Well-known PS3 hacker opens potential floodgates to homebrew and pirates.
By Steve Watts, 10/27/2008
The beta client for PlayStation Home has been hacked, reports Engadget. Reputed PlayStation 3 hacker “StreetskaterFU” decrypted the code late last week, giving access to those curious or seeking exploits. Though it’s too early to say for sure, possible exploits could allow homebrew applications and game backups to be played off the hard drive without swapping. Of course, “game backups” are usually a nice way of saying “rampant game piracy,” but again this hack alone doesn’t allow it. Other homebrew developers will have to look inside the code for exploits, which we’re sure they are busy doing right now.
Of course, the PlayStation Portable has been a breeding ground for hackers and homebrew, and its popularity hasn’t suffered for it. Some even claim it was a boon to the system during its early days when the library was less fleshed out, but there are others who think that game sales would be better if it weren’t for the ease of piracy. Given that, we’ll have to see how hard Sony cracks down on hacking Home, particularly once it goes live.
Source : 1UP