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geohot promises to hack Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, requests support for his court battles

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geohot promises to hack Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, requests support for his court battles
One household nickname in the root community is geohot (real name George Hotz), and that naturally means that some manufacturers like Sony and Apple are not very keen on this talented developer.

Actually, Sony has brought him to court for his PlayStation 3 jailbreak, but not all companies are frowning down on his efforts - one such example is Brandon Watson, WP7 director, who has challenged him to root Microsoft's mobile platform.

To show that he stands by his principles, geohot has publicly announced that he will be "first in line" to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and root it:

"In fact, I want the opposite reputation set, that the more a company tries to abuse the legal system, the harder we rally back. I will be the first person in line on the launch date of the Xperia Play, and itching to get my hands on the Next GEOHOT Project."

He is also pleading for popular support in his court battle against Sony. Hit the source link to read his rant against the Japanese manufacturer.

source: geohot via Redmond Pie

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posted on 21 Feb 2011, 12:37

1. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


Hes cool I guess but now I cant play my ps3 games

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 15:40

2. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I say down with Geohot.

He says he only hacked the PS3 to enable Install Other OS, which Sony did wrongfull remove.

BUT, instead, we get that, plus
-Pirated games
-Firmware hacks that allow you to run any firmware for any time
-A huge influx of cheating/hacking on Multiplayer games
-Companies such as Capcom responding to these events by introducing DRM into downloadable titles, and you can bet it will come soon to retail games. They are already talking about having "online activations" for PS3 games, meaning that non online PS3 owners will be out of luck on new games.

The only people that win from this hacking is the hackers. The companies risk have less sales due to piracy, so in order to combat that they have to give the end users that actually BUY the games restrictive DRM. I hate companies for doing this, but they wouldnt have to do this if people were honest and didnt steal or enable stealing like Geohot, I hope Sony sues him for everything he's worth. Including any computer equipment he uses to make these hacks.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 07:14

3. Joe (unregistered)


I'd say down with you. Here's a novel idea: if you don't like game piracy, then don't pirate the games. If you don't like cheating, don't cheat. It's not like you even need a hack for that sort of thing, gameshark-type devices can mess up online play fine on their own.

The Wii has been hacked since the sixth grade picnic, and it's not dead or ruined. Same with the DS and PSP. When possible, I almost always hack my consoles. I'm not interested in pirating new games or whatever, but I'm not re-buying my old SNES games on virtual console. Ridiculous.

Anyway, I wish Geohot the best of luck.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 19:39

4. BBY Tech-Head (unregistered)


I dont understad how people get the nerve to say that geohot is the reason for everyones PSN problems?

All he wanted to do is help people get more out of their console and get back what was taken away from them by the very same company who put it there(running linux).

Almost everyone I work with is a running the firmware version that allows the use of linux and DOES NOT CHEAT!!! OR PIRATE GAMES!!!

So pretty much, the guy above who is pissed off about this is most likely a hypocrite. You never downloaded pirated music? I'll say YES for him because ill make the bold statement that any person with a computer thought Napster was a really amazing thing at the time :)

You never thought that people could you a tech device for something other than doing something illegal?

I'm the the proud owner of the following:

Hacked XBOX360
Hacked PS3
Rooted HTC Inspire
Rooted Samsung Captivate
and even, before I was introduced to the lil green guy ;) a Jailbroken iPhone4

Guess what... NEVER USED THEM FOR ANYTHING ILLEGAL!!!

Is it illegal that I jailbroke my mother's iPhone 4 so she could do facetime over the AT&T 3G network so i can see her since I do not see her very often using facetime on my macbook pro??? I HIGHLY DOUBT IT!!!

Case dismissed... NO to Sony, YES to being able to use my device HOWEVER I WANT TO!!! Thanks Geohot :)

posted on 07 Mar 2011, 23:51

5. Tekkasonic (unregistered)


hate to agree but I do believe once you OWN the hardware/device.. it should be your legal right to do what ever the heck you want with it... now having said that I does annoy me when people use it for evil intent, but i feel this is more of a services issue not a hardware issue. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and ALL developers just need to implement better anti-cheat server services. HIRE guys like this so they can show you how to defeat cheating..

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