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Rumor: 3K3y - PS3Key (ODD) XKey for PS3 Consoles is Incoming

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115w ago - Following up on the previous Blu-ray drive emulation rumor, today modrobert has announced that 3K3y, a PS3Key (ODD) - essentially an XKey for PS3 - is incoming shortly with some preliminary details outlined below.

Still can't get too excited at requiring additional hardware to play PS3 games with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago though.

To quote from EurAsia (linked above): I just got word from a well known team that will make PS3 owners happy!

Watching the video and drooling!! With those few words I hope to keep you interested...

Below is a picture (via facebook.com/x360key) as well.

More info while waiting for the video: In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 software tool which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc.

The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

I'm relatively sure it does support original discs as well, but will confirm it anyway. Pretty much same functionality as xkey.

For now, any PS3 model that can be downgraded to CFW 3.55 will be supported, this is only to retrieve the Blu-ray drive key, after that you can update as you want.

The 3k3y Team is researching other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later. For now you have to downgrade to (or be on) CFW 3.55 in order to get the unique BD drive key required by 3k3y, once you have the key the PS3 can be updated anyway you want, doesn't matter for 3key.

General tech info about 3k3y which is true for xkey as well:

The 3k3y hardware device is an advanced Optical Disc Drive (ODD) emulator, it does not rely on any software based hacks to operate (once the drive key is known).

The device is connected on the SATA (PATA) bus in the PS3, like this; cable from PS3 goes into 3key, cable to BD drive goes out from 3k3y, in other words 3k3y physically sits between the drive and the PS3 mainboard and offers USB 2.0 port to connect hard drive(s). Games residing on the connected hard drive(s) can be selected using a small remote display with buttons (as seen in the photo linked a few posts up reading "PS3" in white characters on the display).

For the PS3 this device appears as a legit BD drive, and replies to any ATA protocol requests/commands the same way the original drive does. The BD drive key which is unique in each PS3 makes it possible for 3k3y to decrypt/encrypt data on the fly and redirect SATA traffic originally on disc media from the hard drive connected via USB 2.0 instead. No original Blu-ray disc needs to be inserted for operation, you can use this without any disc in the drive.

Again, this makes it possible to use any official firmware (XMB) version you want after installation (and key retrieval). No need for software hacks like CFW or DEX to make this work at all. If the original game requires firmware (XMB) 4.25, then go ahead and update, just like you would if the system was completely original (virgin).

I hope this clears up any misunderstandings what 3k3y does, or what it requires.

If the CFW you use can load games on Blu-Ray from the BD drive today, then it will be able to do that from hard drive with 3k3y installed as well.

However, to my knowledge the Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive is not used with CFW, original game disc can be mounted for compatibility, but games are actually loaded from a hard drive connected to the USB port on PS3 or from the internal hard drive.

Simply put, whatever fails with the installed CFW will fail with 3key as well. That's the reason it is kind of pointless to use 3k3y with CFW, but makes a lot of sense to use OFW.

In summary:

  • The team for now is only releasing one picture regarding 3K3Y, but are hoping for an end of the year release.
  • It is full hardware interface, not a dongle, but currently you need CFW v3.55 to dump the BD drive key, after that you can update.
  • It will be complete ODD Blu-ray emulator, allowing even the feature to rip your original PS3 game discs to your external HDD.
  • Due to the nature of design, you will be required to open your PS3 to install it, but NO SOLDERING is needed.
  • More info will be release later, but for now any more pictures and videos are PRIVATE and been shown only to trusted long-time resellers.
  • In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 util which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc. The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

Update: Below is a minor timeline update, as follows:

[21/10/12] 3k3y key dumper app! (pictured below)

Finally from bubba: You will need do some soldering with this ODE... If You want to get the keys from 4.31. SATA bus level For 25xx and newer models will need to be solder and to get the keys and play backups.

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#95 - PS3 News - 62w ago
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More pics for above post... also from harryoke & zecoxao comes The ODDE Homebrew Games Collection:

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (28 MB) / homebrewODE.rar (Mirror)

Credit goes to the devs that created the original Homebrew games for CFW ... without you there would be nothing.
Special thanks goto ThatOtherDev for making things so easy for us , your coding is impeccable.

Games List:


Everyone of these games has been converted to run on 3k3y.

All 22 games have been converted to ISO format and are compacted into one small download. Please enjoy these games on your OFW Ps3 via ODDE.

#94 - PS3 News - 62w ago
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Tutorial: How Fix Error 80010017 with 3K3y Tools By Nicolas

Hi guys, i have many Games that have modified EBOOT (like Duplex or Other Dumper Scene Groups) and When i Converted them to ISO with genPS3iSO, i get Error 80010017 we have to Methods for Fix This Problem:

1: Download Originals EBOOT
2: use my Method

I tested all Games That get me error 80010017 with my Method and Now They working like Charm

Step 1: Download Tools that Need For Fixing This Error

We use applications that Created By 3k3y Team First application that we need is iSOTools v1.33:

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Now download ODDE EBOOT Resigner that is created By harryoke

Download: [Register or Login to view links] by harryoke

Step 2: Check EBOOT with iSOTools

In this step we must check the signature if EBOOTs for this work , run iSOTools and select "Verify EBOOT.BIN" from Tools Menu

Now select the EBOOT of your Game, if Checking eboot.bin signature was OK your game is ok, just Create the that with genPS3iso and Play.

If Checking eboot.bin signature was Fail your must go to Step 3.


Copy eboot.bin signature that was Fail inside ODDE Eboot Resigner Folder, now run "run me.bat" and select "1"

Now your EBOOT is valid and you can test that again with iSOTools.

Now replace modified EBOOT with EBOOT inside USRDIR Folder and Create Game with genPS3ISO.


Thanks to 3k3y Team
Thanks to harryoke
Thanks to Cobra Team

3k3y IsoTools v1.33

Download: 3k3y_isotools_v1_33.zip

3k3y IsoTools (aka 3k3y Ripp3r v) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0. New in this release: Fixed issue with IRD creation from disc. Fixed crash when viewing IRD files.

Allow selection of network drives for IsoMenuCreator. Fixed a booboo when creating an IRD file while ripping. Fixed issue where discs without eboot.bin can't be created.

Finally, from modrobert: I've just started installing 3KR (3KS-R) in a PS3 Super Slim, the new soon to be released 3key solution which supports 4k, 3k, 2k5, 2k1 and 2k consoles in one main board.

This is the first time I've opened up a PS3 Super Slim, the hardware design is a bit cryptic with the weird shielding plates which also doubles as cooling elements, and it's pretty clear most of the design changes were done to make the console cheaper to manufacture.

Anyway, back to 3KR, compared to 3k3y 4k (3KS) most of the adapter logic has moved to the main board and the adapter is now reduced to a small passive PCB for the SATA soldering points as seen below.

#93 - shadowGran - 65w ago
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Emulators are always good.. also a new version of 3K3y ODE is on the horizon, rough translation (via logic-sunrise.com/news-659056-le-pcb-slim-3k-du-3k3y-en-photo.html):

Good news for fans of the team waiting Xkey Slim version 3K3y. Well things are progressing as the PCB for Slim has just shown the tip of his nose. This is obviously the Slim 3000 version is presented and more information should emerge soon.

Article remains in pre-order LSstore while waiting for the final PCB. The team tells us that the availability for Slim 3k will be next week, and Slim in a small 2k fortnight. The Cobra is out worldwide, the 3k3y could be a suitable replacement.

For the impatient future (what we can understand when you see the production rate of some teams), the replacement of a cobra by 3k3y or vice versa will be done free of charge upon request to the store.

Also below from modrobert (via eurasia.nu/modules.php?op=modload&name=Forums&file=viewtopic&topic=6999&forum=99#32427) comes some 3K3y advanced diagnostics, as follows:

The following information is mostly relevant for professional installers, in other words those who do more than one 3k3y install. With this setup you will be able to check the 3k3y operation standalone, that it boots OK from microSD card, without installing in a PS3 console or even connecting a BD drive.

What you need is a serial 3.3V UART circuit, similar to this one: free60.org/Level_Shifter


1x MAX3232 IC
5x 0.1uF Caps
1x 9-pin D-Sub Port

s3nint3!Note that the computer serial port on this image have RxD and TxD labels swapped by mistake, the pin numbers and traces drawn are correct though. Check this page (pinouts.ru/SerialPorts/Serial9_pinout.shtml) for reference when in doubt about computer serial port pins.

The difference from this design is that we will have to use an external power supply for the MAX3232 3.3V, 3k3y 5V, and hook up RX and TX points to the 3k3y board (instead of the Xbox 360).

s3nint3!Here's a photo of my diag setup. The brown perfboard has the MAX3232 on there (and some other Atmel test stuff not needed for 3k3y). The 3k3y (3KR in this case) needs 5V feed, you can use the power cable included in the 3k3y bundle. However, the UART signal level needs to be 3.3V for the MAX3232 circuit/board.

s3nint3!This is a closeup of the 3KR location of the RX and TX points. On 3k3y FAT you will find the RX and TX points on the back of the board, they lead to vias which can be accessed from the top though.

s3nint3!I'm using an Amiga 1200 computer here with a terminal program loaded for serial communication. For those interested, my Amiga 1200 specs: 68030 at 33 MHz (ACA-1232), 2MB Chip + 128MB Fast, RTC, 3.1 ROMs, IDE-CF+4GB, WiFi WPA, ClassicWB (LITE).

On a PC with Windows you can use the included HyperTerminal software to do this, for Linux I recommend using 'minicom'.

s3nint3!Here's the 3k3y output (on my old CRT TV) from U-Boot which loads the Linux kernel on the device. The serial port is set to 115200 BPS (8-N-1) which is required by 3k3y.

The output here means the microSD card uImage and rootfs files were OK and the kernel was started. If there is no output at all there is probably something wrong with the microSD card (or your MAX3232 build). You will not see any output past the point of this "Starting kernel ..." message. If you have a corrupt microSD card the "Bad Data CRC" message can be seen in some cases.

Check this for more info how to restore a 3k3y microSD card with factory image:


This tutorial will help those of you unlucky enough to have received a corrupt or DOA microSD card, or who deleted files (formatted) by mistake. Keep in mind that 3k3y firmware updates should be copied to an USB stick or hard drive, NOT DIRECTLY TO THE MICROSD card!
What you need

  • USB Image Tool for Windows.
  • A 3k3y microSD card image file.

Note: If you are using Linux, then you can write the raw image to microSD card using 'dd'.

Getting ready

  • Unzip USB Image Tool to a directory on your Hard Disk.
  • Unpack the 3k3y SD card image file using 7-Zip into the same directory.
  • A micro SD card, preferably the 128MB (or 116MB) card that came with xkey but if this is not working you can use any micro SD card you have available.

Writing the image

  • Plug your microSD card into a USB card reader, plug the card reader into your PC. Note the drive letter Windows assigns to it.
  • Run the USB Image Tool (on Vista & 7 be sure to run it as Administrator).
  • Make sure the USB Image Tool is in "Device Mode".
  • Select the microSD card from the list in USB Image Tool.
  • Click the "Restore" button in USB Image Tool.
  • A FileOpen Dialog will appear, select the xkey microSD card image file you unzipped previously.
  • Wait a few seconds for USB Image Tool to do its thing.
  • Eject/Safely Remove the SD card in explorer.

You now have a factory fresh micro SD card with 3k3y base FW version ready to use, add your 3Dump.bin file and test in your 3k3y.

s3nint3!Please note, if you make a new card please use a Micro Sd card reader, not a microSD to SDcard adapter that is plugged into a reader as it usually doesn't work.

If a remote display is connected to the 3k3y via flex cable and to a powered USB port (Eg. USB hub) using the dongle, it will read "BAD BD" since we don't have any BD drive connected via SATA (or PATA if you are checking 3k3y FAT) in this setup, but it will still detect hard drives and it can be used to check the "About" info display for firmware version, FPGA version, drive key, etc. You can also perform the standard 3k3y firmware update hooked up this way.

This is good to know if you want to test individual parts of the 3k3y bundle, before even starting the install. If you don't get any data on the serial port, and you suspect the 3k3y is bad, then the blue LED on the 3k3y PCB can help diagnose the problem.

s3nint3!I hope this will help you diagnose 3k3y in a more efficient way. Please ask questions if you have any.

Finally, from harryoke: IDPS DUMPER OFW (Dump Your IDPS using 3K3Y)

This is not my work , but i know really really good people.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Use this iso with your 3k3y ODDE and it will dump your IDPS to USB001 (just have a fat32 device pluged in).

#92 - PS3 News - 65w ago
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Below is M.A.M.E. (MAME) on PS3 OFW 4.46 with 3K3y from harryoke with details as follows:

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Yes I have brought you lucky people M.A.M.E Emulator tested and working on OFW 4.46 using 3k3y.

I have included on the ISO... legal roms to play... just goto ROMS folder in USRDIR.

These are some of the roms included... remember you can add more roms by putting them on USB.

I would like to thank the developer(s) of this version:

Here is the folder structure you need: [Register or Login to view links]

Readme file in pkg00 folder.

Paintown 3k3y release by harryoke - Paintown for 3k3y... thanks to Marcus95 for his help

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (406.9 MB)

Finally, below is 3k3y Ripp3r v1.30.

Download: 3k3y Ripp3r v1.30

3k3y Ripper (aka 3k3y IsoTools) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0.

#91 - PS3 News - 68w ago
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Below is ShowTime (Movie Player) for 3K3y from bubba.

Download: Showtime Homebrew ISO for 3k3y (Mirror: xkeydownloads.com/ps3firmware/3k3y-showtime.zip / [Register or Login to view links])


Thanks to Andreas Oman Who Design it
Thanks to Deank for making it happen for the ps3 to Run it on OFW

From harryoke: Showtime running on ofw 4.46 4k series PS3 3k3y video:

3k3y iSOMenu User Guide

Download: 3k3y_isomenu_guide_v1_00.zip
Description: A guide how to use 3Key's ISO MENU. Zip file includes PDF.

3k3y Ripp3r v1.29

Download: ripp3r_v1_29.zip
Description: 3k3y Ripper installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0. New in this release:

  • Improved supprt for ISO menu, now supports up to 4TB of games on HDD with cover art dowloaded from web or extracted form game ISO.
  • Automatically checks eboot.bin so that ECDSA signature is valid. This is useful when regenerating an ISO without IRD file, as some releases have hacked eboot.bin files that wont work.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (Grand Theft Auto V IRD)

Finally, from harryoke: Here is SCUMMVM for 3k3y, includes Beneath a steel sky (freeware). Now you can play all your old point and click adventures like monkey island.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Here is an NES emu, if you want to add more roms, extract the iso and place roms in roms folder then use ripp3r app to remake iso.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]


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