I grabbed one of the drives last week and it arrived a few days ago, installed it into the PC, and can confirmJan70's findings- that it indeed reads PS3 Game Discs flawlessly!
Below are a few screencaptures illustrating the drive, dumping Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom for PS3 via DVD Decrypter which took 00:14:10 to copy 8.27 GB (8,880,652,288 bytes) of data. As you can see, the resulting .ISO image file is viewable in iSOBuster and as suspected the disc-based encryption layer is still present as is on dumps done via PS3 Linux/SAK... as illustrated in WinHex below.
In summary, for the low price (under $130) the Lite-On DH-401S drive is very handy for renting and ripping PS3 discs (or backing up your own )... however, once again until there is a way to actually run them on retail PS3 consoles the resulting images are only good for examination and archival purposes.
294w ago - We received this tip via e-mail today: Jan70 (an Administrator) of CDFreaks.com has reported that the Lite-On DH-401S drive can read Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) game discs!
Sure, we've been dumping PS3 images since 6 days after the U.S. launch HERE, however, the big difference is that now users won't have to do it through Linux nor via PS3 SAK anymore... providing they own a Lite-On DH-401S drive.
Of course this doesn't mean they are playable on retail PS3 consoles though (like Linux/SAK image dumps, the PS3 sees the media as a data disc instead of a game disc).
VERY nice find Jan70, and below are a few screenshots and a directory layout for Lost Planet!
Volume in drive N is LOSTPLANET
Volume Serial Number is F29E-03F1
Directory of N:
01/08/2008 06:45 AM 1,536 PS3_DISC.SFB
01/08/2008 06:45 AM PS3_GAME
01/08/2008 06:45 AM PS3_UPDATE
1 File(s) 2,056 bytes