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


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260w 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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Rehab420's Avatar
#37 - Rehab420 - 260w ago
with a toy like this and CJ behind the wheel everyone else trying to find an exploit needs to save them the headache it's just a matter of time now good luck

internetfloozy's Avatar
#36 - internetfloozy - 260w ago
I think outside of learning about how the PS3 works it would be awesome to put those "hackers" in there place when they release "tiff exploits" and whatever other junk they turn up.

Having this tool can quickly kill all rumors and assumptions when these soon to be irrelevant posts come up in the forum. You just grab the picture... load it on the test, see what spits out and tell them... doesn't work, here is proof why it never will and im still awesome... heh

good luck.

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#35 - raze88 - 260w ago
I'm pissing my pants in anticipation!

jirachi155's Avatar
#34 - jirachi155 - 260w ago
Why not programming a "game" that loads a specific (unprotected?) "savegame" from external source (HDD)? You think that's possible?

I think the only 2 problems would be:
1. making external "savegame" (aka copy of a game) inbound
2. loading an unprotected savegame (no encryption)

Anyways there are so many other modules that may be exploited. Like In-Game-Music from harddrive and so on.
I hope this may finally lead somewhere.
now we have more important problems..
anyway CJ isn't a game maker so he can't create game... he could if he would like, but now he want just create a customfw for ps3

Shrink's Avatar
#33 - Shrink - 260w ago
as the boss said... he could program or make new game if he wants, bu he DOESN'T want.. 'cause this is not the goal.
so he only works to "break" the protections of the ps3
Why not programming a "game" that loads a specific (unprotected?) "savegame" from external source (HDD)? You think that's possible?

I think the only 2 problems would be:
1. making external "savegame" (aka copy of a game) inbound
2. loading an unprotected savegame (no encryption)

Anyways there are so many other modules that may be exploited. Like In-Game-Music from harddrive and so on.
I hope this may finally lead somewhere.

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