If you are familiar with the Bruteforce Save Data tool then you will surely be interested in the new site PS3 Cheating there you can find a growing database of all the cheats discovered so far for the PS3. Its been a long time coming with much of this information buried away deep inside forums or the github. It nice to finally have a centralized searchable database of all PS3 cheats. Well worth a visit.
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.
While we wait the release of the promised ODE (optical drive emulator) solutions for the PS3 the scene has once more delivered the goods for free. As many know the main downside of the planned ODE’s is their inability to run the current crop of homebrew out there. That means no excellent old games in the form of RetroArch or any of the file and ftp systems we have become accustomed to over the last few years. Infact as with an ODE solution the console continues to run original firmware as it is the hardware that is modified. Thats where custom firmware still has the upper hand. With the PS3 running the latest CFW you get the addition on the install packages menu item as well as the ability to modify system files (used for custom boot logos etc).
For more information on how an optical drive emulator works see this wikipedia entry
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Incredible news reports the previous few days regarding the PS3 Jailbreak scene. It has been posted all over the web with many calling a Master Key leak. With these keys now known all future firmwares will be simple to decrypt and patch for Jailbreak systems. News like this the struggling Sony could do without right now. Maybe the war against piracy on the platform has now been lost! Read a little between the lines and you get more of a background to why these keys were released it seems the inner circle had much of this information since a Mr George Hotz released his ?Hello World? for the Ps3 With these keys being so potent those in the know had already decided to never release them. News that angered the wider PS3 community greatly! Help came from an unlikely angle, one that intended to milk the PS3 Jailbreak scene for all it was worth. A Chinese company hacked the PC’s of the developers and stole the keys. With the keys they developed a new CFW and were in the process of doing their pre-sale hype over the forums. This would be another paid solution trying to make money from piracy. One thing that goes completely against the scenes morals. Pre sales soon dried up though when the original developers begrudgingly released the keys for free. From here on we should see new CFW within hours of an OFW release thanks to these new keys. Something that benefits everyone.
New firmware releases from here on can be simply decoded and the hackers can then extract the online pass phrase something that up until now only a few people had the ability to do. So we can look forward to updated CFW for quite some time to come. This is maybe the last battle in the long history of PS3 hacking that dates back to before august 2010. Or does Sony have one last trick up its sleeve yet? Something that anyone who remembers the original PS jailbreak will know very well. This could also be bad news for many of the PS3 Mod Chip suppliers out there as the free download spreads to every PS3 forum.
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.
It was less than a week until the first PS3 CFW 4.25 video popped up on youtube. For those that missed it heres the video in question.
Of course it has since been copied everywhere but it is a pretty convincing video non the less. Also of interest is the spoofer video for accessing PSN by means of faking the PS3 firmware version to whatever you want.
For anyone curious about the jailbreak past of the Ps3 then take a look at this page. Spend some time reading up on all the past and present PS3 Jailbreak methods. Absolutely lots of facts on there to keep you busy for a long time.
Heres the link
PS3 Jailbreak 4.25 – the story so far
Early exploits depended on the actual built in Java of BlueRay menus. Java on the blueray had been way too limited and just a small buffer overflow was discovered. At the same time the otheros option had been updated by Sony permiting Linux on the console Through the process of running different tools on linux elements of the PS3 system can be investigated. It wasn’t long until Geohot posted “hello hypervisor, im geohot” to his blog. The ps3 scene was outraged with what happened next! On the 1st April other OS was removed by Sony “due to security concerns” All hope seemed to be lost and the scene was getting much quieter again. Geohot claims he is leaving the scene due to getting the blame for the loss of other os.