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


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225w 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
0x3137C0DE -- 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

Changelog:

• 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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nipsen's Avatar
#81 - nipsen - 225w ago
..well, it wouldn't be the first time Sony makes a decision based on paranoia, or input from the usual industry insiders.

I mean, you know how they speak about people who take any sort of interest in what they're buying? Those are "hackers", or "linux people", or "hardcore gamers". Who Sony should be congratulated for appeasing. The "most people" block, are - or so Sony's marketing department believes very often - people who were born yesterday, and believes any press-release, and fall for every sales-pitch.

This is why the "Go" sold as "expected", for example.

moneymaker's Avatar
#80 - moneymaker - 225w ago
Mm. No, it is definitively Sony's interests that would have to make a decision like this. The problem is that it's pretty obvious they haven't made this decision from technical advice, or when considering customer relations, or when it comes to the significance of the linux-project in terms of promoting the tech the box is based on, things like that.

They're also ignoring the way this will promote piracy on the ps3 like nothing else, along with the possible trade-commission problems they're running into (..i.e., "gaining an unfair advantage over the competition at a critical time, then removing the feature later", etc).

It's just a bad decision, that seems based more on a personal grudge than anything else... lol. Like: "You take something from us, huh, linux people! Then we take something from you! We boss!".
Yes, you're pretty right on this but please don't keep too much high the knowledge of whom have interest that Sony Corp. goes well, shareholders do have economical interest, customers do have usability interest but the chain of powers behind decisions like this is bound to and in the hands of few people that firstly are not forced to have technical skills, secondly they could twist their point of view if some oil drops onto the right gears...

Even a kid can understand what a bad move this has been,surely is not driven by common sense neither by market reaction analysis nor by a real need to stop something, it's been like shooting a gnat with a cannon without dodging the recoil...

To tell the true linux on PS3 is not, neither has been, nor will be, all that rocket in the end but it's a basic, one day linux the other day what ?

SCE->"We are free and have rights and power to do that and save our interests !"
Customers->"Yes, and we are free to not buy your products and save our money .. .. .. !"
SCE--> "Look, PS4 is out.it does even hologames and it can drive all by itself a lightspeed rocket through galaxies !!
Customers-->"Yes, and when do you plan to shrink it into an alarm clock .. .. .. ?"

They were living a golden age but fear drove them crazy about nothing and this is the result, if it's not the case some oil dropped into some gears, please read between the lines...

Or ..? Maybe they've planned this move only to save on Geoff salary ? Ok, good way to boost out from worldwide crisis now that's nearly gone..

I'm speechless...

nipsen's Avatar
#79 - nipsen - 225w ago
I did see this today, as expected of course: [Register or Login to view links]
Yeah, turned up the day after the official announcement..

I think I'm going to do as he says - file a support-request locally. I think everyone should, really. So it eventually trickles up to Sony HQ..

shareholders opinions are easily exploitable, more than PS3 itself for sure but it's not up to them to take this kind of decisions
Mm. No, it is definitively Sony's interests that would have to make a decision like this. The problem is that it's pretty obvious they haven't made this decision from technical advice, or when considering customer relations, or when it comes to the significance of the linux-project in terms of promoting the tech the box is based on, things like that.

They're also ignoring the way this will promote piracy on the ps3 like nothing else, along with the possible trade-commission problems they're running into (..i.e., "gaining an unfair advantage over the competition at a critical time, then removing the feature later", etc).

It's just a bad decision, that seems based more on a personal grudge than anything else... lol. Like: "You take something from us, huh, linux people! Then we take something from you! We boss!".

Anyway.. off to file a local support-request like Geoff suggested..

spam00r's Avatar
#78 - spam00r - 225w ago
do anybody know anyone who installed new FW on phat ? i heard someone done it, and still got 'other OS' the source is so-so, so (yeah ) i'm not really believe.

p.s. sry for my bad english

scratchybadger's Avatar
#77 - scratchybadger - 225w ago
...maybe I'm completely wrong too, this move leaves to believe they're stopping something with it, but it could also be a psychological pressure to hijack focus of those ones working on it....

The PSP got hacked and sony have gone drastically out of their way to stop later revisions of it from being broken. As far as i see it, with the news of recent access to all parts of the ps3 system Sony is jumping on this one early. The sooner they plug the 'other os' hole by removing it from the firmware the less machines there will be with this 'security risk' and potential for mass hackery.

Sony really has no clue about their users, they don't value their customers and do not understand what effect this will have on previously loyal users. Sony are able to bite the hand that feeds them better than any other company out there.

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