Rumour: Sony prepping new PS3 SKU to combat hackers

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 01:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Rumours suggest Sony may be working up to the release of a new, “hack-proof” PlayStation 3 model.

An anonymous source told Everything HQ Sony is “already deep into plans” for a new SKU in response to the recent leak of Killzone 3 to torrent sites, in the wake of the system’s root key publication and subsequent custom firmware.

The new, Slim-style model will allegedly feature a 300 GB hard drive and a price tag of £186.99.

Recent retailer discounts in some territories have fuelled speculation that Sony is planning an official price drop on PS3 hardware, which Everything HQ suggests may be an effort to clear existing, hackable stock – although putting a bunch of cheap, hackable consoles into consumer hands doesn’t seem the wisest counter-piracy strategy.



  1. urbz2011

    Should of did that a long time ago in my opinion.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. GenoZStriker

    LOL! That site/blog was created just to write that news and to have it approved on N4G, which it didn’t because anytime one of these random blog/sites come up they write news like these and claim that they have a “credible and anonymous source” and just disappear after that.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. theevilaires

    That site does seem a little shady sweet heart :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. NightCrawler1970

    @1, smart remarks, in that time GEOHOTS doesn’t exist, in that time….

    All hell broke lose when Sony removed “Other OS” from the console, and GEOHOTS is born…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Maxey

    Ok, but what about current users? Will Sony update the firmware in order to protect legal consumers from anything harmful that may come from these hacks?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NightCrawler1970

    @5, I think so, they should do that, otherwise gamers will step over to Xbox that simple

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gama_888

    @5 aslong as ur not doing anyg illegal with ur ps3 you should be completely fine anyway

    i gotta say this would be an apsolute perfect move by sony, a slimmer cheaper ps3 and sony will own 2011,i allready know a few people who were die hard xbox fanboys make the switch because of the exclusives this year.
    And considering the size of ngp which has near enought the same power as ps3, could we be talking wii size?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Maxey


    uh no, it’s the same size as the slim model, but with a 300gb hdd and a more secure firmware.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Maxey

    Oh great, I can’t edit my comments.

    Anyway, #7, haven’t you read the news about how the hackers can ban PSN accounts at will?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Crysis

    PS2 BC?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Elven_Star

    In case you haven’t noticed, 360 was hacked years ago.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. The1stMJC

    Ok Sony put a bigger HDD and BC back in along with a price cut. And people will go crazy.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Crysis

    So £186.99 is pretty much $300 AUD so I’d be astonished if we don’t have a price drop in hardware too, despite the fact that we pay well nearly 100% more for the games, the hardware seems to be pretty much the same price.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. NightCrawler1970

    @11 i bet Nitendo Wii is hacked too??, yes i was aware that Xbox was hacked, just because of uncle Bill Gates, and Microsoft being hacked since Windows 3.11

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Gama_888

    @9, have you read that article properly? :)
    they would need your console ID and the only way they can get that is through you, not through Psn

    and the only way the can effect you in any other way is through custom firmware

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Blerk

    Well, I certainly hope the price is true, at least.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NeoSquall

    I don’t understand why they would downsize the HDD size, since the actual “big” PS3 has a 320Gb drive…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    Economics possibly. When you go out to get a big fat bulk order of HDDs and you can save a fair bit if you go for 300Gb rather than 320Gb then you do it. Could also just be an approximation, or useable space, or the whole thing could be a load of cobblers :-).

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Blerk

    I’m leaning towards the ‘cobblers’ thing.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. russdude13

    Sony should have released the new SKU without telling anyone, and kept the HDD the same.
    This way someone will buy a new PS3, try to hack it, then its blows up in their face and the police are summoned.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    So sony will be releasing again the phat model, you know the lunch one, the one that came with the option of other OS, nice….

    #21 4 years ago
  22. NeoSquall

    @18 I too am leaning for the cobblers opinion, given that 300Gb drives don’t exist at all.

    #22 4 years ago

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