So, as you may know the PS3’s root key has recently been discovered which means that it is pretty much open to hacking, piracy and homebrew. Now, I am genuinely interested in the homebrew side of things, just imagine a .MKV app that lets you play all that fan subbed anime you have lying around that will never come out over here, or a PS2 emulator that will let you play your PS2 classics all on your PS3.
What I’m not so hot about is the hacking side of things. So far, the only thing people have really done with hacking the PS3 is create an app that allows you to get trophies for most of the games you own, along with random time stamps so it looks like you’ve gotten them legitly. Not that big a deal, they are only made up trophies after all and don’t really count for anything. What could be down the line though is not so harmless.
On the PS2 there was a hack known as Code9 which left online unplayable in Socom 2. Hackers were able to load up the cheat and have, among many many more things, perfect infinite health, no fall damage, immune to bullets, perfect shot, no recoil, one shot kill, rapid fire, infinite ammo and super jumper. Needless to say it left Socom 2, considered by fans to best the best Socom game in the history of the series, in absolute ruin.
With the PS3 now fully cracked we may start seeing this kind of cheating in more and more online games which would effectively ruin many people online experience. Sony said there are away of the hacking going on with the PS3 Trophies ans are preparing a firmware update to fix it, but the fear is that if a code9 style hack becomes available, will Sony or the game developers be able to patch it out? It has been said that there is very little Sony can do now that the Root Key has been made public, as it isn’t a problem that can be easily fixed, if at all, through software updates.