Sony’s taking out the PS3 banhammer

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Though it’s generally too much trouble for the general populace to go about eyepatching (Arrr!)  PlayStation 3 games, that doesn’t mean it’s not a thing that happens. With new custom firmwares about  that make it a little easier, Sony’s going on the defensive – and will soon be swinging the banhammer at PlayStation pirates.

“Unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such software violates the terms of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System and the Terms of Services and User Agreement for the PlayStation Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions,” Sony said in a consumer alert.

“Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 system invalidates the consumer’s right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently.”

Sony has very nicely asked those of you who are running illicit software on your PS3’s to please delete it all, lest you find your ass at the end of a banhammer – but they’re nice, so they’re offering a bit of grace.

"To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems," Sony’s continued.

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Good luck to them. I’d prefer if pirates were kept the hell off of the PSN; it’s only fair. I have, however, heard that sneaky folk are already capable of circumventing Sony bans

Last Updated: November 14, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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