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PS2 HDD Support & Discless ELF Launching from PS3 XMB WIP


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190w ago - Here is my WIP project on PS2 HDD support and discless ELF launching from the PS3 XMB. First off I'd like to thank w1zard0f07 for being able to at least try helping me out with this one.

Over the last month or so I have been working on a little trick for the Phat Model PS3s. In summary FFXI is PS2 title that requires PS2 HDD support which is added via [Register or Login to view links] ([NPIA00001] PS2 System Files).

From there a "PS2 partition is made", which translates to an IMAGE.DAT file being made to exactly 12GB (according to GameOS/FTP this file is 0kb large)

The contents of this HDD is listed in the attached "Blank PS2 HDD.txt" (The partition list is corrupted according to w1zard0f07, quote "APA partition table on your dump file is broken")

The XMB icon is not launchable by this point, and requires the PlayOnline Viewer to be installed. This undergoes a certificate process, and then continues to install PlayOnline viewer to the "PS2 HDD." It is after this point the XMB icon is launchable, and goes straight into the PS2 mode reading from PP.SCUS-97269.1000.POLVIEWER and launching "dnasload.elf" (Unfortunately access is denied to that partition due to some sort of key being used... I haven't done any research on it)


Currently I am doing my best to replace atok100.erx (an elf file it appears) with ULaunchELF, but something is also going wrong...

Anyways, if any one wants to help, or offer help, please do! (It all compresses to 95MB if anyone is interested in the IMAGE.DAT (PM me)... but only for those genuinely interested in doing the research)

IMAGE.DAT Content (Blank)


IMAGE.DAT Content (With PlayOnline/FFXI)


NOTE: Although initially FFXI was required to do the research, I do not believe it is necessary to continue, because the param.sfo and image.dat created should be "pkg compatible", also the "CATEGORY" is "2G" btw.

Also, that if a proper PKG were created with that param.sfo and IMAGE.DAT for "SLUS20071", it would add native HDD support to "Swap Magic Coder 3.8", which is able to launch any elf it desires, including just released OPL 0.8.




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PR0r's Avatar
#15 - PR0r - 190w ago
No the hardware is there. He's asking about SOFTWAREemu.

The 60 and 20gig PS3's had the "Emotion Engine" which allowed the PS3's to play PS2 games. But there are PS3's that purely use software emulation to run the games (80gigs).

These models were appreantely not as good at emulating the games anyway. So the potential is there, we just need a way to use it. One day it will happen

svennie1992's Avatar
#14 - svennie1992 - 190w ago
Small question to the higher up guys, would it be possible to spoof a non-bc 80gb phat ps3 into a ps3 that uses ps2 softemu?
no, that's like asking a question: would i be able too spoof my ps1 too play ps2 games?

the hardware isnt in that console thats why it doesnt work. the same with the ps3 consoles.

i hope this cleared it up for you.

bb01's Avatar
#13 - bb01 - 190w ago
well there are PC emulators of the ps2 (PCSX2 for one) & i wonder how easy it is to create a port of it... as that could be a lot easier i think...

pyong's Avatar
#12 - pyong - 190w ago
Small question to the higher up guys, would it be possible to spoof a non-bc 80gb phat ps3 into a ps3 that uses ps2 softemu?

Brenza's Avatar
#11 - Brenza - 190w ago
Does it means i'll be able to play ps2 games on my ps3? *_*

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