32w ago - Following up on the previous update, today the PS3 3K3y Team have made available a video, the official features and release date of 12-12-12 for those interested below.
To quote: PS3 3K3y Features:
Play your PS3, PS2 and PSX games from any USB media!
No custom firmware required for operation* - you can update to the latest official firmware for PSN access
Integrated game ripper
User friendly intuitive interface
No soldering required
Compatible with both Fat and Slim models
Supports most file systems, including NTFS, EXT2/3/4, and Mac OS X Extended
High speed USB2 interface
Powerful embedded Linux system running from Micro SD card (included)
Linux firmware fully updatable from USB media
FPGA fully updatable from USB media via built-in, in-system JTAG programming
Recovery mode - it is always possible to recover from a bad flash Update your PS3 as normal, no CFW or game patching required
Pass-through mode. (Use your PS3 in "normal mode")
* Currently firmware 3.55 is required for exctracting the drive key. Once the key has been extracted the PS3 can be updated to any official or custom firmware. We are working on hardware methods for extracting keys from PS3's already on 4.x firmware.
PS3 3K3y How It Works:
3k3y is an optical disk drive emulator for the PlayStation 3 video game console. It is installed between the genuine Blu-ray drive and the PS3 motherboard.
Once 3k3y is successfully installed and configured it can be used to make backups of your original PS3 game disks to USB media, and play those backups from USB media without the need of the original game disk.
Several games can be backed up to a single USB media, making it ideal as a 'jukebox' for hardcore gamers as well as for families with children too young to handle bluray discs with appropriate care.
3k3y works with most PS3 models, however there are a few exceptions, most notably the new super slim model and all PS3s which comes with firmware 4.xx (after retrieving the drive key the PS3 can be upgraded to any firmware). We are working to add support for these PS3's but you are adviced to consult with your reseller if you are in doubt whether your PS3 is compatible with 3k3y or not.
Finally, 3K3Y has detailed pricing at a costly USD $129 for those who can't wait for free PlayStation 3 scene solutions, new PS3 key leaks, CEX and DEX fixes, etc.
Shortly following, a bit more information about 3K3y and 3Dump (via consolecrunch.com/more-information-about-3k3y-3dump-coming-soon/) surfaced, to quote:
Following up on the previous update, today the 3K3y Team shows us a picture of their future release application called 3Dump that allows you to dump the key that is needed to use the 3K3y.
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But it still needs 3.55 and on 3.55 you can convert console to DEX and play nearly every new game. So, unless they make an 4.xx+ solution, it's not much of use to the end-user (although it's a quite a breakthrough in PS3 scene, glad to see smth like WODE)
Thankfully, myself anyways, I've always kept complete clean dumps in a folder. All the updates and patched eboots and stuff I keep separate. Always a good idea to keep clean copies just in case of something like this. However, I'm guessing it won't be very hard to find clean eboots anywhere. Likely see some collection somewhere posting them up.
Some more details from modrobert: I've just got verified that 3k3y will use the old ISO backup format for games, not the decrypted PSJB format. So we finally get 1:1 game dumps again, great news for the release groups.
Using PS3 Linux the games can be dumped with the following command:
dd if=/dev/cdrom of=game.iso
As it was done years before PSJB (first USB dongle) was introduced. Video will be released on Saturday or Monday.
From Mistawes comes a (slightly related) Homebrew from BD on PS3 video:
From deank (via ps3crunch.net/forum/threads/4969-UPDATED?p=53872#post53872): You can also dump discs to ISO format in multiMAN (since version 02.07.00) when you enable Direct-Disc-Access-Mode (DDAM). It will create the same 1:1 encrypted ISO as what you get in linux or on the PC with blu-ray drive.
Are you sure that the ISOs will be 1:1 sector copies (ENCRYPTED). Because it is possible to have it in ISO, but already decrypted.
In the second case I see no reason why homebrew apps won't work You can always re-package a homebrew in disc format. Homebrew apps will need some tweaks and changes, but basically all of them can be converted to ISO.
It doesn't matter what the PS3 supports. The ODD software handles the external HDD file system and it can be ntfs, ext or whatever they decided to support.
Why would you have to resign everything? You can play the disc with Assassin's Creed 1 on firmwares 1.90-4.30 can't you and it is signed with known older keys. There are tools (like make_self) which in their latest versions produce 1:1 self files as if signed by Sony itself.
That's why I see no reason why a homebrew (Showtime or Retroarch) won't work - that is if ODDE supports decrypted ISOs. If it requires ISOs which still have the disc-layer-encryption then I'm not sure... Right, for it to work you'll need the key to create authenticated discs (just like the key found in ps3gen dll for masterdisc encryption). Then you create an ISO and it will work with 3k3y.
The decryption of the encrypted sectors (the disc-layer-protection) is handled by the BD-ROM drive after the disc is authenticated, so I guess it is possible to spoof some of the atapi communication so you can read from a plain (non-encrypted) ISO. Just my 2 cents...
The fact remains that you have to dump your original game disc to 1:1 ISO.... I don't have a BD-ROM drive in my PCs, so how can I do that? I'm on 3.55 so I can dump my current discs, but later on it won't be possible. (Buy a BD-ROM drive, Dean! Really.).
Basically it is a good thing since you can play all the games you bought after you rip them to ISO (no piracy here, unless you download ISOs of games you don't actually own). The downside is no homebrew - as simple as that.
Just as a simple POC, here is mM repackaged as PS3 Game Disc (Game):
If you somehow find a way to burn it to a genuine PS3 disc or use another way of redirecting your BD-Drive to an ISO you'll see how it works. It behaves as a regular PS3 game, it doesn't require a previous mM installation (like regular games), installs the 'game data' to the internal hdd and works the same way as if installed as a package/npdrm (.pkg). Tested and works with firmwares which support ISO loading.
It is just a simple proof that any homebrew app can be 'converted' to game-disc version, provided the homebrew authors are interested. Good luck.