84w ago - Today we received word from Dutch site OmbouWnederland.nl (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 ChinaDistrib.com 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:
i didn't know anything about this product, i don't know why people ARE thinking we are behind this device,
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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It is 100% fake, in the picture you can see a simple SATA to PATA converter. Has no sense for this project use a PATA HD. Also the a small single chip as in the picture is too small for emulate completely a BD subsystem, at least we need a external RAM and FLASH to be done.
In any case in theory this solution, as the WODE DVD emulation will be possible, but it need that the protection system will be emulate too. Due the protection system is not known, is not possible to create an emulator that emulate BD with protection subsystem. Need more road...
prohpet, atm its the only shown hope for people who wants to play there games from hdd. i am waiting since months for a cfw, or other things to play my games from a hdd.
if this is real, and will lead to the point that i can place all my games on a hdd. i will use it. if there will be a custom firmware faster then this, i will check it and use it.
whatever comes first, to solve my problems, i will use it. but for real, many people saying many things, and you are a person who is legit to his words. but i don't see much from you all. but these china dudes, are crazy, many things like this dongle and so one, are coming from these freaks. so my opinion about it, is "this is real, no fake".
cfwprophet How's the pace in the underground right now? I'm curious since in public side, there is almost nothing to tell if there is good progress, no progress, or maybe dead ends. Just wondering if I should expect Liberation Day to happen sometime before ... this Christmas? ^^
No Hacking and No CFW needed, emulation is the future ? Yea but just for pirating games. No benefit of homebrew or something like that. And by the way bootloader exploit is already in work same as now some dev's asked team ac1d to hold back the cex2dex tool. Anyway so we have more time to work on other things and the scene is finally again working together, even if it is underground and not in public but real good and great things will be coming this year. Till this bd emu chip is out it will be overpriced crap.