Is there a possibility for the PS3 to connect to something more like a non-Sony PlayStation Network ? I've never put the console on a network, so I haven't experienced it myself, but from the forum discussions I understand that old PS3 firmwares etc, by default, don't get well with PSN's console detection & banning activites.
So here are some doubts:
1. What is the possibility of making the PS3 join some other network ?
2. Do multi-player games like Unreal really require the PSN ?, In the PC world, all we require is the IP of the server.
3. Is the PSN really a network, or just basically a console authorization service ?
4. Do multi-player games work on IP, connecting peer to peer ? or are the packets encrypted and they go via PSN servers ?