PS3 firmware jailbreak released by Geohot

A second hacked firmware for Sony's PlayStation 3 has made it into the wild thanks to iPhone hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz.

The fiddled firmware, which has been cracked using the private key discovered by hacking group fail0verflow and publicly distributed by Hotz will unlock version 3.55 of the PS3 operating system to a certain degree but will not remove copy protection.

Geohot, who professes to have a vehemently anti-piracy stance, advises would-be pirates not to waste their time, as the firmware update will theoretically run homebrew software but will not sign off copied commercial games.

It's widely expected that a future firmware release will reinstate the 'Install Other OS' function to the popular console which was controversially removed by Sony in an misguided attempt to head off piracy.

In fact the effect was the exact opposite with hackers redoubling their efforts to open up the hardware in order to restore its ability to run Linux and other operating systems.

If you want to try out the proof of concept firmware you can get it here but don't come crying to us if it turns your PS3 into a noisy doorstop. Those of a more timid disposition should be content with just watching the video below.