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October 26, 2008 // 11:23 pm - Usually PlayStation 3 Demonstration Firmware updates follow the official Retail console updates. Strangely, this time PS3 Firmware 2.51 was released for the Demo unit first.

Download: PS3 DEMO Firmware 2.51 (US) / PS3 DEMO Firmware 2.51 (EU)

This could be a result of conflicts with the Recovery Menu and the Demonstration unit itself perhaps.

BTW the password to unlock PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.5 Demo units is 6258. ;-)

PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.51 Released, for Demo Units Only?!

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#11 - CJPC - December 28, 2008 // 6:20 pm
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Sadly yes, for the moment you are stuck with the firmware. Without going into too many technical details, the DEMO units are identified by a flag (just like a retail, or a TEST etc), so it will not allow you to install the Retail FW on it.

Basically, you are stuck waiting for an updated firmware.

#10 - UltimaStealth - December 28, 2008 // 5:24 pm
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I have a demo unit like the person above. so are we stuck with this firmware? i would really like to use the my home and playstation store features, even when unlocked i do not have access to them when i called sony they acted like they never heard of a demo unit. Is there nothing we can do to get a retail firmware on it? i tried to download the 2.53 and put it on a sd card but it dosent recgonize it as applicable but the US version of the 2.53 link was dead so i had to get the AU,could that be why?

#9 - tERBO - November 3, 2008 // 2:57 am
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Is the "6258" password for ANY DEMO unit running 2.51 ?

#8 - wicked insanity - October 27, 2008 // 3:56 pm
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Just out of curiosity, which and how many of those non-retail units are there available to the DEVs here on PS3NEWS to work with??

#7 - CJPC - October 27, 2008 // 2:46 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
CJPC (or hacked2123, etc) may know more, but as far as I'm aware there is only:

  • Retail PS3
  • PS3 Demo (Store units)
  • PS3 Debug (TEST units)
  • PS3 Prototype (TEST units)
  • PS3 TOOL (the "large box" that goes for over $10k)

As mentioned in a few older threads here, the updater link to the Demo units is: http://fshop01.ps3.update.playstation.net/update/ps3/list/shop/ps3-updatelist.txt


Yeah, that's the jist of it, but there are basically (with a few exceptions) no hardware differences between Retail/Demo/Debug/Prototype units, the only difference being the software loaded onto them.

There are some slight differences, but mostly with the case itself, vs the actual hardware!

#6 - hacked2123 - October 27, 2008 // 1:12 pm
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Although the retail ps3update.pup is detected in the recovery menu via 2.51, it give the message:

The data is corrupted. (8002F2E4)

Lame.

If anyone achieved 2.50 DEMO upload it for me, I would like to know if its relevant to the restore menu.

#5 - PS4 News - October 27, 2008 // 2:36 am
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Quote Originally Posted by B4rtj4h View Post
But where is the pasword for ?? Does this mean every single Demo console is locked with the same key

Nah, a few posts down is the thread with the passwords for unlocking the various PS3 Demo machines based on Firmware version:

http://www.ps4news.com/forums/ps3-news/turn-off-unlock-demo-mode-56991.html

PS3 Demo UnLock Codes:

v1.5x code: 5202 NTSC
v1.6x code: 7568
v1.7x code: 0506
v1.8x code: 7712 or 7259
v1.9x code: 2737 NTSC
v2.00 code: 0219
v2.01 code: 0219
v2.10 code: 2464
v2.20 code: 4801
v2.30 code: 6558
v2.41 code: 9015 NTSC
v2.42 code: 9015 NTSC
v2.50 code: 6258

The procedure is also outlined here: http://www.ps4news.com/forums/ps3-guides-tutorials/ps3-demo-unlock-codes-guide-99034.html

#4 - B4rtj4h - October 27, 2008 // 2:34 am
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But where is the pasword for ?? Does this mean every single Demo console is locked with the same key

#3 - PS4 News - October 27, 2008 // 2:06 am
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CJPC (or hacked2123, etc) may know more, but as far as I'm aware there is only:

  • Retail PS3
  • PS3 Demo (Store units)
  • PS3 Debug (TEST units)
  • PS3 Prototype (TEST units)
  • PS3 TOOL (the "large box" that goes for over $10k)

As mentioned in a few older threads here, the updater link to the Demo units is: http://fshop01.ps3.update.playstation.net/update/ps3/list/shop/ps3-updatelist.txt

#2 - RexVF5 - October 27, 2008 // 1:59 am
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What kind of unit is this DEMO? So far I have only heard of DEVEL, TEST and RETAIL... Can someone clarify? Thank you...