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Video: PS3 QA Flag Demo, Enables Hidden Firmware Options

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180w ago - Today Sony PlayStation 3 hacker Mathieulh has posted a video demo showcasing the PS3 QA flag, which is the internal console flag used by Sony to enable hidden Firmware options and removes restrictions on Retail and Debug consoles.

This is done on official PS3 Retail/Debug firmware without any modification as the console itself is QA flagged (QA token is set through spu_token_processor), meaning the method will not work on unflagged consoles and using the advanced QA flag also enables PS3 Firmware downgrading.

From the video's caption: I just QA flagged my Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition console and I thought I'd show you the hidden options for the sake of it (and because I was bored).

I am sorry for the unstable camera, I only have two hands and the options are hidden and require (along with the actual flag) a crazy button combo to pop up. (I kid you not)

Sorry I am not telling you how to do this, please do not ask. Yes, this video is real.

QA flag is the internal console flag used by Sony, it enables hidden options and removes restrictions for both retail and debug consoles alike. It is used for QA centers and the R&D Department, there are 2 levels of QA flags, Minimum and Advanced, this console has been set to the Advanced one.



 

OpenPS3FTP v2.2 for Custom PS3 Firmware is Released

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180w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker jjolano has updated the open-source PS3 FTP homebrew application to OpenPS3FTP version 2.2 for both PS3 Custom Firmware and JailBreak users.

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

To quote: OpenPS3FTP is a tiny ftp server.

Tested on PS3 firmware 3.55, but should work for any firmware.

OpenPS3FTP Features:

  • Transfer resuming
  • Multiple connections
  • CHMOD (file permission setting)
  • Almost all FTP commands are supported
  • Password setting

OpenPS3FTP Updates:

1.1 - stability, performance, and bugfix
1.2 - passive mode bugfix and other stuff
1.3 - REALLY BIG AND AWESOME UPDATE
1.4 - The finale
1.5 - Encore
2.0 - fresh start - as of version 2.0, OpenPS3FTP is located under Network.
2.1 - minor improvements
2.1.1 - more improvements and major fix
2.2 - rewrite for psl1ght v2 + fixes - as of version 2.2, any password is accepted by default.


 

PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) Arrives

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181w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker Geoffrey Levand (or at least someone using [Register or Login to view links]) has released a PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) which allows the dual-booting of both GameOS and OtherOS.

PS3 Custom Firmware Downloads: (Updated file links HERE!)

  • [Register or Login to view links] (md5 9142d8c1707a3257b21c29d6f266c6c6)
  • [Register or Login to view links] (md5 9b439b04c4c0b841ae50c3af18bb584d)
  • [Register or Login to view links] (md5 74b4291615ceb394e0d64078d775a93d)
  • [Register or Login to view links] (md5 fac423010dc8e20030f28145a42627fb)

PS3 Custom Firmware Download Mirrors:


 

PrBoom: Doom PS3 Homebrew Port for Custom Firmware Arrives

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182w ago - While not an update to the previous release, PlayStation 3 developer Robo Hobo has made available his own Doom PS3 port dubbed PrBoom this weekend for both PS3 Custom Firmware and JailBreak users followed by some revisions below.

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To quote: Here is the second release of PrBoom for the PlayStation 3. I've pasted the readme below. Any comments on how you would like to see this improved are welcomed.

Changes in Release 2:

  • Update core to prboom-plus 2.5.8
  • Support Widescreen aspects
  • Fix control mapping
  • Allow both sticks to be mapped as buttons
  • Allow the movement keys to be remapped
  • Fix high pitched audio
  • Fix...

 

Sony's Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services

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182w ago - Sony's Senior Director Patrick Seybold of Corporate Communications & Social Media has made available Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services today.

To quote: First off, we want to again thank you for your patience. We know that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity outage has been frustrating for you. We know you are upset, and so we are taking steps to make our services safer and more secure than ever before. We sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern this outage has caused, and rest assured that we're going to get the services back online as quickly as we can.

We received a number of questions and comments yesterday and early today relating to the criminal intrusion into our network. We'd like to address some of the most common questions today.

We are also going to continue to post updates to this blog with any additional information and insight that we can over the next few days.

We are reading your comments. We are listening to your suggestions. Please keep them coming.

Thank you.

Q: Are you working with law enforcement on this matter?
A: Yes, we are currently working with law enforcement on this matter as well as a recognized technology security firm to conduct a complete investigation. This...
 
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