Rumour: PS3 cracked by hackers

Friday, 20 August 2010 09:31 GMT By Joe Anderson


Rumours around the net suggest the PS3 may have been hacked, with reports of  “backup” software now running on the console.

PSJailbreak, as the software seems to be known, is a combination of software and USB dongle allowing users to copy and run any game code even with systems using the current firmware.

There is no official confirmation from Sony as to whether this is true, but Digital Foundry are reporting multiple modchip resellers were sent anonymous packages from Hong Kong, and one of the recipients has posted two convincing-looking videos on YouTube showing the system in action.

Sony obviously won’t be very happy if this is true, although we would expect them to be working on an urgent firmware update if this is the case.

Thanks Psycho.


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  1. HistoryTeller

    Without a doubt fonded by MS :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. osric90

    @1 LOL. But wow, I think PS3 is the biggest anti-piracy succes to the date. Come on! 2006 to 2010… 4 years without piracy! But yeah, sometime some damn hacker will come to screw up the record. Let’s hope updates and other locks fix this.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. getbradshaw

    How is this a “rumor” when it’s been confirmed by other sources?
    Sony doesn’t have to confirm to it to not be “rumor”

    #3 5 years ago
  4. JimFear666

    confirmed by who??

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    4 years and finally? I need to believe it when i see it.

    Basically there is still a trump card for Sony on this one.

    “the hack works by streaming game data either from the internal HDD or alternatively via USB flash drives or hard disks.

    With the next firmware they can actually disable all this stuff, but after that, they are going to have a lot of law suits.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Joe Anderson

    @3 the video could still be fake.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Crysis

    they don’t want to say confirmed without their own sources, there’s a video to this, yes, but who knows, i think it’s real, but there could be more to it than what we saw

    #7 5 years ago
  8. smenman

    Even if it’s true … they can block online capability of most games on the PSN. PSN store games will still probably not work with this. And of course no DLC (unless you “play” the GOTY editions of the games)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    There is even a better solution. Sony with their next firmware update just can disable streaming data more than 5 GB either from HDD, USB flashes or Hard Disks.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    + if this is true, you PS3 owners will have so much problems with this.

    Just imagine how much Sony will make firmware updates.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    @9 That would kill a lot of capabilities for the machines as far as being a media device goes.

    Sony firmware updates are the only system I know where they *remove* features as time goes by. It’s rather hilarious.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    It’s not fake Joe, quite a number of “respected” (doesn’t seem like the right term, lol) hackers have got their hands on it now and have confirmed the functionality.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    They’ll probably just turn the USB ports off in the next one.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Hunam

    Games are so cheap at the moment (after 2-3 months I mean) that it’s probably less hassle to wait and get them cheap than it is to download a massive BR file.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Michael O’Connor

    15GB or so really isn’t much in this day and age if you have a half decent internet connection.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @11 Actually it won’t kill, it’s not like you have each photos that are more than 5 GB.

    Basically they didn’t cracked the console, they made a malicious software that can enable streaming media via internal HDD, USB flashdisks or Hard disks.

    To block software you just need to install a proper firmware update on the each SKU.
    Still it kills me, for how much they spent time creating that software…

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    16: For that to work you’ll need people to install the firmware… which you basically wouldn’t do if were using this thing.

    As for “they didn’t cracked the console”… the console is wide open, it’s running unsigned code which is just about as cracked as it gets. Can still be fixed though.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Blerk

    It also depends on how the ‘image’ works. If it’s just the files copied to a folder on an external (or internal) drive then it wouldn’t be just a single large file, it’d be lots of smaller ones.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @17 For that to work? When SKU’s are created they have a basic-latest firmware update. You think people will install something? :lol:

    “As for “they didn’t cracked the console”… the console is wide open, it’s running unsigned code which is just about as cracked as it gets. Can still be fixed though.”

    Thats just a software that can be blocked. There is no crack yet for it. Sony had like 4 years to think about any worms or cracks on the system. It’s not that open as you think. Sony always like to play dirty when it comes to the piracy.

    “It also depends on how the ‘image’ works.”

    Thats not a problem Blerk.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Hybridpsycho

    I’m just guessing but, they’ll probably fix it.

    If not, it has been a good pirate-free 4 years for sony :)

    When it comes to games, I’m all for the support of the devs.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. cookiejar

    Yeah its done pretty well so far :D

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    @17: Of course they can change the firmware at the factory, but that doesn’t really do anything about the nigh-on 40m consoles that are already in people’s houses.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. sennasnit

    There’s obviously no way of knowing but, I wonder how much money Microsoft has “lost” through piracy, and does it make a difference to console sales, software sales are/maybe affected but surely the fact that a console can play copies encourages hardware sales?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    By the way, this could be a little bit messy.


    All videos that i saw, they use debug PS3′s to run the software, but they never showed an actual process of booting on a retail PS3.

    + The hardware look like a copy of the original PS3 jigstick that repair’s old SKU’s at the Sony Center. I have a good friend that works at my local Sony center and i saw that machine.

    Basically there is still a lot of smoke and mirrors on this one.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    I thought the piracy aspect of the PSOne was fairly instrumental in the success of the console. Obviously they don’t want a PSP situation where it’s all hardware sales and not so much software – but there is a discussion point there.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Kaufer

    That can’t be true. Dreamcast can play backup CDRs right out of the box with no mods but it still failed.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. tarniak

    @24 – Those are not debug PS3s. The dongle puts PS3 into the dev mode.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. theevilaires

    There will be a fix soon. Once SONY gets its hands on this and reverse engineer it all will be said and done. SONY are the masters of hardware and since the PS1 and PS2 were incapable of firmware updates that’s the only reason why pirates got away. Plus they will shut you off PSN and can disable trophies and such.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Psychotext

    The PSP might want a word with you on what you just said there TEA. ;)

    #29 5 years ago
  30. LOLshock94

    hahahahahaha what an idiot

    #30 5 years ago
  31. tarniak

    Apparently the stuff will be on sale soon. The price is kind of over the top for something that may or may not work after Sony’s firmware upgrade.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Michael O’Connor

    Lawl. They’re such “masters of hardware” that only one of their systems has ever actually succeeded in successfully combating piracy.

    @31 It’s up to the end user to keep themselves informed about stuff like that.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Blerk

    Jesus H! That’s pricey!

    #33 5 years ago
  34. tarniak


    Well i’m certainly not going to use it, but I presume that there are neck-beards who are interested in the subject on the theoretical/technological level. I apologize if the link is against site’s policy. I wasn’t trying to promote it if that’s the case as I’m totally against that kind of products.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Elven_Star

    LOL $140. Yeah, sure. You can buy many games with that price (not at launch, obviously). Besides, next firmware update will nuke this and new games will require the new firmware to run. All in all, huge pile of crap.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. theevilaires

    ( and I set you up just for that one Psychotext thanks for taking the bait)

    Lets see a PSP vs a PS3. Which one is more sophisticated? They learned from the PSP. Being the first game hardward of theirs with firmware they learned how to sealed the cracks better with the PS3. The PS3 is a more networked connected system that they have much more control over. They can change things without you even knowing.

    The PSP not so much. Noboby worries about connecting to PSN on their PSP. Its fairly cheap and handhelds are totally more open than consoles. So maybe I should have said consoles right….but I wanted to expose your fine stealth trolling as you brilliantly put it out there yesterday on Erthazus. :D

    I see you got a bunch of followers like O’Connor following your tactics very well :D

    #36 5 years ago
  37. reask

    Wow just watched tarniaks video and omg.
    This is a serious bit of equipment if it is authentic.
    I mean even a computer dozo like me could use it. :)
    So I just get a lend of a shit load of PS3 games and walla.
    Serious stuff there.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. reask

    I think they say this disables firmware updates eleven star.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    You’re being paranoid again TEA.

    …and no, they can’t change things without you ever knowing. Because they can’t modify the firmware without taking your machine through the firmware update process (which obviously anyone with this thing wouldn’t allow to happen). They could certainly ban your console though, just like Microsoft does with the 360… though that doesn’t stop anyone who is willing to lose the network aspect of the machine. As I recall you were very against that sort of thing when MS was doing it, so I assume you still think it would be wrong here.

    As for this being nothing like the PSP… the Pandora battery exploit was virtually identical (a piece of hardware used to put the console in service mode). It started an ongoing war between Sony and the hackers, which Sony lost. It’s early days here, and they don’t have the ability to make custom firmwares yet, but this is how it begins. If Sony act fast enough I reckon they can stop it before it starts though (expect a firmware update in the next 10 working days).

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Kaufer

    From what i read though, not every game will work because files within the game that is more than 4GB prevents it from being ripped to the HDD. Size limitations of Fat32 file systems which PS3 uses. Sony could just implement a new policy for devs that new BD games should have atleast one critical file over that limit. No need for new FW updates but of course that means they also forfeit older games.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    I’m very interested in the next Sony move. This is still the ongoing battle.

    But there is a little catch. When Sony will fix this shit with the firmware update, they will include it to the every game out there as they always do.
    140$ is not worth for this dongle for now, basically it’s going to be worth a penny if Sony will stop the piracy battle.

    This is going to be very interesting. Really interesting battle.

    @Kaufer, thats a brilliant idea, but i think they are going to use a standard strategy releasing all games with the firmware updates.
    sony here like to play dirty.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Psychotext

    “140$ is not worth for this dongle for now, basically it’s going to be worth a penny if Sony will stop the piracy battle.”

    Aye, if they stop it right now then very few people are going to be interested in getting one. That said, if you’re pirate scum then this and a used PS3 would get you access to all the PS3 games (at least offline play) already released for about what you’d spend on 5 legit games.

    Like you said, the ongoing battle will be interesting. Always is.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Kerplunk

    @32 You appear to be delighted at the prospect of piracy coming to another console. Yet you also seem to complain should a console manufacturer have the audacity to take steps to combat it.

    Do you endorse piracy on all systems? I’ve seen you show intolerance for anyone that has any criticism for Nintendo. Are you as enthusiastic about their cracked hardware as you are the prospect of Sony’s?

    That ‘only one’ system produced has resisted piracy is still one more than pretty much every other manufactuerer out there.

    I have no problem with firmware updates with features being removed. Games sales are a console manufacturers major revenue stream. If the actions of some are going to threaten to destroy that – as they have proved can happen on so many other platforms – then I fully endorse the console manufacturer to take steps to protect their revenue.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. tarniak

    Fortunately, Sony is in a better situation than Microsoft. To copy the game you still need legit copy of it so you either have to borrow it from a friend or rent it. Hence, there is always a person in the “food chain” that has to buy the real piece of software, quite contrary to downloadable images of Xbox games that many people can download from only one actual source on the Internet.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Psychotext

    Unfortunately that’s not actually true tarniak. Because the game is ripped directly to an external FAT32 drive it would be quite simple to download a rip from the internet and place it on the drive yourself. It’s about the same complexity as burning a dvd, just arguably a bit quicker.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. LePlatypus

    Well done Ozmodchips

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Kerplunk

    I wonder how much more money in the pot Realtime Worlds would have had without Crackdown being pirated?

    Oh well, as the pirates and pro-piracy brigade keep telling us – piracy doesn’t cost anyone anything!

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Elven_Star

    You won’t be able to play new games, then. And it’s Elven not Eleven…

    #48 5 years ago
  49. tarniak

    @45 There aren’t any rips on the net so far and there’s no info on how does the backup process go. Maybe you’re right, but i wonder how does it work with FAT32′s 4GB partition limit. Anyway, I believe that Sony will deal with the problem very quickly and people who are willing to pay for the dongle will loose their hard earned 140$ in the aftermath.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Psychotext

    Not yet, no… the thing has only been in other people’s hands for about a day.

    With regards to the 4GB limit, it basically comes down to individual files. For instance, FFXIII wouldn’t work because there’s a massive file (32gb) on the disc which contains all of the cutscenes.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. reask

    Whoa!!!! #48 Sorry for getting the name wrong.
    Wouldn’t fancy bumping into you on the street by mistake. :(

    #51 5 years ago
  52. tarniak

    @Psychotext – That’s exactly what I intend to point. Sony can urge developers thanks to BD’s capacity to put dummy files in the smaller games. They did that with PS2 back in the day. If the game requires 12 GB on the BD, they can put 4+ GB files vital for playing the game that contains no actual game data.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Kaufer

    I sorry to inform you that pirates have been known to rip dummy files from games for a long time now. The best way to go about it is to make MGS4 epic size cutscenes. :P

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Psychotext

    @52: Absolutely, but it’s worth noting that the FAT32 limitation is only present in the current generation of this hack. As more people get their hands on it I’d fully expect them to start rounding it out and looking at the weaknesses it has.

    Just like Sony will have people looking at ways of stopping it using those weaknesses (such as new firmwares, large files, drive scans, USB limitations, USB device detection etc).

    #54 5 years ago
  55. tarniak

    On PS2, yes. That doesn’t mean Sony can’t go further with that with PS3 :P.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Michael O’Connor

    @43 I don’t know *where* the hell you gleamed the assumption that I like the idea of piracy coming to a console from what I posted. Nothing I said even *implied* that.

    I’ve never supported piracy, and I never will.

    Nor have I ever had an “intolerance for anyone that has any criticism for Nintendo.” For instance, I think Nintendo is a horrible company when it comes to supporting third party developers. Nintendo has only ever looked out for itself.

    I’ve criticised every console manufacturer wherever I felt it was necessary to do so. Each has its problems and strong points.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. theevilaires

    @43 you’re exactly right thats O’Connor for you. Major HYPOCRITE. he always says one thing then later tries to save his skin to salvage some imaginary respect he thinks he has here.

    Note to O’Connor: STFU and go play your Mario galaxy on Wii.

    and Psychotext I meant consoles of course. All machines are hackable but SONY knows they have a greater fighting chance to combat it with the PS3 than they had with the PS1 and PS2.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. Michael O’Connor

    You’re a sad little shitstain on a window, TEA, and nothing more. Try saying something frelevant that isn’t full of fucking ignorant fanboyish prattle for once in your life.

    You’re the idiot claimed that Sony is “the masters of hardware” despite the fact that only one of their machines so far has been resistible to piracy.

    I’ve never made a single hypocritical remark in my life. You’re just far too braindead to understand my (or most people’s) points. You’re the kind or moron who takes a criticism of a console and blows it up to some sort of bias, because you’re brain is so basic in its construction that you’re not actually capable of understanding a more complex argument than that.

    My life doesn’t resolve around some imagery “respect” on the internet, you tool. If someone likes me, good for them. If they don’t, good for them. I’ve never one apologised for having an opinion.

    I could care less about idiots like you or BHD not respecting me when I have well adjusted grown adults like Stephany and TheOlderGamer who do.

    The sad thing is, *you* probably actually think that *you* have some respect on here despite the fact that there are usually half a dozen people regularly telling you to shut up in every single thread you post in.

    tl;dr version: You’re a fucking idiot, and the only think I’ve ever been capable of doing is laugh at you.

    #58 5 years ago
  59. theevilaires

    (ON TOPIC)

    Yea that comment was in reference to their TVs,Disc
    Players,and other hardware too retard. You tell me the top 3 name brands in electronic hardware in the world and not mention SONY you idiot. Course you would say Nintendo,Nintendo,and Nintendo.


    So I see you changed your name back to LOSER aka (Micheal O’Connor) which makes you a liar too. Nice little story you told Reask in the forums the other day jackass. You’re so pathetic O’Connor it makes me sick….it really does.

    You think I care about anyone here respecting me. As long as they can’t say I’m lying I’m cool. Yes I repeat myself on a lot of things like saying UC2 is better and some what but tell me I’m lying…..Oh you can’t just like that little debate yesterday when you tried to put LIVE against PSN out of nowhere trying to prove a point that wasn’t even a topic first off.

    You still can’t go back and say anything to that after I shut you down like I do 100% of the time you come at me. You pick a few words from my argument and try to spin everything. YOU’RE A LOSER O’CONNOR deal with it. I don’t care if you have Stephany on your friends list on LIVE or PSN. Maybe that boost your confidence, makes you feel good that hot chick would talk to a dork like you! O.G. and I are good friends we don’t see eye to eye on some things but I have a great deal of respect for him and vice versa.

    Bottom line is O’Connor you’re a troll and I am too but people hate you and they like me better. Deal with it LOSER! Go play your Wii and Tekken6 360 ver. Such a waste of life you are O’Connor. But it could be worst your last name could be Bowden :(

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Michael O’Connor

    I didn’t “change my name back” you fucking simpleton. I got access back to my old account because I got my old PC fixed.

    The Boris Fett account exists as a separate account, which I’m sure one of the staff could easily prove for you if they checked. But they better things to do with their lives than humour your utterly delusional ego, I’m sure.

    Do you have any understanding of the difference between circumstance assumptions and actual, plausible facts? No, you do not.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. reask

    @ Michael & Tea.
    How about a group hug. ;)

    #61 5 years ago
  62. Michael O’Connor


    The guy is a raging idiot of the highest order.

    #62 5 years ago
  63. theevilaires

    Sorry don’t like the smell of alcohol on me Reask. Guy clearly has insecure issues he needs to settle. Always trying to play the damn hero everywhere. Go terrorize your site you moron. Go play dictator there. My opinion matters to some people here obviously. Just as yours but you think you’re the video game lord of the world or something.

    Why? Cause you run your own site you LOSER?

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Psychotext

    Back on uhh… topic…

    Pretty good BBC article on the subject:

    #64 5 years ago
  65. theevilaires

    Well that was fast. You want SONY’s attention make a BBC article about it :) Expect firmware update really soon. Scary how fast information travels these days.

    #65 5 years ago
  66. reask

    Kinda off topic a bit but I was just wondering.
    Isn’t the second hand market kind of piracy as well except its the big guys doing it.
    I hold my hand up as I have bought many games used.
    But still it makes you wonder.

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Uncontested

    O’Connor being a douchey faggot? What a surprise.

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Michael O’Connor

    “Yes I repeat myself on a lot of things like saying UC2 is better ”

    I actually responded to that by pointing out a game I consider superior to it. You ignored it simple because it’s a Wii game, a format that doesn’t even register on your radar.

    “Sorry don’t like the smell of alcohol on me Reask.”

    Seriously, if you’re going to be a pedantic troll, can you at least fucking *try* to come up with something remotely original?

    “You still can’t go back and say anything to that after I shut you down like I do 100% of the time you come at me.”

    You live in a delusional world entirely of your own making, I assure you. All you *ever* do in your post is spout off fanboyish prattle.

    You still continue to ignore the ignorance of your moronic claim about Sony being the “masters of hardware” despite the fact that only one of their machines has ever successfully guarded itself against piracy.

    And when you try to discuss why, you end up talking out of your fucking ass, unlike TARNIAK, who actually KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT!

    “Maybe that boost your confidence, makes you feel good that hot chick would talk to a dork like you!”

    I can assure you, getting “hot chicks” to talk to me isn’t something I’ve ever had a problem with. Why? Because I actually live in the real world, where talking to the opposite sex is a common occurrence and not some strange, unfathomable fantasy.

    “Just as yours but you think you’re the video game lord of the world or something.”

    No, I just think I’m smarter than you.

    “Why? Cause you run your own site you LOSER?”

    You do realise I do far more journalism than just run that own site my name links to, right? Oh wait, no, that would require you to actually know what the fuck you were talking about.

    Which you don’t.

    “Bottom line is O’Connor you’re a troll and I am too but people hate you and they like me better.”

    You keep believing that TEA. I’m sure it helps you sleep better at night. Or something.

    #68 5 years ago
  69. Michael O’Connor

    “Isn’t the second hand market kind of piracy as well except its the big guys doing it.”

    It can’t be construed as piracy because it involves the exchange of money on both party’s behalf for a product that has been legally distributed to the market, but you make any interesting point.

    You seem a lot of media with phrases like “Not for resale” slapped on them as a legal notice, and yet its freely allowed.

    Regardless of how you look at it, the second hand sales of games is damaging to the industry regardless.

    #69 5 years ago
  70. theevilaires

    You’re a sad sad sad saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad person O’Connor. I will pray for you.

    #70 5 years ago
  71. Michael O’Connor


    #71 5 years ago
  72. Gadzooks!

    Ok, serious question to any moderator reading this:

    Do you actually give a damn about this website? Do you not care that a destructive brat with a loud mouth and absolutely nothing of value to contribue is ruining every thread he comes into contact with?

    This is fact. When he turns up and starts mouthing off, the thread is dead. A write-off. An ex-thread. Yet you let him do what he likes, like an apathetic parent with an ADHD child.

    ‘Oh hes just having a laugh’ is the stock response. Well you know what? It certainly isnt ‘a laugh’ for the people that have thier discussions rudely shat upon by this 15 year old swearbox unable to control his own rage.

    There are complaints about his idiocy, day after day after day but they are falling on deaf ears.

    There is so much good discussion on this site, or at least there is when TEA isnt around. When he is present though, its even more unpleasant than the likes of Eurogamer and gaf. Without him I guarantee you will find more people joining in discussion

    For christ sakes do something about it.

    #72 5 years ago
  73. theevilaires

    can anyone point out a swear word I’ve said all day so far yet today? Go ahead and check I assure you I haven’t edited one post.

    Now why is a guy who has a grease monkey script on me still complaining? First he claims I make his eyes bleed and he was so happy for that script (that O’Connor sent him none the less) and now he’s still complaining? I could attack him and destroy him but I will be the bigger guy here and turn the other cheek.

    For everyone’s info this is how they got Shatner banned. They attacked him constantly, pushed him in a corner and he lashed out in the wrong way giving proper cause if you may to be banned. O’Connor,Bowden,Gadzooks! you can’t enter my mind because I’m on a superior level that you can never reach. (turns around and walks away)

    #73 5 years ago
  74. Michael O’Connor

    “First he claims I make his eyes bleed and he was so happy for that script (that O’Connor sent him none the less) and now he’s still complaining?”

    I’ve never talked to Gadzooks in my life, nor do I ever recall sending him the greasemonkey script. I linked for everyone’s convenience, and if he happened to use it then fair dues to him.

    I was no the first person to link to it dumbass. I got it from someone else who posted it.

    “For everyone’s info this is how they got Shantner banned. They attacked him constantly, pushed him in a corner and he lashed out in the wrong way giving proper cause if you may to be banned.”

    You’re the only person I know stupid enough to think that someone who constantly attacked others (not just in on a semi-regular basis like you, but literally in every single thread for months straight) was the one being attacked and victimised.

    You weren’t even part of this community when he was here.

    “O’Connor,Bowden,Gadzooks! you can’t enter my mind because I’m on a superior level that you can never reach. (turns around and walks away)”

    Oh god, I think I just broke my ribs laughing.

    You’re a fucking idiot. A complete fucking idiot. I’ve seen you post countlessly about how you intentionally want to get a rise out of me, and then you spout this drivel about being on a superior level to us?

    The only thing you are mate is braindead.

    #74 5 years ago
  75. DrDamn

    @57 “STFU” – or is the F for Fudge?

    #75 5 years ago
  76. The Hindle

    A suggestion if you want, Michael dont respond to Tea no matter what he says and Tea dont respond to Michael what ever he says. There now we can all get along.

    #76 5 years ago
  77. theevilaires

    (The attacks continue)…but Garratt will never see an email from me crying (NEVER). hey Gadzooks! wanna count how many curse words O’Connor just called me…(Oh wait he can’t see what I type anymore because I damaged his eyes with my words :D )

    You’re class A O’Connor….class A LOSER that is. Oh and I was apart of this site since it started. I was a fan of the sites formats when I first saw VG247 and continue to be. That’s why I think its the best gaming site. Easy to read and good people, but you are a fool. Plain and simple.

    #77 5 years ago
  78. Michael O’Connor

    @76, There is a certain level of stupidity and denial that I find incapable of ignoring. TEA is one of the few individuals I’ve ever met that manages to successfully reach those levels.

    I gladly ignore TEA when he stops randomly dragging up my surname (because using my first name is apparently outside of his ability), in every second post. Otherwise I’ll gladly keep pissing on him for his rampant stupidity.

    #78 5 years ago
  79. theevilaires

    Nice way to “TRY” and give a good excuse for your over zealous trolling of me.

    #79 5 years ago
  80. DrDamn

    “Oh and I was apart of this site since it started.”

    So you both agree there then at least. :)

    #80 5 years ago
  81. Michael O’Connor

    @79 Can you try posting *anything* with some substance to it, please? You’re incapable of making a single point that is based on any actual facts.

    *You* lecturing *anyone* about over-zealous trolling is the most hilarious and hypocritical thing I have heard on the internet in years.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. theevilaires

    Whats wrong with you O’Connor are you trying to have a last word battle or something why can’t you just drop it and ignore me. We are so killing the cosmos by ruining the comments section for people like Gadzooks! with out so called (in your head) internet warz.

    Here start a thread in the forums called O’Connor vs TEA. Continue it there but I won’t be convicted anymore of ruining this comment section by people like Gadzooks! who has me blocked anyway and is still complaining :D

    P.S. YOU’RE STILL A LOSER TROLL and you need to get some viagra if you need to constantly attack me to get a “troner” (stole that term from Crysis in the forums) :D

    #82 5 years ago
  83. reask

    I reckon you 2 guys are starting to resemble these 2. :D

    #83 5 years ago
  84. Michael O’Connor

    @82 Don’t bitch at me for “ruining the comments section when you’re a constant, belligerent troll who feels the needs to shit over everyone else’s opinions to quench your fanboyish ego.

    If you don’t want a shitstorm, stop creating them, you fucking idiot.

    #84 5 years ago
  85. theevilaires

    O’Connor look at your comments….they are filled with monkey rage man…..stop it you baboon! Cursing left and right OMG I know chimps who could carry a better debate in sign language than you can vocally….and you’re not getting the last word since obviously that’s what I see you want now.

    #85 5 years ago
  86. Michael O’Connor

    You wouldn’t last a day in Ireland. My language is mild compared to most people I know.

    #86 5 years ago
  87. theevilaires

    You wanna bet!

    #87 5 years ago
  88. Psychotext

    This is so sexy.

    …and caaaaan you feeeeel the luuuuuurve toniiiiiiight?

    #88 5 years ago
  89. The Hindle

    Christ just get a room you two. :D

    #89 5 years ago
  90. cookiejar

    Preferably a room where the walls close in :D

    #90 5 years ago
  91. Michael O’Connor


    #91 5 years ago
  92. theevilaires

    yea SAW 6 comes to mind :D someone set that up so I’m the guy who escapes.

    #92 5 years ago
  93. mojo


    with one of the last fw updates sony AFAIK (i can be wrong here) enabled the ability to silent patch the system. im realy not sure of this, but wasnt there some news, that smaller patches to games can now be done silently? maybe some of u remember. cant find a source( tbh havent even searched for one).
    But if thats the case and this does also count for the ps3 itself, who knows, maybe all ur units are allready fixed?!
    silently, fix activates in 1 week or so.

    Just a thought. could very well be utter bs what i hope is not the case tbfh.

    call bs or discuss. did i mix things up?

    #93 5 years ago
  94. Psychotext

    If they did it would be in one of the user agreements we accept when we get a firmware upgrade. They’d need our agreement (even if 99% of us don’t even read them! ;) )

    #94 5 years ago
  95. mojo

    oh wait i have another thing to add to the theory.
    There have been reports (and here im sure) that the ps3 (and the other current gen consoles too) silently send user data (how often u play n stuff) to sonyHQ. connection established, recieving data is just a step ahead.

    to clarify, im sure these reports exist, im not sure if they are legit or just hoax.

    #95 5 years ago
  96. theevilaires

    umm they do get your agreement…its called say yes or dont play online psychotext. SONY can activate and deactivate your system to even not allow you to play your own games! Its BS but they can do it. and they black mail by using free online play. I’m telling you they have done it to many people I know.

    Plus you wouldn’t know anyway because you never use your PS3 or at least sign into PSN to be familiar with updates anyway

    #96 5 years ago
  97. mojo

    oh wait i have another thing to add to the theory.
    There have been reports (and here im sure) that the ps3 (and the other current gen consoles too) silently send user data (how often u play n stuff) to sonyHQ. connection established, recieving data is just a step ahead.

    to clarify, im sure these reports exist (in a not-so-hardcore games magazine called CompterbildSpiele (they dont have the best reputation, actualy they are far off of that, but afaik there are more sources claiming this. but who knows, maybe it has just been a work of c&p)), im not sure if they are legit or just hoax.

    #97 5 years ago
  98. Psychotext

    Not talking about deactivating your PSN account TEA, talking about modifying the system without authorisation / notification.

    You do agree to allow them to deactivate your network access without notification, you don’t (so far at least) agree to let them modify your system without notification.

    Of course, they don’t have to tell you what they’re modifying, but a silent firmware update would get them into all sorts of legal shite, especially if they were to remove functionality.

    (Not that I believe they could do it anyway, given how long their firmware updates normally take)

    #98 5 years ago
  99. mojo

    “You do agree to allow them to deactivate your network access without notification, you don’t (so far at least) agree to let them modify your system without notification.”

    they did this. and im not talkign about “the linux affair”. Im talking about that new copyprotection (playback protection actualy) called Cinavia

    that has never been announced afaik.

    i see my theory becoming hopefully valid or legit at least.
    i realy dont want teh ps3 to get cracked up.. alltough booting from hdd and the speed boost in loading times sounds attractive.

    #99 5 years ago
  100. Psychotext

    That’s not what I’m saying mojo. They can put whatever they want in a firmware (more power to them), but they can’t just slap that firmware on your machine without asking you for permission first.

    …as it stands anyway.

    #100 5 years ago
  101. mojo

    u got a point here. now i see where u coming from, i didnt thought about that…
    but still, it surely is possible they can do that imo (legals aside)

    wow, 3rd page of comments. See the abyss of the human mind.

    #101 5 years ago
  102. Psychotext

    Technically, yeah, I reckon they could with ease.

    You’d probably know about it when it rebooted on you. ;)

    Edit – Actually, thinking about it a little more… you can’t update a firmware whilst the console is doing something, you risk frying it. So at minimum it would need to stop you for the install.

    #102 5 years ago
  103. mojo

    no think simple:
    in one of the last fws they also enabled the ability to imcremently patch. just the new code gets applied, not the complete fw as a whole.
    This together with the assumed not-so-big fix for this and that teh patch gets first just downloaded and with the next boot applied and u have a go.
    the fix could very well be so small in size the user wouldnt even notice anything abnormal.

    OT: when i edit a comment and click submit i just get a blank white page*, but the comment gets edited. but the article doesnt get loaded again. anyone getting the same?

    * is the url when it blanks out.

    #103 5 years ago
  104. mojo

    i for myself also cant relay imagine they would do this, but the posibility exists if u ask me.

    #104 5 years ago
  105. albo88

    there is a reason why no one have been interested on hacking ps3 cos for now the empty blu ray disc still expensive is like buying a used original game that come 2 year age when the 360 empty disc is like 25 euro for like 25 dvd dl

    #105 5 years ago
  106. Erthazus

    @105 you can use flash disks or HDD, so your thinking here is absolutely wrong.

    #106 5 years ago
  107. NightCrawler1970

    I hope not Sony gonna disable USB port, gonna be hard to charge my controllers.

    Sony will come up with something to keep, hackers out the door

    #107 5 years ago
  108. Erthazus

    They actually can remove USB device in the next SKU’s, but thats about it actually.

    #108 5 years ago
  109. Michael O’Connor

    They’re not going to remove USB support. Dear lord.

    #109 5 years ago
  110. Erthazus

    @109 you are *censored* as always. I’m not saying about a USB function. I said about the DEVICE.

    they can have slots that will recharge controllers only.

    #110 5 years ago
  111. Psychotext

    That’s a little harsh Erthazus. What you said really did make it look like you meant they could stop allowing USB devices in future SKUs.

    Even if you just meant they might just allow recharging, that’s still not going to happen because Move / PlayTV / Buzz etc are going to struggle to work without fully functioning USB ports.

    I assume what you’re trying to say is that they’ll detect and block this device if plugged into a USB port on future revisions of the hardware, which yes, seems likely.

    #111 5 years ago
  112. Erthazus

    You are right, i censored my words :P a little bit. Can’t stand for the stupidity.

    “I assume what you’re trying to say is that they’ll detect and block this device if plugged into a USB port on future revisions of the hardware, which yes, seems likely.”

    That won’t help much because Clone devices are in the production i’m sure.

    but Sony on this one blowed themselves pretty much :D

    #112 5 years ago
  113. Psychotext

    “That won’t help much because Clone devices are in the production i’m sure.”

    Yes, but this device will have an ID string which will be on an approved list that each console stores locally. Whilst clones will be in production, they like wont be able to generate fake IDs which the system will allow to function.

    #113 5 years ago
  114. LOLshock94

    most comments av ever seen ps3 fan boy shit

    #114 5 years ago

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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]