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GeoHot Retires from PS3 and iPhone Hacking, Others to Lead On


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210w ago - Today George Hotz aka GeoHot has announced he is retiring from Sony PS3 and Apple iPhone hacking, citing that the demand for updates from end-users will never stop.

In his exit from the PS3 scene, GeoHot left many legitimate PlayStation 3 users without OtherOS and without the promised 3.21OO PS3 Custom Firmware.

The good news? Others whom GeoHot shared the PS3 METLDR info and LV2 dump with are currently using his work to continue hacking the PS3 console, with rumors from IRC (for what those are worth LOL) indicating a public "end-user" PS3 hack may arrive before September 2010 from their camp.

Unfortunately though, just like the past Dark_AleX and "M33" PSP releases, an incoming PS3 hack will probably be from a fictitious group and won't include anything useful to PS3 Devs such as dumps, reversals, sourcecode, etc.

Hopefully once a hole that Sony can't block is public, other PlayStation 3 Devs will begin working on the PS3 though... and sharing all the juicy the technical details along the way for others who wish to learn.

This will help ensure the PS3 scene won't fall victim to the hypocritical and ridiculous "anti-piracy, users deserve nothing" attitude that began the downfall and led to the fate of the current PSP scene.

To quote: His PS3 username, Twitter account, and blog are all now shut down. His last tweet said, "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye."

Along with that post, he wrote in his blog explaining his reasons for retiring from the scene. He says that he "didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something," but now he does.

He then continued a bit more in his post with the following: "The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd."



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Wile E's Avatar
#55 - Wile E - 210w ago
What a first rate A-hole. He tells us not to update because CFW is on the way, then abandons us. People wouldn't pester him if he just gave simple progress updates.

But no, he says don't update, then nothing else for months. What the hell did he expect, people to bow at his feet? Of course people are going to ask for updates when you expressly tell them not to update then leave them in the dark for months.

I'm glad he's gone. His early work was great, but now his ego is just too big, and he has become a detriment to the scene.

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#54 - Transient - 210w ago
In the past I sided with GeoHot while people were flaming him. I see now that I was wrong.

If someone comes out and tells the world that they'll be releasing a custom OtherOS version of the PS3 firmware, then they should deliver on it. His word is obviously worth nothing, so it makes me question anything else he has said.

I realize he was overwhelmed with people on one side attacking him and people on the other demanding results, but in the end he has to realize he's completely let down those who believed in him. Maybe there was only a small fraction of people who actually appreciated his work (and could understand it, for that matter), but that doesn't make them any less important.

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#53 - aries2k6 - 210w ago
So Georgie is giving up hacking... at least publicly. Oh well. Hopefully others will continue trying to circumvent the black boxes security.

Seeing as he's dropping this he could at least have revealed the method for his so called CFW. I'm a little dissappointed about that. I do give the guy credit for finding a hole and reviving the ps3 scene (what there is of it). What I didn't like was the "I have the power of the gods in my hands" attitude and running off to the medias to tell the world, look at me.

I'm not sure the exact reason Sony pulled the OS from older models but this made a perfect excuse for them to do it. I think it would have been much better to have a little more hacking done before going for the glory because although Geo "hacked" the ps3 we have yet to see a simple "hello World" running.

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#52 - Siggy12 - 210w ago
Without him, the whole of the iPhone community would not be able to jailbreak or unlock their iPhone or iPod Touches, all the unlocks are based on his work.

PS3 wasn't his priority, the iPhone was and he accomplished in hacking all iPhone's. Heck, I bet the iPhone Dev Team would have hacked the PS3 by now if they didn't spend their time on the iPhone.
I'm perfectly agree.

also if his work on PS3 is not so gourgous I have to say that is always a good startup for the people that want to try it is not so simple like people think because if was SIMPLE the dump of the Hypervisor LV1 and LV2 was made for sure long time before than 3years and 3 months.

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#51 - rockon4you - 210w ago
I remember the days when the ps3 had all of those videos about the "ps3 iso loader". lol Im actually in a community college myself in New York and working on programs in C++.

Coming into comparison with the iso loaders, a C++ program could do the trick. the hard thing is having it be installed into the PS3's hypervisor itself.

I tell ya, if GeoHot kept hackin the PS3, we would probably find things nobody would ever guess haha.

Rockon4you

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