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What is a jailbroken ps3?


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#1 Eclipsed

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:53 PM

I have been thinking of buying a PS3 for a while now and just saw a good deal on a used one, the thing is it has been jailbroken, but later restored to Sony's firmware. So my question is, what exactly is jailbreaking? Is it safe to buy a PS3 that has been jailbroken in the past? Is it legal? As I said it has been restored to Sony's firmware (as I understand it, meaning back to normal and not jailbroken) but is it any less reliable than a factory default PS3?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:31 AM

To "jailbreak" means to remove the restrictions put in place by the manufacturer/developer. It's a form of privillage escalation. Legality is a grey area. So is stabilty, from what I've read.
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:15 PM

I see, just hearing that is enough to convince me. I'll hold out for a better one then I guess.

Thanks for the input.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:05 PM

In theory, if its restored to factory defaults then it should run just like it was bought from the store with no issues. But being used, and jailbroken theres no garentee, but I dont know much about PS3s.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:12 PM

I used to spend a lot of time in the PSP "scene", and a lot of the information from there is identical for PS3s. Firmware updates will completely wipe out any unofficial modifications such as jailbreaking. I would not be concerned about purchasing the PS3 (especially if it is at a good price).

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:27 PM

I used to spend a lot of time in the PSP "scene", and a lot of the information from there is identical for PS3s. Firmware updates will completely wipe out any unofficial modifications such as jailbreaking. I would not be concerned about purchasing the PS3 (especially if it is at a good price).


Kind of a shame that you didn't respond first, this would have been the ideal response.




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