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PS3 Blu-ray Drive Project Begins to Run Game Backups via HDD

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235w ago - This weekend SKFU shared news of a research project that himself, iQD and a few others have began work on with the PS3 Blu-ray drive in order to, among other goals, run PlayStation 3 game backups from the PS3 HDD.

Getting Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system to function without a BDD was not a difficult challenge for them, however, many may recall previous attempts by MysticHades among others to examine PS3 hacks which allow running game backups from the hard disk drive.

Earlier this year, knightsolidus detailed the Blu-ray drive PS3 CXD4302GB Chip Test Points, and Spanish site Elotrolado reported on a PS3 exploit found to run PlayStation 3 backups along with a leaked Sony Disc Boot Game Patch Programming Guide.

Prior to that, PS3 developers examined several PS3 Blu-ray Flash Dumps and utilized [Register or Login to view links] via PS3 Linux to command the PlayStation 3 drives to return their respective Firmware revisions for comparison.

Finally, pictured below is a PS3 Test (DECH) unit with a PlayStation 3 HDD connected to USB port 4 (which actually registers as USB0) in order to utilize the PS3 Debug BD Emulator with Final Fantasy XIII on the screen. More details will be posted as they become available, and to quote from SKFU:

"The project started as one to let PS3 work without the BDD. That's easy by ripping the drive hardware but the firmware board. This was just a fun project.

While I sniffed all ports used by the BDD I started thinking about an emulation of the drive. At the moment iQD, me and a few more friends collect the correct hardware which is needed to realize a decent analyze of the Blu-Ray drive. We'll keep you updated ;-)"

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#13 - DemonHades - 235w ago
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hi, for no more confusion i paste my conversation whith my friend skfu...
.: DemonHades :. dice:
.: DemonHades :. dice:
friend the ppl coment me the picture is u tv?
SKFU dice:
.: DemonHades :. dice:
but what is?
SKFU dice:
im sniffing the ports attached to bd drive
SKFU dice:
with small linux kernel
SKFU dice:
tryin to let ps3 work without drive
.: DemonHades :. dice:
.: DemonHades :. dice:
ps3 work dont needed bddrive
.: DemonHades :. dice:
or want emulate bd?
.: DemonHades :. dice:
but what is the real use?
SKFU dice:
first only check what data send
SKFU dice:
maybe try emulate
SKFU dice:
but need more hardware to analyze for emu
: DemonHades :. dice:
thx brother i paste the conversation for aclare the dudes ppl oks?

Him sniff the comunication whith bd-drive

Jaicrab,skfu and me study the method,but remember NO MORE GEOHYPE

1saludo and mystichades is a incomplete method,the bd drive launch at video is fake,but the method is real..but him jump steps how erase the layer crypt bd game and dangerous for the life bd-drive.

#12 - imtoodvs - 235w ago
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well personally, i don't really think its enough info right now. the only thing we can do is wait until more details are posted, or continue to jump to conclusions. as for cfw, i think it might be a little to soon to put all the eggs in that basket. i know how it is to have real life put a project on hold, so lets all be patient.

#11 - randalf - 235w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by CodeKiller View Post
however in SKFU's blog there aren't any reference to DECH, so i don't know where it came from.


Just a mention, DECH models only have five logos on its side, models Retail have 8 logos, is that you can easily see the type of unit image.

#10 - CodeKiller - 235w ago
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If it's only for Test, then what's the point? You can run isos w/o hw on test.. however in SKFU's blog there aren't any reference to DECH, so i don't know where it came from.

And to be correct, it doesn't (seems like) run from ps3 hdd but external usb hdd (and if i have to guess, the usb connected to the ps3 is just for power the device and in the box there is an usb host/OTG and some FPGA.)

I hope SFKU doesn't fool us with DECH-usb emulator...

#9 - dante489 - 235w ago
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nice progress! i want to see this console get hacked, but are there any updates from geohot?


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