Sony Blocks Distribution of PS3 Modchips


Quick to act against the PS Jailbreak, Sony has made steps to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. It’s not a new firmware update, though. For now, they’re targetting the modchips that make the hack possible. As of Aug 27, 2010, they’ve managed to secure a temporary injuction from Australia’s Federal Court, blocking the sale and importation of the new PS3 modchips.

With this temporary injunction, Sony will have until August 31st to convince the courts that modchips should be made illegal. Until then, distributors are prohibited from selling them. If they’re successful, then a permanent ban on the devices will be enacted. If not, modchips go back in business by September 1st.

In 2005, however, an Australian court ruling made the sale of modchips legal in Australia. That’s not exactly iron-clad, seeing as Nintendo managed to outlaw R4s to protect the DS from piracy. I’ll keep you guys posted on what happens next.

[via Kotaku]


Written by: Ace - News Contributor


  1. #1 by White-Sharingan on August 28th, 2010 [ 100 Points ]

    Hacking consoles just hurts everyone, developers as well as the players themselves…look at how the PSP turned out…

  2. #2 by YODADDY on August 28th, 2010

    I would feel so bad about it… but sony stuck it to me in nov. last year w/ error code 8001050f. Ater I sent my day 60 gig to them they sent it back and then it really didn’t work. I bought a new one… buddy of mine says for $100 he fix and chip it I just can’t put it online… I still buy games I want… but the rest… well you get the picture!

  3. #3 by Andy on August 29th, 2010

    Although technically clever, and an interesting side project if you have the time; jailbreaking my PS3 is something that I’m just not interested in.

    I jailbroke my iPhone after the recent OS4 slowness, 2 days later I went back to the OS4 as the jailbreak stuff was poorly written crap.


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