Report: PlayStation 3 hackers restore OtherOS

Thursday, 5th May 2011 00:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Hackers have reportedly circumvented Sony’s firmware removal of the PlayStation 3′s OtherOS feature, which historically permitted the user to install a version of Linux on their console.

Games Industry reports the OtherOS++ patch has been seen roaming the wilds.

Notorious hacker Graf Chokolo has given it a seal of approval, noting that it’a “very useful for HV hacking” and grants complete control over the PlayStation 3′s memory.

The removal of the OtherOS option in March 2010 has been a rallying call for hackers, and has been cited as the motivation for the widespread release of information enabling less savvy users to whip up custom firmware – and pirate games.

Thanks, Destructoid.




  1. NeoSquall

    Good job, hackers.

    Now fuck off.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bloodyghost

    Wow, they are like a freight train. They have Sony were they want them. Too bad fucking idiot hackers do not know that WE THE CONSUMER are affected by there idiotic and stumbling logic.

    Cries from Other OS
    Cries form Geohot getting sued for something he deserved
    Cries from hackers around since Sony is cracking down on there basement dwelling adventures.

    Hackers arent getting positive feed from anyone. Nor fanboys of any region.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Actually Graf Chokolo did this long time ago. So i don’t understand why is this news.

    and this was done long time ago before him.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. irontag

    @1 Could not have say it better!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. chriswhaaat

    i can do that too… just restore your system to factory settings. Removes all system updates so you can use that function again

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mathare92

    Sorry if this sounds naive, but exactly what are the advantages of running Linux on a PS3 and not just on a moderately powerful PC?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    YAY 512mb of memory go hackers and fellow xbot supporters….only 5 people will still ever use the feature (retards).

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TVs Everywhere


    There are no advantages. The only reason why people wanted OtherOS in the first place was for homebrew purposes, but the people who just wanted Linux period would obviously run it on their PC. It’s part of the reason why all the bandwagon whiners when OtherOS was removed are extremely transparent when they continue to cry about the whole debacle today.

    You see, the people who are actually interested in coding homebrew for the PS3 don’t really care for OtherOS anymore, given that the PS3 has already been cracked and the system’s far more open for homebrew coding than it ever was when OtherOS was still there. This is why restoring OtherOS is pretty pointless at this point for homebrew devs, and why they haven’t cared about it at all since the PS3 was cracked.

    The only people who are still whining about OtherOS’s removal to this day are the simple minded Sony haters jumping on the bandwagon and refusing to get off it. OtherOS is completely obsolete for a homebrew developer.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. theevilaires


    I like smart logical people :)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. boss33

    Well, i know it`s been done before, but maybe this news artical should have explaned, that Other OS, now problaby, problaby now works, for the Ps3 Slim Models, as well, now that would be a breakthough,

    #10 4 years ago
  11. mathare92

    @8 +1

    #11 4 years ago
  12. boss33

    I think sorry sony, have a lot of soul searching to do, there`s always time to be a nice company, a good company, make people happy, again, put things right and just, that`s all people want,

    #12 4 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @12: First of all: Nobody cares about OtherOS

    Second: The Hackers never made any demands.

    Third: Even if; you don’t Negotiate with Terrorists.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. boss33

    @13 Well, remeber him, George Hotz, how he started his rant, about Sony`s, removal of servce`s,&Apps, that came with the Orginal Ps3, linux, as of hard drive changing, was all endorced, Ok the slim machine`s don`t have Other Os, No promblem, the Orignal ps3 machine did, and that machine was alot of money, What I think Sony should have done, is meet half way, they could have offered, Complete linux using all of the machine`s grapics&memory, at a small price, in the PSN store, now i know linux is free for pc, but they could say it`s a donation, and with this in mind for having linux, they could have offered small game devopment tool`s,
    which they could still do,

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dr.Ghettoblaster


    With people killing people over road rage, cheesburgers, and all kinds of stupid shit these days……..if I was George Hotz, I’d be pretty fucking scared right now of how many pissed off psychos may be in that enormous population of 77 milion users…….for real.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. mojo


    #16 4 years ago
  17. Tizzo86

    so the hackers restored a firmware that makes it better for a different firmware???? im not understandin this at all….somebody please explain…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Kerplunk

    In agreement with #1, #5 and #8 myself.

    So you still have to choose between playing games properly on your PS3 or running a firmware that supports OtherOS but compromises the playing of games.

    So the situation around OtherOS on PS3 is pretty much exactly the same. GO HACKERS!

    The real kicker is why underground messiah GeoHot didn’t do this himself. After all, he repeatedly expressed that this was the reason he hacked the PS3 in the first place.

    I guess talk is cheap, hacker talk especially so.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. osric90

    Dear Hackers,

    If you release the PS2 100% backwards update/patch before Sony does… I don’t know what will happen to me.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. TheWulf


    …depriving you of your Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer amounts to terrorism now?

    I’m sorry. This… this is going to be a short comment, because I have no words. I… what? … Right. Shall we call them rapists next as well for the same thing? Murderers? Did your PS3–under the influence of evil H4XX0RZ–defenestrate you or something?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    I am happy that the people that do want ohter s on their system have a tool that allows them to do so, having said that i rather prefer that sony would do compensations to all the affected users, even the ones that didnt use this application at all, because at the end of the day this application did had some money value on the total cost of the first ps3 models, therefore is something the user paid for it, and is something that even if the user will never use, you know is there, and maybe someday in the future you find something that will entice you to use it for an specific purpose, but you know what is not there anymore for that alone i would prefer sony did made a step forward and compesate all the owners of the fat model, saying under our estimations the cost of this application was X amount of money, therefore we will give the users discounts, or free games, wallpapers, avatars, etc for that amount of money, that will be the right thing to do on sonys part, if they do care for their users, of course.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. LethalKi11ler

    I don’t mind people that hack for their own benefits but when it starts to affect other consumers then it’s just plain dumb. Do your thing, stay on your shady websites but don’t ruin the experience for paying consumers.

    #22 4 years ago

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