Well, that didn't take very long. Sony only released PlayStation Home four or five days ago and the online non-game has already been hacked by users, circumventing some of the advertising systems built into the game.
While we haven't had a chance to confirm the claims of hackers like StreetSkaterFU
, video footage on YouTube
suggests that the claims may be valid.
PlayStation Home, which was released on December 11th
, is an online community provided for free by Sony to all PlayStation 3 users. While not strictly a game, Home does incorporate mini-games, such as bowling and pool. Sony meanwhile litters the online world with adverts and sponsored areas built around certain themes, such as the Far Cry 2
It's these adverts which have been specifically targeted by hackers too, with StreetSkaterFU apparently being the first PlayStation 3 user to replace the posters which litter PlayStation Home with some of his own - though only locally. The method, which is fully detailed on PS3Hax
) is apparently easily repeatable for other users too.
While Sony will obviously be moving to quickly patch over this problem, a far bigger problem would seem to be that the Home program is entirely superfluous - or outdated, to quote Microsoft
Have you tried PlayStation Home yet? Let us know what you think of it in the forums