PS3 cracked with modded controller

As quickly as Sony squishes one method of jailbreaking the PS3, an alternative pops up to take its place. The recent release of firmware 3.50 looked like it had stopped two popular solutions dead in their tracks, but an enterprising young engineer has apparently found a new way to jailbreak the console – using its own controller.

The latest firmware updates have been restricting the use of the console’s USB ports – disabling a couple of mod chips as well as many third-party controllers. Now though, it’s the company’s own proprietary hardware – with a few modifications – that’s being used against them.

Diagram of modified Sixaxis controller

The ankle bone's connected to the... foot bone!

Simply take one Sixaxis or DualShock 3, open it up, do some soldering magic with a PIC microcontroller, close it again and plug the controller into the PS3 via the USB port.

Once that’s all done, you’ll be able to launch your PS3 into debug mode without losing any settings – and without removing the ability to be updated. (For more information – including detailed instructions (not that we condone that sort of thing) – head to DCEmu Reviews.)

The new method has been confirmed as an all-new project, rather than a port of PSGroove or other older procedures, and will make things awfully challenging for Sony. They might be able to change the way the PS3 communicates with its controllers via USB, but that idea sounds a little awkward. However they choose to proceed, this latest incident really does highlight the fact they need to do something to be one step ahead, rather than following the hackers around patching up holes.

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