257w ago - With the release of PS3 Firmware 3.21, many are now planning to hold off updating their PlayStation 3 consoles and use one of the PS3 Proxy applications to bypass the required PS3 Firmware update to connect to PSN.
While most of the applications, guides and videos are quite dated (from 2007-2009), below are links to some to make navigating easier. Special THANKS to ekrboi and themiker for making recent guides as well, also available below.
We will continue to add relevant links as they are dug up, and also links to posts with all new guides that prove useful.
How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN Guides:
I like how people justify Sony's heavy-handed approach by saying it doesn't affect many people. 33.5 million PS3s sold and let's say 0.1% of the users use Linux. That's still 33,500 people!
And to repeat an analogy I saw elsewhere... LG makes a blu-ray player that has built-in Netflix support. All people use the player for blu-rays, but a small number of people also use the Netflix feature. A hacker then discovers a way to access additional features on the player via Netflix which may potentially enable piracy. Rather than fix the problem, LG removes the Netflix feature. Is that fair?
Anyway, back on topic... If anyone here uses DD-WRT on their router, you can override the system update DNS entry by putting the following into Additional DNS Options:
I am able to connect fine, I am also able to play online levels in LBP fine by myself. But anytime I try to join a friend to play LBP, the lag kicks up, and I keep getting game disappeared errors. Is anyone else having a similar issue, and does anyone have an idea to fix it?
Same thing happens to me with Logan5, and as well as using the dns server trick of connecting to someones setup server. Any help would really be appreciated.
If you are thinking the only way Sony can force this upon you is with a new game release's then you are very wrong.
Sorry to put this to you all but...
1) Any "demo" from PSN could do a check for usage of 3.21
2) Any "Game Update" could do a check for usage of 3.21. Also they could just release a game update just to do this check and not to fix anything!
Now you could say I will not update the games then, but 99% if your not using latest version of a game then it will not run on-line. And for gamers who are in to COD, MAG etc there no choice really. The likes of EA, Activision and co will have no problems taking part in this.