PS3 hack could force early PS4 release
The recent news regarding the PS3 being hacked has been meet with both condemnation and also joy because this hack could see an early release of the PS4 – well that’s the hope anyway. Most of us will agree that the leak of the LV0 PlayStation 3 encryption keys is a little like opening up Pandora’s box, because now that the hack is out there’s no way to put it back.
It was obvious that Sony were going to rush out PS3 firmware update 4.30 update to counter the leaking of these keys, but this fix will not work for long because Sony’s console now has a huge target on its back and can now be decrypted with very little effort.
The technical side of the LV0 key can be better explained here, but what is more interesting is how it came to be leaked in the first place. “The Three Tuskateers” are said to be those who had discovered the master key, but they just sat on it for various reasons.
However, there was a threat that other hackers had gotten hold of the master key and were going to profit from it, so the original hackers felt the only course of action they could take was to release the LV0 key. The Three Tuskateers do feel a little regretful, because they have claimed that if it were not for the threat of the leak of this key then their hands would not have been forced.
Like we said above there will be a mixed reaction to this news, but a majority of PS3 owners will be upset by those who will want to try and use the hack in order to be able to play pirated games. This kind of practice has caused serious damage to the gaming industry over the years, and it would be a shame for it to rear its ugly head once again.
It’s not worth looking at this as the glass is half empty because there is a positive side; this hack could have came out early on in the PS3’s life-cycle, so we have to be positive in the fact that it happened so late down the line. It’s not known what Sony plans to do about this, but one has to hope that they will be working on bringing us the PlayStation 4 sooner rather than later now?