Sony is adamant that it can undo the PlayStation 3 security breach, which enables the installation of third-party firmware on the console.
One of the hackers responsible has claimed this is impossible, telling the BBC that "The only way to fix this is to issue new hardware. Sony will have to accept this."
However, Sony yesterday issued a statement to Edge, maintaining that "We will fix the issues through network updates, but because this is a security issue, we are not able to provide you with any more details."
Sony managed to keep one step ahead of the PS3 Jailbreak tool last year with firmware updates, but hacker 'pytey' believes that the discovery of a firmware signing key that "was supposed to be the most secret of secret of secrets" renders this moot.
Proof of concept firmware has already been released by unofficial parties. While firmware which permits the running of pirated games is yet to emerge, its arrival is viewed with a certain degree of inevitability.