Sony to disable PlayStation 3 features thanks to hackers

31 March 2010

PS3Sony are going to take away a bunch of features from their PlayStation 3 consoles. Why? Because hackers have been twatting around with the insides and spoiling it for everyone.

Of course, shit scared of piracy and the like, Sony are pre-emptively striking against it to ensure they don't start losing money on their product.

Sony have said that an update to be released on 1 April (no, it's not an April Fool) that will prevent people using a function that allows them to install alternative operating systems.

This is clearly a move that has come about after a US hacker called Geohot released the first code that bypassed PS3 security. Basically, this Geohot (George Hotz to his mum) person hacked into the console and started running the Linux operating system on it. If you're a luddite like me, this released code is no help whatsoever.

Because of this, people who use the machine without tinkering with the innards will now lose a feature that they've paid for. The irony of course, is that hackers with too much time on their hands will find a way around this new security update, thereby ensuring that the only people who really suffer are those that have done nothing wrong.

Geohot said of the move, that he'd work on a new hack to bypass the new update:

"This is about more than this feature right now. It's about whether these companies have the right to take away advertised features from a product you purchased. Imagine if an exploit were found in Safari on the iPhone, but instead of fixing it, Apple decides to pull web browsing altogether."

That said, Sony says that the update is optional... but at a cost. If you chose not to update your PS3 then you will no longer have access to features such as online gaming or the ability to play Blu-ray DVDs.


TOPICS:   Games   Technology   Privacy


  • Yakkity
    A few factual errors there BW : 1) You can currently install Linux on the PS3 so the hack was not about running Linux - it was about bypassing the security "hypervisor" that sits on top of Linux and the native PS3 OS 2) If you don't update you can still play all your existing Blu-ray discs but if some future discs are released that require a more recent firmware version then you will not be able to play them. But yes the point about removing a key advertised feature is very valid
  • SimbaK2K
    Err WTF is a Blu-Ray DVD? Its either just Blu-Ray or Blu-Ray Disc...
  • Nobby
    Amazon use the term Blu-ray DVD. Have a look at this page ... They say "Discover high definition viewing at low prices in our Blu-ray DVD store."
  • Gunn
    It seems an over the top move to me, the exploit was no way near being able to run copied PS3 games, so if that's the case I think Sony are just using this an excuse to remove it so that they do not have to support Linux anymore, as currently they will have a firmware branch where phat ps3s could have linux installed why all slims dont. it is annoying that they remove a feature that was technically paid for but I imagine it wont affect that many people.
  • Graham S.
    This really does suck! When I upgraded my release day console to a bigger HD I partitioned it and put aside some space so that I could use Linux (or play with it anyway as I've not used it before). now I'm going to lose the ability to put Linux on the partition and unless I reset my system I'm gonna lose the 30GB of space I put aside!
  • me
    Sorry... why would you need Linux on a PS3?
  • dunfyboy
    Not that I give two hoots about running linux on my PS3, but Sony really should be giving their customers something rather than taking it away after their leap year fiasco.
  • Klingelton
    I'm on Sony's side around this. I think it's a good thing that people pay for products they consume. We can't have everything for free, no matter how much we want it.
  • MattWPBS
    Klingelton - if you pay for a product, should you be able to consume it? That's what this is about at this current moment in time. People have brought PS3s which have a feature allowing them to run an alternate operating system on there. Someone has found a way to manipulate part of that feature. Sony's response has been to remove the feature entirely... People pay for product. Someone finds a way to do something with product. Manufacturer removes part of product.
  • Ash
  • Mr G.
    Ash: Whilst some might dispute the supporting evidence for your conclusions (given that none is cited) surely all must bow before its succinctness and veracity. Sony ARE cunts. Their cuntiosity knows no bounds. Their cuntishness is legendary. Their cuntuality is epic. In short: I agree
  • Andy B.

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