in Sony’s face, using its very own PlayStation 3 controller.
While that last one requires a little soldering, it’s still pretty awesome. Practical? No. Symbolic value? High. Sadly, it’s as of yet unclear whether or not the controller hack is blocked by version 3.50 of the firmware, but if it isn’t, Sony might be in for a bit of trouble since blocking its own controller from working would be, uh, unfortunate.
Part of the problem lies with Sony itself. Microsoft has been much more accommodating to independent developers with the Xbox360 and XNA, while all Sony had to offer was a limited way of running Linux – a feature it removed from all PlayStation models earlier this year.
While Sony is busy fighting jailbreakers and removing genuine features in the process, Microsoft is launching a brand new Xbox system software update (later this year) with a new user interface, and a completely new audio codec and infrastructure for much clearer Xbox Live chat. In the meantime, Sony still hasn’t introduced cross-game chat.
Way to listen to your users, Sony. Keep it up. There’s a reason your PS3 has been number three consistently.
Of all the devices used to jailbreak the PS3 the TI-84 graphing calculator was my favorite.
I never did the system update that blocked running Linux but I haven’t jailbreaked my PS3 either. I wanna wait and see where things go.
No reason for me to jailbreak it right now.
I suppose I’ll wait for a good XBMC port.
Okay, I have been an OSNews reader for many many years now but I never bothered to register. Only now, because this article just screams for some clarifications.
1) The guy is named Hotz, not Holtz
2) The jailbreak with the PS3 controller is simply a (bad) hack re-using the USB port on the controller. I.e. someone took an USB dev board and piggybacked it on the controller’s USB pins. No magic here.
3) The reported blocking of non-Sony devices is targeted at bootleg controllers (there are lots of people reporting success using non-Sony USB devices with the latest firmware). Since the exploit kicks in long before the system has booted (and since it uses fake USB IDs not tied to Sony) it will most certainly not be affected by the block. If it would, Sony would be blocking out their own USB jig devices which they probably don’t want to.
I did not know kdawson started to write for OSNews too.
they blocked all non-Sony USB devices from working.
Unlicensed third-party controllers. Not all non-Sony devices.
and, as a final uppercut in Sony’s face, using its very own PlayStation 3 controller.
It works by soldering the PSGroove into a controllerâ€¦ I can demo jailbreaking my ps3 with an iron! I just need to glue a USB flash drive inside it.
Microsoft is launching a brand new Xbox system software update (later this year) with a new user interface, and a completely new audio codec and infrastructure for much clearer Xbox Live chat
Oh right, itâ€™s just an advert for XBox! Relevance to article, 0.0%
If you wanted to highlight the workarounds console producers create to stop running non-licensed code, youâ€™d mention all parties and their methods. Sony is just doing exactly as every other party has already done.