By now many of you have heard that the PS3 has finally been cracked but that’s what we call an oversimplification. When we start talking about console cracking it can get really complicated really fast. This hack was done by the same guys who cracked the Wii way back when and while this latest possible development does open the door for some interesting possibilities, most gamers are still wondering what it really means for them right now. The truth is that for the majority of gamers it won’t mean a whole lot right now and the main thing in the short term it may facilitate is the reintroduction of a user’s ability to run Linux on the PS3.
To avoid getting overly technical, these guys have cracked the PS3’s core encryption if you will, which is at the core of everything the console does. This is what makes this possibly so devastating for Sony is that they can’t just fix this with a firmware update like they have done in the past. One of the team’s did admit though that Sony could counter this with a whitelist, but gamers who had used the hack could still hijack the whitelist and have things run as they would like them.
So back to what this means for the average PS3 owner, honestly, very little. This won’t really take off until these guys release tools that make a lot of these steps easier because as it stands it currently to complicated for 95% of us. Most people are celebrating but I think they underestimate Sony’s creativity and perseverance. Most games today have tons of online interaction and there is still plenty Sony could do to discourage players from trying this. Even though you could potentially be playing a game that appears to be signed by Sony but is really pirated, Sony could still do some things such as if it’s a PSN game check to see if you ever purchased it and if not they could ban your PS3 from PSN by MAC for example which would suck. If you happened to be playing a pirated version of LittleBigPlanet2 and its running from your hard drive instead of a disc then they could possibly use that as a trigger as well. Bottom line is Sony will not take this laying down and that means this battle is far from over.