Can the Vita “bubbles” get your account banned?
A few people have been recently playing with the Vita “bubble” hack. Although not all aspects of this hack are public now, a significant amount of people have been able to test Qwikrazor’s work, while other people such has katsu have published partial methods to achieve (currently limited) modifications of your games, and duplication of the bubble icons on your live area screen.
Scene veteran GregoryRasputin mentioned concerns for people running these hacks, the risk of seeing your account, or your console, banned by Sony.
Sony banning people who use hacks is not a new thing. They have banned people using CFW on the PS3 for a while now, with the explicit (and understandable) goal of banning cheaters: people who use hacked consoles to cheat in online gaming.
BTW, did you know? Online cheat is something we hate so much here at wololo.net that we actually ban discussions on online cheating tools, in our forums. Let me be clear once again, because I think this is one of the only subjects where I agree with the typical gamer: People who cheat online deserve to be banned to oblivion by Sony. They ruin everyone’s experience, and as a bad sad effect they also give console hackers a terrible image everywhere.
Back to the original topic: GregoryRasputin stated wisely that when your friends can see in your online status that you’re using “VHBL” or “TN-V launcher”, so can Sony. Eventually, they might be taking action against people using those things, or, at the very least, starting to monitor these accounts very carefully (and preemptively patch any hack that these people might be working on in the future, before even a release)
Sony can ban accounts, or devices. A banned device cannot access the PSN anymore, and is as good as dead. The same is true for a banned account. Although GregoryRasputin stated that you can always create new accounts, and that a “banned account” is not as big a deal as a banned device, I’d argue that if you play stupid games with your main account, and end up losing hundreds, or thousands of dollars because of a ban, you’ll be pretty angry.
Within hours, as if GregoryRasputin’s article had influenced the world’s karma engines, Katsu posted on the same day a screenshot of his PS vita being banned.
banned vita 😀 pic.twitter.com/7LvLmeYmSq
— xmax katsu (@xmaxkatsu) November 27, 2014
I contacted katsu to ask if his ban was in relation to his recent work on bubbles. He hasn’t replied yet, and unless he intentionally used an old banned account on that screenshot, it is likely nobody will ever truly know why he got banned. But his recent use of the “bubbles” could be a likely explanation.
The bubbles do not interfere with Sony’s network, and in particular with online gaming. This is a very different situation from the PS3 CFW, where people got banned for cheating online and actually negatively impacting the PSN experience. It is tough to say if Sony will start using the ban hammer on Vita users (for bubbles – when that gets fully released – or anything else), or if this is just a fluke.
So, er, I just bought an extra vita to play with the 3.18 Native exploit…. do I need a third one to play with bubbles?