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February 23, 2011

Sony to introduce new hack-proof PS3?

by Darren Allan

Sony is developing a new “hack-proof” model of the PlayStation 3, as a response to hackers who cracked the security of the console.

That’s the whisper coming from Everything HQ, which cites recent drops in PS3 prices as a sign that Sony is preparing to clear the decks for the introduction of a new hack-retardant PlayStation.

An “anonymous source” said that Sony is deep into developing a new hack-proof model, which if it does emerge, will certainly be waving a red rag at the hacking community that breached the current PS3′s defences.

Apparently the new super-secure PS3 in the pipeline will boast a large 300GB hard drive as a tempter towards purchasing it, with the price expected to weigh in at just under the £190 mark. Otherwise, it’ll be pretty similar to the current slim console model.

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  1. Not going to happen.

    The security issues in the current consoles have been fixed with the latest firmware

    Comment by Styew — February 23, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  2. Well Sony current security lasted way londer than anyone guest it would. Consider both the WII and Xbox 360 were crack just weeks after launch I believe.

    I guest Sony has come with some sought hardware/software combination.
    I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

    Comment by David Knowles — February 23, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  3. Not going to happen.

    As Styew incorrectly stated, the current firmware is secure purely as there is zero need to hack it yet. No sony software enforces the latest firmware therefore no one is interested yet (other than PSN).

    The new ‘unhackable’ PS3 would still need to run off the old architecture otherwise there would be a split in software between old and new unit. All software produced would need to run on both and as the current security hole is an underlying problem, it will not be solved without an architecture overhaul.

    Oh, and why 300Gb’s. It’s a bizarre size for a HDD (320 the norm from all manufacturers) and it’s smaller than currently on offer (320).

    Comment by Graeme Q — February 23, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  4. It will be software and hardware combined, they have already done this with the PSP 3000. It can be hacked but when you turn it off and back on, its back to how it was. Who would want to hack there machine over and over again if this is implomented into the new PS3? Not only that it will be something that can have a rotation to the security that will allow Sony to monitor with more new methods that are released to hacking the PS3.

    Good on them for thinking a head of everyhting. For now the current models are secure to a point, but this is only for the online side. The machine itself can be hacked with ease of tools that are available on the net. Sony did well securing the machine for 4 years and hopefully they can do this for another 4 years.

    Then the PS4 will be in the works and this will be the same for security. Maybe next time they will listen to the hackers and give the system the security it will need for its full life line.

    The NGP will be hack prrof from start, with its new media format, maybe we might have to see a new format for the PS4 but allow blue-ray movies to be played as a format. Who knows….

    Comment by Darren — February 24, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  5. Look at it this way. When pirated apps / games screw up your console / device, you’ll go running to Sony / company. Now to ensure that nothing of that sort happens and to maintian the integrity of the console / device, such anti-hacking + anti-jailbreaking techniques become a necessity from the company’s perspective.

    Comment by Umar — February 24, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

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