September 7, 2010

Sony Releases Update To Block Pirated Games

Sony's new software update for its PlayStation 3 console blocks a loophole that allowed users to run software that enables pirated games to be played on the device.

The applications that became blocked are PSJailbreak and PSGroove.

Mathieu Hervais, one of the developers behind PSGroove, told BBC News that it was "safer not to update" if users wished to continue using the hacks.

Sony won a court order in early September that bans the distribution of the PSJailbreak dongle.

PSGroove software was not originally intended to allow pirated games to be played on the PS3.  However, hackers have modified the software in order to permit these games to be played.

PSJailbreak's USB dongle was the first hardware hack of Sony's PS3 console.

The company obtained a court injunction preventing the distribution of the PSJailbreak dongle in Australia.

Sony also filed a lawsuit against Zoomba, which runs a site that sells the device.  Distributors in the Netherlands told BBC that they have received court documents banning the sale of the dongles.

However, Sony decided to go ahead and tackle the problem head-on by releasing a software update for the consoles that blocks the hack.

The new update has split the gaming community with some users praising Sony for its prompt action, while others were more critical.

"Every time there is an update, it's a security patch I don't care about," one user wrote, according to BBC.

"Give me something that will keep me occupied like more visuals on the music player, a way to delete trophies for a game I don't have anymore, backward compatibility for PS2 games, better video chat.

"You guys don't take to many suggestions from your players. If you listen, I mean really listen, to the ideas you will be top," they added.

Hervais told BBC that he does not know how Sony fixed the security flaw.

Sony declined to comment on the specifics of the update, but a spokesman told BBC News: "Since this is an overall security related issue, we will not be providing further commentary to this case.

"But as we always have, we will continue to take necessary actions to both hardware and software to protect the intellectual content provided on the PlayStation 3."


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