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Hackers Run PS3 Games Off HDD On "Test Systems"

It seems like corporations are constantly battling the hacking and "homebrews" that, while typically cool and appealing, are quite illegal. The latest rumor centers on the PS3, and the fact that hackers have apparently been able to run full games directly from the hard drive.

The news surfaced at PS3News and was later reported on at PS3Fanboy, and they say hackers have found a way to run retail PlayStation 3 software directly off the system's internal HDD, and also off external USB HDDs. Of course, the immediate issue centers on the sheer amount of data stored on a Blu-Ray disc, which is about 25GB. Yeah, that's a hefty amount, which means you'd be limited to one install with the 40GB PS3 and two with the 80GB model. If you're interested in the technical nitty-gritty, you can examine the hacking specifics here. We're warning you, though; you may not understand even one word of that breakdown.

Now, the news has been updated to say this trick will not work with retail PS3 consoles and only for "test PS3 systems." Piracy has always been an issue in the video game world, and it's something companies like Sony have been trying to counter for years. If this process could somehow work with retail PS3s, it could definitely present a significant issue...

2/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 1:46:30 PM

Well, few games are anywhere near 25GBs - it's just that Blu-ray can store that much. Most PS3 games are still less than 8GB in size.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 5:30:20 PM

They say it will run on PS3 test consoles and not retail PS3's. What firmware are these test consoles in? If these PS3 test consoles are in firmware 1.0 then these are hackers are way behind. Sony has made it difficult learning from the mistakes they made with the PSP's security and the GTA holes, so hackers was always just that one step behind PSP's new firmware updates. And when Sony released a new update to the PSP firmware with more security added, hackers could immediately get to work with the new firmware.
This time with the PS3 Sony has made it very difficult from the start and with so many firmware updates I really can't see the hackers making any progress to hacking the latest firmware on the PS3. And users have many reasons to update their PS3's.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @ 6:40:46 PM


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