Sony Banning PlayStation 3 Hackers For Life

250px-PS3VersionsCNET reports:

Sony came down hard on PlayStation 3 hackers today, saying they will be permanently banned from the company’s online services.

“Violation of the system software license agreement for the PlayStation 3 System invalidates the consumer guarantee for that system,” reads a notice posted to Sony’s official PlayStation blog. “In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of international copyright laws. Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.”

To avoid the lifetime shutout, Sony said, consumers must “immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”

In the post, Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein said the policy represents an initial response to questions from PlayStation.Blog readers about how Sony plans to deal with breaches of its policy.

The company did not say when the ban will begin, but the blog PS3 News is reporting that many users of its PS3 forums have already confirmed receiving e-mail notices from Sony followed by their PlayStation 3 consoles being banned.

According to one account, “If you get error 0x8002A227, Sony banned your PS3 from the PSN.”

This is just the latest step by Sony to thwart PlayStation 3 jailbreaks.

In the most well-publicized battle, the company last month requested a restraining order against famed iPhone jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as Geohot, for coming up with a jailbreak that lets people run unauthorized software on the PS3…

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  • Ibid

    I would personally like to thank $0ni for enabling my boycott of them. My lack of willpower and better judgment caused me to purchase a PS3. I applaud the BanHammer Iniative and their pogrom against innovation!

    • Bud Bundy

      Cool story bro.

  • Ibid

    I would personally like to thank $0ni for enabling my boycott of them. My lack of willpower and better judgment caused me to purchase a PS3. I applaud the BanHammer Iniative and their pogrom against innovation!

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    $300 sounds like a lot of money for a gaming system that you’re not allowed to enjoy.

    Maybe they’ll take this business plan to its logical conclusion and design the Playstation 4 in the shape of a middle finger, pointing at the players.

    • Hadrian999

      they have to do something to get a handle on the rampant cheating in competitive games or they will lose players in the long run, i don’t really care i find those games dull but if you have to cheat to have a good time you should probably find a new hobby

      • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

        It sounds like there it a lot more going on:

        “If Sony actually took the time to know what us (the consumers) wanted, maybe they would see less piracy,” one person wrote. “I mean the whole reason hackers want to hack the PSP Go is to play games that are still only available in UMD only.”

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Nothing engenders total contempt like the stink of desperation. Let the flight to other platforms begin!

      Besides…gaming may be a big niche…but jacking the costs until its a smaller niche…then booting even a small percentage of that niche out into the cold…not exactly a long term plan for awesomeness and profit.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    $300 sounds like a lot of money for a gaming system that you’re not allowed to enjoy.

    Maybe they’ll take this business plan to its logical conclusion and design the Playstation 4 in the shape of a middle finger, pointing at the players.

  • Hadrian999

    they have to do something to get a handle on the rampant cheating in competitive games or they will lose players in the long run, i don’t really care i find those games dull but if you have to cheat to have a good time you should probably find a new hobby

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Nothing engenders total contempt like the stink of desperation. Let the flight to other platforms begin!

    Besides…gaming may be a big niche…but jacking the costs until its a smaller niche…then booting even a small percentage of that niche out into the cold…not exactly a long term plan for awesomeness and profit.

  • http://www.victoriangothic.org Haystack

    It sounds like there it a lot more going on:

    “If Sony actually took the time to know what us (the consumers) wanted, maybe they would see less piracy,” one person wrote. “I mean the whole reason hackers want to hack the PSP Go is to play games that are still only available in UMD only.”

  • Bud Bundy

    Oh. I’ll keep not cheating then.

  • Bud Bundy

    Oh. I’ll keep not cheating then.

  • Bud Bundy

    Cool story bro.

  • Dmitry

    What is actually needed is an anything goes game. The processing power available from current networks can provide that.  Anything that you can do in the real world should be fair game along with a fair amount of what you can’t : i.e: If you have a rocket launcher you should be able to destroy anything.  If you die you can respawn indefinitely.  Of course you can still have regular games but one like this would be a blast to play.

  • Dmitry

    What is actually needed is an anything goes game. The processing power available from current networks can provide that.  Anything that you can do in the real world should be fair game along with a fair amount of what you can’t : i.e: If you have a rocket launcher you should be able to destroy anything.  If you die you can respawn indefinitely.  Of course you can still have regular games but one like this would be a blast to play.