Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pirated PS3 games hit Beijing according to Chinese website

According to a Chinese website, George Hotz’s PS3 hack has already lead to pirated PlayStation 3 games. Much of the article is hard to decipher due to poor Google translate results, but the jist is that pirated PS3 games are now available on burnt Blu-ray discs. However, they won’t be available to the market until the hardware and software cracks are available to the public.

A number of sceenshots of these reported pirate PS3 games are posted on the website. These include Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Final Fantasy Versus XIII (huh?), among thirteen others. However, these shots are hardly proof enough and, for now, we’re going to call shenanigans on the report (especially since the modded PS3 picture is Hotz’s own), despite the journalist stating that he has seen the pirated copies in action. The problem is not making Blu-ray copies, the problem is actually getting them to run on a PS3, modded or otherwise.

Cracking the PS3 is a lot harder than George Hotz stated, going beyond the hypervisor and requiring access to the PS3 Cell Processor’s SPUs, which are somewhat locked off. The website claims that a number of crack researchers have solved these problems, but this is most likley a case of pirates trying to scam other pirates. Arrrrr. This will remain a rumour for now, while Sony continues to research the reports.


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