PS3 Root Key Broken

News just in is that the Root Keys used to sign content for the PS3 has been broken by ~geohot:

erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B
riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D
pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19
R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17
n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1
K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D
Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70

This is big news as it seems that this key is built into the hardware and can’t be changed.

More info on this issue at Kotaku.

Rock Band 3 #FAIL

Rock Band 3: A great game idea let down by not being properly finished and by awful support.  I bought this game because the blurb said that all the previous Rock Band titles supported song export. Not only is this not correct but the export features of Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band are broken and you cannot get these songs into Rock Band 3.  Rock Band Beatles will not export at all. Couple this with the incomplete on-line experience – game linking is advertised but broken – and you have yourself a classic game to avoid for now. 

As if game problems were not bad enough:  the hardware is now made by Madcatz.  Those are the same people that bought you Drum Kit Dampers that made drums louder and plastic drum stick which break when you play the drums.  Yuck!  do yourself a favour, ignore this game until the problems are fixed.  Play some Guitar Hero!  If you don’t have any of the RB series and simply have to buy one, buy RB the original first, it’s really cheap now and all the bugs are ironed out.

band practicing on studio
Photo by Hans Vivek on Unsplash

PS3 Killer Game on the Way

What seems to be shaping up us the killer game that the PS3 needed at launch time. LittleBigPlanet from startup Media Molecule is going to freak you out.  The first game to truly show what the PS3 can do. You start out with a lovely stuffed rag doll and the rest is just about up to you.  Make stuff, collaborate with others to make stuff, solve problems, whatever.

The game has a physics engine that will make you pant and everything is made from real world type materials.  Check out the screenshots over at GameSpot.

Oh.  What?  That was not enough for you.  Okay.  Well also at the GDC07, Phil Harrison delivered an awesome keynote about what we can expect from the PS3 during this year.

Obviously the primary focus is online. Later this year, PS3 Home will enter the scene.  PS3 Home is like a Second Life environment right on the console, but integrated with your games, your mates and your media.  From it you can wander around, watch movies and indie clips, listen to music, chat  with friends, change clothes etc.  in fact, just about anything you can do in a real world.

The clever bit is that Sony will integrate games experience with the virtual world experience: they'll be games within the environment such as pool, snooker or bar games.  They'll be trophy rooms to go see your acheivements (or anyone elses) for all suportd PS3 games.  Purchased PS3 games will include content items for Home such as clothing and pictures and may even include an online location to go hang out at. 

 You'll get your own apartment that you can decorate as you wish.  You can even spend cash and get a bigger Apt.  The whole lot is driven by a Physics engine for that real world feel.  You can bring in your own content: imagine putting a memory stick in the drive and loading a picture direct into a picture frame in your apartment.  And any vistors can immediately see it.

More?  No?  Okay.  Well one of the things that Sony did well with the PS2 was hardware.  For some reason the xbox was never a big add on market.  One assumes that was because MS made it just too difficult to get devices tested and supported for the Xbox.

Still No matter: Xbox loss is PS gain.  Singstar will be coming to the PS3 very soon and you can perhaps imagine the options: Sing Online, Record your attempts and share them with your mates.  Even video your best attempts.  Online rating system and review by your (ex)mates Great!

All in All, Sony are playing catchup they way they play all things: they are throwing all their best toys, tricks and tools into PS3 and aiming not just to meet the 360, but to leave it behind like it's sitting still.

Sony call the new experience "Game 3.0".  Watch out for it: it may just be the next paradigm shift in gaming! 

Xbox 360 Crash Fix Available

xbox 360 crash fix To coincide with the launch of the xbox 360, and to assist with the teething troubles owners are facing, Microsoft release a keyboard specifically aimed at those early adopters  without too much space available near the TV.  Owners are advised to use this fix until PS3 becomes available.  In related news, engineers have torn down an xbox360 and worked out that Microsoft are making a £100 loss on the unit.  No kidding.