According to their Official website, Sony will permanently ban PS3’s caught running CFW. This news came after the fact that Sony has acknowledged that “unauthorized software for the PlayStation 3 system was recently released by hackers” and has released a statement warning players that using custom software on your PS3 violates the PlayStation 3 license agreement and the PlayStation Network community code of conduct.
Important Notice: Access to the PlayStation®Network and Access to Sony Entertainment Network Services
Dear valued PlayStation®3 customers,
Unauthorized software for the PlayStation®3 system was recently released by hackers. Use of such software violates the terms of the “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation®3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation®Network/Sony Entertainment Network and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
Violation of the System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation®3 system invalidates the consumer’s right to access that system. Consumers running unauthorized or pirated software may have their access to the PlayStation®Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services through PlayStation®3 system terminated permanently.
To avoid permanent termination, consumers must immediately cease using and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation®3 systems.
In order to help provide a safe, fair, online environment, consumers who we believe violate “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation®Network/Sony Entertainment Network or the applicable laws or regulations of their country or region risk having access to the PlayStation®Network and access to Sony Entertainment Network services terminated permanently.
You can read the Sony’s full statement here.
Upon reading further, the ban is not just a PSN account ban but also a hardware ban, details are still scarce but some reports that in addition to PSN account bans, your PS3’s MAC will also be banned resulting in a hardware ban. Meaning, trying to log on using different accounts on the banned PS3 system will not work. Although there are still questions when your PS3 gets banned and then you install and return to OFW, that they will let you back in again.
Also, if you do engage using CFW on your PS3 you are already probably aware that you are violating Sony’s TOS and something like this will be inevitable. Sony Banning PS3’s is nothing new, however, people in the CFW community are blaming online cheaters for this recent bans.
So any CFW users out there who experience the ban? Share us your story on the comments below.