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New PS3 Slim Retail and Debug Models Surface Pre-E3 via FCC

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216w ago - It's been awhile since the last PlayStation 3 FCC Reveal, but today the sleuths at Engadget.com (linked above) have uncovered new PS3 Slim Retail and PS3 Debug models via [Register or Login to view links] just before E3 arrives.

To quote: "PlayStation 3 models CECH-2501A and CECH-2501B are both certified for 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR differing only in hard disk drive configurations.

We're also seeing a pair of PS3 DECH-2500A and DECH-S2500A debugging stations - interesting since a debug unit is typically only required when there's been a change in the chips on the motherboard. Feel free to speculate as we prepare for E3 to kick off on June 15th."
 

PS3 Debug Firmware v3.21 Arrives, Downgrade for OtherOS

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216w ago - Today PS3 Debug Firmware version 3.21 has been added to our PS3 Debug Firmware Archive thanks to an anonymous nice guy, and although it removes OtherOS functionality (like the Retail counterpart did) PlayStation 3 Test unit owners can downgrade to restore OtherOS functionality!

Download: PS3 Debug Firmware v3.21 (USA) Update

For those who are new to PS3 Debug (DECH) machines or haven't been following our Site News as long, PS3 Test Special Downgrade PUPs were leaked from Sony which allow downgrading the PS3 to version 1.00 or 1.50 (depending on which is used) to restore OtherOS, and then the console can be updated to the PS3 Debug Firmware required to play PS3 game backups.

Perhaps if Sony allowed Retail PS3 systems to downgrade like PS3 Debug/Test machines can there would be...
 

PS3 Debug / Test Firmware 3.00 and 3.01 Updates Arrive

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219w ago - It's been some time since our previous update, so while PS3 Debug owners await PS3 Test Firmware 3.30 to surface today we have added PlayStation 3 Debug / Test Firmware 3.00 and 3.01 updates to our PS3 Debug Firmware archive for collectors.

Download: PS3 Debug Firmware v3.00 / PS3 Debug Firmware v3.01

Below are the related changelogs, and as always if you have access to PS3 Debug Firmware updates that are not yet in our archive feel free to Contact Us!

PS3 Debug Firmware 3.00 Changelog:

[New Features]

• Settings column -> Sound Settings -> Audio Multi-Output

The [Audio Multi-Output] feature can be enabled or disabled by specifying [On] or [Off] in the [Audio Multi-Output] setting.

When the [Audio Multi-Output]...
 

PS3 Debug / Test Firmware 3.20 Update is Now Available!

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226w ago - Recently we saw some pictures and details on the PS3 Debug Firmware 3.20 update, and today it's available to download alongside the official changelog for those with PS3 Test consoles!

Download: PS3 Debug Firmware v3.20 (USA) Update

Courtesy of deathriders, PS3 Debug / Test Firmware 3.20 includes 3D Video Output and OtherOS support (unlike PS3 Firmware v3.21) and bugfixes among other updates detailed below, and if you haven't done so yet be sure to check out the PS3 TEST / TOOL Debug Game Backup Guide and PS3 Debug Link Database.

Changes from the PS3 Debug Firmware 3.20 Update ReadMe File include:

New Features - System Software (GUI)
• The resolution for 3D video output has been supported. In this...
 

PS3 Debug Firmware 3.20 Pics Reveal 3D Video Output Option

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233w ago - Today VG247.com (linked above) has shared some screenshots of PS3 Debug Firmware 3.20 which appear to reveal a new '3D Video Output' XMB menu option.

While the 3.20 update is reportedly still "months away" for consumers, Sony previously confirmed that a simple PS3 Firmware update is all that is required to make the PlayStation 3 system compatible with 3D gaming.

To quote: "We've landed some pics of a new debug build of PS3's Firmware, clearly showing a "3D video output" option.

As you can see from the images below, the feature appears to be included in the 3.20 release, which is apparently now in the hands of developers.

There's been a great deal of talk about 3D games in recent months, with Sony especially being a strong supporter of the tech."
 
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