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107w 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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#87 - HeyManHRU - 65w ago
I'm just surprised this was finally pulled off

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#86 - elser1 - 65w ago
whats the point now with ps4 coming so soon anyways. they must be really greedy people. at least its a solution for 3k plus models i guess but i bet they will cost as much as the console. lol

Also below is a video from harryoke of 3k3y running PS Seismograph homebrew on a PS3 4k Superslim console followed by a Tutorial on how to make PSN cracked game iSO for 3K3y:

To quote: I built the iso myself & it works great. More homebrew tests to come.. just got blackbox ftp working on superslim ... but suffers from same restrictions as comgenies ... any idea why anyone (can't access lots of folders) also Neo Tanks v0.3 by ThatOtherPerson and Scogger HD v0.1 by Scognito below.

Links to iso's: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]

Install package files homebrew runs from iso & reads usb ...goes to restart ps3 and just goes to xmb .. no package ??? needs tweaking for 4.46.

New ripp3r will be released for homebrew apps and games without the need for ird's, but home brew needs a bit of tinkering with. first the eboot use scetool in command line and enter:

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that's the eboot sorted !!!!

next you need a lic.dat & PS3_DISC.SFB edited in hex with the game id changed to your homebrew's... then edit the param.sfo to DG (Disc game) ... make sure you have the right folder structure for a game disk and use ripp3r to make iso.

From the 3K3y Team: Ripp3r software coming for 3k3y this week!

New Ripp3r software coming this week! This is a major update with 3 new killer features:

  • IRD files no longer needed for rebuilding 'jailbreak/scene' rips!
  • Build homebrew ISOs!
  • Build ISOs from PSN games!

Another update from the 3K3y Team: 3K3y Firmware 2.01 released

3K3y Firmware 2.01 released! From this version the disk key is automatically detected.

Download: 3k3y_firmware_02_01.zip‎

  • Merge 3Dump and NoKeys
  • Support for for PSX img/bin/cue files
  • Improved support for PSX img/bin/cue files
  • Support for homebrew/no IRD game ISOs
  • Override drive type in 3Key.cfg (3Dump only)
  • Improve bad BD handling
  • Improved ISO detection time (400X)
  • Remove Autoeject & D1 options from 3key.cfg
  • Add support for gyo.db & auto detection of disk key

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#85 - PS3 News - 65w ago
Below are some new details and pics from bubba / Scrano and video footage on the 3K3y ODDE Web Interface and more, as follows:


  • AES encryption in HW to allow playback of unencrypted ISOs.
  • Superslim adapters are in mass production.
  • Boot decrypted ISOs.
  • 698 IRD files for 672 game. (around 10 games a day)
  • App for android/ipod/ipad working = [Register or Login to view links] (you will need to use 01.99B6A firmware). You can choose to use the Web app or just your Ip and magic happens. See Web interface.
  • Superslim production devices = Done.
  • Passthru & emulation are working. Final test was update = Done and working.

The Web interface that you can use with any of your devices. Android/Ipod/Ipad/etc you can control all from there.

Here is the adapter install on 4Xxx, red & black go to main 3K PCB:

3k3ystart, 3k3y 4k Superslim Review and 3k3yhomebrew Videos by harryoke

There might be another way but this is how I achieved it. Before you start update the game via PSN. Then follow these steps:

1. download the pkg & edat fix (found on various forums)
2. extract pkg to a folder
3. replace edat file with the fixed one
4. place folder on usb/external (mine was BLES01717)
5. launch filemanger homebrew from 3k3y
6. copy folder from usb to dev_hdd0/game
7. turn off ps3 and put into recovery menu
8. restore filesytem
9. rebuild database and your done... enjoy free DLC working 100% online.

Another video for you showing the xmb iso selector ... No more having to choose the game/homebrew from the crystal display adaptor: 3k3y ISO menu test

PS1 games booting on 3k3y enjoy

Here is another video by harryoke showing a PSN game running in ISO format from external harddrive using 3K3y.

3k3y Running PSN HOTLINE MIAMI Game on External as .ISO

More sales propaganda from bubba: Seems to be a lot of confusion about when 3k3y will be ready for your model

3k3y team have figured out how to use the device without KEYs, which means you can use the device on OFW, tested up to 4.46 firmware. There are 2 motherboard types

  • 3k3y Fat, for PATA based consoles (fat consoles with the really wide ribbon cable coming off the DVD drive)
  • 3k3y-S (3k3y Sata Slim) for All other units, including Fat consoles which have a Sata dvd drive.

The Sata Fat consoles, and the 2000/2100 models have the Blu ray drive board INSIDE the Blu Ray drive. This means the 3k3y can sit in the middle and is solderless. The 2.5k, 3k, and 4k models all have the Blu Ray drive board inbuilt into the motherboard. The Blu Ray drive using just holds the motor, and laser.

The laser cable goes directly to the motherboard. For this reason you will need to solder the adapter board onto the motherboard. For this reason the 3k3y team have made 1 x main board for Sata based models, and are making 3 different adapter boards for these models. The adapter boards are just attachments (daughter boards if you will). Details of the progress are below:

3k3y Fat (aka 3k3y PATA) - Available


Works on models



3K3Y-S for Sata Phats, and 2000/2100 - ALMOST READY, ETA MID AUGUST


Works on:

CECHL (open to make sure its sata model, might be PATA)


CECH 20xxx
CECH 21xxx


REQUIRES SOLDERING to motherboard to attach the 3k3y to the drive interface

Works on:


CECH 25xxx
CECH 30xxx

3K3Y-S for super slim 400x models - In production - 12th of August

REQUIRES SOLDERING to motherboard to attach the 3k3y to the drive interface

Works on:


CECH 40xxx

Update: 3K3y: Firmware v2.00 Final (SATA/PATA) Released

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You want Superlim PS3 support or a tight webinterface? You got it! See all the other most recent changes that come with the 3k3y fw 2.00 attached below:

Firmware 2.00 - This update is currently only for 3k3y Fat, and the New 3k3y for 4000 models. Do not update to this if you have a 3k3y for 2000 model (New firmware for 2000 models will come out in a couple of weeks when the new adapter boards are ready for this model)

  • This is 3k3y update and contains 2 x different FPGA updates.
  • 1 of the fpga updates is for Fat 3k3ys with PATA drives(this is in the 3KF FPGA folder)
  • 1 of the fpga updates is for the 3k3y-S for 4000 models (this is in the 3KS FPGA folder)
  • If you apply the update on the wrong motherboard type it will brick your device.

NOTE: You need to get the D1 of the original game you use as a boot disk (use the Ripp3r to view the IRD, its on Tab3 Authorizations and labelled data 1), put that in the 3Key.cfg and update

In the 3key.cfg you will see a line like this:

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Replace 'YOUR_GAME_DISK_D1' with the D1 for your game disk

NOTE2: I had to change the way the ISO Menu works, you must open the image full screen for 3K3y to select it.

3k3y Firmware UPDATE v2.00


1. Extract the files "rootfs", "uImage" , "fpga.vme" and "3key.cfg" (please use the appropriate fpga.vme for your 3k3y type)

2. Open 3key.cfg with Notepad and configure it if needed. If you do not wish to change the settings on your 3k3y then you do not need to edit OR update your 3k3y with this file, leave it out!

2.1 Add the files to the root folder of a Flash Drive or HDD. (Make sure to "eject" the drive properly from the PC, it may otherwise cause corrupt files)

3. Connect the Flash drive or HDD to your 3k3y remote and wait for the 3k3y to start the update.
3.1 The remote OLED will now display "UPDATING - PLEASE WAIT" for about 35 seconds. (Do not turn off your PS3 or disconnect the remote while updating. FPGA updates will take a little longer)

4. Once the update is completed, the OLED will display "UPDATE COMPLETE - RESET" Reboot your PS3 and the 3k3y should now be updated to the latest firmware.

5. That's it! Continue to enjoy using 3k3y with the new features!

NOTE! If you use the same drive as you store content on to do the update with, then its recommended (not needed) to remove the "rootfs", "uImage" & "3key.cfg" from the root of your drive after a firmware update. Since keeping them there will cause the 3k3y to check the files if they are a newer firmware version then stored on your 3k3y micro SD card, and because of that take longer time for your HDD to be recognized.

[20/02/13] v01.02 Added support for BLD/BLF ISO files
[03/03/13] v01.03B2 Fix for older PS3s
[04/03/13] v01.04 Enhanced stealth
[14/03/13] v01.05 XML root node fix
[04/05/13] v01.07 3KS support


  • Fix for error 8001050F
  • Add Web Interface
  • Add eject physical disk when emulation is idle
  • Add diags via on board LED (1-Passthru, 2-Emu, 3-Bad FPGA, 4-Bad BD)
  • Add Alt D1 to 3k3y.cfg / About Info
  • Add option to use PC generated ISO MENU in 3k3y.cfg (experimental)
  • Add option to boot decrypted ISOs
  • Support for Super Slim
  • Add Advanced LED diagnostics
  • Fix remote with bad FPGA version

3k3y-S 4k Install Guide PDF is also attached below: 3k3y-S for PS3 Super Slim (CECH-4xxx aka 4k). Note: This installation requires soldering.

Remember this for-profit commercial product is being peddled by PS3 scene profiteer Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA) who is also behind the True Blue DRM-infected dongles with financial backer Max Louarn (convicted Phone Card scammer) and manufactured by Xecuter con-artist extraordinaire Paul Owen who also illegally manufactured PS2 mod-chip circumvention devices under the NeoTechnology brand name.

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#84 - PS3 News - 68w ago
No Keys Firmware as Public Beta is Released for 3K3y ODE Phat Models today, with details below from PS3 scene profiteer Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA):

It been a long time coming, but finally the Phat model of the 3k3y ODE can now support usage on any PS3 OFW firmware, without downgrading first to CFW v3.55, as there is now no need (with this 'public beta' firmware released) to extract your unique Blu-Ray drive key out of your PS3 console.

Of course this means some changes in the operation of the 3k3y, you will now need an original game disc in your tray, and there is currently some more steps in decrypting your game disc and rebuilding it with your IRD_FIles, but the 3k3y coder says they are working on removing some steps and making it easier for you and this just an 'public beta' to prove you no longer need any 'keys' to be extracted from your PS3, making it of course much more useful as it can now be installed on any OFW firmware, next step is to see this get released for the 3k3y Slim ODE and for their SuperSlim adapter to be released.

Below are additional details from TheArtificer (via k3yforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=11595) on 3K3y Fat 'No Keys' Public Beta, as follows:

DO NOT use this on XK3y, 3K3y-S Slim or anything else.

This update requires that you have an original game disk and that you have a matching IRD file for that game disk. You can make one yourself with the 3K3y Ripper HW or download one from here: 3k3y.com/ird_files/

The Goodies:


  • Firmware update (01.99B4), apply as usual
  • FPGA update (01.06), apply as usual


  • Ripper 1.22, install this on your PC

You may also be interested in the 3K3y Ripper Manual: xkeydownloads.com/ps3firmware/3K3y%20Ripper%20User%20Manual%20V2.1.pdf

Preparing Your ISOs

For this release it is necessary to re-encrypt your game ISOs using the IRD file of your original game disk.

1) Obtain an IRD file for your game disk
2) Enable the custom D1 option in the Ripper (menu Tools|Options)
3) Decrypt your ISO
4) Re-encrypt your decrypted ISO from step 3. When prompted for a D1 select the IRD from step 1.

Keep the decrypted ISOs if you can, the next major update will remove the need for step (3)

When Custom D1 is enabled the Ripper will also allow you to use the original game IRD file during the ISO rebuild process directly. This will make life easier if you are creating a lot of ISOs.

Using 3K3y

There is one main difference when using 3K3y with this FW. When you select a PS3 game ISO you must insert your original game disk. If the disk is already inserted it will be detected, if it is not you will be prompted to insert it. The remote will display a message asking for a PS3 game disk and the blue disk status LED on the PS3 will blink 3 times

A new cfg option has been added, AUTOEJECT=Y/N, setting it to Y will cause the BD drive to eject the game disk after ISO play back has started. Useful since 3K starts in passthru mode if you power on with a disk inserted

From PS3 scene profiteer Paul Owen on his PS3 protection scheme circumvention device:

All current PATA (fat) 3k3ys on the market can be easily updated to this firmware via USB once the device is installed in your system.

Remember to read what TA has written above carefully before asking questions. And... Have fun (while we continue to profit off the PS3 scene).

Not sure if there is a way around it, however you can just leave the disc in there, no need to eject it, you can switch ISOs 100000 times without getting up. You only need to insert the disc after the console is on. The 3k3y will not prompt for the disc after the game is selected if it is already in there.

There is a setting in the config file that will auto EJECT the disc after you go into the game if you want to enable that. The only reason we enabed this feature is that if you leave a disc in there when you turn off your PS3, and turn it back on ti will boot into passthrough mode.

It is up to you if you want to enable the feature or not however.

Finally, from naehrwert and zecoxao respectively:

For those interested (although this has been known for a couple of days now) oh, and good luck getting it to work without the disk hehehehehe

Update: From TheArtificer (via k3yforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=71434#p71434) comes an FCEU NES emulator for PS3, tested and working on 4.46 OFW.

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1) Download & unzip
2a) 3Dump FW users should encrypt using the Ripper
2b) No Keys FW users should encrypt using the Ripper + IRD for their game disk
3) Enjoy crap games from the last century

3k3y. 3k3y-S Slim install Tutorial. Play Ps3 games from a Hard drive

Superslim daughter board for 3k3y SATA

The 3k3y team have finally released a picture of the SuperSlim Add-On board for their ODE that will be shipping soon, which allows owners of 3k3y ODE to use it on their 4000 series of PS3's console.

s3nint3!As you can notice from the above picture, there will be a total of Eight Quick Solder Points to perform to securely attach the XK2 ODE add-on board to your SuperSlim PS3 motherboard, along with some simple flat ribbon cables running to main 3k3y hardware module.

XK2?! We receive many questions about XK2 after announcing "XK2 support" with the v2.00+ firmwares for Xk3y.

XK2 is a daughter board for 3k3y SATA. Thats right - 3k3y SATA now works with SATA PS3's *including Super Slim* AND Xbox 360!

The functionality is exactly the same as for the standard Xk3y and we will continue manufacturing both as 3k3y SATA + XK2 daughter board will inevitably be more expensive than the standard Xk3y hardware.

From bubba: 3k3y Team is making the video today on SuperSlim with HomeBrew later today.

3k3y: Game & Homebrew Loading on SUPERSLIM!

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#83 - PS3 News - 74w ago
Below is the PS3 3k3y Ripp3r v1.20 Source and v1.21 for those interested with the changes, as follows:

Note: This requires .NET 4.0. New in this release: Fixes a bug when reading a file across a sector boundary from a Blu-ray disc.

From UglyClicker: Ripp3r version 1.21

A new version of the Ripp3r application 1.21 has arrived. Version 1.21 is a bugfix release, which fixes a bug when reading a file across a sector boundary from a Blu-ray disc.


  • The application used to crash when reading from a disc failed, that's fixed
  • The IrdViewer could be very slow when loading big files. It's still slow, but now it's not freezing the application anymore
  • We removed all obfuscation and packers from the releases, and the sources are attached!

Update: From modrobert: I just got info from a trusted source close to Team 3k3y that drive key extraction is now supported on all PS3 models, including Super Slim (CECH-40xx).

This has now been officially confirmed, though I incorrectly assumed the drive key can be extracted on all models, apparently there is no need for key extraction to solve this problem. Firmware updates for both PATA and SATA versions of 3k3y with support for all PS3 models will be released soon.

3k3y now working with ALL MODELS, INCLUDING SUPERSLIM! (via facebook.com/x360key/posts/599941876705028)

The long wait is over - there is now no need for CFW for key extraction. We will release firmware updates for both PATA and SATA versions in the coming week.

3K3y update:

  • Super Slim adapters are now being manufactured, ETA 2 weeks
  • Homebrew loading now working
  • Feature added: Region lock removal
  • A new 3K3y FAT update is now in beta testing. With this firmware there is no longer any need for CFW to dump the drive key.

From bubba: We now have games booting on all PS3s, that includes 30xx and 40xx (Superslims). More news soon.

I tested the new firmware!!! Yes NO More Drive Key Woot.. I took a Ps3 yesterday on OFW 4.46 put the 3K3y in it my sons PS3 (He was mad) bc he didn't want to get banned! but guess what, it worked and my son is still online playing... and its a backup game.

  • 3KF works without keys. Superslim in < 2 weeks, 200x etc etc soon after.
  • XK2, 3KS and UK3Y will likely all be the same main PCB.
  • Just add adapter.
  • 250x, 300x & superslim all need soldering
  • 8 signal points on QSB
  • Plus GND, 5V
  • Plus 1 wire for superslim

Video is Coming Soon.

Note: This is how Cobra ODE is doing theirs (same hack) when they said they have it hack on 3xxx, 4xxx also.. but we are faster on the gun

You will need a disc in the drive for this new hack to work..!!! That goes for Cobra ODE also!!! 3K3y team is trying to work it out right now... with no disc in the drive.

From zecoxao: I take few people gave a real hard look at naehrwert's meme pic? that's how the thing works. auth_drive_user is probably a function to authenticate the bdrive. since he said it doesn't use eid4, you can assume two things:

1- it doesn't use perconsole keys and derivatives
2- it probably uses keys associated with the bddrive modules (sv_iso_spu_module keys, not perconsole)

You tell this to any other people who understand how to make an ODE and you got loads of ODEs appearing (the clones). you also have a nice clean patch by Sony and it's game over for the odes on unhackables, at least until the most current version.

3k3y-S Install Guide

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3k3y (SATA) install guide for PS3 CECH20xx and CECH21xx.

3k3y Ripp3r Guide v2.1

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3k3y Ripper User Manual for slim and fat PS3 consoles. Note: Please make sure you the correct cable for slim consoles.

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