123w ago - There have been quite a few articles about possible things that Sony could end up doing to try and stop PS3 homebrew, and here are all the potential solutions I have noticed thus far.
PS3's will start sending a recently played list to check for homebrew titles / flagged names:
Pretty obvious solution here. Just start naming the homebrews after currently existing titles, Or titles of bad games. Such as we can take the game name / BLUS for the game FLOCK (worst game ever that nobody will play) and install a master manager under that name.
So while it looks like everyone is playing FLOCK, We will actually be using a multimanager for FTP's, Backups, and Emulators.
Sony disabling update by USB in the next patch:
There are a few options we can take if we end up accidentally getting hit with this.
For people who update and can no longer install from usb:
Either the firmware will need a pre-installed pkg manager with firmware update options, Or they will have to do a dnas redirect to their computer to check for an update.
For people who have not updated to the new firmware that disables it:
Download the firmware and simply patch the firmware to alter the USB access as well so it does not get disabled to begin with!
Sub-level secondary key-signing program:
Well. in this sense, We would be absolutely screwed. If we were to install the firmware, Even with a pkg signer, We wouldn't be able to do a thing.
We would simply have to hope that someone would notice it uses a secondary keysign, find it in the firmware, and remove it before it becomes a problem.
How to truly help everyone there is for future firmwares:
We need a program with a GUI for firmware patching, Yeah I know one is out already, But it needs more OPTIONS! Options people!!!
We need a windows / linux firmware patcher with a GUI featuring the following options in the form of checkboxes.
Level 1 patching
Level 2 patching
Level 3 patching
Install PKG File option
Update from USB option
Playstation store links in VIDEO tab
Playstation store links in GAME tab
Check for firmware update on network connection establish
I am certain a gui windows / linux auto-patcher for all current firmwares would be WONDERFUL and would probably make the world a happier place.
Hell, I don't know of a single person who wouldn't want these options for an autopatcher.
Oh, And someone hurry up and figure out the npdrm so we can get an autopatcher for EBOOT's that works.
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Well, If we were capable of that, then I think our CFW`s would be able to go online without the need to update to the latest version to begin with.
If anything, This will be a server sided update from some pre-existing software within the console. (Ever notice how games you played reciently show up in a list in related to playstation store stuff / dlc, and somehow shows up on friends consoles you just logged into?)
Microsoft`s kinect spies on you, And you think just knowing what your playing is illegal?
They wont impliment such a feature seeing as it would be an absolute chore, unless they released some flagsoftware homebrew like microsoft did with several of their games in the form of fake ISO`s
Pretty sure me and quite a few others here Definitely disagree with that.
They may have it be absolutely required to connect to the network, We will just have to wait for the first hammer to fall so we can analyze the software.
Not everyone likes the trouble of using a computer for such porpoises.
Game systems are made to play games, thats 95% of the reason emulators are on all game consoles.
Now THATS the kind of thinking I like to see!
Could even go so far as to have a PKG for "Safe Shutdown" which basically cleans the cache of recently played games. then initiates the shutdown protocol for the system.
Checking the full firmware for anomalies every boot seems like it would be a pain. And in the system menu it still says "Firmware 3.55" instead of something like "DARK ALEX OWNS LOLOLOLO"
so. I think we would be safe, unless they somehow can see the install pkg file option.
It has been found, but it has not been used by sony yet to check for homebrew. Just for recently played games to try and sell you DLC for games your interested in.
Yeah...But then when you go on the PSN and try to install / download a game that was randomly generated..It would already detect it...
Now we just need a pkg file that cleans up this log by either wiping it all, or replacing the data with "Metal gear solid 4!" and then preforms a shutdown.
A pkg seems like it would be the most effective way to clean out the log, And it could possibly even be implemented to clear the log throughout every homebrew that is released. That way if you ever even decide to play a homebrew, Its an automatically cleaned list, without the need of a "System safe shutdown" package file.
Sony can't decide to make updates automatic (I'm guessing you mean't transparent as even automatic updates need your authorisation to be installed) It's the same reason game updates aren't mandatory, any changes and the eu needs to be notified and given the option of accepting or declining and thats not to mention the dangers of people turning off their PS3's while some invisible firmware upgrade is going on in the background.