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PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.51 Released, for Demo Units Only?!

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321w ago - Usually PlayStation 3 Demonstration Firmware updates follow the official Retail console updates. Strangely, this time PS3 Firmware 2.51 was released for the Demo unit first.

Download: PS3 DEMO Firmware 2.51 (US) / PS3 DEMO Firmware 2.51 (EU)

This could be a result of conflicts with the Recovery Menu and the Demonstration unit itself perhaps.

BTW the password to unlock PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.5 Demo units is 6258. ;-)

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#11 - CJPC - 312w ago
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Sadly yes, for the moment you are stuck with the firmware. Without going into too many technical details, the DEMO units are identified by a flag (just like a retail, or a TEST etc), so it will not allow you to install the Retail FW on it.

Basically, you are stuck waiting for an updated firmware.

#10 - UltimaStealth - 312w ago
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I have a demo unit like the person above. so are we stuck with this firmware? i would really like to use the my home and playstation store features, even when unlocked i do not have access to them when i called sony they acted like they never heard of a demo unit. Is there nothing we can do to get a retail firmware on it? i tried to download the 2.53 and put it on a sd card but it dosent recgonize it as applicable but the US version of the 2.53 link was dead so i had to get the AU,could that be why?

#9 - tERBO - 320w ago
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Is the "6258" password for ANY DEMO unit running 2.51 ?

#8 - wicked insanity - 321w ago
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Just out of curiosity, which and how many of those non-retail units are there available to the DEVs here on PS3NEWS to work with??

#7 - CJPC - 321w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
CJPC (or hacked2123, etc) may know more, but as far as I'm aware there is only:

  • Retail PS3
  • PS3 Demo (Store units)
  • PS3 Debug (TEST units)
  • PS3 Prototype (TEST units)
  • PS3 TOOL (the "large box" that goes for over $10k)

As mentioned in a few older threads here, the updater link to the Demo units is: [Register or Login to view links]

Yeah, that's the jist of it, but there are basically (with a few exceptions) no hardware differences between Retail/Demo/Debug/Prototype units, the only difference being the software loaded onto them.

There are some slight differences, but mostly with the case itself, vs the actual hardware!


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