Archive for category Firmware
Kotaku reports that with official firmware v.3.60, Sony will enable online storage of game saves. (Finally an OFW update that provides a new feature set!) This frees up hard drive space, of course (though not much in principle), but the more exciting ramification of this is that one will be able to download one’s game saves to other consoles or even to the same console in case of hard drive failure.
Two caveats: This service will only be available to PS+ members, and Sony will allow game developers to opt out of the cloud system for their titles. I wonder how this feature will treat games with locked game saves. Will they be grandfathered in to the pool of those who opt out?
Remember how we reported that Portal 2 will make the innovative step of allowing mods built on the PC to be imported to the PS3 and 360 versions of the game? Perhaps inspired by this idea, independent developers have created a jailbreak/custom firmware application that allows one to import Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3 mods from the PC to the PS3. This is important news, as mods are one of the main reasons that people buy titles on the PC in preference to a console. Also, this is one of the first exciting applications to come out of the CFW world, which has hitherto been devoted to giddy “Hello, world” apps; ports of emulators for older consoles; and, of course, game backups (which may permit illegal copying and distribution of software). Check out the video demonstration [edit: video removed] of Oblivion mod loading or read the news item. Note: PS3Blog.net does not recommend use of CFW: Not only is it a violation of the PS3 EULA, but CFW users face possible banning measures by Sony, as we recently reported.
As SONY goes into overdrive trying to prevent the hackers/coders/console geeks from creating and utilising custom firmware in order to play pirated games on the PS3, the methods of hacking your system are evolving.
Whether the tools in order to break open your console are free or not, I do not know, but there are people out there are are looking to make a quick buck from the current jailbreak that has caused widespread panic in SONY’s headquarters. I’d like to take a moment to clarify that I personally am against piracy, and this blog does not condone piracy in any shape or form, but cast your mind to the image above. Yes – you see it, and the headline is a giveaway. I was on the Android Market looking to download SONY’s Official PlayStation app – which I might add is pretty cool even though it’s got limited functionality. I cast my eyes above and below the Official Software and lo and behold, Jailbreak apps and the more recent Custom Firmware apps are widely available on the mobile market, for a price.
According to the information on the apps, you simply need to plug in your Android phone into the USB port of your PS3 and then run the application in order to apply the Custom Firmware etc. So, how long before a lawsuit is thrown in the app developer’s direction?
SONY has released a new firmware which doesn’t do much according to reports, other than patches a few security holes. However, there may be a few things that may appear overtime in this firmware as we’ve in the past seen hidden features/functionality being slipped in firmware updates. I’ve not yet spotted the firmware update on my actual PS3, however. Here are some links to the firmware itself if you wish to download it to USB and install: