Jan 26, 2015 - 11:18 AM - by garyopa
Sony PlayStation 4 Hack Allegedly Allows Users To Play Pirated Games And Go Online Without PS Plus
Reports and rumours indicate that Lizard Squad have allegedly managed to make a PlayStation 4 jailbreak and they are going to release the same to all users in 2015.
We heard alot of 'things' about the Lizard Squad, and so far the only thing TRUE has been the FACT that TWO of their members have been arrested for doing all those DDos'ing of PSN and Xbox Live.
But now the latest RUMORS being spread by a website that mainly used by Asian forum members, claims the Lizard Squad have found a 'exploit' in the latest Sony PlayStation 4 firmware that allows to gain full access to PSN and grab games digitally for free, all without paying monthly to Sony for PSN+ and you can even get DLC for free.
So what you think of the above RUMOR of Lizard Squad to release soon in 2015 an PS4 Jailbreak for v2.03 to the pirate gaming public?
Kdramastars states that Lizard Squad have allegedly successfully jailbroken the PlayStation 4 and now are going to go public with the same.
The base of the rumour is that during the Lizard Squads DDoSing of Xbox Live and PS4 in Chritsmas holidays, Cyberland said that the Lizard Squad hacker group was reportedly able to find a security flaw in the latest 2.03 firmware of the PlayStation 4 which allowed them to look into the root files of PS4's OS and modify it to run their own code. The Cyberland also notes that Lizard Squad took their code from the previous PS4 jailbreak hack made by "Reckz0r". Cyberland stated that the new code would allow users to run ISO copies of Playstation 4 games without any authentication.
Graham Cluley of grahamcluley.com had reported way back in November 2013 that a hacker called Reckz0r has published what appears to be a way to jailbreak the new PlayStation 4 to play pirated games. Reckz0r has published a tutorial on how to jailbreak the PS4, which makes use of Orbis OS (as it is based on FreeBSD, an open source OS). Rumours have it that the Lizard Squad seems to have sourced the PS4 jailbreak code from Reckzor.
Kdramastars also states that a member of the unknown member Lizard Squad made a post on 4Chan stating that the chip they used to find the security flaw in the PS4 would be available for everyone to try this 2015. The website adds that, the member also said that they have included their Jailbreak hack method in the chip that allegedly allows the user to play pirated games and to go online without the need for PS Plus.
Kdramastars says that the hack allegedly allows the users to update their games via PSN for free and are also able to play cracked DLC content for a specific game.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Lizard Squad to allegedly release PS4 Jailbreak in 2015 (via) TechWorm
NEWS SOURCE #2: PS4 Jailbreak In Development And Will Be Available This 2015 Says Lizard Squad (via) KDramaStars
Jan 16, 2015 - 11:25 AM - by garyopa
Now is finally time to enjoy these fully tested working solid v4.65.2 CFW firmwares from Team Rebug!
After much delays to get all the bugs out of their earlier v7.02 firmwares, the latest Team REBUG v7.03 edition is out and it is one amazing solid piece of work as usual from the hard-working CFW team
Back just before Halloween the Codename: Team Rebug released their v7.02 edition, but there was some minor bugs, and after much testing and finalizing their v7.03 version is now out, with tons of amazing perfect new features for everyone to enjoy on their CFW PS3.
Here is a brief overview of some of unique special features of Team REBUG's firmwares, for more detail info on their usage, installation, and other important notes, please read the full Jan. 13th, 2015 release thread located on their official REBUG site.
LATEST REBUG FIRMWARE BUILDS
FEATURES FOR REBUG REX/D-REX EDITION
- D-REX Cobra 7.03 EDITION - INSTALL ON DEX PS3 SYSTEM --> REBUG 4.65.2 D-REX EDITION - JAN. 13TH 2015
- REX Cobra 7.03 EDITION - INSTALL ON CEX PS3 SYSTEM --> REBUG 4.65.2 REX EDITION - JAN. 13TH 2015
- FEATURE - Dual LV2 Kernels CEX/DEX --> (Swap your EID0/LV2 kernel using Rebug Toolbox in seconds)
- FEATURE - ALL Retail functions available in CEX mode --> (No need to install different firmware)
- FEATURE - ALL Debug functions available in DEX mode --> (No need to install different firmware)
- FEATURE - ProDG Connectivity in DEX mode --> (Full Support on Normal mode, Partial Support on Cobra mode)
- FEATURE - QA Token compatibility
- FEATURE - OtherOS++ support enabled --> (Use Rebug Toolbox to Boot OtherOS with different LV1 patches)
- FEATURE - Package Manager --> (Replacement for the standard ‘Install Package Files' option)
- INCLUDED - Rebug Toolbox 02.02.02 --> (Install included Rebug Toolbox or higher for full compatibility)
- PATCHED - LV1: Disable System Integrity Check --> (Safe to use with mismatched COREOS/SYSCON versions or if PS3 is not QA enabled)
- PATCHED - LV1: Undocumented function 114 --> (Allow mapping of protected memory)
- PATCHED - LV1: Skip all ACL Checks --> (Needed to allow booting of OtherOS)
- PATCHED - LV1: Peek and Poke support --> (Unused LV1 call 182 and 183)
- PATCHED - LV2: Peek and Poke support --> (LV2 Syscall 6 and 7)
- PATCHED - LV2: Peek and Poke support for LV1 --> (LV2 Syscall 8 and 9)
- PATCHED - LV2: LV1 CALL System call --> (LV2 Syscall 10)
- PATCHED - VSH: Allow Unsigned act.dat and *.rif files
- PATCHED - VSH: Disable Unlinking/Deleting of act.dat
- FUN FEATURE - Fake Save Data Owner --> (Use Game Saves from ANY Owner)
- FUN FEATURE - Enhanced Remote Play with PC --> (This unlocks the limitation of working apps/games for remote play with PC )
- FUN FEATURE - Lock/Unlock Trophies
- FEATURE - RSOD Bypass for Installation Only --> (This does not fix the issue itself, but This will allow PS3 to boot fine)
- FUN FEATURE - Cinavia protection fully disabled --> (Supports optical media/bd iso, AACS must be decrypted)
- FEATURE - Cobra 7.03 --> (Disabled by default, Toolbox required to enable)
- FEATURE - 1.41.05 MOD REBUG EDITION --> (Full Webman intergration supports both CEX/DEX 4.65)
- FEATURE - 4.66 Version Spoofer --> (REBUG Mode on TOOLBOX is required for PSN /SEN Access, until next OFW update)
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Package Manager is a replacement for the standard Install Package Files option under Game in the XMB. It allows for the install and deletion of .pkg files from dev_hdd0/packages, dev_usb/packages and the standard Install Package Files locations. In addition to this, your downloaded PSN content ‘bubbles' will appear under this option instead of cluttering your Game menu with uninstalled content.
Rebug Toolbox is
Jan 08, 2015 - 10:15 AM - by garyopa
'Various factors' are to blame for the delay; the PS4 was supposed to arrive on Jan. 11th in China
Sony will reportedly delay the launch of its PS4 in China; it was originally scheduled to go on sale Jan. 11. Reuters says, 'various factors' are to blame, including prolonged negotiations with China
For those hoping to legally buy an PlayStation 4 in China, will have to wait, or just look around in small corner shops like pictured above to purchase one of those 'black market' PlayStation 4's to get into the next-gen gaming, as for some reason Sony still fighting with China to get sales rights for their China launch which was to go ahead on Jan. 11th, but now that launch date has been pushed ahead to a future currently unknown date.
Well the good news even without the new China Sales, Sony's PlayStation 4 is still doing very well with now over 18.5 million units out there worldwide, that gamers are now enjoying, and waiting to see if the New Year 2015 turns out to be much better year with more blockbuster games then what 2014 had offered up.
Just one year ago, China lifted its 14-year ban on video game console sales, allowing companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to peddle their products in the region. The embargo was put into effect in 2000 in an effort to protect the "physical and mental development" of China's youth.
But Chinese gamers were still able to get their fix, thanks to PC-based gaming. In fact, China had nearly $14 billion in video game revenues in 2013.
Last fall, Microsoft launched its Xbox One in China, becoming the first major console maker to offer its device in the country. The machine is available in more than 4,000 retail locations in 37 cities through China.
Like Sony, though, Microsoft also faced a slight launch delay. Redmond pushed the original Sept. 23 launch date back to Sept. 29.
In May, Sony was rumored to be bringing its next-generation device to Chinese gamers via a partnership between Sony and Shanghai-based OPCD. Together, they created two new companies: Sony Computer Entertainment (Shanghai) and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Sony Computer Entertainment Culture Development.
Sony did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.
The tech giant did, however, this week announce that PlayStation 4 sales have topped 18.5 million worldwide since its debut in November 2013. The recent holiday season alone accounted for 4.1 million sales.
NEWS SOURCE: Report: PS4 Sales Delayed in China (via) PCMag
Jan 05, 2015 - 10:09 AM - by garyopa
Launching next week on PS4 for only $19.99 per Month
The major issue with PlayStation Now, the service that lets you stream PS3 games was the price, games cost several dollars for a rental that lasts just a few hours, but that has all been changed now!
When PlayStation Now was first in beta and people saw the crazy prices to RENT a old PS3 game for a few hours, everyone was screaming at Sony WHY?
But they have listen and now will be offering all-you-want-unlimited streaming package, for only $19.99 per month, but it will be another monthly cost ontop of your PSN+ service, so if you want both multiplayer and streaming PS3 games, your PS4 monthly costs will be high!
So now that PlayStation Now is only $19.99 per month, how many of our PS4 owners will be adding it to their monthly bills?
Set to launch on January 13th, the subscription option will cost $19.99 per month (or a discounted $44.99 for three months). That gets you unlimited access to the more than 100 PS3 games available through the streaming service. The Now subscription will be available to PS4 owners next week, "and will come to other PlayStation Now enabled devices in the future," according to Sony.
While the service is still in its infancy, with a bigger line-up of games and a larger selection of supported devices, $19.99 a month could eventually be a solid deal. But when you add in a PlayStation Plus subscription, a service that offers several free new releases a month and the ability to play online multiplayer for $49.99 per year, the costs start to add up.
NEWS SOURCE: Sony is launching a PlayStation Now subscription option for $19.99 a month (via) TheVerge
Jan 02, 2015 - 11:14 AM - by garyopa
But Wants Twenty Thousand Dollars From You To Do It
The 20th Anniversary Grey PS4 is one of the most sought-out items by many gamers. One man however wants to destroy one on camera, yet asks you to fund his video for him.
Sony last month launched the special Grey Retro Looking PlayStation as their 20th Anniversary PS4 Edition, and they made it real limited, with only 10,000 units available and as such they are next to impossible to get now, but this man wants to make the amount of units out there one less, by smashing it to million pieces and do it live on camera for all those 'digital smashing fans' out there.
So far he only raised $121 of his $20,300 goal, but whom are the ones that fund these smashing events that turned into recent craze?
The "man's" name is Charles Tiongson and he currently resides from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has put up a Kickstarter page so people can help him fund his video of destroying a 20th Anniversary Grey PS4.
Tiongson wants $20,300 so that he can destroy a 20th Anniversary Grey PS4 on camera. So far there are only 4 backers and he's only managed to raise $121 as of time of writing. There are two months left, but I doubt he would reach his ludicrous goal.
Even if people do fund his video of destroying the 20th Anniversary Grey PS4, you won't get much in return. Pledging $1 he will give you a link to the video. If you give him $5, you will get a link, and your PSN tag will be added to the credits.
Pledging $50 he will give you the things above, as well as a piece of the broken Grey PS4. $100 means you get everything else mentioned, but a large piece of the debris.
Giving him $400 means you will get pieces from the PlayStation Camera. While the maximum $500 gives you pieces from the DUALSHOCK 4 controller.
I forgot to mention he plans to destroy the 20th Anniversary PS4 console with a sledgehammer.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Man Aims To Smash 20th Anniversary Grey PS4 (via) AttackOfTheFanBoy
NEWS SOURCE #2: Break My PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition (via) KickStarter
Dec 29, 2014 - 11:14 AM - by garyopa
Walmart initially refused to issue a refund, saying it had no proof he didn't box up the rocks himself
A man in Denver thought he bought a PlayStation 4 for his niece for Christmas. When he opened the box, he found not a console but two wrapped-up bundles of rocks.
Buying a next-gen PlayStation 4 console for his 13 year old niece turned into a Christmas Morning day nightmare, when the happy girl unwrapped her gift, all she got was a nasty box full of rocks, and when the buyer tried to return the 'PS4 Rocks' to his local Walmart, they sent him packing without a refund, and then local TV Stations got hold of the story, and it finally all worked out for the family.
So at least it now has a happy ending, and even better news is that PSN is finally back online after an almost 4-day outage, so the next-gen gaming girl can now finally enjoy her new PS4 console, but do you have any similar 'gaming nightmare' stories to share?
A man in Denver thought he bought a PlayStation 4 for his niece for Christmas. When he opened the box, he found not a console but two wrapped-up bundles of rocks.
About the only thing the box of rocks that Igor Baksht bought had in common with a PS4 is that neither could connect to PlayStation Network on Christmas Day. Baksht said he discovered the rocks when he opened the box before wrapping it as a gift.
Denver's KMGH-TV got the story, and it has a (sort of) happy ending. Walmart initially refused to refund the purchase, saying it had no proof Baksht didn't box up the rocks himself. After KMGH's story aired, though, they gave him his money back.
The TV station notes it was skeptical of Baksht's claim but acknowledges that others have fallen victim to similar types of scams.
For his part, Baksht said the clerk who brought out the box also noted that it was very heavy.
NEWS SOURCE: Man buys PS4, gets a box full of rocks instead (via) PolyGon
Dec 09, 2014 - 12:03 PM - by garyopa
Sony's an enormous multinational conglomerate.
Sony's ranked 105 on the Fortune Global 500 (for 2014), has its hands in everything from chemical manufacturing to financial services to Hollywood films, and employs over 140,000 people.
Sounds great, Sony has over 140,000 people and is involved in tons of different markets, but really deep-down it is not as good as it sounds, because Sony is leaning heavly now on its PlayStation brand to pull the whole company thru the rough spots, and there is only 8,000 employees working in that section, and the PS4 sales and other PlsyStation brands are basically holding up the rest of Sony Corp.
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In short, Sony's leaning on its PlayStation arm to buoy the whole company's financials for the next several years. No pressure!
What does that feel like from inside Sony HQ in Japan? I asked SCE Worldwide Studios head (and video game character) Shuhei "Shu" Yoshida this past weekend at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas.
"Of course there's pressure," Yoshida said. That's -- of course -- expected. What's not so expected is Yoshida's depiction of the last 20 years of PlayStation's life inside the behemoth that is Sony Corp. "It's great that these days when we talk to Sony HQ people, they treat us like one of their key businesses," he said. Considering the popularity of the PlayStation brand worldwide, you might think the relationship between Sony's main leadership and its subsidiary, Sony Computer Entertainment (PlayStation), would have always been so chummy. While PlayStation 4 is a recent hit for SCE, the three previous PlayStation consoles and two handhelds were no slouches. The PlayStation 2 remains one of the most popular consoles of all time, as well as one of the highest selling. It seems nuts that Sony wasn't paying attention before.
"It was not the case!" Yoshida said. "We were doing things on our own, and Sony HQ people didn't quite understand what we were doing. So it was quite interesting -- a huge change."
The "huge change" he referenced is the aforementioned shift in company focus: from televisions and smartphones to the array of PlayStation devices. One example he cited was PlayStation Vue, the upcoming live television service from Sony that pushes to many different devices. "We are calling it PlayStation Vue. Not Music Unlimited, or Sony something. It's PlayStation-branded, even though the service is going to multiple devices."
The tone of internal conversation is completely different now, Yoshida told me. He specifically called out the company's new chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida as leading the charge, along with former SCE president/current Sony CEO Kaz Hirai.
"It's quite a change of attitude, and the expectation is higher of course. But the understanding is better -- they ask lots of good questions. Especially the new CFO, [Kenichiro] Yoshida-san (the same family name). He's so great -- he asks straight forward questions and tries to understand what are the most important things of each business. He's making lots of changes along with Kaz [Hirai, Sony CEO]. Kaz and Yoshida-san are making lots of the changes that you're talking about. And that really helps us to be recognized as the key area to invest for the future."
I get that this sounds like fluff, but it's impossible to convey the genuine excitement Yoshida radiated while talking about his group at Sony finally getting real recognition after 20 years of work. Yoshida's been with SCE since 1998, and it's clear that he's proud of how far PlayStation's come. If nothing else, the change in tone internally is reflected in PlayStation's tone externally in the past year -- leading up to and following the launch of the PlayStation 4 -- and symbolized in the PlayStation Experience event.
It's why something crazy like Project Morpheus exists, the virtual reality headset headed for the PlayStation 4. Yoshida cited it as something the brass are "very, very, very supportive" about, despite it largely being a passion project with no guaranteed financial payoff. On top of that, such a project is being entrusted to a relatively small percent (5.6) of Sony Corp's worldwide staff. It's a risky move, but one that could pay off substantially in the long-term: a big bet on an emerging
Dec 08, 2014 - 8:19 PM - by garyopa
A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad appeared to take responsibility for this PSN outage
Sony’s cybersecurity woes are continuing, with a suspected hacking attack leaving the company’s PlayStation store briefly inaccessible to users
Sony been having its fair share of problems recently, with a few weeks ago the big Sony Pictures attack that caused a ton of personal info to be released, along with nice handful of latest movies, but now it seems Lizard Squad has gotten bore taking down Xbox Live which they done a few times since Thanksgiving, and now have targeted PlayStation Network knocking it offline for a few hours.
Lizard Squad is bragging they will knock Xbox Live offline FOREVER come Christmas morning, but so far no similar statement for Sony's PSN, but last time PSN got hit hard, Sony was forced to leave it offline for a month to rebuild their servers, if this happens to both gaming next-gen consoles this Christmas, it is really going to cause alot of very upset gamers to be super mad over the holidays.
Late on Sunday, PlayStation tweeted that it was working to address the issues that some users were experiencing. Early on Monday, it tweeted that "If you had difficulties signing into PlayStation Network, give it a try now."
Sony Computer Entertainment said that the problem lasted two hours but has been fixed globally. It said the cause is under investigation, but there is no sign of any material being stolen.
A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad appeared to take responsibility for the attack on its Twitter account, tweeting "PSN Login #offline."
The attack comes hot on the heels of the latest twist in the Sony Pictures hacking saga. Last week it emerged that hackers claiming to represent the shadowy Guardians of Peace (GOP) group had threatened studio employees. The threatening emails followed a destructive GOP attack against Sony Pictures on Nov. 24.
North Korea, which was outraged by the Sony Pictures' depiction of Kim Jong-Un in its forthcoming movie "The Interview," was suspected of being behind the GOP hack. Pyongyang, however, has denied its involvement in the attack.
The assault against Sony Pictures continued on Monday. In a post on the website GitHub, GOP issued a warning to the studio and published links to a series of files.
"Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!" it said.
While there is no indication of a link between the Sony Pictures and PlayStation incidents, Roger Kay, president of Wayland, Mass.-based research firm Endpoint Technologies says that the initial hack may have opened the door to other hackers.
"Someone else could take advantage of the trove of information that was released [following the Sony Pictures hack]," he told FoxNews.com. "That could be used to attack Sony again."
NEWS SOURCE: Sony cyber woes continue as hackers target PSN (via) FoxNews
Dec 06, 2014 - 6:54 PM - by garyopa
Summary of The PlayStation Experience Keynote
On Saturday, Sony opened its first-ever PlayStation Experience fan expo with world premiere footage of fan favorite game series like Uncharted and Final Fantasy and entirely new IP from Sony's Studios
After a months of building up hype for the PlayStation experience, the first ever fan expo with nothing but Sony PlayStation at it, it is over, and here is brief summary of some of highlights from the opening:
The expo launched with a show-of-force keynote presentation that reveled in its Sony-first status, complete with a proclamation that the PlayStation 4 was the "fastest-selling game console of all time" and a whopping 25 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End gameplay.
That demo was the longest fans had yet seen, and it included astounding visual effects such as dense foliage and startling haze effects (the latter made all the more impressive by how tiny particles glistened in hero Nathan Drake's flashlight). The core gameplay was otherwise typical Uncharted stuff: climb rock walls, shoot angry guys, sneak through foliage, only far better looking and with tweaks like a grappling hook and melee-specific functions that echo the brutal combat of developer Naughty Dog's The Last of Us.
The crowd erupted when a Final Fantasy VII logo appeared. Square Enix exec Shinji Hashimoto played a lengthy reveal video of the game's original PlayStation form and a note indicating "coming to PlayStation 4 in Spring 2015," but based on the video and Hashimoto's comments in broken English, we can only it won't be remastered, but rather made from the original game's PC build. So, no, don't expect updates to the classic's dated CGI cut scenes.
"We've never shown how big No Man's Sky is before, and we'd like to show that today," the team from Hello Games declared before loading a spine-tingling, eight-minute gameplay demo of the procedurally generated space-flight sim. The game's pilot descended upon planet after planet, discovering rich worlds full of sweeping vistas and bizarre creatures at every turn. The footage only reaffirmed our hopes to get our hands on the game at some point next year.
The most impressive new IP came from longtime Sony developer and God of War co-creator David Jaffe, who thanked the crowd for "taking care of my family for 20 years" before pulling the wraps off of Drawn to Death, "a third-person multiplayer shooter that lives in a middle schooler's sketchbook." Weapons included a pet dragon with gasoline shoved into its mouth and a super-charged dodgeball, and the aesthetic was all notebook paper and dirty pen lines, so Jaffe appears to be following the middle-school conceit to great lengths. (Your teen overseer's hand will even drop into the action to help fighters in the game's default four-player death match battles.) No release date has yet been set, but the game will be playable in its pre-alpha state through the PSX weekend.
A rep from Sony's San Diego game studio introduced brand-new IP Kill Strain, coming to PlayStation systems in beta form "early next year," but it was one of the only games shown without any gameplay footage-assumedly because the early game is already live on the PlayStation Expo floor. This weekend, fans can test its "five vs. two vs. five" top-down combat on a show floor packed with over 800 playable kiosks.
Then the whole middle was a ton of indie announcements, and few tiny things for Vita, nothing really mind-blogging, and then coverage of some of stuff that got leaked earlier like the exclusive release of the Street Fighter V for the PS4, Sorry XB1 fans!
Dec 06, 2014 - 6:16 PM - by garyopa
If you didn't grab one of 12,300 units, tough-luck getting one now!
After the PlayStation Experience the PS4 20th anniversary went up for sale as pre-orders, all 12,300 sold out in 20 minutes, now they are on eBay for $15k and bids are still going up!
The PlayStation Experience was today, and afterwards the special Limited Edition Retro-Themed PS4 Console 20th Anniversary of the PS1 went up for sale online, and guess what happen?
Well since there is only 12,300 units available it sold-out quickly in about 20 minutes, well a bit longer but half the time the site was overloaded and crashing making it hard to complete your pre-order purchase.
And if you were lucky to get thru and grab one, then you got a steal of deal spending only $500, because now verified pre-orders are up on eBay getting bids in the 15,000 range and more.
So you got a choice keep your numbered limited edition Retro-Themed PS4 console and enjoy it, or turn around and list it on eBay and rake in enough christmas cash to many put a down-payment on a new car for the family, and go back to using your boring black PS4.
NEWS SOURCE: Sony Playstation 4 20th Anniversary Edition BRAND NEW/FACTORY SEALED! (via) eBay