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Hacker says homebrew on closed consoles no longer appealing

According to the hacker, the Wii hacking community that so enthusiastically created the homebrew channel on the original Wii no longer seems interested in doing the same for the Wii U, or any other console for that matter.

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KosmoCrisis1211d ago

This is ironic because I think homebrew sells consoles these days. This is why new contenders (sort of) like the OUYA are desirable.

ogwilson1211d ago

Homebrewing was mainly good for two things -- emulation and enhanced media capabilities. Newer devices don't need the latter thanks to improved firmware, and the former can be facilitated by any decent computer these days. It's just not as important or desirable as it used to be.

PopRocks3591211d ago

I think you hit the nail on the head. Having omitted those former pros, the only cons left is the potential piracy that could ensue from hacking the console system.

Kennytaur1211d ago

Most consoles come with official emulating capabilities nowadays too.

darthv721211d ago

the potential for homebrew used to sell consoles. I can remember doing homebrew on my DC and xbox and the psp but....trends change.

OG nailed it with what he said. Closed consoles of previous generations may still have some bustling homebrew communities but the trend just isnt there for current systems.

Mainly the reason homebrew cropped up was adding features to platforms that were missing them or finding new ways to extend the platforms usefulness to the end user.

Now, systems like the 360 and ps3 and wii-u are offering those previous homebrew ideas of emulation in more legit and official ways. No need to mod your system anymore unless you want to bootleg games.

The next generation looks like it will offer even more improved flexibility than ever before.

mrbojingles1211d ago

I imagine homebrew sells as many consoles as Okami did,...

If these hackers (often pirates) don't want to reward developers with their money why don't we assume they just buy used consoles anyway?

3-4-51211d ago

OUYA will be out of business within 3 years.

Subzero2001210d ago (Edited 1210d ago )

aren't you being a little too generous?

yewles11211d ago

Oh no they don't, they're not that slick. They always say something like this to get the heat off them while they tear consoles a new asshole while noone's looking...

N4OGs1211d ago

lol. hombrew and the like has become lame even on cellphones a lot of people i know just like to stay vanilla with the iphone or android devices. why do all this custom messing around when a firmware update comes and wipes it all away or adds cool features to your console. legit everything is making a comeback because of convience and quality.

Kennytaur1211d ago

Yeah, I used to be very pro-homebrew and such a few years ago, but today I can't be bothered. There's no point other than piracy, and I'm now quite against that too with the only exception being television shows with no other means of viewing apart from waiting a year for it to come to your channels.

As you said, today it's more convenient to do stay legit, which is quite the paradigm in only a handful of years.

darthv721211d ago

its sort of like the dvd ripping craze of several years ago. There were so many programs on the market to let you rip a movie and copy it. Now, prices of those dvd movies have dropped to make it easier to just buy the movie instead of going through the process of ripping it, then burning it.

New encryption techniques tend to make it not worth the efforts anymore and many have switched over to streaming media in some cases. These conveniences are replacing the risks people used to take to save a $ while at the same time making it more affordable to be legit.

Pillsbury11211d ago

If they want to.tear the asshole of.a console its for.one.thing: piracy.

Pillsbury11211d ago

Its not desirable as it.once.was considering everithing nowadays runs emulators. cell phones, tablets and computers can all run emulators well, homebrew is.less and less attractive.

Pillville1211d ago (Edited 1211d ago )

Why homebrew when, for a small entry price, you can put your creation on app stores (xbox, apple, android, etc...) and make some money?

Oh_Yeah1210d ago (Edited 1210d ago )

Well...the homebrew channel from the Wii still works on the Wii U. What's the point in making a new one?