Geohot’s new fancy (but against the TOS of the PS3) modified firmware might let you dip into some old-school emulation but it appears Sony are watching, with your recently played games list getting pushed to their servers when you sign into the PlayStation Network (or, indeed, have your PS3 connected at all).
A post over on GAF, where people are trying out the firmware and the apps available, suggests that upon boot the PlayStation 3 connects to a number of various sites and servers to ‘talk back’ to Sony, regardless of whether you’re signed into PSN. The list is more comprehensive than you might think, with various ad, authentication and secure servers all making up the PS3’s start-up lookups.
Does this mean Sony knows what you’re running on the PS3? Certainly, that’s evident already from the gamercards that automatically populate and show your recent games. Does this mean they’ll be banning user accounts and/or consoles that appear to have been running customised firmware? Who knows?
Sony can track your console’s ID, that much is evident. What they’ll do with that remains to be seen – Sony has remained tight lipped so far, other than to say they’re aware of the recent movements. There’s an officially open thread on the EU forums for further discussion, but let’s hope we hear from the company regarding their next steps to close all this off for good.
For more on this subject, check Digital Foundry’s blog on Eurogamer.