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Rumour: New PS3 Model Also Includes New Copy Protection?

Sony UK: "What new PS3 model?"

According to a “well-placed industry source” (aren’t they all nowadays?) of GamerTell‘s, those new CECH-3000A/B PS3 models aren’t just having a bit of nip and tuck – they’ll also be shipping with new copy protection features built in to the hardware.

The new system will not be something on the motherboard, or in the operating system, but instead reside in the console’s Blu-ray drive itself, says the site. It’s similar to an implementation on the Xbox 360, and is presumably a response to GeoHot’s encryption key discovery earlier in the year.

GamerTell speculates that there could be some form of watermark on genuine retail PS3 disks that the drive searches for when booting a game. Obviously, the interesting thing will be how Sony implements this with regard to the older, watermark-less units.

The site is also claiming that the new version of the hardware will launch around the same time as a firmware update enabling BD-Java playback during 3D movies – currently it’s an either-or situation between BD-J and BD3D. Finally, the post references a price drop around the time of September’s Tokyo Game Show – a rumour that’s been doing the rounds on Twitter since the new hardware was unveiled.

Take this all with a pinch of salt – utilising a copy protection method from the 360 when that system has a fair amount of piracy problems itself sounds a bit odd – but you have to believe that Sony will be doing all they can to safe up the console as much and as soon as possible.

In related news, a Sony UK spokesperson has told CVG: “With regards to the new CECH-3000B PS3, the information is relevant for Japan only and we have nothing to share at this time.” Expect more news in Tokyo, and if there really is new security measures in this model, expect is worldwide as soon as Sony can produce the things.

Source: GamerTell (via CVG)

  1. PeacekeeperAlpha
    Since: May 2011

    PS3 BluRay drives are secure anyway. Sometimes they just won’t play BluRay discs at all just to make sure you’re not pirating.

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 18:59.
    • Cerberus64
      Since: Oct 2008

      That’s not been my experience – I have over 350 Blu-ray movies and over 100 PS3 games and they all play just fine on my PS3.

      Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:05.
      • gaffers101
        Since: Oct 2008

        Jesus, that puts my collection to shame.

        Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 22:21.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Since: Jun 2009

        are there even 350 films in blu-ray? lol HMV doesn’t sell that amount I know that. Thats one heck of a collection, and a lot of money spent anyway, respect.

        Comment posted on 21/06/2011 at 09:15.
    • beeje13
      Since: Jan 2010

      It’s not even screwed in lol, opened up the case earlier today to do the regular clean, and for the first time noticed i could just pick up the drive – just a ribbon and a few tiny wires attacjed.

      Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:07.
  2. beeje13
    Since: Jan 2010

    When i first got my PS3 (This time 3 years ago) we had a fw update every couple of months, which were not just security or misc updates, they added features. I’ve been waiting for about a year for a BIG update, which’d add most of the things people have been asking for.

    I’m sure they’d get more sales if people saw the PS3 (and PSN) as a continially evolving system. Can’t remember the specifics but didn’t SCEE and SCEA get frustrated because it wasn’t in their hands?

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:05.
    • Gamoc
      Since: Forever

      Are you saying that, 3 years ago when there was more to be added into the firmwares, more stuff was added in firmwares more often?

      Wow, I wouldn’t expect something like that to happen.

      Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:17.
      • beeje13
        Since: Jan 2010

        Thats obvious, but there is always room for improvement, and there certainly isn’t any lack of ideas, so i don’t appreciate the snide comment. I wish I hadn’t even psoted now

        On a more postive note, I agree that there has been SOME development of significance to customers with Movies etc… like cc said int he comment below. Plus both he and Pedromr highlight that there many things to add/improve, plus could name a few more.

        Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 22:05.
      • Gamoc
        Since: Forever

        Oh, I was being tongue-in-cheek, not snide :-p
        The stuff that people want added now are more difficult to add than the stuff that was added early. Cross game chat? We don’t even know if that’s possible (even though it apparently is on the Vita).

        The browser could definitely use some updating (what happened to that Firefox rumour I saw ages ago?) and some new visualisations would be nice. Codecs? I haven’t seen a video file my PS3 can’t play – it can play much more than a fresh copy of Windows already. Some new visualisations would be nice but it’s not exactly in any list of priorities of mine.

        Honestly, I want the XMB to be faster. It’s not quite as slow as the Xbox 360 is in places (seriously, it takes so long to populate the recently downloaded list on my 360), but it can be a little annoying when you open it in game. They could speed the store up, too, I utterly hate having to wait 20 seconds for the loading icon in the top right to go away before I can continue browsing after I start downloading something. Same when you exit the web browser, too.

        Comment posted on 21/06/2011 at 12:20.
      • beeje13
        Since: Jan 2010

        Lol Gamoc, i’ll forgive you, saw your tweets yesterday about being angry, and i Know what i can be like in abad mood!

        You highlight a very interesting point, the sony hint at big changes for the internet browser….then nothing :(

        As for CGC being possible, I wonder how much memory it takes up, it would need to be 2MB or less because of the 32MB limit for the OS, how about only keeping the friends and games section in the in – game XMB, plus caching friends’ avatars and comments on the HHD would surely help, rather than having to redownload them evry time!

        Comment posted on 21/06/2011 at 13:40.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      There’s been plenty of advancement on the Blu-ray front, particularly surrounding 3D, but yes there hasn’t been major feature released for gamers in the way there was in the past.
      One answer would be Sony’s dev time has been taken up with the movie side of thing, another would be they’ve spent the past year constantly updating the security side of things and yet another could be that the PS3 is pretty fully featured so there’s not to much else to add

      Of course its still missing things like a mini, context sensitive version of the XMB whilst in-game, enhanced party/lobby features and of course cgc. Not forgetting the browser is next to useless for 2011’s internet (it wasn’t that great when it launched, but its positively archaic now) maybe more movie codecs adding along with an update to the mnusic player & its visualisers.

      So yes, hopefully they’ll get around to adding real, actual useful stuff if they’ve finished with the 3D Blu-ray movie side of things and people stop hacking the damn thing.

      Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:34.
      • Pedromr
        Since: Oct 2010

        “…maybe more movie codecs adding along with an update to the music player & its visualisers.”

        This! Sony, would you kindly?

        Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:45.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      I feel the same. Most of the recent changes were more subtle with the addition of 3D capabilities and regular security updates. The web browser is useless and movie codecs are lacking.

      Comment posted on 21/06/2011 at 10:29.
  3. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    The recent FW updates have severely limited Blu-ray movie playback on ‘jailbroken’ PS3s perhaps this adds hardware solution to what they seem to have accomplished via firmware on certain PS3 SKUs. They wouldn’t want to endanger studio support of Blu-rays because the worlds most popular Blu-ray player is hacked. Of course I don’t know this, but they’ve got to do something.

    Maybe it makes it impossible to add linux back, limiting the number of consoles where it is possible by making internal changes because people are using a linux install on their PS3 to rip Blu-rays?

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 19:47.
  4. cam the man
    Since: May 2009

    Glad to see Sony trying to keep ahead of the pirate games etc.

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 22:11.
  5. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Good move.

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 22:29.
  6. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    I remember when you could get the PS2 chipped for free games, my friend still has his, maybe if the PS3 played copied games and they were available as easy to get PS2 copied games maybe the PS3 sales would increase.

    Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 23:09.
    • beeje13
      Since: Jan 2010

      True, they definitely would, but sony make most of their money on the royalties from the games sold, so it would be like shooting themselves in the foot :O

      Comment posted on 20/06/2011 at 23:33.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Correct, Sony make money from the games, not so much the consoles.

        Comment posted on 21/06/2011 at 09:54.

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