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Red Dead Redemption Requires PS3 Firmware 3.21 or Higher


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226w 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.

However, according to several Forum members (including blood911, Chivafighter and IanJ) it may actually require up to PS3 Firmware 3.30 depending on your region.

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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#23 - xrayglasses - 226w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Neo Cyrus View Post
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.

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..

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#22 - Okiri - 226w ago
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.

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#21 - Neo Cyrus - 226w ago
Quote Originally Posted by ahasverus View Post
What pisses me off is that all of this is because of GeoHot. If geo was more friendly with everybody else not just friend of his ego, all of the exploit could be discussed on mirc, in private doors, and we end users would still have linux on the ps3.

All of this is because geo scremed like a child "I've hacked the ps3!" but wait, he didn't.

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.

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#20 - Warrorar - 226w ago
Quote Originally Posted by livpool View Post
my guess, initially the only way will be through OtherOS just like George was planning, but eventually we will be able to use it through some found exploit, which is possible because we have the dumps.. its just a matter of finding a good hole and being able to use it.


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.

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#19 - GrandpaHomer - 226w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Warrorar View Post
But isnt there a chance also for people with 3.21+? I give an example.

Someone is at 3.30 and doesn't have the ability to use otherOS. There is a new Firmware 3.40 and some days later geohot/hades who ever, create a custom firmware called 3.40oos. this guy at 3.30 downloads now the update 3.40oos. when he wanna use that file for updating the console see the update as an normal 3.40 update because its signed with the correct key.
isn't that right?

so that would mean its not important what firmware do you have. the most important thing is that you have a lower firmware, as the custom firmware you wanna upgrade to. o.o


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.

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