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So what of the PS4 Jailbreak?

So we have been contacted by many people in the last week asking why we are not supporting the PS4 jailbreak that has been released.  Well the reasons for this are two fold.  First this is a mainly PS3 centric site and we feel starting to cover too much PS4 scene stuff will clutter the site and make it disorganized.  the second reason is that the current PS4 jailbreak does not enable homebrew it is nothing more than a way to run backups on a PlayStation 4.  There backups can be transparently run from USB and work fine online (at the moment) so the only real benefit is to the pirates out there.

The latest jailbreak method for the PS4 is based on the original Orbis hack that circulated late last year.  This has now been updated for 1.60 firmware once again returning the ability to play your backups online.  Amongst other problems with this release is how easy it has become to cheat in the online gaming environment which is where all the trouble begins.

For many PS4 owners their consoles are still in their first year of life and as such still covered by the manufacturers guarantee.  This combined with the recent warnings coming from the Sony camp regarding trying to hack their latest console should be enough to discourage all but the bravest of owners from hacking their Playstation 4’s.

For that reason we will not publicly publish the download links for the PS4 Jailbreak and instead these downloads are only available to registered members in the private download area.

But what of the future of our beloved PS3’s now that the successor has been jailbroken in much the same way…  The next generation of video games consoles is here and the Playstation 4 and Xbox One have both been out for a couple of months now. But now that Sony has their shiny new Playstation 4 in stores one question that some gamers are asking themselves is what does this mean for the Playstation 3?

Well the good news is that Sony are by far the best when it comes to supporting their previous console hardware when they have a newer model on the market. It’s fair to say that at the very least we can expect another 12 months at the very least of solid support from Sony with the Playstation 3 before they really do shift all their focus onto the Playstation 4. Sony did this when the Playstation 1 shifted to the Playstation2 and then from the Playstation 2 to the Playstation 3. So if you are a late Playstation3 adopter then you really do not have anything to worry about.

One thing that is great still about the Playstation 3 is the Playstation Plus program. If you have both a Playstation 3 and 4 then you still at the very least are getting a couple of Playstation 3 games included in your subscription to check out each month.

While without a shadow of a doubt the Playstation 4 is the future for at least the next eight years or so. The Playstation 3 still has a few hit games left in it before it bows out. The Playstation 3 still have a phenomenal library of exclusives such as the God Of War series, Uncharted, Last Of Us, Infamous, Ratchet & Clank and many many more great games to keep you happy.

So for those of use who are sticking with out PS3’s for the time being this in not the end but more a time of maturing for the console.  Expect to see a lot more homebrew releases soon from the major groups as well as many more new games.

The PS4 scene has a long way to go before it reaches the level we now see and until a jailbreak method that fully allows homebrew for the PS4 is released the scene is built on piracy and that is not a situation that will be allowed to continue…especially with such a new system.

See the members section for more PS4 jailbreak details.

Update: This method now obsolete.  See Latest PS4 Jailbreak exploit details

PS3 OFW 4.53 released

New update from Sony which appears to be optional in some locations. Of course we have seen in the past that this will very likely soon be changed to compulsory. So whats in the update this time around?

Main Features

  • You can now set the group of players who can see your trophies. You can also specify for each game whether to show trophies.
  • The PS3 system can now perform the following operations when you set [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Automatic Update] to [On], even if you do not subscribe to PlayStationPlus. When this setting is [On], the PS3 system will automatically start each day at the specified time, perform these operations, and then turn off:
    • Download content items purchased with other devices
    • Download the latest system software
  • Support of Closed Captions function on playing Blu-ray Disc videos and DVDs (SCEA UC model only).

Other New or Revised Features

  • [Closed Captions Settings] has been added under [Settings] > [Video Settings]. Set [Display Closed Captions as Specified by Content] to [Off] to adjust advanced settings for the display method.
  • “PlayStationNetwork” has been renamed “PSN”.
  • System stability during use of PlayStation3 format software and network services has been improved.

Probably the most interesting for anyone without a PSN+ account is the ability to schedule updates to happen automatically at a pre-defined time when you are away from your console.

There’s an update there for people wanting a bit more privacy for their trophies by allowing only specific groups of friends to view certain trophies.  This begs the question still though what are you playing that you dont want some of your friends to know about? hmm?  Still useful for some no doubt.

Strangely the renaming of PlayStationNetwork to simply “PSN” actually happened with firmware 4.50 – guess they forgot about it.

Some users are reporting that this update has made their PS3’s quieter.  Hopefully this is not a sign that Sony have again lowered the fan speeds as this could in the long run shorten the life of the PS3 – stopping short there before it goes all PS4 conspiracy theory.

Still optional update but it was a minor problem to update the PS3 Jailbreak CFW.