I wonder what kind of security Sony implemented in the PS3 exactly.
Many sources suggest that the PS3 can run any third party software.
But I wonder if theres a catch like with Microsofts XNA Game Studio Express.
If this where true, it probably wouldn't be that hard to code an application to get games booting off the HDD, assuming a way is found to extract the game contents from a PS3 Blu-Ray game, again probably could be done if there is zero security (console side). Obviously Sony wouldn't want this happening. So I'm guessing there must be some sort of security, I don't think Sony is that stupid (but then again look at PSP firmware version 1.00).
I also wonder if Sony took a hint from Microsoft's security in the XBox 360, with buffer overflow protection and other things making it seemingly impossible to every get unsigned code running on the system. (Still crossing my fingers)
Say they did screw up on security and they try to fix it with a firmware update, from what I've read and seen it seems to be stored on the HDD (1.10 update is 110MB in size) ,maybe not though in it's entirety (It updates the kernel/XMB separate or It's all stored somewhere on the motherboard) http://translate.google.com/translat...om/ps3/update/
(scroll down to update by way of personal computer)
Anyway lets just say it is all stored on the HDD, and since it seems that any HDD can be used with the PS3 in place of the original (2.5 inch SATA) It wouldn't be that hard to have two HDDs, one with a homebrew friendly firmware and the other with the newest one. This would also make homebrew very easy.
My point, it seems there is a decent chance we'll see homebrew on the PS3. Assuming that there is no security, or little, and that Sony failed to take a hint from Microsoft.
These findings and ideas brought much joy to my day and I couldn't help sharing them. What do you guys think?
Third party HDD compatibility based on the results of this site (I don't know if its 100% accurate) http://translate.google.com/translat...3Doff%26sa%3DG
Firmware Version number and HDD capacity/info both on same screen, suggests more so that the update is stored on the HDD.
(maybe just a coincidence) (Kraken also posted a link to this site so i assume Its ok, if not go ahead and remove it)
I'll just have to wait till I get my hands on one to do some more testing.
Can't wait till Friday. Woho!