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129w ago - Today we received word from Dutch site [Register or Login to view links] (ConsoleWinkel) of a rumor that a Sony PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB is currently in development which will allow users to unlock their PlayStation 3 console without the use of Custom Firmware or dongles.

Reportedly they have been in contact with [Register or Login to view links] who stated a team (possibly the Wasabi or Drivekey team) is working on the PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB that is slated for release later this year.

They have also speculated via e-mail that the project has been kept under tight wraps due to Sony being unable to stop this new PS3 hack via Firmware updates, meaning once it becomes public Sony's legal team will be on the warpath in full force.

Below are some concept pictures (not actual finished product pictures) from their site and the details, roughly translated as follows:

"PlayStation 3 drive emulation

No hacking, no flashing, no modding. Emulation is the future. A team is currently working on a new hack for the PlayStation 3.

The Blu-ray player, Sony's PCB has been cracked and costs can thus be gekloont. The team probably Wasabi or Wiikey team is currently working on this for the board to connect to an external HDD.

This can be downloaded games played as Wasabi360 and Xkey for the XBox 360.

A major retailer in China has also indicated that this year is released."

Finally, China Distribution has replied to an e-mail from hitman43 (via modcontrol.com/Board/187984-post1.html) as follows:

"Zitat: Hi,

i didn't know anything about this product, i don't know why people ARE thinking we are behind this device,

regards

ChinaDistribution"

It is unknown whether the person responding is unaware of the rumored PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB in development, or if they are simply attempting to keep things quiet and avoid any legal hassles from Sony... only time will tell for sure.






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#102 - PS3 News - 18w ago
Below is the 3K3y Firmware v2.10 and v2.11 Public Beta with details from ModRobert as follows:

Download: 3k3y_v2_10_public_beta.zip / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / 3k3y_v2_11_public_beta.zip

Notes for 3K3y Firmware v2.10 Public Beta:

For now, while waiting for 3k3y isotools swap disk support, you can use the Cobra ODE Bypass 4.55 tools to create swap ISO file.

Burn with ImgBurn, use quality BD-R, Ritek worked fine for me. I've read some claim BD-RE will work, but not in my tests, I tried with Verbatim BD-RE (rewritable) and it failed. Also, make sure you use an original game disk which is single layer (25GB), check the Cobra Anti-ODE security bypass manual for more info.

Setting SWAPTIMEOUT over 30 seconds made the PS3 XMB freeze, that is the reason I limit it to 25 seconds. If you get freeze problem in XMB, try lowering the value, or remove the SWAPTIMEOUT setting in 3key.cfg, then it will default to 15 seconds.

The remote display will show "Load SWP disk" or "Load PS3 disk" when the time comes, you need to quickly open the cover/lid and swap to the requested disc and close the cover before SWAPTIMEOUT reaches zero, if too slow the PS3 XMB will detect the open cover switch and give error, in this case try to start over, if that also fails, power off the PS3 and restart.

If you don't own a 3k3y remote you need to pay attention when the motor stops, but this can be tricky, hopefully someone with a remote can post a video on YouTube so you get an idea how the swap is done. During game updates the BD drive can stop without actually requiring the swap disk, if so just leave the PS3 disk in there when updates are installing on the XMB screen.

When installing a PS3 game update there will be several swaps between SWP (swap) disc and PS3 (original) disc, also, after a game has an update installed on the PS3 hard drive, there will be one extra swap to insert original disc during normal gameplay.

If you manage to screw up the swapping, or if it fails by itself, turn off the PS3 super slim using power button and start over. Pay attention to drive motor sound and be careful, since it can spin with open lid theoretically due to the cover switch handling by 3k3y. If a PS3 game update was installing during a bad swap you might have to delete it in XMB, because the update file can be corrupt (signed with the wrong disk loaded).

3K3y Firmware v2.10 Public Beta Changelog:

  • Cobra 4.55 ISO tools supprt, COBRAISO=Y setting added to 3key.cfg

3K3y Firmware v2.11 Public Beta Changelog:

  • Fix for 3Dump.bin users on OFW 4.55, game updates and quit game works, FIX3DUMP=Y setting added to 3key.cfg.

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#101 - jjoseca - 35w ago
thanks again

Also the 3K3y v2.08 Beta for PS3 Super Slim is announced:

After a few busy days of developing (and hacking) I'm proud to announce 3K3y v2.08 Beta.

3K3y v2.08 Beta PS3 Super Slim (4k) changelog:

  • OFW 4.55 swap disc support with game updates working
  • No wire/soldering required for cover switch handling
  • SWAPTRICK=Y setting added to 3key.cfg
  • SWAPTIMEOUT=xx (between 5 - 25 seconds) setting added to 3key.cfg
  • Optional LANGUAGE=P0T setting added to 3key.cfg, giving P0T-NOoDLE font on the remote display in English (Thanks Sir Garbagetruck aka Lastebil for the heads up)

This list might change before public beta and final release.

UglyClicker is working on the swap disc support in 3k3y IsoTools, so that should be ready in time for public release.

Unfortunately my attempts to solve the 'game update' and 'quit game' freeze problems for 3Dump.bin users (who have drive key) failed, so I doubt any fix for that will make it into this release.

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#100 - PS3 News - 36w ago
3K3y Users: Stay Away from OFW 4.55, 3K3y IsoTools v1.34.9 Out!

To quote from modrobert: After reading the news about Cobra ODE failing for some PS3 models I sacrificed a 3k3y 3KR (3KS-R) install on a PS3 Super Slim (4k), updated to OFW 4.55, and it failed to load GTA5 after that (just hangs in XMB)!

So, for now, don't update to OFW 4.55. Only 'pass-thru' mode works so far in my tests on OFW 4.55, will try some more games.

Users with older fat PS3 consoles have reported success with 3k3y on OFW 4.55, so this seem to affect newer consoles, as Team Cobra suggested.





IsoTools 1.34.9 by UglyClicker

As requested by a vast amount of users, here is the update notification for the new version of IsoTools.

The new version will automatically install when you open IsoTools. As of now, only version 9 IRD files can be uploaded, you can also download the package manually:

Download: IsoTools-1.34.9.rar / IsoTools-Binaries-1.34.9.zip

1.34.9

  • Fixed exception when ejecting a disc

2014-02-12: Do NOT update to firmware 4.55

As many of you already know, Sony released update 4.55, which apparently blocks the 3k3y, Cobra and E3. We are looking for a solution. In the mean time, do NOT update, and monitor the forums for progress.

2014-05-06: 3K3y: Firmware 4.55 update

We have been looking into a solution that doesnt require a boot disk, but unfortunately we have not had any success yet. We will now make an update (with swap) for 4.55 users.

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#99 - tidus90 - 38w ago
Hello everyone, there is a method to change the psn id on the console with 3k3y?

I've already tried IDPs dumper but nothing, I also tried to install psidpatch from multiman but it did not work. What can I do?

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#98 - PS3 News - 47w ago
Below are the IsoTools 1.34 - IsoTools 1.34.6 & 1.34.8 updates from UglyClicker alongside 3Key Firmware 2.07, as follows:

1.34.3:

  • Updated IRD version to 9, no changes, but a lot easier method to calculate the hash
  • Fixed auto upload IRD file
  • Manager ISO now contains PS1/PS2 games as well
  • Fixed video while mounting a game (thanks Harryoke)
  • Extract ISO now also extracts zero byte files
  • Fixed crash after extraction
  • Create ISO (homebrew) now always creates a correct disc, even with a small amount of files (couldn't open the disc in IsoBuster for instance)
  • Add support to make an empty update region (saves 256 MB of zeroes). This only works in homebrew/manager isos when no update file exists.
  • Add a check to fix invalid marked ISO files (encrypted while data is decrypted, and vice versa)
  • Added sortorder on none/date/filename while creating manager iso (in settings)
  • Fixed boolean arguments in isotoolscon
  • Fixed wrong path in IsoCreator under Mono (when running under linux)
  • Added JB Validator to validate a JB rip against an IRD file (same process when you create an ISO with IRD).
  • Fixed IsoMenuCreator
  • Merged IsoMenuCreator and IsoTools:
  • IsoTools only supports PS3 isos (interface limitation, not a code limitation)
  • IsoMenuCreator supports both PS3 and XBOX isos, xk3y firmware still needs support for this

1.34.4 - Bugfix release:

  • Fixed issue with 3K3Y Manager and > 50 games
  • PS1/PS2 game detection improved

27/11/13 - 3K3y firmware update 2.07:

Note: If you ever want to generate the latest gyo.db in real time (3k3y.com/ird_files/gyo) and update your 3k3y with the file it generates.

Download: 02.07.zip

New Features:

  • Improved handling of PS3 Extra menu ISO
  • Support for PS3 4004
  • Improved handling of PS3 Extra menu ISO (logical partition)
  • Removed requirement for PS3 boot disk when loading PS3 Extra menu
  • Dont eject disk when console sends stop/start cmd (308R/310R)

3k3y firmware UPDATE v2.07:

Instructions

1. Extract the files "rootfs", "uImage" ,, "3key.cfg" and "gyo.db" (the fpga updates are not included in this update. If you already did the latest fpga updates from 2.02 or bought your 3k3y recently you don't need to update again. If your FPGA is not up to date please download 2.02 and use the fpga from there. Why is it left out? People are not reading and doing the wrong updates so this will filter some of them out!)

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" and any other files 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.

Full Changelog:

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3K3y IsoTools v1.34.6:

Download: 3k3y_isotools_v1_34_6.zip‎

3k3y IsoTools (aka 3k3y Ripp3r v) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0.

New in this release: Fixed downloading 0 byte images/XML for static ISO menu. Fixed loading games using static menu/Manager menu. Fixed issue with 3k3y Manager and over 50 games. PS1/PS2 game detection improved.

1.34.6 - Bugfix release:

  • Fixed downloading images/xml (no more 0 byte files), manually remove the 0 byte files

3K3y IsoTools v1.34.8:

Download: IsoTools-1.34.8.rar‎ / IsoTools-Binaries-1.34.8.zip‎

As requested by a vast amount of users, here is the update notification for the new version of IsoTools.

The new version will automatically install when you open IsoTools. As of now, only version 9 IRD files can be uploaded, you can also download the package manually:

1.34.7

  • Use covers if no wallpaper is available for PS3_EXTRA menu
  • Fixed issue in some PSX games for the ISO menus (like Tekken 3)
  • Added identify ISO
  • Added warning when decrypted ISO is NOT checked (everybody should enable that!)
  • Added check for missing bin files (in case the cue contains an invalid path)
  • Use HTTP 1.0 protocol with KeepAlive disabled to prevent certain download errors

1.34.8

  • Extract wallpaper file for static iso menu when downloading cover fails
  • Fixed issue with ISO crypto function
  • Fixed exception when open links from the log window
  • Do not upload IRD after failed rip
  • Do not cut off PSN titles (let me know if this causes any problems!)

3K3y IRD2Key v1.0.0.0 by fr3nsis (via francesco-pompili.it/index.php/4-3k3y-ird2key-dowloader-converter.html)

Download: 3K3y IRD2Key v1.0.0.0

DOWLOADER & CONVERTER app for Windows which automatically creates ODE "key" file for unsupported games.

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