220w ago - Recently Dutch user Sinnerman has leaked some new PS3 JIG pictures on the QJ.net (linked above) forums, and has revealed that PlayStation 3 Service Mode testing is underway with SKFU.
The application pictured below is used to create registry files required to finalize the PlayStation 3 JIG (SVC-H3A606SS) process, which must contain a valid e-mail address as they are authenticated with the SCEI server.
Finally, the big question.. what if PS3 Retail consoles could be converted to PS3 Debug consoles through the PS3 JIG? Well, depending on the post-modification differences if it ended up working at a certain Firmware level then you could always convert at that level, assuming that you can get around it being verified on SCE servers.
The PS3 can tell what type it is from a syscall, one particular configuration of which is "Arcade"... to date though, nobody has been able to successfully flash Debug Firmware to Retail consoles so only time will tell.
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The reference tool is off-topic for this thread, and will only be discussed in our PS3 Dev area. I'm sure CJ will post some updates as time permits, but right now he's quite busy.
As for this JIG stuff, yesterday SKFU told CJPC that he's also been busy with work (I believe meaning real-life work, not JIG-related) so unless the leaker tests or leaks more (pics, files) it's probably not going anywhere fast.
What we really need, that would bring forth a lot more progress than the JIG stuff, is a PS3 CECHL Service Manual. We have many of the older ones, but are currently seeking that one. If anyone has access to it contact us, as several of the lead PS3 Devs would LOVE to get hold of it. This is currently the #1 priority internally for the resident PS3 Devs... which is why I was asked to mention it publically.
That being said, mine is that it's 100% legitimate based on other (non-public) material I've had access to... however, there is currently no way to prove it as you mentioned (until the source wishes to leak more publically) so for now I'd say it's best to just let them do their thing and see what develops.
Keep in mind though, even if the best-case scenario ever happened (converting Retail PS3 consoles to Debug consoles) it would essentially be no different than buying them now...
Debug consoles have sold as cheap as $500 on our BST Forum recently, and the reason they dropped so much in price is because most have now realized they are not all they are cracked up to be unless you have access to lots of Sony $DK stuff and can actually code yourself.
Edit: LOL that idiot Pirate just stole (without crediting the source) the JIG ID that was 1 digit off we posted.
Sorry if I ruin the fun guys, but that picture of the application looks fishy.
Sony wouldn't use incorrect capitalization on their programs, and on top of that, it wouldn't be that simple as 4 boxes.
Matter of fact you'd have to write in your PS3 Model, Serial #, etc in order to create the right jig.
All PS3's don't have the same hardware info, so the program would be HIGHLY more complicated than that. That looks pretty fake, and there are no actual jig pictures to back it up, so I'm not buying it.
If anyone can prove to me otherwise, I have my idea and it will stay like that.