157w ago - Update: CodeTwink has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update version 3.55 blocked access to lv2 kernel "execute" access, however, if you can patch back in a method to lv1_write_htab_entry, you can re-enable this area.
Today Sony Network Operations Americas VP Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware update v3.55 has arrived and simply adds a security patch.
Currently it is possible for PS Downgrade / JailBreak users to exit the PS3 Factory/Service Mode and get back to a normal Retail PS3 console using the lv2diag.self file_2.
Finally, although not recommended for PS3 homebrew fans, PS3 Firmware 3.55 is a mandatory update for those seeking to use PSN.
While some have reported the various bypass methods are temporarily working, more promising solutions include PS3 hackers continuing work on decrypting PS3 Firmware 3.50 with version 3.55 next in their sights.
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I have a couple of "off-brand" controllers that do work on 3.50 (haven't updated to 3.55). And I'm seeing that now, some off-brand hardware is making note of it being 3.50 compatible or not in the description.
So, yes, it's possible, like you noticed. How "new" the accessory must be (i.e., specially updated for 3.50+), I don't know.
Just a note: I tried to connect my "No-Brand" generic PC Joypad to the PS3, just to test it and it worked. I thought that sony patched the firmware to not accept that kind of hardware, only the licensed ones. Can anybody perform some tests with non-licensed hardware and report back, please? Thanks.
Stopping people from getting on PSN i understand but the whole thing with this update is it blocks people from downgrading to a firmware that can't even get on PSN hacked or not. They really just dont want people messing with their product and after being the console that was unhackable for quite sometime they're just trying to keep a good image.
I have a PSN PS3 and a jailbreak. If I really want to play a game online I will buy it. I have Black Ops and GT5 both worth a purchase. Everything else I dont care about.
Also as a side note I have set up my own dns on my vps to bypass the update until its patched. Hate having to turn my computer on to get online. If anyone wants it let me know. Do a whois or whatever I don't care.