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Sony to Ditch Cell Processor for PlayStation 4 (PS4) Console?

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125w ago - Following up on our previous article, today Kotaku (linked above) reports that according to inside sources Sony may be ditching the Cell Processor for the PlayStation 4 console.

Below are the details, to quote: "The PlayStation 4 will not use Sony's Cell processor nor any possible successor to the vaunted chipset that was introduced to the world through the PlayStation 3, gaming industry sources tell Kotaku.

What we're hearing from sources follow a Forbes rumor last week that chip-maker AMD would make the graphics chip for a PS4, a shift from the PS3's use of a graphics chip from AMD rival Nvidia.

The abandonment of the Cell architecture would thrill the many game developers who have struggled with the complex chipset, but it could also be viewed as the admission of a mistake.

Cell was the pet project of PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi, who dreamed that the chip- a "Power Processing Element" married to eight "Synergistic Processing Elements"- would make the PS3 the most impressive gaming console ever. He spoke of a home equipped with multiple devices that were powered by Cell, all of them linking to each other to increase the computational power driving any...
 

PS3 Metldr / Per Console Key0 Update, LV0 Bootloader Decrypted?

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141w ago - A few weeks back details and payloads for Dumping PS3 Per Console Keys surfaced followed by news of a PS3 Metldr Exploit, and today PlayStation 3 developer xx404xx on IRC has shared his PS3 Metldr / Per Console Key0 findings thus far.

Included below are a [Register or Login to view links] which is loaded through lv2patcher, an [Register or Login to view links], the required EID Static Keys and more, as follows:

[xx404xx] lol wtf you can write to metldr!!!!!!
[xx404xx] 0x17014 - Write eEID/Write metldr Holy crap, it writes passed data to the region of FLASH memory where eEID or metldr data is stored !!! And GameOS is allowed to use this service !!! Do not experiment with this service if you don't know what it does or else your PS3 will not work anymore !!!
[xx404xx] [Register or Login to view links]
[xx404xx] [Register or Login to view links] I highly recommend...
 

Details and Payloads for Dumping PS3 Per Console Keys Surface

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143w ago - PlayStation 3 developers have been busy recently working on payloads for dumping the PS3 per console keys, as once the per_console_key_0 is obtained with full EID decryption dongles and burned BR-D's may be a thing of the past.

Below are details from sphinxkoma and the PS3 Wiki (ps3devwiki.com/index.php?title=Talk:Per_Console_Keys) on dumping the per_console_key_1 via Kaz... it's only a matter of time for per_console_key_0 which unlocks everything we need.

To quote: PS3 Per Console Keys

EID crypto is very complicated, it is done so on purpose. first of all EID0 isn't decrypted with one key, and one algorithm alone. it is decrypted in several parts which use different algos and keys. the keys are all derivations of a per console key (per_console_key_1) which is stored inside metldr and copied by it to sector 0 and never leaves isolation. that same key is a derivation of the per console key (per_console_key_0) used to encrypt metldr and the bl in the first place as well.

isoldr clears that key from sector 0 before jumping to the isolated module. but before doing so it encrypts it with another keyset and stores it in a buffer so that the isolated module can use the new crafted key. since the operation is AES, if you know that keyset you can decrypt...
 

Video: Dust 514 Interview: Changing Console Shooters Forever

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146w ago - Today SCEE Manager James Gallagher has shared a video trailer and interview with Dust 514 on how it will change console shooters forever below!

To quote: We haven't heard a great deal about DUST 514 since it was shown at E3 2011, other than that it's a first-person shooter connected to the vast sci-fi universe of PC MMO EVE Online, and that it's coming exclusively to PlayStation 3.

When developers CCP made the trip from Iceland to London to outline their vision for this new addition to their immensely popular EVE universe, I came out of the meeting amazed at the scale of the project. Suffice to say, DUST 514 is not just another shooter.

After the meeting, I interrogated Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer at CCP, to find out exactly why PlayStation 3 owners should be getting excited.

PS.Blog: With EVE Online, CCP already has a huge, engaged community. Why are you now trying to break into the console FPS market?

Brandon: EVE Online is an incredibly deep MMO and, for better or worse, that comes with a typical perception that it is complicated. The common joke is that you have to overcome a 'learning cliff' to get involved.

Part of the thinking behind DUST 514 is to address those preconceptions; we accept that there is a barrier...
 

Video: Video Unlimited Preview Coming to PlayStation 3 Console

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147w ago - Today Sony Network Entertainment VP Mike Aragon has shared a video of the new Video Unlimited Preview application coming to the PlayStation 3 console.

To quote: Starting today, finding the right movie or TV show on the PlayStation Network is easier and more fun than ever before.

We're unveiling a whole new way to explore the library of more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes... discover everything from the latest blockbusters and popular sitcoms, to old classics and the next big TV series - it's simple, fun, and intuitive.

Our new "Video Unlimited - preview" application, which can be downloaded later today if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, makes it easier and more visual to browse, discover, and search for movies and TV shows from your favorite actors, directors, and genres.

While mirroring content found on the existing video section of the PlayStation Store, the new preview application gives you a fresh experience by providing endless related search results via a whole new way to find content. Check out the video to see how this all works and why we're so excited about it.





PlayStation Plus subscribers can download the "Video Unlimited - preview" later today. It's easy, just head toward the Media section...
 
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