News roundup January 2014 PS3 Jailbreak scene

As we are well into 2014 now it might be time to do a ‘spring clean’ on your jailbroken PS3.  Many homebrew apps have been updated recently to give you a lot of new features and more stability.  With so many different backup managers now available is 2014 finally the year that sees Multiman loose its crown as the most installed homebrew application.  One definite contender for the title is the Gamesonic Manager this is a relative newcomer but already has all the features you would expect of a backup manager.  Ie backing-up and playing backed up PS3 games.  On top of this there is full built in emulator functions that use the RetroArch framework.  One big advantage to the Gamesonic Manager is its speed.  In most tests this manager is upto twice as fast as the standard Multiman with no where near as many of the crashes.

Of course to be able to install this application you will need the latest ps3 cfw or you will need to purchase one of the ODE devices but for many that is still too expensive of an option.  Without either way of installing PKG files you will not be able to install Gamesonic manager.

Remember update 3.21?  It caused so much anger when it was released fittingly enough on April fools day – the dreaded update that removed the OtherOS feature from the PS3.  Something many claimed was the main reason they purchased their PS3’s which in turn resulted in a class action law suit being filed against Sony.  It was surely no surprise when eventually this was quashed by the American ‘legal system’.  Well news coming in the last few days reveals that an appeals panel has partially reversed the decision.

In PS4 news there seems little talk of an upcoming PS4 Jailbreak but here has been a scramble of companies competing for your hard earned dollars by putting out hardware modifications.  The one that will be of interest to probably all PS4 users due to is poor storage is the HDD/SDD hybrid upgrade kits.  A 1TB HDD/SSD hybrid drive will currently set you back $99 which is not bad when compared to a standard PC drive’s price.  For those with deeper pockets and a need for even more speed then there is always the option to go the whole hog and have a full SSD instead.  This will set you back $219 for a 240GB but you could always go for the 460GB version at $399!  More details here

How to Jailbreak a PS3 | Latest PS3 Jailbreak tutorial.

Learning how to Jailbreak PS3 4.41 firmware is not as difficult as you might think.  Yes there is a mass of information out there on the internet and not all of it is 100% accurate.  Some site will try to tell you that a PS3 Jailbreak 4.41 is not even possible.  This of course as anyone who has experienced online cheaters on PSN will already know is not totally accurate.  Some version of the OFW for the PS3 are indeed open to being hacked in a similar way to the original jailbreak for the PS3 that came out a few years ago.

The reason for the secrecy is due to how easy these methods are patched by Sony once they become public.  For that reason many of the ‘top’ PS3 sites and forums will delete links to the PUP downloads almost immediately.  With the launch of the PS4 just around the corner the risk of the methods being patched is much smaller.  Just look at the Wii sofmod scene.  That is thriving now long after the consoles original launch with a much more free access to the files and knowledge available.  This openness gives the scene more energy and it continues to grow which leads to some really exciting homebrew releases.  Hopefully the PS3 scene will now enjoy a similar lift.

Ok, so you want to Jailbreak your PS3 then?

First be aware of the risks involved.  Messing up the process can leave you PS3 in a ‘bricked’ state if done wrong.  But quite frankly this is so similar to the official update process that you should have no problems with it by now.

The second risk is more serious.  With the later firmwares for the PS3 released Sony implemented a form of spyware that can scan the PS3’s hard disk for ‘unauthorized applications’ as they call them.  What this means is they are actively scanning PS3’s for programs like Multiman backup manager or ShowTime media player.  If any of these applications are found you can expect a ban to be heading your way very soon.  The most minor form of banning is a PSN Network ID ban.  What this means is a banning of your login details for the PSN network.  While this may not sound too bad at first – just make a new online ID and start again – do bear in mind that this means you will loose all your trophies and anything else attached to the account.  This means any items purchased from the store will also stop working.

So the first lesson is make a new PSN account on your PS3 before you jailbreak it.  Note down your original login details somewhere safe and for extra security delete the account from the console.  With that done you’re only worry is the more severe ConsoleID ban.  This is a ban of the actual ID (serial number if you prefer) of the console.  With this blacklisted it will not connect to PSN regardless of how many new accounts you make.

ConsoleID ban’s can be circumvented by replacing the code stored in the PS3’s flash memory with another valid ID.  So it must be a real ID from another PS3 not a faked one as until someone reverses the ID algorithm a valid fake ID can not be made.  It is however a simple process to extract the ID from another console so if you are creative you can soon acquire a new one.  From time to time a PKG will appear on the scene that unban’s you console.  The problem with this is everyone else is using the same ID which means it quickly gets blacklisted by Sony.  For the longer term it is much better to use your own ID you have acquired.  ConsoleID bans are thankfully quite rare though.  It seems these dubious honor is usually reserved for people who think its a good idea to go cheating in online gaming environments.  Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 are good examples where the network checks for users running Custom Firmware and cheating.

So lesson 2 is simple enough… NO CHEATING!

And that’s all the downsides really.  the benefits are of course obvious and dont need going over in detail again.  Backup Managers…backup game disks to a usb hard disk and launch from there.  Modify said backups on USB in anyway you wish, much like a PC game…  Emulators are covered with all the classics working.   RetroArch is a good all in one emulator that will play 1000’s of classic ROM’s.  Homebrew games are starting to appear but its early days there, Show Time media player finally bringing PS3 MKV support and much more.

First download the PS3 4.41 CFW from the link and install it in the same way you would a normal USB update.  If you dont know how to do this then google it there are many pages covering it already.  You just need the PUP file from the update folder at this time.  The rest of the tools included are mostly to do with grabbing ConsoleID’s or spoofing/sniffing tools.  Hopefully you wont need these for some time.

Download PS3 CFW AIO here

Next download and install multiman backup manager from here which will also install the RetroArch emulator so your ROM’s can be launched from inside multiman.  If you are serious about playing MKV files on your PS3 then you need to have installed the latest version of Show Time from here

New firmware 4.41 and the PS3 Jailbreak CFW

If you are on the latest PS3 firmware then you will be interested to learn that due to this being such a minor update a few of the same flaws have been carried over.  What that means for anyone one OFW 4.41 is that they can currently install CFW from the recovery menu with no problems at all.  This will no doubt be fixed with another update soon so if you are thinking of jailbreaking your PS3 then now is your perfect opportunity.  Grab the latest CFW from here and install it through the recovery menu.  You are then free to enjoy backups of the games you own played straight from the hard disk.

How about a Jailbreak for firmware 4.40?

People are still asking for a PS3 Jailbreak 4.40 even though there is no need at this time.  The current custom firmware has all the most recent keys needed to play any of the games out there.  PSN access was re enabled by those that know within days of the last update. The need is still there however for anyone looking to Jailbreak PS3 Slim consoles so until that project is ready they will have to continue to play the waiting game.

Hacking the PS3 in depth look

Looking Back over the history of the PS3 jailbreaks
Jailbreaking on the Playstation 3 has taken many forms over the years. There’ve been quite a few attempts to make a working Ps3 Jailbreak. Original exploits used on the integral Java in BlueRay menus. However this would be in vain as nothing helpful came of it. At the same time the otheros option had been updated by Sony to enable Linux on the console An advantage of Linux had been being able to probe the PS3 system and firmware. Geohot made the very first progress along with his memory glitching solution to accessing the hypervisor. News hit us that OFW 3.21 would remove otheros! Sony removed otheros swiftly in a move that many thought at first was an April fools joke After this the PS3 scene slowed to a crawl then with very little to move it forward. Much of the blame online was directed at Geohot himself.

With very little fan fare just one video appeared on you tube demonstrating a brand new PS3 Jailbreak dongle. Such big news of course went viral and even hit the BBC new pages. Many sites were initially claiming it would be a fake. More reputable online stores backed it up with claims they had pre release versions. Even at over 100 dollars all stores received many pre orders. Due to the massive demand many who pre ordered had to wait months. Firmware 3.56 was quickly released by Sony with new Keys. The USB port would now only work with Sony approved devices. With the USB port now blocked the dongle wouldnt work on newer firmware. As older games were now all able to be backed up they would need updates to the newer keys. PSN always required the latest firmware version to connect. Many big game releases for the coming christmas were going to require newer firmware. GT5 was out in October and couldn’t be backed up. It required firmware 3.50 to run and this means no dongles could work.

It took a while to get the game working by patching the eboot but by Christmas it was payable. CCC saw failoverflow announce to the world Sony’s mistake in public key generating. New years eve and the next day saw the scene light up with the first news of the public keys. Geohot released his hello world on new years day Then in a move that angered sony he released his jailbreak. This one small pup file removed the key checks enabling both homebew and PSN access. Running backups on geohots jailbreak was not easy to set up. One infamous CFW from Wanikoto caused many bricks but most went for the Keamw release.

Nearly two months went by with CFW users able to access PSN with no problems. However of course this brings the cheats in and cheating got especially bad on MW2 and blackops. Infinity Ward banned a large number of players from their servers for cheating. The PSN account server was hacked during this time period by an unknown hacker. Credit card details were stolen from a possible 50 million users. PSN was quickly close down when news broke of the hack. PS3 users were without PSN for nearly two months. When it returned the extra security meant forget about PSN for CFW users. Some people moved to the so called Dev Network for the online gaming. Newer games started to require higher versions.

Once more the PS3 scene started to go into limbo until a new dongle was released by true blue. This needed their own eboots to run the backup games. Eboots that were being released by paradox. A little later duplex started releasing PSN games having somehow cracked the newer keys. How trueblue were decrypting newer games remained a mystery for a while, that was until the 3.60 keys were leaked by an unknown hacker. This definitely marked another rise in activity on the ps3 scene. Obviously Duplex didnt like the built in DRM of the TB dongle and commenced to try to crack it. Within days scene sites were filled with cracked TB Eboots meaning all the games previously only available to TB users were perfectly playable. Promises were created by TB manufacturers of a dongle update and newer games so far no updates from them have been made Is this the end of the trueblue dongle? Of course also at this time many people missed the news they could convert to a debug console. The wonderful thing about a debug console is it can easily run any homebrew without the keys at all. This does have the downside that a debug console can never connect to PSN. For PSN access and game backups there is only really one option Firmware 4.21 needs to be jailbroken. This would mean access to all the latest game releases having the ability to play them online. Full access also must include into the Store and being able to download and buy things is a must.