PS3 Hacked and Cracked: A Victory for Geohot and Homebrew Scene?

By Alan Ng - Jan 4, 2011

Just when you thought that the epic battle between Sony and the hacking community was coming to an end, infamous hacker George Hotz, more commonly known as Geohot, has once again given Sony a fresh headache.

You may remember that Geohot had been working on opening up the PS3 console for some time, and following on from Sony’s attempts to block the usage of PSJailbreak, Geohot has now managed to gain access to the PS3 root key, a code which will essentially allow full access to all of the system internals.

More importantly, we are hearing reports from MCV that this root key cannot be patched by Sony, meaning that a firmware update will not solve the problem. Has Geohot finally won the long-running battle against Sony?

This could now mean that the PS3 will follow the same fate as the orignal PSP, with numerous custom firmwares being made available, allowing users to play pirated games straight from the hard disk, or bypassing other securities on the system, such as allowing region-locked content (BBC iPlayer, Hulu, ITV Player) to play from any country in the world.

We’ve also found this useful article over at VG247 for you to read, which gives you a lot more implications on what could happen to the PS3 now that the root key is publicly available.

We want your thoughts on this. Are you happy that the console has been 100% hacked, or do you think this is a wrong move for the industry?

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  • Kevin Wegrowski

    Except you seem to forget that everyone hacks for different reasons. Hacking does not exactly take intelligence to do, to begin with. It takes perseverance and probably a little bit of common sense. The perseverance comes into play when learning of the inner-workings of whatever you're hacking. The common sense comes in when you come across something that you do not foresee working well for you and you try something different in order to facilitate your needs in the process of hacking whatever.

    Some people hack because they find things to be overpriced, such as videogames, consoles, extra content for videogames, etc.

    Some hack because they grow bored of what they already have in a videogame and like to make things more exciting with various hacks that either give them a hilarious advantage or just make the game more exciting in general.

    Annnd some people hack because they like to be complete douchebags that enjoy causing others pain and anger. Because clearly people have nothing better to do than anger others in this world.

    I for one am typically the one that would hack something to make the game more fun. And those who in general hate hackers, I feel sorry for you simply because you lack the integrity to admit that you too wish some games had more zest in them. The zest that sometimes can only be obtained by hacking.

  • brendan

    NO i wish these hackers would just p**s off!

    • kn1ves

      Don't be hating cause you not smart enough to pull it off.

      • brendan

        Don't be judging people you don't even know, you have no idea how intelligent I might be or not! I wouldn't even attempt to try and hack something because it all it does is ruin a system that works for everyone.