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PS3 System Software Update 4.45 Released, Mass Bricking Reports

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70w ago - Following up on PS3 Firmware 4.41, today Sony has released PS3 System Software update 4.45 followed by reports of mass-bricking (with PSN temporarily closed via Error 8002A308) so currently it is advised NOT to install it.

Beware as it is causing a lot of consoles (mine included) to brick! There seems to be a glitch (pictured below) with a lot of users updating to that firmware and getting freezes after restarting. For those curious, the new update is supposed to allow users to 'opt-out' of the pop-up messages that you earned a trophy while playing a game.

Some reports indicate that this primarily affects those with 500+ GB hard drives, however, it is advised not to update to 4.45 until Sony remedies the issue. Currently they have rolled back to Firmware 4.41 meaning when you boot up your PS3 you will no longer be prompted to download the 4.45 update.

From Sony's [Register or Login to view links] on the PS3 Firmware 4.45 changes: "PS3 system software update 4.45 coming soon,...
 

PUAD GUI v1.5 - PS3 PUP Unpacker, Repacker and Decrypter Out

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76w ago - Following up on his previous release, today PlayStation 3 homebrew developer nathanr3269 (aka Nathan_r32_69) has made available PUAD GUI v1.5 which is a PS3 PUP Unpacker & Decrypter for Windows.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]

To quote: After some weeks of hard work I finally finished the new PUAD GUI, aka PUP Unpacker and Decrypter. Works without Cygwin, directly from Windows, if anyone see any issue please tell me.

Notes:

  • Pictures created by J-Martin
  • Tested by largand79 y Dantezteam
  • cospkg and cosunpkg modified by Estwald
  • KaKaRoTo and ZiNgA BuRgA for RCOMAGE
  • Thanks to all

Features:

  • Unpacks/Repacks PUP file
  • Decrypts/Unpacks/Repacks CORE_OS
  • Decrypts/Unpacks/Repacks...

 

Reports Indicate Sony to Start PS4 Mass Production in Q3 2013

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86w ago - Following up on Sony's initial PS4 announcement, PlayStation 4 trailers and PS4 game pricing, today reports indicate that Sony may start mass production of the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console in Q3 2013.

Below are the rumored details, to quote: "Sony Corp. admits that it does not have a mass-production PlayStation 4 box that it can bring out to the public. Nonetheless, the company seems to be pretty open about its plans regarding the new system and its current state. While the price of the PS4 is something that has yet to be determined, some reports point to the company’s alleged plans to start mass production of the device in Q3 2013.

“We are certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we do not have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That is still in development in terms of final specs and design,” said Jack Tretton, the president and chief exec of Sony Computer Entertainment America,...
 

InstallPKG SingStar XMB Replacement Installer by DeanK is Released

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96w ago - Following up on his previous updates, today PlayStation 3 developer deank has released an InstallPKG SingStar XMB Replacement Installer for those interested with details below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / SingStar PKG Updates

The installPKG installer allows PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware (CFW) users who have been unable to delete the SingStar XMB icon to simply install the application in its place.

To quote: In order to install the installPKG application though, users will need to allow their PS3s to have Internet access in order to download the SingStar package, or alternatively, users will need to download an offline SingStar package and install it in order to use the package-installing application in its place.

For more information on how to use the application, read the read-me below:

InstallPKG - SingStar XMB Replacement Installer by DeanK
 

RIF2RAP PS3 Homebrew App, Export RAP Files Without Downgrading

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97w ago - Following up on RenPKG and RAP2RIF, PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Eslab has now made available RIF2RAP which no longer requires users to downgrade their PS3 console to 3.55 to export the RAP files.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #2) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) by BlackDeath / [Register or Login to view links] by Anxietic

With this application, it is now possible to convert RIF files on the PlayStation 3 console to RAP files.

From mikufans: Hello, recently my friend released a tool: rif2rap. It does help those who want to share the rap. And there is no need to downgrade the PS3 concole to 3.55 to export the rap. Just run this rif2rap.exe, and get the rap.

Tested OK by some of my friends. The Tutorial is so easy that no need to explain here.
 
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