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

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125w 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,



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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tickford's Avatar
#62 - tickford - 100w ago
Good news for people that want an easy solution... if its anything like the Xk3y for 360 should be a hit.

niwakun's Avatar
#61 - niwakun - 100w ago
Yeah it can be patched, specially that BD drive had it's own firmware and it is highly updatable every PS3 update, unlike xbox360 and Wii which is not really that feasible to update with.

as far as I know, 3key intercept the communication between the BD drive and the PS3's Motherboard. If 3Key emulates the blu-ray drive itself by making a copy of the BD Drive's firmware with everything, then it's highly unlikely to be patched via software.

NotJustAnyRob's Avatar
#60 - NotJustAnyRob - 100w ago
Lol, and how is the scene supposed to make progress if every significant discovery is kept private?

Any kind of exploit can be patched but if you use that excuse then nothing is ever going to be released.
It's easy.

BluRay's Avatar
#59 - BluRay - 100w ago
Just because it isn't stupid-proof, doesn't mean its crap. DEX allows you to do much more and its brick can be recovered by using a Flasher, actually, you can easily avoid it by reading tutorials and not being mentally challenged.

niwakun's Avatar
#58 - niwakun - 100w ago
you forgot the important thing. You cant run unsigned code on Official Firmware, also it makes the private keys we have in 3.55 or lower blocked. So how the hell they can execute it, you are even required to downgrade to 3.55 just to grab the BD keys.

Well unless you are in DEX, maybe all of those doesn't matter anymore since you can execute signed and unsigned codes.

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