Yesterday Geohot released his modified firmware ‘Jailbreak’, and, a little later, tools to sign homebrew to run on his version of the PS3’s 3.55 system software so that anyone developing their own applications could get them to run with minimal effort on ‘jailbroken’ PlayStations.
Overnight, a series of homebrew classic videogame console emulators surfaced, including Super Nintendo, Arcade and Megadrive – updated versions of those that previously required a little more effort to get running on the PS3 before Geohot re-entered the scene with his modified code.
According to sources, the installation of Geohot’s code is simple, and, with a little knowledge, so are these emulators (a list of which is here on NeoGAF) – some of which already feature save states and a number of graphical filters, the SNES emulator in particular at an advanced state.
Which brings about a number of questions, not least what is Sony going to do about this. Reports suggest that the name of the emulator is displayed under your profile on the XMB like it would if you were playing any other game, meaning that it’s also being transmitted to Sony when you play online.
Will there be bannings? Will you lose your ability to connect to the PlayStation Network if you’re found using these unofficial apps, which also include SCUMM emulation, basic FTP tools and a file manager? Indeed, the EULA is quite clear on what Sony collect from you with regards to your console’s details:
Each time you sign in to Sony Online Services, we will collect information automatically without further notice to you, for example:
Your Online ID;
Your IP address and device MAC address;
Information about the hardware you are using and how you have used it, such as model and serial number, parental control settings, photograph and music settings, remote play settings, information about devices connected to the hardware, how many items are stored on the hardware or have been used with the hardware and other related information;
How you use Sony Online Services, for example, what games or music you play, what content you browse or download, what services you access and for how long, including how often you use chat, message boards or other communication services;
Your gamer profile, game matching, uploaded scores and rankings, your Friends and block lists and your appearance on other user’s Friends or block lists.
It’s obvious that, if they chose to, Sony can see what you’re up to. Will they ban PSN accounts, though, given that people have invested lots of money on purchases from the Store, or will they just focus on the consoles themselves? Our advice is, if you’re thinking of jailbreaking, hold off for now.
Sony’s silence over the weekend will surely be shattered this week as they react to the last few days of releases.