142w ago - Today the next wave of PS3 dongles has started, enter the Cobra USB from Max Louarn of Divineo / Supreme Factory, which features the ability to run Blu-ray, DVD and PS1 game iSOs and PSP Mini games from the PlayStation 3 hard drive.
The PS3 USB device is slated for release on April 11 and currently requires v3.41 PS3 Firmware, however, it can downgrade from PlayStation 3 Firmware v3.50 with the related PDF guides and files available HERE.
From their official site linked above, to quote:
Cobra USB - The Ultimate PS3 USB solution features:
• ** Blu Ray Movie region free functionality
• ** Allows you to play Blu Ray movie ISO's from HDD
• ** Allows you to play DVD movie ISO's from HDD
• ** Integrated support to play PS1 game ISO's from HDD
• ** Integrated support to play PSP mini games from HDD
• ** Enjoy PS3 games with files >4GB on external USB HDD
• Supports FAT and SLIM PS3 consoles any region
• Supports versions up to 3.50 (console must be running 3.41)
• Play PS3 games from internal HDD
• MCU firmware and flash firmware updatable using easy to use free PC updater
• First class customer support and free regular firmware upgrades
• No need to open your console, just plug and play
• High quality components and materials used throughout
• Unique and built from scratch Cobra USB manager featuring slick U.I. and customized options with easy navigation
• Actel based encryption engine onboard to prevent device cloning
• Fast onboard 2 Mbyte SPI flash for firmware storage
• High quality onboard MCU
• Easy mode selection via switch (PC update, PS3 downgrader, regular PS3 device mode)
• Downgrader functionality included free of charge, allowing users to upgrade firmware to and from 3.41 at will
• Multi lingual user interface (English, Spanish and French as standard with more languages to be supported later)
** = World's first implementation
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Update of Cobra USB firmware, Cobra PSP Launcher and mmCM focused on improving the compatibility of the psp emulator.
Changelog of Cobra USB 4.4 and Cobra PSP Launcher 2.0:
Added specific support for the following 15 psp games that either crashed or had critical gameplay issues:
BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT II
DJMAX PORTABLE 3
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Video Game
LUNAR: SILVER STAR HARMONY
SMT: Persona 2: Innocent Sin
SOULCALIBUR: Broken Destiny
STAR OCEAN: First Departure
TEKKEN 6 (fixed random crashes)
The 3rd Birthday ((if you see a black screen at beginning, press buttons, it will work after that)
White Knight Chronicles: Origins
Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman
Added support to load prometheus patched psp isos.
Added an option for psp emulation. You can set it per game in multiman using "Game settings".
You can choose between auto, mode 1 and mode 2. By default, all games are set to auto, what causes mmCM to choose the apropiated setting from a database, but you can set the option manually.
Mode 1 and Mode 2 have different compatibility, some games that work in one of them won't work in the other one. Mode 2 is usually more compatible.
Changelog of mmCM 03.01.02:
Added support for three different modes to load PSP ISO files (Auto, Mode 1, Mode 2): "Game Settings" in XMMB/XBDM SIDE menu
Added support for lastGAME application - it will load the last game you played, without entering mmCM
lastGAME: Application which loads the last played PS1/PS2/PS3/PSP game (folder and ISO format) (separate application)
bdRESET : Application which resets all redirections and unmounts loaded ISO images (separate application)
Note: When you use "Last Played Game" application you will have to launch the PS1/PS2/PS3 game from the disc icon and the PSP game from the "PSP Launcher" icon
Related news from the Cobra Team: 05 - 01 - 2012
About the problems some users are having in 4.4... Some users have notified us that after update to cobra 4.4, their system freezes when starting the system with cobra inserted. In cobra 4.4, some internal changes were made, and cobra 4.4 is not longer compatible with some modified system files.
Users that have this issue likely flashed some unsupported modules in the system, either by themselves or done automatically by some program. In addition to cobra CFW 3.55 modules, Cobra firmware 4.4 officially give supports to the following commonly used modifications:
the modifications done by bitsbubba in bitsbubba NFW v3
replacement of vsh.self by reactpsn 2.0 one (only the one in the 3.55k folder)
Any other alteration to system modules may cause a hang since cobra 4.4. To fix this problem, access recovery menu in the ps3, without cobra inserted, and reflash Cobra USB CFW or the modificied CFW by bitsbubba NFW v3.
If you wish that we give support to some more modified modules, send us a message about it and we'll give support to them in next version.
Shame on the coder for patched games. I'm not a skilled programmer but i know that this is just a offset thing to add. And i doubt that he is really working on that, just adding new code but it seems that dean himself is not really interested in. I think that he only implemented the usage of the psp/ps1 emulator and doesn't try to improve the hole thing.
Also we get no information on that kind meaning why this or that don't work. Looks like he still try to put a mass of things into the app without thinking on other things.
I doubt it would help. The last update did nothing to improve capability for PSP games. And I highly doubt this will. If I update and test the games I tested before and if they blackscreen... then it proves me right. Not just that but there is no game covers... I never was able to download game covers in it. So I doubt this would fix that.
Reporting back, what a surprise... it still can't play patched games.
Below is MultiMAN Cobra Manager - mmCM v03.01.01 update for those with the dongle, with the changes as follows:
27 - 12 - 2011
Multiman Cobra-USB Manager v03.01.01 UPD
Added support to extract PSP CSO (compressed ISO) files in File Manager (extracted image is saved in /dev_hdd0/PSPISO)
Added support to show and extract PSP CSO files in XMMB/XBDM display modes (Retro column)
Added support for loading PSP ISO and extracting PSP CSO from USB connected PSP (MemoryStick MS:/ISO folder)
Added shortcut to ISO folder when browsing external USB devices (PSP connected with memory stick /ISO folder, containing CSO and ISO files)
Added support for loading PSP CSO (CSO will be extracted to ISO and saved in /dev_hdd0/PSPISO before loading)
Added music playback fade-out when leaving mmCM
Added couple of themes in the Web/Download themes menu
Changed displaying of PSP game titles in Retro column when game name match is found in local database
Added new PSP game names to local database (now over 700)
Updated online PS1/PS2/PS3 covers to 6558 total: 3147 PS3 covers and 3411 PS1/PS2 covers