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First PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware Released

A hacker has released what he believes to be the first ever custom firmware for Sony's PlayStation 3.

Writing on his blog, Kakaroto said that he wont be releasing his firmware to the public, but has released the tools for others to make their own, tech news site THINQ reports.

Currently his own firmware only adds an 'Install Package Files' to the game section of the console's XMB operating system, but he said that once 'homebrew' developers re-package their files in a .pkg format with signed executable, the PS3 will be able to run homebrew software.

"This is just the first attempt at custom firmware, and it only contains a minor modification to allow you to install pkg files directly," says Kakaroto. "Eventually we’ll get some more options added to it in the future. This is just starting to get interesting!"

The move follows on from hacker group fail0verflow successfully cracking the PS3 last week, allowing users install any software without authentication on the console.

George 'GeoHot' Hotz, one of the hackers behind the iPhone jailbreak tool, later uncovered the console's master key using the methods detailed by fail0verflow and published it online.