Fact or fiction, the recent news surrounding BluRay Drive
emulation caught my eye and inspired me to spawn this article. Since it's a bit of a slow news day I thought it would be a good discussion starter.
No matter where you look, there's always a bunch of people asking, "When is there going to be a custom firmware for 4.11?" This isn't something new either. This question has progressively evolved since the release of official firmware 3.56.
Yes, I know that the proper question is where and when the new exploits are but for simplicity's sake, let's just keep it related to custom firmware. Back to the original question, will everyone be happy if and when Bluray emulation becomes a possibility? You can swing both ways on this, regardless on how you look at it. Yes, because it'll give everyone what they've been waiting for or at least one of those things. Admit it, we have all ripped a disc or two claiming that we were just backing it up to protect the original. It might fly with the rozzers but it won't, with me. :P
Being that this exploit appeared rather late into the game and is presumably working on the latest firmware, users can enjoy something that plays their backups as well as grant access to the PSN. As with any console allowing unsigned content, there's the game modding community in which this BD emulation can appeal to. The Call of Duty series always remain a hit and we have mods for GTA IV and Skyrim, right here in our forums.
Peeking over to the dev side of things, if this really holds out to be true, the possibility of finally having a custom firmware for PS3 drives across the map opens up. If you remember, DemonHades and Xbox extraordinaire c4eva were looking into tapping the PS3's Bluray drive just as he does for the Xbox's drives. A custom firmware means that backups can be burned and played from a disc. It's not the most cost-effective solution for the gamers but in theory, it works. Unfortunately, as with everything else, you can't please everyone at the same time.
If BD emulation happens, let's take the account of having modified games running on the PSN. While some mods are legit, others were meant to bend the rules, so to speak. Case and point, Call of Duty. It's fun to goof around with your friends in what should be a private lobby but many times, mods are used to provide an unfair advantage to the user(s). Of course, there's always that one case where someone's stats got reset in a modded lobby. That's one concern on that manner. If Sony is manly enough to do something about it and start issuing bans, that's another problem started. Eventually, there will be a firmware update and more than likely, the cycle will start again. Take it a step further when there's no access to the PSN and it will slowly weed out the whiners.
So will this make everyone happy? It probably won't. What do you think?