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


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139w 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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#75 - NTA - 103w ago
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haha. there has to be some bad for the good

#74 - dsavage - 103w ago
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lol at this. screw these people, always looking to profit off the scene.

thank god for cfw.

#73 - elser1 - 103w ago
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at least something new is around. i dont like the greed of these people, so i will wait for a diy solution. thanks!

#72 - racer0018 - 103w ago
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I would like to get a hold of them to see if i could test this and do a review on this. However when you go to their contact page nothing shows up when you type it in the areas. Oh well i guess we will have to wait and see. thanks

#71 - PS3 News - 103w ago
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They are marketing it as being able to "run all your PS3 game backups in ISO format directly from any USB HDD no matter what PS3 firmware you have" according to the YouTube video, however, currently the required key extraction is limited to 3.55 or below models so if/when this materializes for 3.55+ consoles it may be useful to PlayStation 3 scene developers to examine.

Of course I'd hold off until the suckers blow their cash on it, then history will repeat itself once again with a free PS3 scene solution surfacing just like was done to the TB fixes, etc.

Their claim is that it can't be done without hardware (just like was stated and later debunked about the dongle), so why not release all the related diagrams, pin-outs/schematics, and a DIY parts list to an open source alternative for free if this is the case? They want to cash in once again is the most likely answer, however, as always good things come to those who wait.

 

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