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PS3 Reference TOOL Kit Arrives for the PS3 News Dev Team!

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277w ago - Well, I hinted at it last week, that we were getting something BIG, and yeah- we did!

It retails for $10,250.00, weighs in around 45lbs, is around 19" wide and 24" deep. If you have not guessed it yet, it's a PS3 TOOL, also known as a PS3 Reference Kit, also known as the DECR-1000A.

This unit is the big brother to the new DECR-1400A, and has many more features than the newer, neutered counterpart. Most of them are outlined in my recently updated thread, but the jist of it is that it has dual 400GB hard disks, dual HDMI outputs, 4x LAN connectors, analog audio output, VGA output - just to name a few.

Compared to a PS3 Debug/TEST unit, the PS3 TOOL can do MUCH more, including diagnosing exactly what is happening when perceived "exploit" code is run to [Register or Login to view links] the PS3. However, the biggest feature is having the ability to capture output from the PS3 Hypervisor (LV1) and the PS3 Kernel (LV2)!

More will be posted in future updates on what our PS3 Dev Team can do with it, as this literally just arrived and was unpacked/set-up a few hours ago.

Needless to say, its massive, and has so many features it will take our DEVS quite awhile to get through. We need to start testing on a low firmware (around .85) and work our way up to 3.00, looking for exploits among other interesting things.

This is truly as good as it gets when it comes to Sony PS3 hardware though- lots more to come... until then, check out the nice picture below!

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#67 - Squirt1000 - 276w ago
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Awesome stuff, I hope you guys manage to gain something useful from owning this mahoosive chunk of sony goodness!! Good luck

#66 - Shrink - 276w ago
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BTW: Any news yet? Would be great to hear about the progress exploring it.

#65 - leuch3rd - 276w ago
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First and foremost, congrats! This is truly epic news!

Not to be the 'debbie-downer' but if sony found out who owned this unit prior, couldnt they lock it out from the TOOL updates and whatnot? maybe im just being paranoid... lol

cheers and here's to the forthcoming 'checkmate' on that hypervisor crap

#64 - tvdbz431 - 276w ago
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This is truly a great day for the PS3news dev team.

I hope if nothing else it finally answers some questions I am sure you have all had for some time now.

#63 - tworok - 276w ago
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this is some hot news indeed.

we may still not be able to hack the ps3 with this TOOL, but at least you guys will manage to fully understand how the PS3 works, and that is definitely a BIG step in the right direction.


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