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October 4, 2010 // 7:39 pm - Over the weekend more legal documents surfaced as part of an ongoing effort to extinguish the PS3 JailBreak, and today (linked above) reports that video games and interactive entertainment trade body UKIE welcomes Sony's swift action against PS3 JailBreak modchips.

To quote: SCEE reacted quickly to its becoming available, writing to the companies that advertised and stocked the Break device and advising them to desist in selling the illegal product.

Most companies that were contacted complied immediately and ceased to stock and to sell the product. Court orders were swiftly obtained against those companies that continued to sell the product and they have now also stopped selling the PS3 Break modchips.

UKIE's Director General, Michael Rawlinson, said, "Having our member, SCEE, respond so quickly to prevent the sale of illegal PS3 modification chips shows the commitment that the video games and interactive entertainment industry has to stamping out intellectual property theft.

Intellectual property theft is a hugely damaging crime both to the individuals whose creativity is stolen and to the businesses that make up Britain's video games and interactive entertainment industry.

UKIE's own anti-piracy unit works tirelessly to combat the illegal trading of video games and we welcome Sony's swift and committed response to dealing with the illegal sale of the PS3 Break modchip."

UKIE Welcomes Sony's Action Against PS3 JailBreak ModChips

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#23 - Tatsh2DX - October 7, 2010 // 9:42 am
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It is our fault. Because when the exploits are found, they always enable piracy of some sort. And even if the group has good intentions (PSgroove developers for example), it still becomes a big hole that all the console manufacturers want to do is close only because they don't see the good in 3rd party development for free when they get to charge a licensing fee for the SDK, the whole kit, and they even get to control what gets onto their console (Nintendo used to be extremely strict about what they would allow; anyone remember green blood in MKII?)

I guess we COULD stop searching for exploits on machines that come out, stop buying them, and force manufacturers to give us better reasons to buy them. That would be the ultimate solution. But they have the pocket aces (money, hardware developers, and game developers) and we have 10-10 in comparison (some of us can do more than just use it for what it's intended for, but most are just going to leech off what is publicly given out (firmware, homebrew, etc) and use it for piracy purposes).

Are we a small percentage that use it (whether for piracy or just 100% homebrew)? Seems Sony and MS think so. 1 million people got banned from Xbox LIVE last year for modified firmware, out of about 20 million. I don't think that Microsoft did it so 1 million people would have to go buy new consoles if they wanted LIVE back, but that could've part of the reason for sure.

Case studies (at least ones I know a fair amount about)
Xbox 1 is hacked
- Xbox Linux project wants to just run Linux (or so they claim); they even ask Microsoft for help and Microsoft says absolutely no way
- Replacement dashboards like evoX come out and really only make it easier to get access to your HDD full of copied games
- A homebrew FTP server running on your Xbox1 is responsible for being able to copy your games; is it really for anything else?
- Microsoft continues to make revisions to Xbox motherboards as the years go by
- Today the Xbox1 is fully soft-modable but Microsoft has killed the Xbox1 in favour of 360 of course; the Xbox1 doesn't quite have the following similar to how Sony has a PS2 following in Japan and Asia

PS2 is hacked
- Modchips of course; you COULD use the Sony SDK and create some games; most sites selling modchips are advertising that you can run CDRs and DVDRs and that your PS2 becomes region-free for both games and DVD films (latter part is 100% legitimate)
- Sony wins a lawsuit against modchips in the UK
- A free SDK is now available which is great; many good utilities for PS2 are out
- HDLoader is released and Sony panics with lawsuits, etc
- FMCB is released long after PS2 is almost a dying console
- Sony removes PS2 support from PS3 in an attempt to sell more PS3 games and give less value to the well-hacked PS2
- Today, the PS2 is fully soft-moddable with a memory card (FMCB), but Sony has killed the PS2 market in America and is almost ready to do so in Asia as the adoption for PS3 is very high and is only growing (and not because of this exploit or any other)

Xbox 360 is hacked
- Drive firmware is the focus: this enables nothing except for the fact that you can your 'backups', which for some odd reason everyone thinks MS wants you to only go on-line with only 100% verified (ABGX) copies of your own games (NOT true as we already know really well; 1 million banned from Xbox LIVE last year)
- Still cannot run unsigned binaries until...
JTAG hack happens: while we can now run Linux via TFTP or off a disc, the focus has strongly been on managers for DLC and anything that will get a game into the format you want (ISO extractors, ISO2GoD, FTP daemon, XM360 manager, etc); yes unsigned binaries can run and that's great but there's no production-quality free SDK yet
- Microsoft probably doesn't care a whole lot about JTAGs because they are not in production any-more. While there may be a lot of sealed JTAG'able consoles out there in stores, they are likely to go to owners who know nothing about it and just want to play legitimately. And, so, the hombrew scene for 360 seems likely to die until something happens with that Xbox 360 S that many are getting. The only news so far is that yet again the drive firmware has been hacked, so time repeats itself.
- My opinion is if you decide to firmware flash your 360 (or are stupid enough to use a JTAG on Xbox LIVE) you stay off Xbox LIVE. You are violating TOS and if you don't feel like paying for games, you don't deserve to be on-line with them either. You will get banned eventually and you should already know that.

Wii is hacked
- Focus seems strongly on using the Wii as a general purpose small 'embedded' device since it has some strong limitations in comparison to 360 and PS3
- Emulators? Why? So you can run your copied ROMs of games you also don't own? This is why Nintendo created VC in the first place.
- Homebrew channel; let's see, well you could run Wiibrator I suppose
- This community is the best one IMO as it has been able to hide under the guise of legitimacy the longest so far with a 100% free SDK and many useful applications

- Just so no one can complain they can't run Linux or run games from another region, Sony makes the PS3 game-region free (not films) and they have OtherOS
- A serious lack of interest in further development is what prompted Sony to remove OtherOS support from PS3; besides it being in a jail that made it nearly useless
- Sony is panicking because all it sees are JB releases of their games, and maybe while they knew that NONE of the early releases prior to JB were ever going to work, they know now that JB releases do
- Sony finally can update without having to redesign hardware so they release a new firmware (3.42+) and have the exploit removed
- Waiting on CFW?

- Anyone wanna add? I only know a few things.

I'm not for piracy and this is only one of the reasons why. When people find out, and you are the 'techie friend', they always want to know how to do it, and expect you know everything. Being able to run even a simple 'Hello World' that used DX9 API on my 360 was pretty awesome, knowing that I made it myself and I didn't need Microsoft's approval. And now I can do that (although with PSGL or other things) on the PS3. (Also, I do own a Wii and can 100% legally do it with the free SDK. Same for PS2.)

If you read this far, go treat yourself?

#22 - godson937 - October 5, 2010 // 9:58 pm
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look like there's no light @ the end of this tunnel or is it...

#21 - SuperDre - October 5, 2010 // 6:48 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Bishoff View Post
Just another stab at the consumers lack of rights.

Well, in all fairness, it's the consumer themselves who are responsible for the need for DRM/anti-hacking-scheme's.. If they had just bought everything instead of pirating in the past, all these measures wouldn't be necessary.. So instead of blaming the companies (who only try to make their money (back)), look to yourself for the real reason..

That doesn't mean I support these measurements, but I'm not as dumb to believe the problem lies with the companies when the problem definitly lies with the consumer themselves.. Now you pay for the deeds all those consumers did in the past, go blame them for making our lives difficult.. Lets not forget, companies aren't charities, they are in the business of making money (just like you are when you go to your job every day)..

#20 - azoreseuropa - October 5, 2010 // 6:32 pm
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Sony is an idiot. Many modchips are out of America. Sony can't do anything about it. Sony can do anything they want in this America but its not good enough. Sony, grow up and leave us alone!

#19 - GrandpaHomer - October 5, 2010 // 4:07 pm
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Its a shame its a double edge sword with hacking, one hand you get free games and software on the other the companies that make the games will slowly pull out.

The same way they've "pulled out" from developing for Xbox, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS or any other console for that matter?

You seems to read to much of "SciFi" (aka "official" reports on damages done by piracy) ...

#18 - TheDevil - October 5, 2010 // 3:56 pm
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Well i aint surpriced at all. All my UK friends complain about how "strict" its become there. ISPs monitoring internet use and any kinda of modding has become illegal. Even illegal to import consoles from other regions.

Quite clear that they are striking down on the jb because it can be used with pirated games. But what if you are a game collector like me and just want to play backups of the original games that i own, because itll save wear and tear on my originals and theyll play faster too. It isnt illegal to open up your ps3 .. im sure Sony dont want me to .. but its my console and i own it. If i want to smash open my console with a crowbar then it 100% legal. Also we dont ban crowbars totally just because it could be used to make break-ins? No we dont.

Think if Sony & UKIE used all those resources to actually try and stop REAL pirates from selling copies. World is so messed up .. you can legally buy unhealthy stuff (like booze and tobacco) because there is money in it. But if something is in the way of a bit corporation then itll get banned. Why dont we ban coat-hangers too .. they can be used to break into cars

#17 - solrac1974 - October 5, 2010 // 3:51 pm
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Sad newz, PS3 Break is a good clone or maybe the original, who knows for sure?! I got mine and it's working real good, AT90USB162 inside, low prices and good support. Well, I think they will just rename it and sell again with no code.

#16 - Rocky5 - October 5, 2010 // 2:23 pm
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Cant they just sell the units without the firmware? that way its no illegal (because if it was then that would mean any of the other hardware's would be to) and then you use PSGroove firmware as this will never vanish, if it needs to go underground it will.

#15 - Tatsh2DX - October 5, 2010 // 12:55 pm
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Heh, why aren't more people just getting generic devices with the right USB controllers? I got my Teensy 2.0 (this shop ran out of Teensy++ immediately after PSGroove was released) and it works great. I know it doesn't look pretty (just a PCB) but it works.

Sony is not about to launch a campaign against hobbyist electronics-type shops. They will lose so badly it WILL be funny.

My friend in China (Shanghai) said these are all over the place if you know how to look and he doesn't even speak Chinese much.

#14 - kidd78 - October 5, 2010 // 12:31 pm
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If it was a British company that made this then maybe UKIE wouldnt get so much involved. Doesn't really matter about the lawsuits as its out in the open the hardware and software, they just trying to put out a wildfire and its not gonna be very easy to do so.

It's worse for them with the internet sharing, $ony can't stop everything the more they do the more hackers want to fight agaisnt them. Its a shame its a double edge sword with hacking, one hand you get free games and software on the other the companies that make the games will slowly pull out. I guess they will wait on the next generation consoles.