PS3 Hacker Being Sued For "Making Sony Mad"

Click to viewGeorge "GeoHot" Hotz, the hacker who helped blow the doors off the PlayStation 3's copy protection system, is being sued by Sony. Why? Because, he says, he made them mad.


Appearing on G4's Attack of the Show, Hotz stands firm on his motivation behind hacking the console (he wanted to return the "Other OS" feature to the PS3) and also takes the opportunity to refute claims he's only interested in hacking so the PS3 can play pirated games.

"The way piracy was previously done [on PS3] doesn't work in my jailbreak", he says. "I made a specific effort while I was working on this to try to enable homebrew without enabling things I do not support, like piracy."

That obviously hasn't washed with Sony, who are taking both Hotz and the fail0verflow team to court. As the man says in the clip below, though, the courts set a precedent for allowing the jailbreaking of closed systems when he cracked the iPhone a few years ago, and there's little reason to assume they won't do the same here.

[thanks Geoff!]



Just technically speaking: even if that thing could allow to play pirated games on the PS3 in any way, I don't think that it'll be as widespread as on the 360, if it it's being used at all.

There is Blu-Ray for once, I bet almost nobody has a Blu-Ray drive to even play BR-movies on their computers, let alone creating copies of a game.

Also, some games are really huge in data size, especially MGS4 which is using a dluble-layer blu-ray disk, which is about 50 GB big. No sane person will download 50 GB just for one game (or 25 GB for a single-layer game).

Lastly, Blu-Ray disks cost a lot more then normal DVDs. Overall, most people would end up spending more money for this method then just buying the game.

I'm not saying that Geohot's hack is acceptable, but it won't have any success in regard of piracy.