PS3 custom firmware hack released

The leaked PS3 root key has spawned its first public hack, with instructions surfacing on how owners can create their own custom firmware. The handiwork of KaKaRoTo, the actual usefulness of the hack is questionable at this stage; there's no support for running homebrew apps or backup copies of games, and according to the creator it's all "really meant for future homebrew installation" and "will not allow piracy."

That might come as some relief to Sony, who were facing the possibility of pirated games being run on PS3 consoles no matter which firmware version they were running, but it seems only a matter of time until someone less copyright-conscious comes along with an alternate hack.

[via Kotaku]