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Team AC1D Uncovers How Current PS3 Games Work on Lower CFW


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137w ago - Below is an update from our Team AC1D ongoing thread on how current PS3 games work on lower Custom Firmware.

Finally, after a long period of a scene that got riddled by money hungry dongle suppliers we uncover this big scam and show you how things actually work.

First of all, none of the code the dongles use comes from the creators. All files used come directly from higher PS3 firmwares. This works by using plugins / SPRX's who are basically just drivers, from a higher PS3 firmware.

To get games to work, you need to use the files from higher firmwares, that games require. Those plugins we are talking about, also have the decrypt information stored in them that the games use to work.

Some of the newer SPRX's are compatible with older firmwares and can be used on older firmwares quiet easily. All you need to do is place them in the right folder and that's it.

Of course this procedure doesn't work with all the games quite so easy, some of the 3.6+ games load right away, others need some fixing. This fixing is done by patching the SPRX's to work with the lower firmware. Porting the drivers, so they can work with lower firmwares should be the easiest task.

Basically all this DRM does is nothing. The stick holds some drivers, like i explained earlier in this post, and lets the system use them. The HyperVisior LV1 Patches are nothing more then redirections to the USB stick / DRM fake.

The USB stick holds some dev_flash files, the system then uses. Its basically the same thing we did in the early stages of the Custom Firmware to load modified files quick and easy.

So after knowing all this, this explains why the dongles use DRM on their USB stick, simply to not let us see that they are really just scamming us with the cheapest materials they could find and some (by now old) dev_flash files stored in it. It's nothing more, and I'm sure that TeaM AC1D will empower more things and work on more in the future then the dongles have in last months.

We love Open Source and that's why we share this information with you. This needs to be stopped and we should all join hands to finally put an end to all of this. Use this information and do what you have to do.

Our respect goes out to Kakaroto, grafchokolo, Hermes, Deank, JaiCraB, Jjolano, Stoker25, Redsquirrel87, GeoHot, Condorstrike, Team Hades and everybody else we forgot to mention here.

Don't let yourself get fooled by these dongles guys and happy hacking to everyone!

-Team AC1D-




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Bartholomy's Avatar
#255 - Bartholomy - 129w ago
Curious. Why just 2 games?

technodon's Avatar
#254 - technodon - 129w ago
this actually works, i'm running bdemuV2. i selected rebug mode. i didn't need to change any other settings. started multiman and booted Alice Madness and bulletstorm without a dongle

^^ actually most of them don't work it seems that only them two do..

cfwprophet's Avatar
#253 - cfwprophet - 132w ago
I'm guess that enabling a dex to play bd movies should be possible but we will see. If you want i'll share special downgrader pups with you but they are also in the new released 4.0 sdk. So just let me know.

Bartholomy's Avatar
#252 - Bartholomy - 132w ago
MM for Dex will not play a BD movie, in case? Thanks for your kind answer, cfwprophet

Speaking about special_downgrader.pup.. do you mind to upload me the pup (PM is ok)? It's the only file missing on my sdk 3.70 pack.

ps3hen's Avatar
#251 - ps3hen - 132w ago
Yes having a debug console would be great. A full debug console in it self is a kind of jailbreak(except it is designed by Sony on purpose), being able to run HB code and load game backups (using fselfs of course) and more.

The only problem I foresee with converting retail units to full debug units is losing the ability to play Blue-Ray movies, but one can't have everything. I wonder how Sony would respond to the scene getting a working CEX to DEX kit.

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