If you weren’t sure about how it actually works on a newfangled modern system, it’s something of a marvel: you’ll transfer applicable save data to your computer, choose your preferred cheats from Hyperkin’s database, and copy the save back to the PS3. Simple, yet kind of awesome, right?
Of course, there’s some troublesome complications that go along with this electronic bag of tricks. For one, not every game is supported. You know how some game data is locked to your PS3, and therefore can’t be copied? Yeah, forget about cheating in those titles. Hyperkin has said they’re “working on a fix,” but that ones seems pretty tricky to surpass, considering Sony isn’t too hot on the product.
Speaking of, the company freely admits that the USB device might become completely useless if Sony decides to make it incompatible via a firmware update, though they speculate this is “very unlikely.” Also, while it’s cool that you’ll be able to delve into a game’s basic code to change values of things yourself (lives, money, etc.), what’s not so cool is that Sony could potentially ban your account for using any cheats that carry to online modes. Hyperkin has sworn that this won’t be a problem, as they’ll actively delete any codes that can effect online play, but something makes me think this is a slippery slope to be climbing.
Also? Don’t plan on using it to cheat for trophies. Since the essential code is modified and may alter specific triggers needed to unlock trophies, the company has said that “most” trophies cannot be gained effortlessly. That said, it seems that altering a simple numeric required for a trophy, such as reaching a specific amount of money or something, is trickable.
At any rate, I can’t wait to give this thing a try. I have quite a few games that would become infinitely more enjoyable with a little cheating to help aid my limited patience. Final Fantasy XIII, for one.
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