149w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker KaKaRoToKS has announced news of PS3MFW, a PS3 Modified Firmware project!
From the official site (linked above): We have just been informed by an anonymous source that a new modified firmware-project is underway: Project PS3MFW.
There are several contributors, some of whom are well-known within the PS3 homebrew community but wish to remain anonymous. However, we were told that KaKaRoTo is playing an important role in the project.
The purpose of Project PS3MFW is the development of a customizable tool that creates modified firmware for Playstation 3 with many great features not available in current solutions. It provides a framework where each firmware modification task is an independent plugin with access to an API that facilitates the modification process. One important feature is that the project will be entirely open source, as opposed to every other MFW released to date.
The tool will be called “PS3MFW Builder”, and it will work in conjunction with several other utilities.
Project PS3MFW is an ongoing project; anyone qualified can contribute. A release of the PS3MFW Builder v0.1 is imminent.
Updates from KaKaRoToKS via Twitter: PS3MFW has ~65 customization options, the backend is robust and does a lot of checks, we tested almost every combination, on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55 and tested it on over 15 different PS3 models, we had no bricks at all.
The "Task options" you see are just for the "clean video" task, each task has its own options that you access with the 'configure' button
FYI, in the screenshot, that "theme" option is just about the GUI theme, has nothing to do with the generated PUP.
For now the tool doesn't support 3.56, but it works and was tested on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55. I will release more information later: ps3mfw.com
PS3MFW Builder v0.1 Features:
Show verbose debugging information
Disable log output
Custom PUP build version
If set, overrides the entire PUP version string
Prefix to add to the PUP version string
Suffix to add to the PUP version string
Add new icons to the XMB Game category
Patch LV1 Hypervisor
Patch package installer to allow installation of unsigned .pkg
Patch the Application launcher to allow running of unsigned application
Add a custom message to the "New Features" installation screen
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Photo Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Music Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Video Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Game Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Network Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Playstation Network Category
Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Friends Category
Remove "BD Data Utility" icon from the XMB Video Category
Remove "Search for Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
Remove "Network Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
Remove "Video Editor & Uploader" icon from the XMB Video Category
Remove "Netflix" icon from the XMB Video Category
Remove "PlayStation Store" icon from the XMB Video Category
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As we already have ways to run homebrew/backups on 3.15 3.41 and 3.55 I think they should work on a CFW for 3.56.
You don't see the PSP scene making a 4.00CFW or a 5.00CFW as its already done so why keep making a 3.15 or 3.41 or even a 3.55 CFW?
This program looks great but we no longer need those CFWs anymore. If it takes a few more weeks to convert it to work with 3.56 then so be it. But if its released and it doesn't have 3.56 CFW ability its gonna be kinda useless and a waste...
I have a question... If this mods 3.55 but doesn't add backup support (kinda the reason for a CFW in the first place) can we mod Waninkoko's CFWv2 PS3UPDAT.PUP and have that CFW with or without the options we choose in this?
LOL. I don't believe it. People asking for features already on official firmwares. I'm surprised after reading the whole thread nobody asked for an option to play movies, music and view pictures from the XMB... How about an option to play games.... what about give us Internet explorer access...
Or how about adding an option to view RSS feeds directly from XMB... Or what about NTFS support... These kinda questions are stupid. If it cant be done in OFW then of course it wont be done in CFW.
I am being sarcastic here. But the first question is still good. Can we mod Wani's CFW with this?
True, but as I've said all along if some of the security/Hv processes are kicked out im sure there is plenty of CPU cycles and RAM to go around for homebrew/in game music/background FTP + more etc , especially if psn checks/friends list etc are not required (Unless we get online again but dont hold your breath!) then that leaves alot of PS3 power to be used in other ways for homebrew user apps.
PS3MFW project I'd like to see a checkbox included for a small patch that includes the explore_plugin.sprx patches from the corresponding debug firmware, this file enables all the performance bar, clear cache, quick preview , owner info for saves/game data , check option etc.
We have tested this patch alot on AcidCFW builds and it has no downside or disadvantage over standard retail explore_plugin.sprx,it only adds more features to retail FW.
Like Barry said above me, and to add to that, if I may is some of the main reasons or some of them is, the PS3 has limited memory, and the system memory is nearly used when a game is loaded or when larger Homebrew is loaded, leaving next to know RAM for other tasks, like multitasking.
Now we have faster drives and newer games, Some of your system memory is now freed up a little because more games are using the hdd0 more as a swap drive rather than filling the ram all the time, but not enough for what would be needed for running two or more apps at the same time. Yes the PS3 is a 64bit multitasking games/PC, but with next to no memory
It will give you information on your m8's updates, if there online, any email you have , as your playing a game on the top right of you screen, So thats multitasking. Most games allow users to play there own music in the background giving you another multitasking, but like Barry said not though the games os. So that's about it, on the multitasking side untill we can get more ram under the bonnet, or use usb RAM disks as a boost drive, to give us more RAM. Unlikly tho. lol
unfortunately not likey to happen as gameOS is more a series of shortcuts to applications which run one at a time. There really isn't any multitasking on the ps3 apart from the fact that gameOS continues running while we run an application.