With the PS3 having been hacked all over again, the number of gamers who install custom firmware and pirate games is sure to rise. In response, Sony has released a ‘Customer Alert‘ saying that if they catch you, you’ll be permanently banned from the PSN and SEN services:
Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 system invalidates the consumer’s right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.
To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.
Of course, an issue Sony faces is that a lot of pirates simply won’t go online with their PS3, but considering the fact that Microsoft regularly bans those who pirate 360 games and still try to go online, there are certainly those out there that are willing to risk having their accounts banned just to save a little money.
If you use CFW for homebrew apps that aren’t pirated games it’s likely you’ll also be banned as it’s seen as “unauthorized” content. While it’s hard to argue a case for allowing pirated content, CFW and homebrew is a matter of fierce debate. Where do you stand? And could you live with a permanent ban from the PSN? Remember, once they have your DNA there’ll be no chance to trick the system.