After 4 years, it appears as if hackers now finally have all the tools they need to completely crack the PS3 wide open. As a computer guy, I am impressed by the accomplishment and respect the time and effort that they have put into achieving this feat. That is pretty much where my admiration ends because while I don’t necessarily agree with what Sony did in removing the “Install Other OS” feature, I do respect that it’s their product and they want to do what they feel is in the best interest of the platform. Most non-gamers still don’t understand the minds and hearts of gamers and the majority of them would probably think that most gamers support this kind of activity, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
I won’t deny that there will always be a segment of the gaming population who are looking for an easier way, a cheaper way but you can say that same thing about lots of different groups so nothing new there. Where I take issue is when people think that the majority of gamers condone this behavior, which in talking to most of my friends that just isn’t true. As much as I can ascertain, while many gamers think that it’s cool that it’s been done, they don’t really see any real value for them besides that. They might try it just to see if worked, but I don’t think we would or will see a mass of gamers running to these type setups. Consequently, I don’t see this driving down the price of games either because whether we want to admit it or not, most of us just don’t want to deal with the potential hassle of using a pirated game.
But there is always a possibility that I’m wrong and that more of you see this is as a good thing and that my small cross section had it all wrong. Where do you stand on console hacking, do you support it or not? Do you think it is ultimately in your best interest?