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