273w ago - A bit of unexpected news on this LEAP YEAR DAY indeed.. a nice guy has leaked PS3 Debug Firmware 2.15 today! A picture of it on my TEST console is below, and also there is an unpacked FileList of it for those interested. It adds a new "vm" folder to the PS3 HDD among other things, but we have yet to thoroughly look through it.
This is VERY cool news mainly because (as we all know) even the retail PS3 Firmware 2.15 isn't available yet from Sony!
For other PS3 Devs to examine, we will be adding the 2.15 Firmware to our PS3 Downloads this weekend as it's a bit sizeable weighing in RAR'd at 103 MB (108,852,452 bytes).
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If it's just a software issue, what's the possibility of a modchip that has the capability of being able to boot the retail console with software and run the console as a debug console? I know that not everyone would be thrilled with having to solder their $600 units. This seems like possibly and easier root than trying to exploit software on a retail unit... yes, no?
The issue with that is, aside from the NAND flashes, we can not dump any other chips. The nands are "keyed" per box, and all the other chips are custom logic, with pinouts unknown to us. Not to mention its very possible the chips are burnt with the key at the factory, so its not writable at all.
hey, just a thought. What would it be if we just dump all chips on TEST unit and than flash this dumps on a retail unit? main key gonna change, device keys gonna change, everything gonna change! If i am right - we could get two ps3-TEST-clones.