Microsoft hearts PS3 hacker

Sony doesn't like George Hotz. He's one of the most infamous PS3 hackers and has gained notoriety because of his step-by-step online instructions about how to break the console's security mechanisms. Apple doesn't like Hotz either. He cracked the iPhone, too. But Microsoft is taking a different approach to the Hotz hacking spree.

Above: George Hotz

On his blog, Hotz wrote - some might say "threatened" - that we was eager to get his hands on a Windows Phone 7 device. No doubt he wanted to see how long it would take before he could get under the hood of the new device.

But instead of just sitting idly by, Microsoft employee Brandon Watson contacted Hotz directly via Twitter. Watson is the Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, and offered Hotz a brand new phone to dissect.

"#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev," Watson Tweeted.

So Microsoft's giving Hotz the opportunity to use his skill and creativity for good, not evil. Of course, that depends on your feelings toward Microsoft. But nevertheless, it's a pretty keen gesture.

Meanwhile, the only present Hotz has received from Sony is a big fat lawsuit.

Jan 20, 2011

Source: Twitter (Brandon Watson) via Kotaku

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  • SwishiestB0g - January 23, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    Really, Sony shouldn't ever have said that the PS3 is unhackable, that's like saying Spore's DRM is perfect. The 360 has been hacked, the Wii has been too, and if Sony is stupid enough to put not only the master code for the PS3 but the PSP too inside their machine it was just a matter of time. Sure it might be legally wrong, but ethically? Piracy on the PC does much more damage then this ever will, because it's not that easy to do. Hackers are going to hack, and the whole argument that this is destroying the games industry is ridiculous. Unless it becomes readily available and easy to do, the majority of owners won't. Again, if you don't want your console to get hacked, don't put the freakin' master key for everything inside of it. That's just silly.
  • mentalityljs - January 22, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    @ freakfro99 The reason people are more offended by a hacked console over a phone is because 1) consoles are a MUCH bigger investment, and 2) phone hacks don't negatively affect the gaming industry directly. It's all about the dough. All the games and apps for phones are either free, or the cost is minimal to both consumers and developers. In other words, it's insignificant in comparison, where development and marketing of games, hardware, and software is in the MILLIONS. So when hackers start hacking, they're cutting into the necks and budgets of developers, which in turn hurts the development of games and consoles which we all love and hold dear to our very nerdy bossoms. THAT sir, is why Mr. McDouchington is a douche.
  • mentalityljs - January 22, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    @ Papergoon Think about what you said. Apple is just as bad as Microsoft, if not worse, when it comes to ripping it's customers off. Cydia was NOT the reason Apple decided to add folders and multi-task to it's THIRD generation iPhone. They've had that technology since the beginning of development of the FIRST generation of iPhones. They intentionally omit these options so consumers can stay on top of "cutting edge" technology, when in fact they're just getting ripped off. Look at the iPAD. It's such a useless f*cking pile of sh*t I can't beLIEVE ppl would pay $600 for it. Now, as for all the hackers out there, I will say only this: If you want to f*ck everyone elses day up by hacking your PS3 or 360 to work like a computer, JUST BUY A F*CKING COMPUTER! GOD you people are worthless!
  • Syncmaster - January 21, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    for all I know, smart microsoft does this kind of thing like forever. its a smart move, get the guys with talent to work for you.
  • freakyfro99 - January 21, 2011 4 p.m.

    Everyone's knee jerk reaction to everything this guy ever does kinda reminds me of the way the media always reacts to things whenever a game is even in the same room where a crime occurred. It also strikes me as ungrateful as I'm sure many have jailbroken their various iDevices using the method this same person helped to make. Somehow, though, hacking Sony has crossed some invisible line I don't see why I bother anymore... Logic and reasoning seem to go out the window here when talking about this guy. And here I thought gamers were more likely to be a logical bunch. This site seems to have proven me to be completely wrong.
  • Eaxis - January 21, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    Hack something. Get a free phone.
  • Cr0w - January 21, 2011 11 a.m.

    It does not seem to be so simple. I think that Microsoft knows that it has to happen. So it will make a contract with Hotz. If Hotz introduces backdoors from the inside Microsoft can do everything easily because of the contract. Microsoft seems to be cleverer than we thought ;-)
  • dorrick - January 21, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    Wow, all the haters mad cuz they either didn't do it first or were to stupid to follow his video and couldnt figure it out for themselves. Anyone who think's this guy is wrong for figuring out ways around corporate greed is a tool.
  • The4X - January 21, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    Watch out 4 polonium in that EXCLUSIVELY given phone
  • StrongPillow - January 21, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    Not sure why everyone is freaking over this kid and MS. The kid is talented at what he does he just needs someone to pull him down a better path with his talents and if MS wants to be the people to step up and see the good he can do with his skills then I support it. Hotz has not done anything that has not been done with PC's for years. It's just now Companies are closing off there systems so people call foul. A lot of hackers back in the day work for big companies fixing security problems. Sony and Apple need to chill the F out.
  • papergoon - January 21, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    People, sure maybe you don't agree with the PS3. But have you guys ever tried the iPhone jailbreak? Firstly, he's one of those who worked on Cydia, the iPhone jailbreak software. And through Cydia, Categories and Backgrounder were introduced, in response to Apple not having folders and multi-tasking on the iPhone during the OS 3 generation. It's because of this that Apple finally made folders and multi-tasking
  • grayguwapo - January 21, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Hmmm... maybe Microsoft is letting him hack through their new device so they can figure out how to make it hack free... just a thought... still, this guy looks like a douche...
  • Baron164 - January 21, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    WP7 has already been opened so he doesn't need to do much.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - January 21, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    o my gosh it is like a nerdy version of catch me if you can... Bill Gates will be played by Tom Hanks
  • Markstone - January 21, 2011 2 a.m.

    Sony should sue his ass into the ground, there's a reason for software security, and does anyone really believe that he was naive enough to think that people would not use his hack to rip off game developers?
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 21, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    "therawski - 14 minutes 12 seconds ago I hope he brings Microsoft down from the inside!" This.
  • razorwiretensho - January 21, 2011 1:28 a.m.

    Guys like this are the scum of the gaming world. While you may think he is doing something harmless, it hurts the whole video game industry as a whole. Anyone who does this or supports this, I wholehearted hope your console of choice red rings/yellow lights/explodes.
  • SideOfBeef - January 21, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    @QWERTY No, he just made it available enough that PS3 developers will get boned.
  • Lionzest7 - January 21, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    I just wonder what kind of magic he'll do with this, such an open ended deal with this guy. Also to everyone calling him a douche, I wonder how many of you jailbroke your iphone. Love it or hate it hackers and such like him are gonna be around even if he gets sued.
  • 510BrotherPanda - January 21, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    @ByTheBeard > Guy sounds like a douche. Guy looks like a douche.

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