Why the PS3 hack is another nail in the game industry coffin

Sony's PS3 has finally fallen to the trials and persistence of the hacker community. With the announcement of a USB plug'n'play mod to be commercially available in the last few days, Sony has lost no time in attempting to halt retailers in both Australia and the US from selling these mod chips. However, as expected with any piece of software, it didn't take long before it was spreading across the internet in the form of PSGroove allowing the hack to be freely downloaded. But what implications does this chip have? Who will it effect? What is it capable of?All valid questions and in a perfect world, the official stance of the mod being for homebrew only would be correct. But unfortunately the vast majority of people interested in this want it for one reason and one reason only: Piracy.

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Anime-Vixen3001d ago (Edited 3001d ago )

Ugh im getting tired of hearing about this! It annoys me that hackers.Srry i mean losers are ruining the game industry. Are you that poor you can't afford to buy a game. You making good developers lose money. I hope sony bans everyone who uses this hack and put out a firmware to stop it!

catguykyou3000d ago

Every console has been hacked. It didn't destroy the industry years ago and it won't now. I'm not defending this. Pirating is bad but the industry will survive.

gamingdroid3000d ago

Yep, and by the way books, movie and music industry suffers from piracy as well!

If there is money to be made, these companies will survive.

I'm not condoning piracy, but it is a fact of life!

Red_Orange_Juice3000d ago

this is unproductive article

morganfell3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

What is really laughable are the morons that fail to understand jailbreak. It isn't a hack, it is a small exploit. It isn't the beginning of anything. And it is an exploit that once firmware updates will become meaningfulness.

This won't be a tit for tat race between Sony and hackers. It will simply end and a few idiots will hold on to keeping their PS3s offline forever in some ignorant effort.

And so people are aware, Sony has files suit against Zoomba that were selling Jailbreak in the US. They have already been served legal suit documents. They are known persons, not shadowy underground figures. Their choices are to appear or try and go on the run. The summary states:


Those clowns will be ruined for life. Serves them right.

MmaFanQc3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

and im sure sony will force peoples to update their firmware with a mandatory update included on the disc in their next SCE games even if your console isnt connected to if you dont upgrade you firmware you wont be able to play it.

Anton Chigurh3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

The mandatory update can be easily deleted from the root of the game disk as Mathieulh (PSGroove Creator) said.

"It is still possible not to connect the console to the net to avoid updates and the possibility of withdrawing PSPUPDATE.PUP file at the root of each game"

*Pressing Delete Key* BAM Here goes your mandatory update...LOLZ

Rocket Sauce3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

Remember when the Wolverine movie leaked online an entire MONTH before it came out in theaters? Everyone in the world heard about it on the news, and for 30 days all I read about was how much it sucked...then it came out and made $100 million in its opening weekend.

Always remember that when someone talks about how bad piracy is.

Guwapo773000d ago

This is such a false statement. Piracy is the worst thing that can happen to any system. Here are few reasons:

- Remember Sega Dreamcast? Piracy destroyed that system. All games simply needed to be burned in your standard CD-ROM. Those that didn't work you would buy a boot disk for $3 and bam you were gaming. Where is Sega now? Yeah. Sadly I was guilty of this when i was young and dumb thinking nothing could every happen to the Superpower know as Sega.

- What about the upstart software company trying to survive in the recession? Oh wait you are concerned about yourself because your broke too and can't afford the game so, take away from someone else's hard labor.

- What if it was you that created that game? Nuff said.


BISHOP-BRASIL3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )


Yeah, Industry will survive, but it will get worse in many aspects. DRM, games price hike, future consoles price hike for security investment and what not are all justifiable from this.


Being too poor to invest in some kind of ENTERTEINMENT isn't a good excuse. It's not food for god's sake, I'm too poor to get a sport car or pay to rent a track, but it don't make car robbing or illegal racing anyless of a crime.

I live in Brazil and people complain about it all the time, from both sides. PS2 official price here is equivalent to about 340US$, legal import 250US$, grey market 150US$, games cost from 35 to 55US$ (funny enough, they cost A LOT MORE in grey market) but the officially released are few and many are really old games, making a way too short and bad available library... PS3 officially costs equivalent to 1150US$, legal imports more, grey market starting at 500US$, games officially cost 105US$, more in legal import (import taxes here are almost criminal), starting at 85US$ in grey market... Yes it's a lot here where minimun wage is equivalent to 290US$ per month and those high taxes apply to everything else, so everything here costs more than it should, rendering this small salary even smaller. So it's really not lazy people complaining, most simply can't get access to this kind of technology even working more than most people that get access... Not fair? Yes. Good excuse? Not at all.

Even here, where piracy was once responsible of 98% of the market, things changed. Piracy started to dominate with PS1, rental stores broke, gaming stores were no more as piracy and importation got all of the money, many stopped playing... As time passed people went to PC and, more recently, mobile gaming. They only played freewares and cheap games for a time and those got popular here as communities were born and grow around it... At the same time broadband connections got now really popular so many are interested in playing online and rental stores made a come back in locally pay to play and monthly fee for N games models. Result: the market were visible again to outside world. The likes of Ubisoft and EA had opened studios here for sometime now, specially guided to manage PC games distribuition in Brazil (games which now are cheaper, thanks to a bigger market), MS launched it's console here (yeah, by more than what Sony asks now and there is still no Live, but we got something after over 10 years without any console released here), third party firms as Latamel and Synergex legally distribute games and consoles in competitive prices here, in the void between costumers and products that wouldn't reach here a grey market born (it indeed avoided taxes, but at least people were buying original games, and it's not like if up to 135% importing taxes were fair), now Sony wants to invest here and produce it's games and consoles here too, so they can cost less and distribute cheaper to other south american countries, rental stores are back and there are plenty of options to legally game again, whatever is your hardware of choice.

In a wild guess, considering people I know, I say piracy is still something in the lines or 40% to 60% of the market, but more and more people would prefer to have it original, they simply are uninformed of their options as renting or buying past launch and/or (fair to say) are mostly away from big cities were those options are more accessible and visible. The only thing holding the market now is government tax abuse, not an easy to solve problem indeed, but considering where we've come back from odds are piracy only tends to get smaller here... And it's election year, let's see if now the more mature gaming community here got a little wiser.

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movements3000d ago

I get what he's trying to say, but the gaming industry ain't going anywhere anytime soon

Chucky20033000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

they aren't losers,they are just good in what they do,if you don;t understand that or you can't do what they can doesn't mean they are losers,i don't agree with what they do but to call them losers is showing the envy you have for them,besides you can't pirate games on PS3 yet,will take a little more time for that,i can't say i hate pirates because i play pirated game on PC but i was admiring PS3 cause nobody found a way to hack it,well there is something you should know by now,all good things must come to an end,its just a life lesson

comp_ali3000d ago

I hate you people pirating pc games publicly while trying to save your PS3 from piracy threats.

Kulupoo3000d ago

What do you mean "you people"?
haha, Well I only pirate PC games to test it out.(if no demo version available) If i Like the game, I will uninstall the pirated version and buy the retail. If I hate it, I will probably uninstall it right away.

KiLLUMiNATi_893000d ago

Well is not that people are poor and some are smart if you ask me like who wouldn't accept free games, shit I wouldn't mind. Plus some games ain't worth 60$ bucks out there. Man listen it's going to be alot of people hacking there ps3 to get free games and if some of y'all say no well, THAT'S A LIE AND YOU KNOW IT.

madpuppy3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

A hacker is a computer programmer...for example a Game developer studio is filled with hackers, they make the games and game engines.

A CRACKER, on the other hand is a person who breaks into secured computer systems and cracks DRM and codes. the programs they make are mainly used for that purpose as well.

Damn TV, Movies and the "news" for demonizing a perfectly good word because they were too stupid to check the definitions

Solid_Snakeps33000d ago

also a cracker is a person that smokes Crack cocaine

Gilliand3000d ago

It's also because of pirates we get shitty things like DRM and overpriced DLC. Pirates really hurt PC gaming for awhile though I think Steam is helping fix that and shows that if games are cheaper they sell a lot more, like when the game is $50, a million people buy it, but when it's $20 three million people buy the game, so in the end you make more. Hopefully sometime soon, a publisher will lower all their games to $50 on consoles and others take suit. It's weird that Sony, Nintendo, and MS compete price wise, but game publishers actually don't.

Gran Touring3000d ago


Piracy didn't kill the Dreamcast. The PS2 did.

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DA_SHREDDER3001d ago

Yeah, Sony is just gonna find a way to ban you dumb asses, go on , keep on taking about it so Sony can find you even easier. LOL!

MGRogue20173001d ago (Edited 3001d ago )

... God damn, Sony *has* to get rid of this thing asap now, It's really starting to annoy me now.

.. And no, I ain't jealous about not having it in my possession. >.>

tunaks13001d ago

wii, ds, psp, 360 have been hacked for a while now. And those platforms are still being supported.

TheLeprachaun3001d ago

PSP sales have been hugely effected in a negative way by piracy. The DS too, but to a lesser extent.

tunaks13000d ago

but we still see big releases on it,
GOW, BBS, Peace Walker, MH...

Eiffel3000d ago

Software yes, but hardware wise, PSP had a significant increase spike once CFW hit.

Stealth20k3000d ago

The psp is still amazingly popular in japan and the software for both the ds and psp have been amazing month after month

darksied3000d ago

How can you guys be so ignorant. Who cares how the hardware sells. Does it help anyone except Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, etc. if their hardware sells like crazy? So that would be the perfect world, right? Billions of consoles, but no developers to make the games because they lose too much money to piracy.

DEVELOPERS LOSE MONEY BECAUSE OF PIRACY. THAT'S A FACT. And if you bring up the developers who actually turn a profit and ignore the small ones who keep closing all the time, then you're retarded.

pippoppow3000d ago

Most gamers aren't tech savvy enough to mod a system on their own or have the money to get it done. Then their is the illegal downloading of games; some are easy full Iso but many have to be pieced together through new groups. Lots of info and time needed to know how to download and burn a copy required. Too much for the average gamer to bother with. If anything it'll be good for hardware sale and I'm sure some of those modders will buy some new games which'll help in game sales. I do wonder what the percentages of modded consoles are for those that were hacked previous gens and current. Probably 10%-15%.

360 and Wii have been hacked near the beginning of this gen and software sales are still good. The industry is doing well.

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joypads3000d ago (Edited 3000d ago )

PIRACY is damaging our gaming industry,if you're a TRUE gamer who cares about games then you should not steal from hard working game devs & publishers.

Solid_Snakeps33000d ago

*facepalm* at those who disagreed this

Gilliand3000d ago

Well it's clear why they would. I admit I pirated before, but that was when I was younger and didn't know that it affects developers, but now the PSP is crawling along on its hands and knees.

Though rarely, I still download some games to see if they work, if they do I go out and buy it. Just wish Devs released more demos on PC.

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