PS3 other OS support reinstated by Geohot

After Sony released firmware 3.21 and, to the chagrin of users all over the globe, disabled the option to install a third-party OS on on the system, Geohot vowed to return the functionality to the gaming console. Geohot, known for jailbreaking work on the iPhone OS and for exploiting vulnerabilities in the PS3 OS, is considered by some to be the primary reason Sony released the restrictive firmware in the first place.

Geohot is not about to back down from the direct challenge by Sony, and has announced a successful attempt at enabling other OS support on updated PS3 consoles. He released a video as proof of his accomplishment, as the custom firmware is not publicly available yet. Geohot claims that the exploit may even "unlock" PS3 slims, which are restricted from installing third-party OSs by default, although he has not gotten a chance to test it yet.

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Europeans are getting a $84GBP refunds from Amazon on their ps3's due to the removal of the feature.
I bet Amazon send those costs directly back to Sony. Also under Australian law the ps3 is no longer fit for purpose and the retailers there also will need to make good of the advertised features or give a full refund.

So this will cost Sony an arm and a leg and the hackers they were trying to stop have simply returned the feature anyways and maybe even in a way that also makes the ps3 Slim work with it.

What a bad news day for Sony.

bits said,
Europeans are getting a $84GBP refunds from Amazon on their ps3's due to the removal of the feature.
I bet Amazon send those costs directly back to Sony. Also under Australian law the ps3 is no longer fit for purpose and the retailers there also will need to make good of the advertised features or give a full refund.

So this will cost Sony an arm and a leg and the hackers they were trying to stop have simply returned the feature anyways and maybe even in a way that also makes the ps3 Slim work with it.

What a bad news day for Sony.

The PS3 was never advertised as a Linux machine. Nor does the packaging state so. Just because it was shown as capable doesn't mean squat to functionality. It's a PS3 game player, network game player, and a Blu-ray player.

My theory is that Other OS capabilities never got removed. Just the menu option for them. Being that 3.21 was kind of a rush job, I think it's pretty plausible.

Yeah. He sure hacked it alright. He replaced the firmware. It's like saying you "hacked" your PC (or Windows) when you installed some other OS on there.

Solid Knight said,
Yeah. He sure hacked it alright. He replaced the firmware. It's like saying you "hacked" your PC (or Windows) when you installed some other OS on there.

Because you know, it's really easy to install a new firmware on the PS3...

Solid Knight said,
Yeah. He sure hacked it alright. He replaced the firmware. It's like saying you "hacked" your PC (or Windows) when you installed some other OS on there.
Jealous much?

Ryoken said,
Now we just need a good os that has a nice PS2 emulator for all of us Slim owners who got screwed over.

You could try PCSX2 on Linux...

Matt Hardwick said,
Uhm, does anyone else think it's dodgey that his MAC address was ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff ?

He probably just spoofed his address. No biggie. you can probably set that in the network configs.

Matt Hardwick said,
Uhm, does anyone else think it's dodgey that his MAC address was ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff ?

I dont havea ps3, but sony may be able to find out which PS3 has a given MAC, thus he changed it so if sony watched the video they couldnt ban his console (can they do that on the ps3?)

Stephen said,

I dont havea ps3, but sony may be able to find out which PS3 has a given MAC, thus he changed it so if sony watched the video they couldnt ban his console (can they do that on the ps3?)

I don't think it's something they do, BUT who is to say they can't.

Stephen said,

I dont havea ps3, but sony may be able to find out which PS3 has a given MAC, thus he changed it so if sony watched the video they couldnt ban his console (can they do that on the ps3?)

Yes they ban on PSN by mac address from what I've read

So he demonstrates how to do this...and as a result is basically showing Sony what they need to look for to ban in the next update/when connecting to PSN. Smart.

Elessar said,
So he demonstrates how to do this...and as a result is basically showing Sony what they need to look for to ban in the next update/when connecting to PSN. Smart.

Well, he demonstrates how to open Other OS, just as you did before... He doesn't demonstrate how he did the hack. So that's not really a problem.

I honestly don't get the why people are so angry over this. I bought my PS3 to play games and watch blu-rays. Linux runs better on my PC anyway. That's just me though.

HeretikSaint said,
I honestly don't get the why people are so angry over this. I bought my PS3 to play games and watch blu-rays. Linux runs better on my PC anyway. That's just me though.

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HeretikSaint said,
I honestly don't get the why people are so angry over this. I bought my PS3 to play games and watch blu-rays. Linux runs better on my PC anyway. That's just me though.

I don't use mine to watch Blu-rays, so therefore I don't think people would be angry if they released an update that removed Blu-ray playback support.

HeretikSaint said,
I honestly don't get the why people are so angry over this. I bought my PS3 to play games and watch blu-rays. Linux runs better on my PC anyway. That's just me though.

To a lot of users that are upset over this. This isn't about not being able to use Linux anymore, its more about Sony removing an advertised feature at the time of purchase. Which I believe is not entirely legal, regardless of the reasons it was removed.

Osirus23 said,
I don't use mine to watch Blu-rays, so therefore I don't think people would be angry if they released an update that removed Blu-ray playback support.

Flawless rebuttal ;O Tip of the hat to you, sir.

Solid Knight said,

Flawed, games use Blu-Ray.

BD video playback could still be disabled with a software update without effecting game playing, you fail hard.

Osirus23 said,

I don't use mine to watch Blu-rays, so therefore I don't think people would be angry if they released an update that removed Blu-ray playback support.

Have you ever heard of Games that "playback"? I'm pretty sure this word defines what he means; Blu-Ray movies. Fail.

I don't use the OtherOS option but I have tried it and may have a use for it someday. Sony just removing it is too heavy handed an option if they want to keep their games console from being hacked. Patch a security hole by all means, but this is paid-for functionality, you can't just remove it. Go GeoHot!

pasty2k2 said,

Have you ever heard of Games that "playback"? I'm pretty sure this word defines what he means; Blu-Ray movies. Fail.

I don't use the OtherOS option but I have tried it and may have a use for it someday. Sony just removing it is too heavy handed an option if they want to keep their games console from being hacked. Patch a security hole by all means, but this is paid-for functionality, you can't just remove it. Go GeoHot!

Right, so you complain about them reomving the function but you're cheering for the hacker which made them have to do this? (snipped)

Edited by Eric, Apr 9 2010, 4:59pm :

Osirus23 said,

I don't use mine to watch Blu-rays, so therefore I don't think people would be angry if they released an update that removed Blu-ray playback support.

Your PS3 games use blu ray disks thou.

Ruran said,
Kinda saw this coming, you can't just disable a feature like that and not have some people attempt to get it back.

You could look at it as a statement of denial, that despite Sony being a big bad, huffing and puffing wolf, the third pig is going to get his own back, and then some.

Sony made the extremely foolish mistake of forcefully removing Other OS. They just turned the PS3 into a hacking field day.

Bring it on, I say.