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Rumor: Sony PS3 Blu-ray Drive Emulation PCB in Development


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117w 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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snukixl's Avatar
#12 - snukixl - 117w ago
Looks to me like an old IDE drive with a sata adapter.
It doesn't look like it is check the pins on the pcb.

There it is the adapter only color is different same components

elser1's Avatar
#11 - elser1 - 117w ago
this will be great if its true and if boss has faith then i do too. i only use psn ps3 anyways and am waiting hard for ps4 but still great news.. good stuff!!

Dizzny's Avatar
#10 - Dizzny - 117w ago
That is true, as is what happens to all game consoles... the original Xbox started with mod chips, does anyone remember the "Aladdin 2" chips? I use to install these, and it modded the xbox to do such wonderful things. Since those times, they have figured out how to do everything I did with these chips in a software mod only... ending of a most profound time.

The same with the Wii, starting out with chips and hardware mods, now completely softmods. Soon the PS3 will follow suite, ending the need for any physical modifications, the end of an era. But fear not my friends, for we are at the dawning of a new age, with all new systems to exploit!

Neo Cyrus's Avatar
#9 - Neo Cyrus - 117w ago
The PS3 is at the end of it's life, so if this is true... about time. I'm blown away that they've managed to delay the next consoles until winter 2013.

PS3 News's Avatar
#8 - PS3 News - 117w ago
That's my take on it also, the pics are just random filler ones at the moment... I did hear about this from another source (besides the one in the article) but couldn't mention it until someone else leaked it out first so I definitely don't believe it's fake, however only time will tell and everyone is entitled to their own opinion on it's validity of course.

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