While the PS Jailbreak and PS Downgrade seem to do a good job of accomplishing what they’re designed for, namely allowing homebrew capability on the PS3 and rolling back to a supported firmware respectively, there has been some criticism of the devices from the PS3 homebrew community. They’re a bit pricy for something that could be rendered useless again at any time, and the PS Downgrade was only a one-time-use device.
Apparently the products’ creators have heard these criticisms enough that they’ve decided to make some changes to make the PS Jailbreak and PS Downgrade more appealing to the PS3-owning masses.
An announcement on the PS Jailbreak website outlines the changes, including a price drop:
“As of today we would like to announce a couple huge changes not only to our product but also to the whole community. PS Downgrade is now unlimited… that right…. Update to play original 3.50 with 3D videos and Online play and Downgrade to play homebrew or Other OS.
We would like to announce an official price drop. Our new MSRP is 99$ USD instead of 125$ making it more affordable for everyone. Next, as of today all new hardware shipped will come with PSdowngrade installed free of charge.
Lastly, all existing customers can start receiving the free PS Downgrade as of 29th of November using PS Upgrader available on our downloads page.
Remember that we are the original Jailbreak , the original Downgrade and we will continue to pave the way. By supporting us you are supporting the community and future developments.”
At a time when a free alternative to PS Downgrade is likely not far off and some hot new games are being released for the holidays, this is a very smart move by the company. I doubt anyone would be willing to pay for a PS Downgrade repeatedly just so they can occasionally enjoy the new Gran Turismo or Call of Duty releases. Now they don’t have to.