PS3 hacked, homebrew projects and piracy likely to follow

While the Xbox 360 and the Wii fell victim to hackers a good while ago now, it’s taken a long time for Sony’s PlayStation 3 to be cracked. Last year’s PS Jailbreak incident was quickly set straight via firmware updates on the console, but aside from that the system has managed to stay away from hacker hell.

Until now, that is; George “GeoHot” Hotz has released the root key to the PS3 online. The root key is essential to playing PS3 software as it determines what code can and can’t run on the system. With that key in the hands of hackers you can expect to see a lot of homebrew projects appearing for the system. The worst part of this? It could mean a sharp rise in piracy on PS3.

This root key apparently can’t be simply patched with new security as it would block older PS3 games. New PS3s with updated security would also be costly for Sony.

With all three systems now at the mercy of hackers, Hotz spoke out to the big three companies behind them, saying . “If you want your next console to be secure, get in touch with me, any of you three. It’d be fun to be on the other side.”

What a nerd.