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Team AC1D Uncovers How Current PS3 Games Work on Lower CFW


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132w 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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ps3hen's Avatar
#245 - ps3hen - 127w ago
Looking forward to seeing your CFW

cfwprophet's Avatar
#244 - cfwprophet - 127w ago
A few one. In first to time im working on the base of our CFW. Have now a own Homebrew category and patched sprx's to accept a own category_hombrew.xml. Wrote a own AC1D PKG Manager, AC1D File Manager and a Emulatores segment. We have embended apps that can be installed via the pkg manager and will install into the hombrew cat. Also the emulatores and emu games (nes, snes and so on) will be placed into there own segment. When i have more time i'll look for the system embended emulators too.

Patched sprx to hide macaddress in system config and also to block online updates. Next i'll trie to find a way to support a copy function for the file manager. But main goal is to convert a retail to full dex. But im alone now. Nabnab is gone and i dont work with him anymore. There is a other one supporting AC1D and helping me but he is sick and i dono have heard something of him for a whole day.

Today i will do a special debug cfw with lv1 mmap and lv2 peek&poke to get hands on a debug flash_dump and compare that with a retail one. I'm not talking of dev_flash files but about the max 16mb part with asecure_loader, eeid and so on.

landon's Avatar
#243 - landon - 127w ago
So guys what's new ?

Any new progress with your AC1D CFW ?

niwakun's Avatar
#242 - niwakun - 128w ago
just work it out and ignore the flaming around the web, unless you are affected what they we're saying. But seriously, just ignore, I know many hackers hated them so much but they do more action than talk.

I wish I can personally test your what you we're doing now, but I guess I should wait a little longer then.

Wish you luck!

cfwprophet's Avatar
#241 - cfwprophet - 128w ago
Still try my best to provide new and nice things. Also i want to tell all that other guys n scene here they claims this is fake and im a noob or we are united noobs... just wait and see when its released

Some one also said that he can do this on OFW.. well then try and good luck and dont forget if you need to edit only one single file to get this feature is not a ofw anymore then.

In a special case have my fun with all that flame talk ^^ but anyway this hack is already out to trusted peoples of me. Normally i wanted to share then when beta release is out but i don't will do so now. Peoples shall do there home work and hunt down the files and the hack to get it on a other cfw working. And buy the way all you guys calling me or my team members fake you will be marked as nonsense talker then if AC1D is released.

Just one suggestion. Before posting unprofessional stuff on the web you should try to get this hack working before i release my CFW to show how good you are and if you only talking some bs in case of to much time or something else.

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