170w ago - Previously we reported that the PS JailBreak Backup Manager was incoming with some of the rumored features, and today the official PS JailBreak site (linked above) has been updated stating the PS3 USB modchips are shipping and offering some update details.
To quote: "Firstly we would like to apologize for the shipping delay. Our product is now officially shipping, and we have eliminated delay for future orders. All future orders will be shipped within 24 hours of payment.
As this is a big project we needed to make sure that everything would be perfect for both the present and the future. Let us tell you the wait is well worth it as we have made our product even better then we thought possible.
We have several new things to announce. Our Backup Manager v1.1 will be released on or before the 15th of September with a very valuable feature as well as increased reliability and expandability. We have received many emails asking about updates, we have a solution in the works (unlike all copy cat clone makers).
Our solution will be released within 7 days as well and will only work with original units. As well we receive many inquiries as to price and competition. It is very important for all dealers and end users to understand that you get what you pay for.
It costs a lot of money to support and provide new features. Clone makers/ Free versions do not have our associated costs for research or production , but when you buy cheap you receive an inferior quality product that will not be able to have any updates or support.
Remember everybody you get exactly what you pay for. Some might say our product is priced to high , but we have to say if you want something that will continue to work then the money is well worth it! Thank you from the PS JailBreak Team."
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Once a widespread solution arrives it won't take long. I think the PSP is the most likely candidate for most PS3 owners.
If this eventually gets ported to both Android and iPhone based phones, then that will also help a lot.
At 42% the cost of a new slim 120GB console (which is 300 bucks on walmart.com), this "modchip" is rather pricey. Their going to need to prove their support for keeping the hack working if I'm going to shell out over a 100 bucks. I don't want a 100$ paperweight, ya know?