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January 13, 2011 // 1:40 am - There have been quite a few articles about possible things that Sony could end up doing to try and stop PS3 homebrew, and here are all the potential solutions I have noticed thus far.

PS3's will start sending a recently played list to check for homebrew titles / flagged names:

Pretty obvious solution here. Just start naming the homebrews after currently existing titles, Or titles of bad games. Such as we can take the game name / BLUS for the game FLOCK (worst game ever that nobody will play) and install a master manager under that name.

So while it looks like everyone is playing FLOCK, We will actually be using a multimanager for FTP's, Backups, and Emulators.

Sony disabling update by USB in the next patch:

There are a few options we can take if we end up accidentally getting hit with this.

For people who update and can no longer install from usb:

Either the firmware will need a pre-installed pkg manager with firmware update options, Or they will have to do a dnas redirect to their computer to check for an update.

For people who have not updated to the new firmware that disables it:

Download the firmware and simply patch the firmware to alter the USB access as well so it does not get disabled to begin with!

Sub-level secondary key-signing program:

Well. in this sense, We would be absolutely screwed. If we were to install the firmware, Even with a pkg signer, We wouldn't be able to do a thing.

We would simply have to hope that someone would notice it uses a secondary keysign, find it in the firmware, and remove it before it becomes a problem.

How to truly help everyone there is for future firmwares:

We need a program with a GUI for firmware patching, Yeah I know one is out already, But it needs more OPTIONS! Options people!!!

We need a windows / linux firmware patcher with a GUI featuring the following options in the form of checkboxes.

  • Level 1 patching
  • Level 2 patching
  • Level 3 patching
  • Install PKG File option
  • Update from USB option
  • Playstation store links in VIDEO tab
  • Playstation store links in GAME tab
  • Check for firmware update on network connection establish

I am certain a gui windows / linux auto-patcher for all current firmwares would be WONDERFUL and would probably make the world a happier place.

Hell, I don't know of a single person who wouldn't want these options for an autopatcher.

Oh, And someone hurry up and figure out the npdrm so we can get an autopatcher for EBOOT's that works.

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#37 - d3adliner - January 13, 2011 // 11:20 am
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Quote Originally Posted by ninjanutta2 View Post
whoever says they don't console ban is full of it, i've had a console ban from sony a couple of years ago for gamesharing, be under no illusions that they will not do this for hacking.

Don't be silly. If that's the case where are the flooding reports of others who have been banned for game sharing? Not to mention the fact that I've had a game share account for over 2 years with no issues.

#36 - Jurai2 - January 13, 2011 // 11:15 am
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too little too late for 99% of users.

#35 - ga114 - January 13, 2011 // 10:56 am
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Quote Originally Posted by siacotos View Post
Why not just make the log file read only? it will still be able to upload to psn but would not be able to log what you are doing.

That actually seems like a pretty sweet idea. i'd be interested in knowing if its possible to block the comm altogether. Prevent the ps3 from sending the list in the first place?

#34 - Dominator7 - January 13, 2011 // 9:23 am
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right on! I am pleased that I can play my nes/snes/gba games again and this time with a cordless controller!

#33 - siacotos - January 13, 2011 // 9:22 am
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Why not just make the log file read only? it will still be able to upload to psn but would not be able to log what you are doing.

#32 - Heoki - January 13, 2011 // 8:55 am
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All the backup manager does is remount the game to the bluray drive. Sometimes it can launch directly, but regardless the PS3 still reports which game you are playing once launched, even if it's from the BM.

#31 - onyxx - January 13, 2011 // 8:36 am
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changing the name to a particular name wont work since they will end up drawing attention more to that title, updates will come to it. Also trophies will be earned for games it looks like your not playing. this is also why randomizing wont work either. the backup managers need to hide their name while displaying the name of the game that's playing.

#30 - barrybarryk - January 13, 2011 // 7:29 am
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Spoofing homebrew by renaming it is a ridiculous idea there's absolutely no reason think that sony won't just check a file / folder list (not currently implemented but very simply added through an update to PSN on the server side) on the PS3 to ban consoles.

If you want to play online get a legit PS3 with no homebrew. homebrew will ALWAYS be detectable by Sony if you're connecting to their servers no amount of "renaming" will hide it.

#29 - withnailuk - January 13, 2011 // 6:51 am
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What if you just reflash your ps3 with a original firmware & then go online? would sony be able to tell that you have had a custom firmware then? (i would like to no this, as im a bit worried about being banned, i still like to have a frag on cod now and again).

#28 - ynoz - January 13, 2011 // 6:32 am
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if i get banned i would purchase another ps3 just to go online, i just start saving for it, i just though, last year i spend over $300 in games (MAG, GOWIII, FFIXX, GT5, PSN+ MOVE Bundle), so this year i just save those $300 and get a brand new ps3 only for online playing, that is if Sony starts banning people, meanwhile i just keep on playing.

and knowing this years titles aren't that amazing like last years' besides KZ3 it would be a smart choice.

coming to think about it, if sony ban me it would be their lost because that new ps3 would be my last purchase ever, so sony should think how many people like me just want a little homebrew, i don't care about pirating games, i don't even need back ups, and where I'm from gaming is an expensive business, but it loses all it significance if i can reach any game without any effort, pirating would kill my hobby.