Sony may be able to detect Jailbroken PS3s

Tuesday, 11th January 2011 23:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier


If Sony follow the precedent set by Microsoft, we can expect pirated PlayStation 3 games to bring down the ban hammer, locking users out of the PlayStation Network. Fringe dwellers beware: Sony may well already know what you’ve been up to.

According to Digital Foundry, any PS3 console with a network connection reports back to Sony servers on start up – whether the user is signed in with a PlayStation ID or not.

The content of this communication is unknown, but is likely to include an application log identifying software installed on the hard drive.

Sony has yet to announce any consequences for using illicit software or firmware enabled by Geohot’s PS3 root key publication; the company’s most recent statement is that the hack is being looked into.

Piracy contravenes the PlayStation Network’s terms and services and is justification for a ban, but Digital Foundry speculated that Sony may even be able to permanently disable Jailbroken PS3s.

A PSN ban disallows PS3 users from accessing the PlayStation store, title updates, online multiplayer and other game-specific services.



  1. Joe Anderson

    Yeah take that pirates.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. McLovin85

    Good stuff. Take them down!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. LewieP

    Not sure if it’s the best idea from a business perspective.

    It totally rules out the possibility of earning money from selling DLC/online access to pirates.

    I would have thought a more pragmatic approach would be to allow people with hacked consoles access to PSN, but do the online pass thing for all online games. That way if people pirate a game, they still have to pay to play them online.

    Also, I assume this would tar innocent homebrew users with the same brush.

    All speculative like.

    Edit: Although obviously PSN blocking would be a piracy deterrent for some people, it also seems like throwing the gauntlet down to hackers to find some way of altering what it transmitted to Sony.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. KAP

    I hear what your saying but this shit has been going on long enough now.

    SCE: “We do not negotiate with terrorists”
    •Internal PS3 Killswitch in 5, 4, 3, 2….•

    #4 4 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @3, if Sony are being seen to do nothing about piracy and sales numbers appear to suffer they run the risk of publishers beginning to treat the PS3 in the future like they treat the PC now, pushing back releases, not publishing dlc, not putting as much effort into the games they do release.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. MushroomStamp

    Not that big of a deal really considering their network isnt’ worth having. Every good PS3 game that I play is offline anyway. Can’t think of one that is worth going online to play. Bring on the hacks.. I want a 2TB drive connected for fast menu driven game loading :)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    ^ Stupid comment is stupid.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. metamorphic

    @6: You must be one of those inbreds who’re too poor to afford “good PS3 games” anyway. Your comment on 2TB drives is also rather hilarious – good luck trying to get that installed on the PS3, jackass.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mojo

    “That way if people pirate a game, they still have to pay to play them online.”
    that would be a slap in the face of every legit customer.
    im not interessted in 90% of the mps of games i play. so according to ur suggestion it would be ok for me to pirate those games i dont want to play online.

    #9 4 years ago

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