A few days ago, Sony released firmware 3.01 for the PS Vita. As the Z mentioned already, this kind of disrupted some of the release plans for TN-V4, but not too much. If, at this point, you are completely lost about the upcoming TN-V4 release, about usermode exploits, about what firmware you should update to: don’t panic, it’s perfectly normal. So many things happened over the past few days that pretty much everybody is confused. Let me try to clarify a few things:
If the PS4 follows the path of the PS3 and the Vita, we shouldn’t be expecting a “true” hack for it anytime soon. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent hackers, tinkerers, and hobbyists from digging into the internals of the device. Two days ago, Italian developer -Criscros- announced he was able to dump the contents of some of the internal Flash memory chipsets on the PS4.
Today, Sony announced an upcoming software update for the recently released Playstation 4. The second update since the launch about a month ago, this release doesn’t bring much in terms of new features.
Just in, Spanish developer JaiCrab has released a tool based on the Raspberry Pi to read and write from the PS4′s flash memory through the SPI protocol. I’m not sure if it’s a hoax but it seems quite legit as the news has spread to many other websites.
December is the month of presents, and I’m feeling in a particularly good mood these days. I’ve given away $50 worth of PSN codes to 5 of my Twitter followers a few days ago, and I’m doing it again! But this time, because I know not everybody owns (or wants to own) a twitter account, I’ll go with a slightly different thing:
You know that feeling you get when FINALLY that shiny new toy is in your hands. You play with that thing non-stop for hours, maybe days on end. Then, something happens, something changes. The new toy isn’t so shiny, isn’t so new and you realize, I really wish it did more, or came with other accessories. You wait for that next new thing that will make it shiny and new all over again. That’s almost how I feel about the PS4.
… this little devil of a Firmware patched again some (at least 2) usermode exploits. This time two games were patched, one that wasn’t used at all, it just functioned as a hello world, and one game, that might got leaked some weeks ago. But what about our kernel mode relase and TN-V4? Well …
PS Vita 3.01 has just surfaced on Sony’s servers, and already my email box is full of questions regarding TN-V4. What will be the impact of this new firmware? Is TN-V4 going to be compatible with firmware 3.01? etc…
TN-V4 is coming out soon and the forums are flooded with questions asking if one should update to 3.00 or if they should stay on X.XX firmware. Since this is somewhat repetitive (and truly, there isn’t anything big to lose) I will be outlining what the differences will be if you are on 1.80 etc vs if you’re on the latest firmware.
Like any avid gamer & video game enthusiast, when something new and shiny comes out, I gotta have it. Its my passion and I hate waiting to see how something is going to turn out and be adopted by the community or kicked to the curb (PlayStation Move are you hearing me?). The launch day accessories (or in my case the 2 week early launch day accessories) that arrived with the PlayStation 4 are no exception to my wanton desire to have it all and in this case I’m referring to the PlayStation Camera. Read the rest of this entry »
Due to the upcoming release of Metal Gear Solid 5, and the amounts of new people that will enter this great universe, I decided to review all Metal Gear games up to date.
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After spending some time with my stock/launch day PlayStation 4, I knew there would come a time when it would eventually run out of space. Being a PlayStation Plus subscriber since inception, I’ve already felt the pains of having to manage the content that was installed on my PlayStation 3 console. I found myself having to pick & choose which games to download and which ones to keep or remove just so I could have the latest & greatest offering from Sony week after week. That grew old very quickly, so I decided to upgrade the hard drive in the PS3 several months back. After having done this, not only was I able to download ALL my PS+ games and have everything from my Plus membership installed, I was no longer wasting my time managing content; it was a win-win situation all around. Besides the cost for the actual hard drive was extremely manageable, here’s a link to the one I used for my PS3 upgrade.
Having learned from this experience, I didn’t want to wait as long to do the same upgrade with the PS4. Re-downloading content & performing backups/restores isn’t any way for a gamer to want to spend his/her time. Because I had minimal content already, I knew doing the upgrade sooner rather than later would benefit me in the long run.
The following guide covers the very basics of how to install and run a proxy server on your local computer to use with your PS4. This allows you to study how the PS4 communicates with Sony’s servers, for various reasons. A proxy lets you block some of the traffic (which has been useful in the past to let users access Netflix on their PS3 even when they didn’t have PSN access), or replace some of the traffic with connections to your own server (useful for being able to connect to the PSN on a lower firmware), or simply because you’d like to know what type of information your console sends to Sony’s servers.
I’m a French dude living in Japan. For a long time I’ve lived with 3 PSN accounts: one in France, one in the US, and one in Japan (also, recently, one in Brazil but that’s another story).
Having several PSN accounts is, in general, not convenient. I have bought games on all three accounts, and it’s a pain to switch. The PS3 and PS4 make it relatively easy with their profile system, but on the Vita it’s a nightmare to use different accounts.
I recently decided I had to choose one account and stick to it. I asked several friends online and in real life for their opinion, and it became clear to me that besides the obvious “I chose the PSN of my country because that was the default option”, people don’t put that much thought into their choice.
As most of you may know, the 29th of November was the official release date for the PS4 in Europe (15th in US I think) and I thought about writing the full list of games for PS4 available right now (With a few pics and some gameplays if I find any).