As probably every PS3 owner knows, at the end of August, Sony’s gaming console has been hacked via an USB dongle ( PS3 Jailbreak ). PS3 Jailbreak enabled users to install the Backup Manager, a piece of software engineered to allow original games to be dumped on a FAT32 formatted HDD, and play games without the original Blu Ray Disc.
Sony’s response came pretty quick. At first, the PS3 3.42 Firmware Update has blocked PS3 Jailbreak users from running backed up games. Then, the PS3 3.50 Firmware Update came, that locked out all the USB devices not approved by Sony themselves.
However, users that didn’t update their PS3 firmware to 3.42, or higher, were still able to run pirated ( or, if you prefer, backed up ) games in singleplayer ( PS3 3.42 Firmware Update has been a mandatory requirement for online gaming ).
Well, once with Medal of Honor’s launch, all the above changed. It seems that Medal of Honor, and logically, all the games that will be launched after EA’s title, are encrypted with a new key that blocks PS3 Jailbreak and its many variants in such a way, that the game can’t be launched.
Where does that leave the PS3 Jailbreak? Well, it needs a firmware update, bad. Until then, everyone using it will only be able to play games launched prior to Medal of Honor.
Another interesting detail everybody ( Sony included ) should keep in mind is that the producers of PS3 Jailbreak have originally claimed the software is “fully update-able with new features“. When will this update come ( if ever ) nobody really knows, but you’ll definitely find out here, at G4Games.