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PS3 Jailbreaks Galore Released 167

YokimaSun writes "Following up on yesterday's story about the PS3 being hacked by one of its own official controllers, there's now a guide in English that details how to mod a Sixaxxis controller. But thanks to the very latest releases, if you don't like soldering you can now use an iPod, a Pandora console or even a Dingoo console. Finally, Jaicrab has released a USB firmware loader which will come in handy once the first custom firmware for the PS3 is released. Maybe then we will get region-free Blu-ray, PS1 and PS2 games."
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PS3 Jailbreaks Galore Released

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  • Yeah, not quite. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Goaway ( 82658 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @12:49PM (#33703890) Homepage

    Following up on yesterday's story about the PS3 being hacked by one of its own official controllers, there's now a guide in English that details how to mod a Sixaxxis controller.

    If by "official controllers" you mean "a microcontroller mounted inside the shell of an official controller", sure. Or you could save yourself the work and just keep the microcontroller outside by itself.

    (And the exploit is still blocked by new firmwares, so it's still not terribly exciting.)

  • by VMaN ( 164134 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @12:51PM (#33703898) Homepage

    The summary makes it sound like the ps3 controller was first, but there have been lots of compatible devices, especially android phones, also listed here. []

  • It may lead to a more open PS3, but will result in the PS4 being considerably less open as an attempt to counter the hacking.

    That said, piracy drives sales of consoles and many of those pirates will buy some legit games as well as various accessories which they wouldn't have bought otherwise.
    When the Amiga was a big gaming platform a few years ago the reason most people had bought one was because they could copy games between their friends (as opposed to cartridge based console systems of the time where this wasn't easy to do), this wasn't organised large scale piracy, one guy buys a game and shares it with his school friends. I doubt overall sales of games went down, it just meant that kids could spend their limited pocket money and get more games to play.

    I also know a number of people who have had xbox 360 and wii systems for a few years, but held off on buying a ps3 because there was no way to get free games for it. Most of these people have several accessories for their consoles, as well as a handful of non pirated games.

  • Other OS? (Score:2, Informative)

    by vio ( 95817 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @01:36PM (#33704170)

    Haven't been following these developments too closely, but does anyone know if this jailbreak will eventually (or already does) allow installing a Linux distro on a jailbroken PS3?

    Removing the OtherOS option really pissed off a lot of people (including a friend of mine who wanted to try his hand at some Cell development) and while I admit the machine didn't quite seem powerful enough to run full-on X/* comfortably (and forget compiz/etc) it still had its uses for many of us tinkerers (yes yes, small crowd).

  • Re:Overblown (Score:4, Informative)

    by marcansoft ( 727665 ) <(hector) (at) (> on Sunday September 26, 2010 @02:32PM (#33704474) Homepage

    The USB exploit was discovered and used by a piracy company/manufacturer, but it is practically guaranteed that they built off of the then-early homebrew hacks for its development (the geohot glitching exploit and xorloser's xorhack toolkit, to name a couple), even though the final product was condensed down to a piracy device. These early homebrew hacks started off as a response to Sony pulling OtherOS from the Slim and ballooned after Sony illegitimately pulled OtherOS from all existing consoles.

    The PS3 has doubtlessly been under attack from would-be piracy companies since its release. Given the timing involved, I think we can safely say that the PSJailbreak piracy device wouldn't have happened had Sony not pulled OtherOS and prompted homebrew hackers to start breaking into the system, paving the way for thorough analysis. Though admittedly in this case the PSJailbreak developers did more of the work than you'd normally expect (usually, homebrew is well on its way before piracy companies start using it).

  • Re:Yeah, not quite. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Khyber ( 864651 ) <> on Sunday September 26, 2010 @02:36PM (#33704490) Homepage Journal

    File a lawsuit because part of the HDMI standard requires the capability to output sound over HDMI.

    You may not bear the HDMI logo without following the HDMI standard.

    This is blatant false advertising

  • Re:Yeah, not quite. (Score:3, Informative)

    by X0563511 ( 793323 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @03:07PM (#33704714) Homepage Journal

    Er, he's suggesting they revert a change they already made retroactively!

  • by westlake ( 615356 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @03:36PM (#33704884)

    watching Sony waste time, money while losing customers is entertaining

    This is fantasy.

    The reality is sales of 39.1 million units.

    50 million PlayStation Network accounts.

    14 million PlaystationHome social networking accounts. PlayStation Network []

    The PlayStation MOVE starter sets and MOVE controllers rank #4, #7, #12, and #36 in video game sales at

    "Civilization V" ranks #2 and "Halo: Reach" #1. If you understand the strengths of the PC platform, you can still make your mark in the top ten. Bestsellers In Video Games [] (Updated hourly)

  • Re:Um.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by EdIII ( 1114411 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @04:03PM (#33705028)

    Best possible advice I can give to anyone soldering is not do it stoned and/or naked. I know that may sound strange and unbelievable, but when you get stoned you tend to try to do your favorite hobbies in new and exciting ways.

    My particular mistake was being distracted by the awe and wonderment of solder turning into a liquid and not realizing that it had pooled on the table and then started a river of molten hot excitement over the edge, down my stomach, across my penis, and then a waterfall of exquisite, transcendental, and searing heat/pain/dear-fucking-god-thats-hot of solder across both my testicles.

    I realize this PSA might be for a small demographic here on Slashdot, but trust me, it's an important one.

  • Re:Other OS? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Nursie ( 632944 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @04:35PM (#33705230)

    There are two options for linux on a Jailbroken PS3 -

    1. Re-enable OtherOS. Some progress seems to have been made in this direction, one guy managed to get linux to install to an existing OtherOS partition by running the OtherOS installer, which can be made to work on cracked machine. However there doesn't seem to be a way of activating it. Work is currently going on to crack PS3s running fw version 3.15, so that a firmware dump of those can be analysed to see what the differences are and find out if there's an easy way to reactivate it in 3.41+ machines.

    2. Boot linux, or some bootloader, directly from GameOS. This is going to require a FOSS SDK (one is underway I believe) as at the moment most homebrew uses a leaked Sony SDK. And then probably a fair bit of work to get it going.

    IMHO, number 2 there is the better option, especially as GameOS has access to the GFX hardware when OtherOS never did. Though there are rumours that people have manged to get level 1 (hypervisor) access in the last few days, so it could all be up for change before long.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 26, 2010 @05:27PM (#33705486)

    "Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon."

  • by Andorin ( 1624303 ) on Monday September 27, 2010 @02:34AM (#33708508)

    > By suboptimal you mean it shows a sales increase when steps are taken to reduce piracy which make it inconvenient for those who say that piracy harms no one.
    No, it doesn't. It has one poster /claiming/ that sales dropped with the introduction of keygens and rose when she implemented antipiracy measures. It does not in any way represent evidence that piracy causes substantial harm overall. I already told you this, so please stop repeating falsehoods.

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