can a hacked ps3 play PS2 homebrew?
Only if you have a PS3 with PS2 hardware backwards compatibility support - these were the first models of the PS3 that were released in Japan and US - Europe is automatically excluded by default.
The PS2 software backwards compatibility that they included as a last resort in the models after that - they successively took out somewhere around 2007/2008 in later models (yes, Sony sucks like that - but they took out a whole lot more than that - as I'm sure you have learnt by now with the whole OtherOS/jailbreak fiasco).
So, my current 80GB PS3 has
a) no PS2 hardware backwards compatibility, and
b ) no PS2 software backwards compatibility (which sucks anyway).
The latter might be possible to re-enable at some point - but unfortunately, what you have running the scene right now (and the ones that consider themselves the 'masters of the PS3 brew universe') are a bunch of worn-out former Wii devs that have a huge chip up their shoulder about anything that might, and could, enable 'piracy' or 'copyright infringement'. These bunch are such a huge pain in the arse that they actually hold the scene back more than anything. I will let you form your own opinions about this bunch by just quoting one 'Wii dev' here on NeoGAF who had the following to say about the kind of 'code' he produced:http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php...77&page=179
I'm surprised how many people this tricks on both sides of the argument. Having written that app, I can tell you exactly what that option does. If you pick the piracy option, it undoes what it just did, deleting IOS236 from your Wii and then chastises you for being a pirate. If you try to immediately rerun the app, it remembers your previous response and chastises you even further for attempting such a thing.
Even if you turn the Wii off and then back on, it remembers how many times you have tried to run it and refuses to do anything else. It also stalls your Wii for a longer period each time before returning to the HBC. It is rather easy to fool the app, but I do enjoy the occasional heated private message or post on the GWHT forums from some stupid pirate who was too stupid to figure it out.
When you go out of your way to 'screw' with people out of whatever 'moral convictions' you have - that is when IMO you're totally crossing the line - your 'sole job' as a homebrew developer should be putting out great code/great apps - nobody elected you to start playing morality police or Mr. Judge Dredd himself.
So, their hardboiled stance on 'no piracy, blahblah' has unfortunately meant NPDRM keys have never been released - and this prevents the PS1 emu from ever being hacked so it can run ISOs, and similar stuff like the PS2 software emu ever being usable.
Really, I'm hoping (by just putting enough ports/updates out) that at some point some real good devs can come in and reinvigorate the scene by unlocking more keys to paradise - because being dependent on Mathieulh and pals is really becoming a huge pain in the 'you-know-what'. It's a huge achievement when you actually get to 'hate' a 'dev' (well, calling him a 'dev' is one leap of faith right there) - but that is what is happening here. The guy continually teases on his little Twitter page about how he did this, that, got the T-shirt, invented the calculator, blabla, but always with the caveat "OH but I won't release it because - oh Sony might get me - or because oh - it would enable piracy/I know what consequences my actions would have - blahblahblah'.
This guy has been engaging in this circus act now for the past four/five months - always saying he has the latest exploit, the latest stuff, but 'won't ever release it'. And he gets thousands and thousands of hits to this Twitter page, makes all the latest newsrounds ,and on and on - all on the back of having written a README for Dark_Alex's PSP custom firmwares back in the day and for having been involved in PSGroove (which is totally obsolete nowadays anyway).
Anyway, sorry for dragging this conversation off-topic - no need to bring the PS3 'dramaz' in here - it's bad enough as it is - and these guys have been namechecked enough by now and they sure get a kick out of it - so best not indulge their egos.This post has been edited by Dante_Ali: May 1 2011, 06:06 AM