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Hacking, Piracy To Be Blamed For Gran Turismo 5 Delay?

Okay, so maybe the game is done. Maybe it's just a technical thing...

GTPlanet has been delving into the Gran Turismo 5 delay issue in an attempt to uncover a root cause. As it turns out, and as a moderator at the Blu-Ray.com forums stated, this is all due to the recent hacking/pirating snafu, which resulted in SDK moderation and restriction for the first time. This in turn caused problems with GT5:

"Like I said it is manufacturing issues. I had it confirmed today.

The problem arose when SCE mandated SDK 350 on all games releasing after after October, GT5 was about to go gold running on SDK 341, but it has been delayed by around a week so that they can update to SDK 350. This has caused a big headache for the manufacturing side, given how big this game is missing the gold date by even a week can cause a months worth of delay as slots are already taken up at this time of year for Blu-ray movies and such. So Sony had to find a 3 week slot big enough to make 7m+ copies of this and get them shipped out.

This follows hot on the heels of the news that Polyphony Digital missed their production window by a mere three days. Firmware update 3.50 for the PlayStation 3 is a good deal more secure than 3.41 and simply put, distributing a GT5 for the new version insures it can't be pirated. Well, for the time being, at any rate. So for all you who desperately attempt to defend software piracy with double-speak by saying it doesn't really hurt anyone, this delay may be just for you.

Tags: gt5, gran turismo 5, gt5 delay, gt5 ps3

10/15/2010 9:50:38 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (62 posts)

Cavan1
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:10:16 AM
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in a way am releived, so long as its not a technical issue on the game side, then am happy.

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Qubex
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:10:51 AM
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I have been following a lot of the homebrew chatter across the interweb and it is surprisingly "impressive" how quickly the modding community is revealing the secrets and mysteries of the inner workings of the PS3 to the wider gaming community.

I am not at all surprised by this. I am expecting more leaks to occur down the line as there is obviously a sect of the hacking community that is hell bent in grating Sony up the wrong way.

After 5 years of intense development on GT5, costing upwards of 60 million + I am sure Sony do not want to take any chances. The Sony SDK3.50 supposedly incorporates a set of NEW encryption keys used to decrypt the "eboot.ini" file of the said game allowing it to boot and run.

Without knowing what the new set of encryption keys are hackers cannot tamper with "eboot.ini", and therefore games would be un-affected by current jailbreak devices on the market.

...but for how long?...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Last edited by Qubex on 10/15/2010 10:18:30 AM

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Highlander
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:26:32 PM

Yes and no. That community is nibbling at the edges, the most direct attack used what was effectively a stolen key to a door lock. But, that still doesn't grant access to the locked containers within.

It's like being able to capture the code/signal from a garage door opener and using a fake door opener to get into someone's garage. You still don't have keys to the house, but you can get inside the garage. If you take a retail PS3 without debug functionality in the firmware, there is no hack to gain access to that system.

There are core elements of the PS3 hardware and software security that have not and quite possibly never will be penetrated. A lot of folks online want to talk up this supposed hack, when in fact it really, really isn't a hack. At best you could say that it is an exploit because by emulating a service key you can exploit the service mode of the system to gain access to run unsigned code. However, the thing is that this does not penetrate the security of the PS3 system. It allows users to exploit a feature of the firmware that is normally reserved for service purposes.

Of course Sony blocked that, and with firmware 3.5 has enhanced that block further still.

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whooka
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 2:29:14 PM

Ah, who would developers blame for all their ills from delays to poor sales if it weren't for piracy? So what's the excuse for GTA5's delay the past year before piracy became a (non)issue for Sony? I'll bet anyone a fiver that a japanese GTA5 will show up on the internet, ready to play for jailbroken PS3s, before the retail copy hits the stores. Sony can't win this game they are now stuck in forever, a new firmware update each week in an attempt to shutdown jailbreakers. The jailbreakers keep on breaking and modding and Sony's consumers continue to suffer as game developers can't thoroughly test their stuff under one firmware before Sony freaks out and puts out another firmware with some erroneous public purpose (like the one that stopped alot of 3rd party usb devices from working with the PS3 to ensure 'quality' but it was obv just an attempt to stop the jailbreak dongles from working, which, btw, didn't work, heh). Keep on sweating it, Sony, i got a psbreak two weeks ago that can be flashed via my PC when things change on Sony's side and, as of yesterday, a 'third-generation' jailbreak usb dongle is now available (mine's old already) that allows game updates over PSN. Since the PS3 was originally advertised as allowing one to install another O/S, and Sony subsequently removed this feature, they a) allowed the jailbreak dongles to possibly fall under the new US laws that allow jailbreaking for devices where feature were removed by the manufacturer and b) probably made it easier for the current usb jailbreaks to appear as folks took their eyes off the fairly complex hypervisor access and took another look at those two (or four) front doors called USB ports and within a few weeks the dongles were a flyin'. At this rate Sony will be lucky if they can just keep up with injunctions as these things are all over the place now. Prob some help from the Linux community in their development, no doubt. Treat your consumers like criminals, they may become criminals....HA!

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G8GTdriver
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:26:23 AM
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So what does this accomplish, stopping people from copying the game?

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Qubex
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:36:02 AM

It tries to delay it somewhat... but if you read my comment above, once the decryption keys for "eboot.ini" are cracked then the game could be launched from a "back-up" made of the original disk.

The reality is that the decryption keys are secret, and, from what I know, the hacking community will find it very very difficult to actually crack the encryption itself, unless the decryption keys themselves are leaked from within Sony.

I guess these are a closely guarded secret now, and I would not be surprised if Sony has really tightened up security internally so that the 3.41 debacle does not happen again.

Unless hackers go for a "hardware" style jig of the system, able to dump ram (in real time) as the PS3 is running code, I don't think they can get to those keys...

By moving the GT5 code base to SDK3.50 they are securing the game with the new decryption key sets so copies of it cannot run on lower firmwares that are jail broken like firmware 3.41. From firmware 3.42 the exploit has been patched and new encryption keys have been used for newly released titles, including the delayed GT5.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Last edited by Qubex on 10/15/2010 10:38:34 AM

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big6
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:40:29 AM

It makes it so that even if you copy the game, you won't be able to play it on a jailbroken PS3, because the lower firmware doesn't have the new key to decrypt the game, to enable it to load.

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Qubex
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:48:07 AM

Yes!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:45:31 PM

Qubex,

It's already possible to dump the memory of a PS3, but what you cannot get at is the keys because they do not reside in the memory. The PS3 uses the cellBE processor. The Cell BE includes encryption and secure processing features that are not handled in the firmware at all. One of the SPEs on the Cell is reserved at all times to act as a secure processing vault. That SPV is the final authority on security and encryption. There is a chain of trusted encryption that is rooted in that SPV. The trouble for everyone who wants to hack it is that the only place that the keys are held is inside the processor and cannot be dumped. The SPV automatically clears it's local store if it is reset, and will not accept memory requests from the outside. Simply put, there is no way to get the SPV to hand over it's secrets, and there is no way to look into it to capture them that way.

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big6
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:41:59 AM
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I think it's a good idea to delay the game to patch it to SDK3.50. If it was hackable from day 1, then I'd imagine sales would suffer significantly.

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Qubex
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:51:13 AM

...to be honest, I don't think sales would suffer that much... if you wanted to "copy" the game you would need to download about 40GB of data...

Not many people would have the patience to download that amount of data, and if you did, your external USB hard drive would lose a nice chunk of its storage space, not to mention it would probably take you a month or more to complete a download of that size. Just not practical.

I would rather own the original of the game myself, and so would the majority of people if they have a choice I think, especially the GT fanatics...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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daus26
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:20:31 AM

I don't think downloading would take that long, would it? I'm thinking that it would take about the same amount of time as copying my backup files to the PC. When I was doing that with my 60gb HDD from the old ps3, it had 45gb of data and it took about hour or so to get it copied to the PC from the external HDD. Perhaps the ps3 will take longer to copy, but certainly not that long. With dsl, internet downloads maybe.

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city96
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:43:19 AM
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Well, I'm p'eed off about those hackers

Its not like downloading Illegal music because singers use Auto Tune, theres no trick to just perfect a game ><

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daus26
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:55:55 AM
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So, here's my theory.

1. PD was late by 3 days on developing.
2. Updating SDK to 350 took about an extra week.
3. Sony needs about 3 weeks of open time to produce enough for a (probably) global release.

With those in mind, it looks like it might reach December, but early at the latest.

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maxpontiac
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 10:58:31 AM
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In my opinion, this is just one of many reasons GT5 is delayed.

Kaz has stated that GT5 is only 85-90% of where he wants it.

I honestly believe the game was worked on till the 11th hour and it explains why SDK 350 wasn't implemented sooner.

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daus26
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:06:22 AM

I think it's pretty much clear that this is only one of the many reasons, so it's not so much an opinion, especially now that we know PD was 3 days late.

I'm also wondering why SDK wasn't implemented earlier if it was mandatory. Firmware 3.50 was released Sept. 21st I believe, and I always thought developers would get their hands on it earlier than the consumers.

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AshT
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:06:27 AM
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I hope that means the delay is only for few weeks

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daus26
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:14:21 AM
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As much as I hate hackers, I don't think this is that big of an impact due to the fact on TGS, the release date stayed the same. Around that time, I assume they're well aware of firmware 3.50 or SDK 350 (and the fact that it's mandatory by Sony), so if a delay is to be announced it would be there or somewhere in the month. The problem we're seeing now is that the delay is announced only weeks before the launch date.

This is why it's crucial for developers to be on time for production. PD was 3 days late, and that's a big deal around the holidays where more companies are mass producing BDs too.

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big6
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:26:55 AM

True, but I also think that Sony never anticipated the hacker scene would jump on the PS3 so rapidly. They probably didn't think the PSJailbreak would pose such a threat up until the past few weeks.
So, I think an executive decision was made at the last minute to ensure GT5 implement SDK 3.50 and guarantee security from the hackers -- at least for the crucial holiday season.

(in all likelihood, GT5 will be hacked in a few months, anyways)

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Highlander
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:28:34 PM

Sony considered the PSJailbreak thing a threat from day 1, that's why they took court action and immediately pushed out a firmware update to block it. They enhanced that with firmware 3.5. There may be additional countermeasures in 3.5 that Sony wants included in all future games.

Sony has not been slow reacting to the cloned service key attacks.

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booze925
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:48:14 AM
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i think gran turismo 5 delayed itself in fear of call of duty black ops

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Jawknee
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:53:19 AM

Oh please. There not even the same genre and GT will obviously do well on it's own since it's been the top selling game of all time for 2 generations.

Flamebait much?

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Underdog15
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:43:42 PM

uh... Booze.... what? Why would a racing simulator be scared of a war game that uses auto-aim?

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Jawknee
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:50:40 PM

Maybe because the Call of Dooty sheep may have finally out numbered the GT sheep?

like i said, Flamebait.

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Alienange
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:08:54 PM

Even I know booze925 is wrong.

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Underdog15
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:16:41 PM

yeah, they're baaaaad.







... I apologize.

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booze925
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 2:33:24 PM

i knew id get sum flak for that!
just so im clear,
I WAS JUST KIDDING

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sonic1899
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 4:44:29 PM

@booze925
That doesn't make it any better. It's still flamebait and a weak one at that lol

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booze925
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 12:37:47 AM

who cares what you think buddy?
i sure as hell don't

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Underdog15
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 1:45:50 PM

I think hot peppers are a little spicy. I think the sun is bright. I think roses are red. I think snow and ice are both cold. I think I have gas. And I think what you said is pure flamebait.

You might not care what any of us 'think', but all of the aforementioned details remain true, whether you like or care about it or not.

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sonic1899
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 6:44:34 PM

@booze925
You don't care, huh? Well seeing that you bothered to defend yourself and give yourself a thumbs up to make it seem like someone agreed with you, I think you do. ;)

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Jawknee
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:55:34 AM
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I've read Medal of Honor forces you to update to 3.50 before you can play the game so this makes sense. Good for Sony, screw the hackers. As Ben said, this is proof hackers hurt the industry.

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Underdog15
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:44:56 PM

I think it's funny that some people think Hackers are somehow heroes...

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Jawknee
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 12:50:59 PM

I know, like the tool who thumbed me down. :)

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daus26
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:17:49 PM

Well if this news is true, good to know now that I won't have to wait for an update as soon as I pop in the GT5 disc in for the first time. That would be killer for me. The 10gb, optional install is enough!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:54:35 PM

Anyone who hacks Microsoft stuff is a hero in my book.

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Alienange
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:12:30 PM
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Well this makes perfect sense. It is very true that if you call your BD manufacturer and tell them you don't want the run to go through on schedule it doesn't mean they can just turn around and say "ok we'll do it on thursday instead." They have contracts to fulfill.

Now obviously producing 7 million GT5s is a pretty good job that anyone would want, but realistically speaking, yeah, it's going to cause at least a few weeks delay.

GT5 fans should be jumping for joy over this news. Your game is coming boys.

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RadioHeader
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:26:24 PM

Not that I've thought much about it before, but 3 weeks for 7 million discs seems like a long time. I need a 'How do they do it' episode.

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Underdog15
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:29:06 PM

It's all about scheduling. Like someone said earlier, if one thing gets pushed back, you'd have to push everything else back. Since they have contracts, etc, they can't interrupt plans on another contract, so they fit it in where possible. It probably will take an extra week or so to prepare the update upgrade, then all paperwork after that.

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Alienange
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:39:27 PM

If they produced one BD a second it would take 81 days for them to make 7 million copies. I'd say being patient for another couple weeks ain't bad.

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RadioHeader
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:55:55 PM

They should have a midnight release outside the factory every night and we could all turn up and fight over them. I probably wouldn't win a copy until the 21st night but it would help kill time.

Killer math, btw.

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Alienange
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 5:21:29 PM

You've got yourself a great idea there. Hell, I'd pay to see some GT5 fans beat each other up. That'd be hilarious.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 1:54:00 PM
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So THAT's why Best Buy wants money to do this! The freakin games won't work if you get home and don't have internet.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 5:35:09 PM

Nah, I'm sure GT5 with also have the update on the disk itself, so when you put it in it'll ask you to update and you'll copy the data from the game disk.

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DemonNeno
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 2:02:28 PM
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there well always be hacking.. It hurts those of us who buy retail games day one and hurts prices further still to need such securities incorporated into media and hardware... Sad, really, that those who defend their actions by using prices as an excuse continue to cause them to rise..

nonetheless, I can wait a bit longer if it means Sony can be at peace with their countermeasures. unfortunately for the GT team, this has once again become an sore issue for their development and left many pointing fingers at them. I don't know about you all, but I'd be pretty tired and mentally ill of it all..

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 2:17:04 PM

yah, pretty much for the hacking part too.

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mexgeo86
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 4:21:10 PM
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Honestly, does such a great title not deserve more than the $60 it'll cost (standard version). I could understand something like a sub 60s score title getting pirated but with GT5 you know that Polyphony clearly will give you a great experience and they don't deserve to lose out on their years worth of work.

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RebelJD
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 5:24:54 PM
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Sweet, I'm glad to hear that the GT5 delay may be due to preventing piracy by having it ship with 3.50. Rock on. Sales should be heavy.

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NULL
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 6:31:28 PM
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The "Hackers" that you all seem to be burning at a stake will never dent game sales due to the cost of downloading a game for the current generation.

Sony are just screwing over the vast majority of PS3 owners by delaying. The hackers really do not care for the backup manager that can be used with a jailbreak device. Most people are already updating as the scene is slowly but surely dieing.

The jailbreak will not be remembered in the furture as it just a mere blip in the grand scheme of things. Eventually people using more stable and substantial hacks, like Geohot mastering the hypervisor, will gain full control of the PS3 capabilities, something sony has been reluctant to give to its consumers. It will run linux and custom firmware so that more of the potential of your £300 machine can be used.

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DemonNeno
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 7:25:19 PM

You're missing the point of prevention. Producing an productive hack turns into a lost harvest. Hurting the game sales isn't a big deal to the big guys like Sony, it hurts developers who need every cent they vested into their product. What always surprises me is how reluctant people are About realizing what their actions do.

Theft is the primary reason people waste money in a lot of different fields of work and lifestyles. To say it doesn't hurt sales may be probable if you knew how many people were pirating something. Tell me people can track every torrent along with every physical copy made of said ISO and you're a fool. Plain and simple. SECONDLY, consider you bought a brand new Mustang Boss and found your car chilling on bricks with your wheels and tires missing. Or that you came to your home and someone robbed you blind. Did you deserve that for all your hours at work to afford it?

Harnessing the power of a product a company makes ALWAYS impacts it's eligibility for support. It isn't your creation, after all. Just because you own it doesn't give you the right to use their services unless you comply with their contact.

So what exactly is the point of hacking a PS3 when it's not remotely as powerful todays PC systems? The PS3 requires delicate code to unleash it, surely best suited for its common use. Hacking it is merely bragging rights for the attention hungry and idiots who think it's worth the trouble. ever heard of an HTPC?

meanwhile mainstream is troubled and delayed while every stupid, yet still unacceptable, excuse is blurted out. As if one will be the exception that'll make us all say "crap! He's right!"

Give me a break. Use the allowance your mother gives you more wisely and make some friends!

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StangMan80
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 8:17:13 PM
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So this looks like it will be on shelves early December, I say before the 10th. That will give them plenty of time to do what they need. I'm thinking it sounds like they will need about 5 weeks, maybe 4?
Do what you have to do, we can't wait.
It sucks we have to wait another month but the 5 year wait will be worth it the first time you pop that disk in your PS3 and you will forget about it(the wait) with the endless amount of features.

GT5 countdown... hopefully will end early December(Dec. 4... fingers cross)

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StangMan80
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 8:39:38 PM
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I just checked my GT5 collector's edition pre-oreder with release date shipping from amazon and only the c.e. doesn't have a release date, the stand alone still has the Nov. 2 release... is this just amazon. that's what i;m thinking... Why would they do that thou?

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THEVERDIN
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 8:55:31 PM
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I'm starting to worry about this being a buggy game, to much going on at the last minute.

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THEVERDIN
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 8:57:44 PM
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Gamestop is showing 1/1/2011

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The Iron Jedi
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 11:54:59 PM
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I spotted the image of the box that the signature edition is coming in here in Australia, and it just looks fantastic. I think it's going to be well worth the $300 AUD when it comes out, as well as The Force Unleashed 2, it's going to be a good Christmas!

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___________
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 1:28:51 AM
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told ya, said that yesterday!
the pathetic thing is this proves how f*cking disorganized sony are!
the exploits have been out for over 2 freaking months, and only now they do this?
i always said sony are the most disorganized company in the entire universe, but they did not have to prove it to me!

this is really stupid too, you cant pirate the game!
the only way to install the game onto the HDD IS TO BUY THE FRIGGING GAME!!!!!!!
so why are sony wasting there time with this?
not going to change anything, whether it was on 3.41 or 3.50 it makes no difference to piracy issues!

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Highlander
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 2:33:47 AM


1) Sony addressed the USB exploit in the previous firmware update. That prevention was enhanced with 3.5. There was very little delay in Sony's reaction to block the hackers
2)If you hack the system and copy the game to your HDD you don't need the BluRay anymore, which of course is how pirates will make copies of the game.

Since you don't know what is in (or not) firmware 3.50 , you can hardly claim that 3.50 makes no difference compared to 3.41

I suspect you know all of this already, and just like reacting like a crazy person.

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___________
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 9:59:08 AM

no, you cant play games off the HDD if you dont have a game in there.
already tried it awhile ago would not work.
you cant download the ISOs and burn them to a disk either, would not read it so there goes that idea too.
there is absolutely no reason why GT5 needs to be on 3.5 SDKs, sony are just being cautious for future developments but at what cost?
they told everyone november 2 was set in stone, but it got broke so why should anyone believe them now?

got to play it at the motor show tonight, and have to say im not impressed.
the graphics are absolutely freaking fantastic, but there the same as the time trial demo which is almost a year old!
the damage looks so fake, bent metal DOES NOT look like melted plastic.
dunno WTF is going on there, it looks absolutely crap!
im really disappointed by it, we have been waiting over 5 frigging years for this and its not looking too good!
the guy told me its the final build too which is really worrying!

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RadioHeader
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 1:29:02 PM

Haha the first negative review just HAD to come from good ol'Flatliner.

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Highlander
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 12:04:40 AM

I'm not going to argue specifics about how the exploited consoles allow games to be played off the HDD, but you don't need the specific game disc to play a game.

Evidently the cost of mandating 3.5 is your feelings, but they hurt them all the time so why stop now?

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PharaohJR
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 1:39:00 PM
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whats hapnin psx community. i been coming to this site since 2007 & i noticed the trill(truth, real) game reviews & video game topics being discussed on this site. i had to participate cause Ben & Arnold reviews are based on there perceptions & not expectations. we living in a society now were its quantity over quality & me im a man of quality & based on the commentators & writers here i see this is a field of quality.

I thought which topic should be the 1st i comment on & i picked GT cause i been playing the series since the 1st.

i understand the delay of GT5 & i was expecting it in November. i been ready for GT5 since i purchased prologue & that was a lil taste kinda like when you really feeling ya girl & she give ya a kiss but ya want the whole package. i rather have a full complete game than updates 24/7 so what Sony & polophony doing i understand.

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