I totally ignored this last week because I thought it was a joke. Apparently it's not a joke. Especially to Sony. This past week, videos went up online showing the world's first PS3 mod chip known as "PS Jailbreak."
Here's a list of specs:
PS Jailbreak is a USB plug and play solution that installs in seconds, keeping your valid warranty seal in tact.
Easy to use installer and GUI takes you step by step.
Compatible with all production models FAT and SLIM. Supports all regions: USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA
PS Jailbreak disables forced software updates and will never brick your console.
Supports all games (it does not allow backups of bluray movies , dvd movies , or past consoles games)
Backup games to your internal hard drive or external hard drive through USB, and boot directly off GUI. Eliminating the need for expensive blueray burners and costly blank media.
Play backups off your hard drives 2x as fast as off the blueray drive. This eliminates lags and glitches to provide you with smoother game play.
Open up your console to a new generation of homebrew applications. Load homebrew apps/games off any USB hard drive/flash drive.
Fully updatable with new features/updates by connecting PS Jailbreak to any computers USB port.
How does Sony respond? Well yesterday Sony decided to take legal action against the Australian developers and whoever has the balls (now) to sell the device. Sony Computer Entertainment Australia was granted a temporary injunction from now until August 31. During this period, the mod chip can't be sold to or imported by the public. Also the court is making the developers deliver all technical samples to Sony. After August 31, the mod chips could possible go back on sale depending on the court's decision. Most likely they'll rule in Sony's favor since they did with Nintendo and the R4. Or maybe not, because maybe the court is angry about cross-game chat. I'm kidding. But we'll see what happens when the 31st rolls around. Australian site, iTWire, contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and received the one of the gaming industry's finest lines. "We don't comment on rumor and speculation."