Sony Playstation 3 Firmware Update 3.56

January 27, 2011 in NEWS, PS3


George Hotz

There is a new firmware update for the PS3 that according to Playstation forums: “A new PS3 system software update, v3.56, will be released soon. This is a minor update that adds a security patch.” In case you haven’t heard George Hotz (a.k.a GeoHot) had “Jailbroke” the PS3 on versions 3.55 and below. GeoHot has gained notoriety for his contributions to the iPhone Jailbreak in which Apple lost its lawsuit of its copyright to prevent owners from installing “unapproved” programs on the iPhone.

The Library of Congress DMCA ruling on the iPhone Jailbreak:
“When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses.”

Also invovled with this current JailBreak of the PS3 (along with Geohot) is fail0verflow. Their alleged goal is to restore the “Other OS” to the PS3 system, which enabled installation of Linux on the PS3 (which early on Sony actually helped Yellow Dog Linux create a SPECIFIC Linux flavor for their system) I for one would have to agree 100% on this one. I had to remove my Linux install when the 3.21 update hit, which was also shortly after MW2 Map pack release. Unfortunately for me, at the time I only had ONE PS3 so being the COD addict that I am, I updated it, in hopes I would eventually get my Linux back! I now have Three PS3′s and plan on completely stripping ALL SONY software from one of them and put Linux BACK on as a primary Linux computer (I DO OWN THE HARDWARE SONY…..NOT YOU) as soon as Sony loses this lawsuit and Geohot finds a way to strip PS3 OS and install Linux……..or SONY puts back “Other OS” option, which is what it had WHEN I PURCHASED IT!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I am Pissed at all the Hackers that have ruined MW2 mostly due to this exploit; however, My hope is that IW’s MW2 finds a fix, yet Linux comes back to MY PS3. Treyarch’s Black Ops seems to be avoiding this so far. So there should be a utopia for all :) and Sony if you really think about it, you would not have all these novice hackers doing this if the “Other OS” was still in place and still in your control. So not too much sympathy here for the mess that you have to fix. I also hope that you don’t invent something better than Blu-Ray and decide to disable that on my PS3 also, forcing me to buy your new “super Blu-Ray” machine………..that, IMHO isn’t much different than stealing my “Other OS” from the product I purchased :P

Here are some of my post from last year on this subject as well.

3.21 Patch Removes Linux.

Lawsuit against Sony for their 3.21 update.


2 responses to Sony Playstation 3 Firmware Update 3.56

  1. Even though I host lobby’s, I allways kept them to private matches, and never took them online.
    Since CFW was released everyone has been talking the hacks online, and there are no more legit matches :/
    Im hoping IW release a new patch ..

  2. Gizmo,
    Yup, lots of idiots ruining a “good thing” same thing with the elevators we used to be able to do, if done in private matches who cares, but dumbasses take it online to RUIN the F’n Game, those peeps should be banned forever if found. My thing however, is I want part of the product I purchased BACK, so if it takes Geohot to hack it to get linux back to PS3 then I’m all onboard with him. I should’ve filed suit to Sony for removing 1/3 of my product features after I bought it, plain and simple………..that is wrong. So I’m mixed about the whole issue, the Private lobbies ARE cool, Online is Bad, linux removal is bad. I don’t want to sound like an advocate of malicous hackers, but “good” hackers………..Cheers to them!

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