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PS3 Blu-ray Drive Project Begins to Run Game Backups via HDD


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221w ago - This weekend SKFU shared news of a research project that himself, iQD and a few others have began work on with the PS3 Blu-ray drive in order to, among other goals, run PlayStation 3 game backups from the PS3 HDD.

Getting Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system to function without a BDD was not a difficult challenge for them, however, many may recall previous attempts by MysticHades among others to examine PS3 hacks which allow running game backups from the hard disk drive.

Earlier this year, knightsolidus detailed the Blu-ray drive PS3 CXD4302GB Chip Test Points, and Spanish site Elotrolado reported on a PS3 exploit found to run PlayStation 3 backups along with a leaked Sony Disc Boot Game Patch Programming Guide.

Prior to that, PS3 developers examined several PS3 Blu-ray Flash Dumps and utilized [Register or Login to view links] via PS3 Linux to command the PlayStation 3 drives to return their respective Firmware revisions for comparison.

Finally, pictured below is a PS3 Test (DECH) unit with a PlayStation 3 HDD connected to USB port 4 (which actually registers as USB0) in order to utilize the PS3 Debug BD Emulator with Final Fantasy XIII on the screen. More details will be posted as they become available, and to quote from SKFU:

"The project started as one to let PS3 work without the BDD. That's easy by ripping the drive hardware but the firmware board. This was just a fun project.

While I sniffed all ports used by the BDD I started thinking about an emulation of the drive. At the moment iQD, me and a few more friends collect the correct hardware which is needed to realize a decent analyze of the Blu-Ray drive. We'll keep you updated ;-)"



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#38 - PS3 News - 221w ago
Discussion of SKFU's PS3 Exploit Loader and POC v0.1 is being moved here: [Register or Login to view links]

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#37 - gtxboyracer - 221w ago
Its ready!!! [Register or Login to view links]
SKFU's Exploit Loader + POC 0.1

So here is the result of the simple idea. The first code which is 100% PS3 only compatible. No flash, no bd-java or similar.

This is a beta version of the POC as I'm too tired to finish it now but I don't wanna' let you wait so long. Here you go:

DOWNLOAD

How 2 Use:

1. Install loader.p3t like a common theme file.
2. Put loadme.fu on an USB stick's root dir.
3. Insert USB device into any PS3 USB port.
4. Enable the the theme you just installed before.
5. Hello World.

How It Works:

The PS3 theme file is able to load the loadme.fu script from any USB port. The script is executed. The "loader" is for future-use aswell to load any .fu files which I'll release.

Stay tuned for updates!

- SKFU

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#36 - Preceptor - 221w ago
People, I , along with many of the people have heard all this "retail hello world" bs before. I've seen too many fakes for just one lifetime... So I will believe when I see it, along with a proof of concept.

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#35 - Pcsx2006 - 221w ago
OMG what's happing there as i'm reading his twitter i can feel chill in my spine man thats some serious stuff going on there wow i'm really exicited great work SFKU & TEAM now its time to bring down black beast.

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#34 - urbanracer34 - 221w ago
Another update from SKFU's Twitter
just a few more minutes 2 go...
3 minutes ago via web

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