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July 13, 2010 // 5:05 pm - Today George Hotz aka GeoHot has announced he is retiring from Sony PS3 and Apple iPhone hacking, citing that the demand for updates from end-users will never stop.

In his exit from the PS3 scene, GeoHot left many legitimate PlayStation 3 users without OtherOS and without the promised 3.21OO PS3 Custom Firmware.

The good news? Others whom GeoHot shared the PS3 METLDR info and LV2 dump with are currently using his work to continue hacking the PS3 console, with rumors from IRC (for what those are worth LOL) indicating a public "end-user" PS3 hack may arrive before September 2010 from their camp.

Unfortunately though, just like the past Dark_AleX and "M33" PSP releases, an incoming PS3 hack will probably be from a fictitious group and won't include anything useful to PS3 Devs such as dumps, reversals, sourcecode, etc.

Hopefully once a hole that Sony can't block is public, other PlayStation 3 Devs will begin working on the PS3 though... and sharing all the juicy the technical details along the way for others who wish to learn.

This will help ensure the PS3 scene won't fall victim to the hypocritical and ridiculous "anti-piracy, users deserve nothing" attitude that began the downfall and led to the fate of the current PSP scene.

To quote: His PS3 username, Twitter account, and blog are all now shut down. His last tweet said, "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye."

Along with that post, he wrote in his blog explaining his reasons for retiring from the scene. He says that he "didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something," but now he does.

He then continued a bit more in his post with the following: "The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd."

GeoHot Retires from PS3 and iPhone Hacking, Others to Lead On

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#40 - Surfaced - July 14, 2010 // 10:30 am
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I didnt follow everything but I don't know what to think about how everyone was celebrating his arrival to the PS3 scene and now is acting like they don't want him anymore. Some might say the whole "cool ride" cost the OtherOS functionality. Didn't get much out of it, either.

But it's hard for me to sympathize when I know he's right about the end-users who were bugging him. Most of them just want to pirate games, or "play backups" if you like to sugarcoat things. A lot gamers in this industry have huge entitlement issues as they likely do not understand the value of a dollar, but this is nothing we haven't discussed already.

I'll continue to hope we can edit save files in the future but it isn't easy to say how things will go now.

#39 - radialman - July 14, 2010 // 10:20 am
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There was a lot of spamming on his blog, there were in fact loads of people that offered to moderate it for him! He made lots of announcements on his blog about cfw with other os etc and i got the impression that it was a bit beyond him!

Although he has opened the door for others, but he did make promises to the public who were following him, and never delivered and that i beleive was his mistake.

#38 - xxkrizxx - July 14, 2010 // 9:48 am
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you know i'm starting to get things like they are geohot wanted a challenge and what better challenge for a hacker than hacking the ps3 and all he did was release it public and cause of that otheros is no longer availlable.

what i'm trying to explain for everyone is that they have to be patient, i've they want their ps3 hacked and hopefully we get a softmod which i highly don't think so since all the hacks so far for the ps3 has been by hardware so if geohot releases a custom firmware that has to install by busting open your ps3 then will you do it or will you then ask for it to be done without having to do it.

#37 - sangreyenergia - July 14, 2010 // 8:39 am
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this is the best news i ve read at this morning!!! thanks god you took this guy!!! thanks to him we dont have otheros anymore!!! any way if he leaves we don't care.. we don't need him!!! we don't need a faker , egocentric and bad "hacker" anyway the ps3 can wait a better hacker and wee too.

español :esta es la mejor noticia que he leido esta mañana!!! gracias diso por llevarte a este tipo , gracias a el ya no tenemos OTHEROS , de todos modos si el se larga , ya no nos interesa , y no lo necesitamos , no necesitamos a un falso mentiroso egocentrico y mal "hacker" de todas formas la ps3 puede esperar a un hacker de verdad y nosotros tambien .

saludos LT !!

#36 - Raze1988 - July 14, 2010 // 8:34 am
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Quote Originally Posted by TheShroomster View Post
The part that makes me wonder the most is that he claim that he shared the info he had with others. I mean i can say i gave away 100 free bars of gold but won't tell ya who. Does anyone know what group he may have shared with?

He means Mathieu Hervais (Mathieulh) of course, but I remember reading a post on this site with ~7 names or something.

As already stated in OP's post, comments on IRC are nothing we should rely on. But hey, at least it looks like they're still working on it. I feared they stopped, and now they even aim for a release this year. A blessing in disguise.

#35 - DemonHades - July 14, 2010 // 8:10 am
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ohhhh¡¡¡ the hypeman retire hacking ps3 and now iphone ,well close the door when out.

that reason retire is how i advise old time,the hack is false "only smoke" ,but thank to geo all ppl have the fantastic option "delete linux" wowwwwww

The new generation hackers is,working devs sony or buys for fix and quit options,curious the new generation hackers

And geohype,math,sony and the rest crap ocult never share nothing,and when comment a data from share a hack,etc is a fake(if u have end a work,leak and dont needed waiting and nothing more)but is best generate hype how geo method..

geo,math fakers and false working devs sony


#34 - TheShroomster - July 14, 2010 // 5:48 am
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The part that makes me wonder the most is that he claim that he shared the info he had with others. I mean i can say i gave away 100 free bars of gold but wont tell ya who. Does anyone know what group he may have shared with?

#33 - fosser2 - July 14, 2010 // 4:17 am
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this guy was so full of crap. He had so much more potential with the ps3 but ended up screwing so many users.

#32 - Warrorar - July 14, 2010 // 3:47 am
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geohot did a great work and i'm pretty sure his work will lead others to a ps3 custom firmware.

i can fully understand him that he quit now, look on his blog. so much retarded flamer its impressive that those people can use a computer... even for spamming there should be a law like for stalking or mobbing.

i'm glad geohot lead us the hard way to the light. thanks geohot.

now let's see friends what the devs who got the infos from him can make out of it.


#31 - honyin - July 14, 2010 // 3:33 am
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seems to me someone got payed off by sony and apple