Originally Posted by andrews2547
so why has it taken almost 5 years for someone to crack a ps3
PS3 got hacked 9 months after Sony removed OtherOS. It was hacked because people wanted to run homebrew (i.e. their own) code on the PS3. Before this wasn't needed because other OS existed. So hackers didn't care. However, when OtherOS was removed hackers started to care, a lot.
When I say hackers, I mean people who is a computer programming enthusiast, for someone who is constructive not destructive. A computer programming enthusiast who is destructive is a cracker, and not welcomed by the hacker community.
Anyway, hackers wanted to run code on the PS3, so they started tinkering and playing around. Eventually they cracked it and opened it up once again for homebrew access, which unfortunately opened up the potential to pirate as well.
tl;dr : PS3 took 9 months to crack, just like the Xbox.