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Upgrading to OFW - |PSN Ban estimation?
Upgrading to OFW - |PSN Ban estimation? –
I am thinking of upgrading to OFW4 to 'enjoy' PSN functionality. Of course, I dont want to do this if I have been banned. From what I researched online, there is no way to tell if your console is banned before you update. Some say that if your PSN account isnt banned, youre likely to have a PS3 that is not banned either.
I am looking for people that have updated to share their experience regarding console bans.
- I did play black ops with a jailbreak 1,5 years ago.
- I have gotten the sony email about unauthorized circumvention devices ( I cannot recall whether or not I connected after this ).
Now after these facts, it could go either way I believe. However:
- My console had internet access (for updating multiman) on rebug.
Is internet access sufficient for getting a console ban, or is it linked to signing into PSN?
Now I know that nobody knows this stuff for sure, so I am kinda looking for answers like "I had internet access and updated, was banned" or "I updated multiman online all the time, but when I updated I still had PSN".
You know, to estimate my chances a bit before I do something with no way back.
internet access is not sufficient for getting banned. Mine's had internet access for over a year and about a month ago I recovered my PSN account through the sign up icon with no problem. You will be fine but you should probably delete trophy/game/ and save data for games not in your region and any PSN games that you didn't pay for. I'm pretty sure the only reason they will ban you for going back to official firmware is if you're an online cheater. They want you to go back to official firmware so it would be counterproductive to ban people restoring their firmware
Thanks for the reply. Just upgraded to OFW3.55, restored factory settings, replaced HD with original, wiped settings again, then updated to 4.00. No ban!
Until PS3 is regional free for PS3 content and until other account could use not bought content (piracy or just bought by another user of this console) it's not necessary and is impossible to figure out. Of course any files and folders which not belong to fw must be erased (Sony can remote rampage on Your HDD downloading any data...).
Originally Posted by BahumatLord
i didn't really understand that. Yes, PS3 is region free, but if you have a US console and have 75% content from other regions, then they're probably gonna know something's up. It may not be necessary but why take the risk. A while back Sony updated it's terms of service that said something to the effect that you give them permission to scan your hard drive for anything they want. Also it's not impossible to figure out. You can do it from multiman's file manager. If you have a US console, then just go into your game folder and delete everything that starts with NPEB, BCES, BLES, etc. The only thing you would want to keep in there is folders that start with NPUB, BCUS, BLUS, etc. Just don't delete multiman's folder while you're doing this. I think it's BLES80608. You do the same for your save game folder and trophies. It's easier than it sounds.
Originally Posted by Berion
What You propose it's unnecessary, not wise and definitly it will not minimalize ban risk. I don't know what is in USA, but think - what if someone have family i.e in Europe? Many people from Europe, i.e in Poland where I live, very often buy games from NTSC/U/A/J because they are much cheapper. The same is with PSN. Most of people have main account on US PSS because EU's PSS are kind of a joke if we compare content from both (just like US PSS is a joke comparing to JPN PSS).
The same is with saves. Trophies has the same IDs for the same games from different regions and editions. So, also there's no need to delete it. I don't know what exactly fw doing when XMB locking/unlocking trophy and redirecting user owners (i don't bother this yet) so it could be the only one reason for deleting them.
Of course if someone leave fake license files, modified executables, homebrew programs, making folder/files which have nothing to do with OFW is first candidate to ban. But, Sony not giving bans automatically, this process is manual and it's very time consuming. Belive me.
Anyway, You don't need wipeout all Your data going to OFW. It's unnecessary and could be pain in ass for someone who collectiong saves and/or trophies. I agree that we still don't know everything what and where PS3 collecting, but no one which i know who back to OFW got a ban. Relax.
It may not be necessary, but personally I wouldn't take the risk. Especially if you have a bunch of PSN content that you did not purchase. PSN verifies your activation data for those games and if the info can't be verified, then you DO run the risk of banning. I told you what I would do personally, but it's up to you. it's your console
Originally Posted by Berion
There's no such risk. This is something ridiculous which everyone repeat...
So, the only data which must be wipeout are:
- folders and files which Was not creating by OFW (i.e most popular: "dev_hdd0/packages/", "dev_hdd0/GAMES/", "dev_hdd0/game_debug/")
- homebrew apps
- pushlists (cleaning)
- fake licences (*.rap, releated act.dat, fake *.edat)
- modified/pirated games
And nothing else!
believe what you want and risk your own console. He can take my advice or yours - that's on him. If I was trying to update to go back on PSN, then I WOULD delete anything I didn't OWN. What's that old saying about an ounce of prevention?