Sony is getting ready to pull the trigger on PS3 firmware version 3.56. According to the PlayStation Blog, this update will add (wait for it), a security patch. Gee, we wonder what this security update will patch? Surely this doesn’t have anything to do with the potentially devastating PS3 hack that was released upon the world earlier this year. This must the patch that will address naivety. Of course this patch is the counterattack against pirates. To what extent, we don’t know.
The last couple firmware updates were also created to fill holes in security. Those updates addressed the PS Jailbreak exploit. Before that, Sony’s update locked out certain USB devices from working on the PS3. These blocks were successful, but the latest hack rocks the PS3 to its core. In fact, some say it is irreversible.
It shouldn’t take long for someone to figure out exactly what this update has done. It was rumored that Sony will require future PS3 games to have serial keys. If this rumor is true, PS3 games will only be played on five consoles before the code is invalid. On the other hand, this update could include a way for Sony to specifically track what consoles are running unlicensed software. This could allow Sony to either block the console from accessing the PlayStation Network, or brick the system entirely. I’d assume Sony is more likely to perform the former.
The war is on.
Update: It’s live. Get to downloading.
Update #2: Reports around the web are saying firmware 3.56 has already been hacked. Hackers have apparently found a way around the update and are homebrewing once again. We’ll now wait for Sony to issue another update.
Via [PlayStation Blog]