186w ago - This weekend TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) reports that Red Dead Redemption (released on May 18 in North America and May 21 in Europe) requires updating your PlayStation 3 entertainment system to PS3 Firmware 3.21 or higher, which also removes the OtherOS functionality along with the ability to use the PS3 Exploit and likely PS3 Custom Firmware.
Additionally, IanJ also reports that ModNation Racers requires PS3 Firmware 3.21 to play it on Sony's PlayStation 3.
To quote from TSA: "Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption not only requires that particular system software to run, but handily includes it on the disk for easy installation, too.
Chances are there have been other games out since April 1st that required the OtherOS removing firmware update, but Redemption is likely to be one of the higher profile titles to do, and as far as we know this isn't stated on the box at all so consider this a notice if you're still to pick up the game."
The decision is now left to the end users: Update your PS3 console to the latest Firmware to play new titles and game online, or hold out for GeoHot to release his PS3 Custom Firmware with hopes that more PS3 hacks are discovered and new PS3 exploits surface to further unlock the PlayStation 3.
Of course, for those who can afford it, there is another option... simply buy a second PS3 and update it to the latest PlayStation 3 Firmware version while keeping your pre-3.21 FW machine with OtherOS in the closet until it can be put to good use.
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I use to follow Geohot's work, both his reverse engineering and his robotics, but recently quit. I agree he's pretty much tucked tail and run. To be honest I don't see him ever doing anything else with the PS3 and maybe not even Apple products again. It's a bad idea to wait on him.
Also his custom CFW video as others have stated is easy to emulate by editing unsigned parts of firmware. I wouldn't put it past him to do something like that to keep himself in the spotlight, especially since he's old news now in the Apple scene, other people got tired of his BS there too and went ahead and did a untethered unlock.
All his his 'exploit' has done is destroyed functionality for end-users. Right after he screwed up what we paid money for he decides to retire. That's kind of ass-kicking worthy..
I would like to see the ps3 hacked... you know, homebrew, applications, and all the custom goodies... But I bought my console to play, play online... so I'll be one of those that followed the Homebrew scene... but made the hacking moves late.
There is no doubt we'd be far ahead if he shared his info and worked with others in private. It's been almost 2 months since his last update, it seems like he's tucked his tail and ran away. Thanks for screwing things up George.
as far as i know, geohot only needed otheros for getting the key to sign his own pup file containing his own custom firmware. but he was able to update it through a normal restoring over the system itself.
Well - it all depends on the way the (first) CFW would be installed on "virgin" PS3 (aka one with no CFW so far). So far it seems the access to OtherOS (e.g. pre-3.21 FW) might be the only way. It's indeed possible that down the line another way could be found but (similarly as with PSP in the past) the higher with OFW you'll go on your PS3 the lower chances are that you'll be able to install CFW or at least much longer you'd need to wait for exploit to be found.