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Hackers Bamboozled by PlayStation Portable 3000 Security

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302w ago - Hexus (linked above) is reporting that hackers are 'bamboozled' by the security on the PSP-3000. They discuss whether a hack will be found, and explore the possibility that Sony has won its battle against PSP piracy and homebrew.

To quote: It's still early days in the life of the PSP-3000, which was released approximately 3 weeks ago, but Sony will be happy to hear that hackers have so far failed to exploit the latest hardware revision.

So far hackers have only been able to swap its CPU with that of a PSP Slim, but haven't been able to exploit the hardware in the same way as previous models.

Dark_AleX, one of the most popular PSP sites for the hacking and homebrew community, has been unable to find a work around to hack the hand-held and the community as a whole appear to be stumped as to whether it will even be possible.

If it can't be hacked then Sony will have finally won its long battle against piracy and the homebrew community. Throughout the life cycle of the PSP, Sony has tried to thwart hackers by releasing firmware updates to improve security, but every time it's still managed to be hacked.

PSP hackers have in the past been vocal about the fact that they're not actually interested in hacking the PSP to take advantage of copied games, but believe they...
 

PSPMSX: MSX Emulator v1.4.1 for PlayStation Portable out!

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302w ago - Zx-81 has updated PSPMSX today, a MSX and MSX2 series emulator for PSP. Now compatible with PSP Custom Firmware 5.00 M33, version 1.4.1 features several enhancements and bug fixes, including a built-in text editor that allows users to save digital notes per game.

Download: PSPMSX v1.4.1 for CFW 5.x / PSPMSX v1.4.1 for FW 1.5

What's new in version 1.4.1:

- Finally fix issue with "Home - Exit" !
- Text editor to write your own comments on games
- Display first comment line while browsing game files
- Digital pad is now usable in file requester
even when danzeff keyboard is displayed
- Fix inconsistency between zip rom file names and save game name.
- Improve cheat menu & memory monitoring engine
- Text editor to modify the global cheat.txt file
- Tested on new FW 5x-M33
- Bug fix in unzip function (if you tried to unzip more than 10 files, it wasn't able to open any other files, and you had to restart the emulator)
- Add option to disable auto fire in settings menu
 

Some PlayStation 3 Service Mode Details!

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303w ago - Over the months there has been a lot of inaccurate information circulating in regards to how exactly the PlayStation 3's Service Mode works, and as promised in our previous Dev updates here are some of the facts to help separate the rumors and speculation.

It is a fairly simple process as follows.. For starters, the PS3 is powered off, and a special USB dongle, known as the Jig, is connected. The PS3 is then turned on, and then off, once it has detected the Jig.

After this occurs, the PS3 is then turned back on, into "Service" Mode. From here, the PS3 is re-flashed using a Firmware Update on a USB stick, specifically designed to only install from the Service Mode. Once the PS3 is re-flashed with the software, it is then used in conjunction with a PC running customized software, specifically the DEX.exe and CEX.exe's.

There are a multitude of special PS3 firmwares, basically three major ones. The first is a Core System, followed by the Service System, then finishing it off with the Final Software.. usually Retail.

From the CEX/DEX PC side software, just about anything can be done: Copying, transfer and resigning of box-specific items like PSN games, user profiles, etc.

Furthermore, the systems can be re-flashed to any software version as well. The system's keys can...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 2, 2008

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303w ago - Something for everyone this week! Resistance 2 hits the US while LittleBigPlanet finally sees a European release. Valkyria Chronicles also makes its way to American soil. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• Resistance 2 (Collector's Edition)
• Valkyria Chronicles
• James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm (Collector's Edition)
• Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
• History Channel Civil War: Secret Mission

EU Games

• LittleBigPlanet
• MotorStorm Pacific Rift
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Legendary
• WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009
• Disney Sing It (Microphone bundle)
• Guitar Hero World Tour

Asian Games

• Tom Clancy's End War

Don't forget that your PS3 is region free. If you see anything on this list that isn't available where you live go ahead and import.

Keep in mind that DLC is locked to the game disc's region so if you buy a US game you'll need to get your DLC from the US PSN Store.
 

PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.51 to Fix 2.5 B&W Forcing 60Hz Issues?

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303w ago - Last week we reported on PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.51 for Demo units, however, until now all we could do was speculate on what changes it offered.

According to Product-Reviews (linked above), it appears as if Sony's PS3 2.51 (or next) Firmware update will be fixing the 2.50 black and white issues that seem to be caused by the PlayStation 3 forcing your TV to 60Hz.

This problem is apparently to do with older TV's and does not affect HDTV's or some models of PS3, as one PR user said that it can be corrected by going to video settings and scrolling all the way to the bottom and change the 50Hz setting from auto to 50Hz.

To quote: Thought I'd give Sony a ring too. They confirmed that they do know about it and the next patch will fix it. The only thing they couldn't do is say when that patch would come out. But the rep said it was likely to be in a couple of weeks.

So good news that it will be fixed, and it sounds like, although not imminent, it will be sooner rather than later.
 
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