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PS3 Firmware 3.21 Update Arrives, It Only Does Less Than It Did!

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246w ago - As scheduled, today the PS3 Firmware 3.21 update is available for download and as Sony previously confirmed it disables the OtherOS functionality in an effort to make the PlayStation 3 entertainment system more secure.

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PS3 hacker GeoHot ([Register or Login to view links] to [Register or Login to view links]) has promised a solution to those who hold off updating their console which may include PS3 Custom Firmware alongside a [Register or Login to view links] open-source PS3 RSX driver rumored to be in development.

More details to come as they are available, including a full PS3 Firmware version 3.21 changelog. At the moment, all that is available from the [Register or Login to view links] site according to [Register or Login to view links] is the following, to quote: "Firstly it appears the quality of of PlayStation format software from the Store has been improved, presumably referring to the PS1 functionality (FFIX?).

Secondly, it appears that the security of MP4 video playback has been boosted too, removing some vulnerabilities."

RSX objects:

0x0 -- 0x30 -- NV01_NULL
0x31337000 -- 0x4097 -- NV40TCL
0x31337303 -- 0x39 -- NV_MEMORY_TO_MEMORY_FORMAT
0x31337A73 -- 0x309E -- NV40_SWIZZLED_SURFACE
0x313371C3 -- 0x3062 -- NV40_CONTEXT_SURFACES_2D
0x3137AF00 -- 0x3089 -- NV40_SCALED_IMAGE_FROM_MEMORY
0x31337808 -- 0x308A -- NV40_IMAGE_FROM_CPU


• The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been deleted.
• The playback quality of some PlayStation® format software that is downloaded (as a purchase or for free) from PlayStation®Store has been improved.
• A security patch was added to address security vulnerabilities that may occur when playing MP4 format video files.

Finally, those who don't plan to update may want to check out the guides on How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN.

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#116 - silencephaze - 246w ago
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Look like i'm going to be on the waiting game for the scene to pickup! Hope they do something soon enough because i can't remove otheros i love Linux to much!

#115 - PaNNaP - 246w ago
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I'm defly not updating. i'd love to have full video support in linux with some homebrew.

#114 - ekrboi - 246w ago
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yea it sucks.. but it is being worked on.. unless he was joking which i don't think he was.. geohot was claiming a few days ago to have a working 3.21 with otheros support.. because he was asking if there were any other new features in 3.21 to show in the sneak peek video hes suppose to be making.

i don't completely agree with their tactics of not sharing info with other smart people but i believe the days of the uncrackable beast are numbered.. so be patient and hope its sooner than later!

#113 - silencephaze - 246w ago
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Damn that sucks, so if wanted a new feature and didn't want the otheros to be removed its not possible ! Screw Sony!

#112 - ekrboi - 246w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by silencephaze View Post
I have question also? Since Sony has removed the OtherOS from the ps3 does this mean if a person skips that frame-ware update, does that mean if you install the next firmware whatever one it is will the firmware still remove the OtherOS?

yes.. updating firmware doesnt just change parts it replaces the whole system software.. so unless they choose to allow otherOS in a newer firmware then simply skipping this update won't help.


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