Sony-to-push-forward-PlayStation-4-plans-if-PS3-support-wanes-after-jailbreak- Sony to push forward PlayStation 4 plans if PS3 support wanes after jailbreak?

   17/01/2011 at 18:42       Richard Horne       5 COMMENTS.
 - PlayStation 3 Jailbreak, PlayStation 4, Sony, Hackers, Jailbreak

There's been so much written about the PlayStation 3 jailbreak in recent weeks that it's all too easy to glaze over the facts and put it down as another victory for piracy. But after numerous commentators speculated that this is one exploit Sony can't fight back against and that the PS3 is actually 'cracked for good' what does this mean for the future of the console? And does it mean we're likely to see the PlayStation 4 a whole lot sooner than we were meant to be?

With the release of Sony's Move controller and Microsoft's Kinect camera, the two big console developers were clearly hoping to extend this generation's life-span above and beyond the traditional 5 year cycle. Phenomenal sales of the Nintendo's Wii have proved that consumers are extremely receptive to innovation and forward thinking, regardless of whether it comes at the expense of driving technlogy forward. And in a Western world where HDTV and broadband penetration is still surprisingly low overall, Sony and Microsoft were no doubt quite pleased with the extra time afforded to them to develop their next generation of consoles and controllers.

However, with the PlayStation 3 being blown open in such a way and with the inevitable rampant piracy that's inevitably going to follow, for how long will support for PlayStation 3 remain profitable and sustainable? And in an ironic but ultimately cruel twist of fate, will this jailbreak actually lead to a massive increase in sales of the console?

On a day when Activision publicly stated that there's little, if not nothing, it can do to combat the hacking of its Call of Duty servers, public confidence in the console is surely at an all-time low.

Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward told Eurogamer that: "Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they're played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform.

"Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hacker's attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples."

Of course the biggest concern should be that if Sony does set the wheels in motion and hurries the PlayStation 4 out of the door before it's good and ready, will the quality of its hardware suffer a similar fate to that of the first 360 consoles which were terribly prone to red-ring failures. Or, will a reduced development period lead to another slap-dash attempt at securing what could be a make or break console release for Sony? Only time will tell.

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Whizzo - on 17/01/2011 at 19:49 wrote:
Sony really can't afford to bring out all new hardware so that'd be a no.

peej - on 18/01/2011 at 08:42 wrote:
Not quite sure what point there would be in Sony pushing forward with a Playstation 4 plan when the majority of Playstation 3 owners certainly won't be using the hack to pirate games (not presently at least, there's still a lot of highly technical stuff that needs to be done to successfully be able to copy a commercial boxed product game). As for the trophy system, would anyone really miss it if Sony killed it off?

The wider implications of security are that this is the second time (third if you count mod chipped or slider-hacked PS2s) that a major Sony console has been cracked wide open by hackers so if a PS4 is in the works at all, most of Sony's R & D time will probably go into encrypting the thing up the wazoo to ensure this doesn't happen again.

I doubt that developers / publishers will magically stop supporting the PS3 overnight, it's still a fairly big chunk of the games market to suddenly neglect. FWIW it's currently easier to mod an Xbox 360 or a Wii to pirate games anyway, but no one's talked about a sudden drop in support for either of those consoles.

HairyArse - on 18/01/2011 at 08:44 wrote:
#5 - Jesus you're right. That's some sloppy 'regurgitating'.

Flying_Pig - on 18/01/2011 at 14:07 wrote:

DDevil - on 18/01/2011 at 22:59 wrote:
Wow, this article is attracting some real winners.

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