Today’s Firmware Update 3.60 may have brought cloud game saves to PlayStation Plus users, and a sleep timer for controllers, but what could possibly be a more important aspect of the update for Sony is the fact that FW 3.60 brought added security to the console. While Sony has so far been one step behind hackers in their attempts to protect the PS3, the latest update apparently re-secures the machine.
PS3 hacker and open source Jailbreak alternative PSFreedom creator KaKaRoToKS claims that Sony removed all the loaders in the PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.60 update, protecting the PS3:
For now, it looks to me (at first glance) that the PS3 has been re-secured, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be broken again from scratch.
DigitalFoundry explained that while Geohot’s reveal of the “mtldr” key broke the PS3’s “chain of trust,” Sony managed to beat the hack by simply not using mtldr any more, opting for a new security system that could possibly require a completely new exploit to be uncovered.
This is great news for PlayStation gamers as the PS3 hack has lead to growing piracy on the platform, cutting into developer’s bottom line and putting future projects in jeopardy.