Sony's Response on PSN to the U.S. House of Representatives

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154w ago - Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has posted an update on their response to the U.S. House of Representatives via the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.

Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, submitted written answers to questions posed by the subcommittee about the large-scale, criminal cyber-attack we have experienced. We wanted to share those answers with you (click here).

In summary, we told the subcommittee that in dealing with this cyber attack we followed four key principles:

1. Act with care and caution.
2. Provide relevant information to the public when it has been verified.
3. Take responsibility for our obligations to our customers.
4. Work with law enforcement authorities.

We also informed the subcommittee of the following:

  • Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal...

 

PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) Arrives

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154w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker Geoffrey Levand (or at least someone using his name) has released a PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) which allows the dual-booting of both GameOS and OtherOS.

PS3 Custom Firmware Downloads: (Updated file links HERE!)

• PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.30 (md5 9142d8c1707a3257b21c29d6f266c6c6)
PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.41 (md5 9b439b04c4c0b841ae50c3af18bb584d)
PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.50 (md5 74b4291615ceb394e0d64078d775a93d)
PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.55 (md5 fac423010dc8e20030f28145a42627fb)

PS3 Custom Firmware Download Mirrors:

• PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.30 (md5 9142d8c1707a3257b21c29d6f266c6c6)
• PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.41 (md5 9b439b04c4c0b841ae50c3af18bb584d)
• PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.50 (md5...
 

Some PSN Services Available This Week, Free Month of PS Plus

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155w ago - From their Press Conference today, Kazuo Hirai has briefed the media on Sony's investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach, PSN security measures and service restoration plans.

Sony stated they plan restore some PSN and Qriocity services this week with the rest during the new month, and confirmed that all existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service while current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.

To quote from Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold via the official Press Release:

SOME PLAYSTATION NETWORK AND QRIOCITY SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally; System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

Tokyo, May 1, 2011 - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStationNetwork and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on.

The company also announced both...
 

PrBoom: Doom PS3 Homebrew Port for Custom Firmware Arrives

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155w ago - While not an update to the previous release, PlayStation 3 developer Robo Hobo has made available his own Doom PS3 port dubbed PrBoom this weekend for both PS3 Custom Firmware and JailBreak users followed by some revisions below.

Download: PrBoom Doom v2.5.0 r1 for PS3 CFW / PrBoom Doom v2.5.0 r1 for PS3 JB 3.41 / PrBoom Doom v2.5.8 r2 for PS3 CFW / PrBoom Doom v2.5.8 r2 for PS3 JB 3.41 / Doom 2 .WAD File SVN

To quote: Here is the second release of PrBoom for the PlayStation 3. I've pasted the readme below. Any comments on how you would like to see this improved are welcomed.

Changes in Release 2:

  • Update core to prboom-plus 2.5.8
  • Support Widescreen aspects
  • Fix control mapping
  • Allow both sticks to be mapped as buttons
  • Allow the movement keys to be remapped
  • Fix high pitched audio
  • Fix...

 

DoPSBox v0.74 PS3 R1 DOSBox Emulator for CFW Arrives

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155w ago - This weekend PlayStation 3 developer Robo Hobo has released DoPSBox v0.74 R1, which is a DOSBox Emulator for homebrew fans and PS3 Custom Firmware users.

Download: DOSBox v0.74 PS3 R1 Emulator for CFW / DOSBox v0.74 PS3 R1 Emulator for 3.41 Dongle

From the ReadMe file: DOSBox-0.74-ps3-r1

Issues: There are still some performance bottlenecks. In testing cycle values above 10000 provided the most issues. Tweaking some values in dosbox-0.74.conf may help to improve performance.

There are still some usability issues with the on screen keyboard. If a lot of typing is necessary you may consider hooking up a physical one.

Using the fluidsynth midi synth requires a soundfont is sf2 format. Place the file on the PS3 and edit dosbox-0.74.conf to set the value 'midiconfig' to the full path to the file. It's also necessary to change the 'mididevice' option to the value 'synth'.

There is currently no PS3 optimized loader. The DOS commands needed to launch the game need to be type every time you start the app. You can reduce the typing by adding common lines to the dosbox config file's autoexec section.

Using soft mouse and keyboard:
 







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