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PS3MFW - PS3 Modified Firmware Project is Announced


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182w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker [Register or Login to view links] has announced news of PS3MFW, a PS3 Modified Firmware project!

From the official site (linked above): We have just been informed by an anonymous source that a new modified firmware-project is underway: Project PS3MFW.

There are several contributors, some of whom are well-known within the PS3 homebrew community but wish to remain anonymous. However, we were told that KaKaRoTo is playing an important role in the project.

The purpose of Project PS3MFW is the development of a customizable tool that creates modified firmware for Playstation 3 with many great features not available in current solutions. It provides a framework where each firmware modification task is an independent plugin with access to an API that facilitates the modification process. One important feature is that the project will be entirely open source, as opposed to every other MFW released to date.

The tool will be called “PS3MFW Builder”, and it will work in conjunction with several other utilities.

Project PS3MFW is an ongoing project; anyone qualified can contribute. A release of the PS3MFW Builder v0.1 is imminent.

Updates from KaKaRoToKS via Twitter: PS3MFW has ~65 customization options, the backend is robust and does a lot of checks, we tested almost every combination, on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55 and tested it on over 15 different PS3 models, we had no bricks at all.

The "Task options" you see are just for the "clean video" task, each task has its own options that you access with the 'configure' button

FYI, in the screenshot, that "theme" option is just about the GUI theme, has nothing to do with the generated PUP.

For now the tool doesn't support 3.56, but it works and was tested on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55. I will release more information later: ps3mfw.com

PS3MFW Builder v0.1 Features:

Options:

  • Show verbose debugging information
  • Disable log output
  • Custom PUP build version
  • If set, overrides the entire PUP version string
  • Prefix to add to the PUP version string
  • Suffix to add to the PUP version string

Tasks:

  • Add new icons to the XMB Game category
  • Patch LV1 Hypervisor
  • Patch package installer to allow installation of unsigned .pkg
  • Patch the Application launcher to allow running of unsigned application
  • Add a custom message to the "New Features" installation screen
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Photo Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Music Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Video Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Game Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Network Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Playstation Network Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Friends Category
  • Remove "BD Data Utility" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Search for Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Network Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Video Editor & Uploader" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Netflix" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "PlayStation Store" icon from the XMB Video Category

Theme:

  • Aqua
  • Clam
  • Windows native
  • Default
  • Revitalized
  • Classic
  • XP Native




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#54 - severusx - 182w ago
As far as I know this has not been attempted yet. I assume you mean something like allow the PS3 to play music while also playing a game? "Multitasking" is a broad term, so if you narrow it down it bit I may be able to answer.

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#53 - steloukos - 182w ago
Hi everyone, i wanted to ask and express my request about PS3 multitasking. As we all know we can multitask on ps3, but it's very limited. I read on the internet that it's mostly a software problem.

Does anyone know if the new MFW that's going out soon, "frees" multitasking? Or even to give us the choice to customize what to multitask... Ps3 is much more than a game machine, so why not take advantage of it and use it at it's limits, now that everything is known about it?

Correct me if i'm wrong as far as the multitasking is concerned. Thanks in advance, and sorry for any mistakes (english is not my native language).

Keep up the good work, congrats for the site!!

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#52 - ramx2 - 182w ago
This will be a very useful app!! Thank you Devs for that hadrwork!

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#51 - cartoon323 - 182w ago
I just wanted to see if this program work on PS3 version 3.50. because I know it works on the other versions.

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#50 - Duff Man - 182w ago
With all respect to the guys working on this, cause seriously, I'd have no clue what-so-ever, isn't this just going to be a passing thing?

I hope not but my concerns are these: So much effort will be put into this, but will it be rendered obsolete in a very short period of time? ok so there's no 3.56 support (nothing does yet, i get it) but isn't that one of the higher goals on the ps3 scene? Now you have alot of switches to enable/disable things, but is there any improved functionality for legal backups? Which are another very high request? I'd wager that without this feature many would skip it, and many more would wait the extra week for a 'hacked' version that allows backup managers. Would the average user give up PSN access, new game compatibility, and backups to modify lower priority settings?

I know the 3.55 CFW advancement didn't render the 3.41 jailbreak dongle useless, hell i still use it, but you have to assume that another month or two of developments, will advance us further again and this tool may lose the ability to function.

Sorry it's late, and i hope i'm wrong cause you guys have done some incredible work for the scene, another user above asked what it meant for the average joe and the explanation was removing programs you don't like. Doesn't $ony do enough of that for us? (little joke there)

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