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January 15, 2012 // 5:07 am - Below is an update from our Team AC1D ongoing thread on how current PS3 games work on lower Custom Firmware.

Finally, after a long period of a scene that got riddled by money hungry dongle suppliers we uncover this big scam and show you how things actually work.

First of all, none of the code the dongles use comes from the creators. All files used come directly from higher PS3 firmwares. This works by using plugins / SPRX's who are basically just drivers, from a higher PS3 firmware.

To get games to work, you need to use the files from higher firmwares, that games require. Those plugins we are talking about, also have the decrypt information stored in them that the games use to work.

Some of the newer SPRX's are compatible with older firmwares and can be used on older firmwares quiet easily. All you need to do is place them in the right folder and that's it.

Of course this procedure doesn't work with all the games quite so easy, some of the 3.6+ games load right away, others need some fixing. This fixing is done by patching the SPRX's to work with the lower firmware. Porting the drivers, so they can work with lower firmwares should be the easiest task.

Basically all this DRM does is nothing. The stick holds some drivers, like i explained earlier in this post, and lets the system use them. The HyperVisior LV1 Patches are nothing more then redirections to the USB stick / DRM fake.

The USB stick holds some dev_flash files, the system then uses. Its basically the same thing we did in the early stages of the Custom Firmware to load modified files quick and easy.

So after knowing all this, this explains why the dongles use DRM on their USB stick, simply to not let us see that they are really just scamming us with the cheapest materials they could find and some (by now old) dev_flash files stored in it. It's nothing more, and I'm sure that TeaM AC1D will empower more things and work on more in the future then the dongles have in last months.

We love Open Source and that's why we share this information with you. This needs to be stopped and we should all join hands to finally put an end to all of this. Use this information and do what you have to do.

Our respect goes out to Kakaroto, grafchokolo, Hermes, Deank, JaiCraB, Jjolano, Stoker25, Redsquirrel87, GeoHot, Condorstrike, Team Hades and everybody else we forgot to mention here.

Don't let yourself get fooled by these dongles guys and happy hacking to everyone!

-Team AC1D-

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#205 - ismailoo93 - January 16, 2012 // 1:40 pm
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And who gives you the right to say that we don't care for 4.00CFW ? What about people who are stuck in OFW 4.00 & can not use the E3 flasher ??

#204 - pr0p0sitionJOE - January 16, 2012 // 1:24 pm
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OK, after reading all this, basic question raises: Can we play new games without any dongles now?

I don't see any new games released on 3.55 or 3.41. Now we talking again on methods and scams. I don't care if they used "snake oil" inside - It works and thats all I care.

If someone releases new games working on CFW (no dongle) then OK, until then we can discuss until new PS4 arrives. Sadly, this is how its gonna end up. People just wanna play new games and that's the bottom line.

PS - Again one team comes out exposing scam from another team by such manner that tells the world things that shouldn't be public. They should have just release new games working without dongles, if they know how. Whats the point telling us (end users) this.

Again, Sony will patch this up and good bye for more new games again.

#203 - GrandpaHomer - January 16, 2012 // 12:57 pm
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People with Vita will most certainly care

#202 - MimmoD360 - January 16, 2012 // 12:37 pm
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It's nice to see that people are happy when the scene is moving forward thx to talented devs but personally i think is better for the non-technical people to just sit and wait.

You could just play some of the games which are fully working on 3.55 now I think people spend more time writing post about PS3 CFW instead of actually play with the PS3.

#201 - spunkybunny - January 16, 2012 // 12:30 pm
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I haven't bashed any newcomers. I'm still waiting for her to release something that will actually help the scene instead all I hear from her is the same as the next fake poster. I'm glad I haven't heard from that loser for a while, hope she left the scene but I think she's quiet as she's the one behind the TB dongle.

I'm glad Team Ac1d are here to piss off the dongles. It's about time someone fight back against them as they are not needed or wanted in the PS3 scene. With all the crap and fakes we go through on a weekly basis the last we need is some crap DRM dongle.

I'm also going to sit back and see what happens with Team Ac1d as I cant really help until I know something new.

#200 - DeViL303 - January 16, 2012 // 12:17 pm
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OK. I'm going to sit back now (stop posting) and wait for a release from Team-AciD as theres not much point in me testing on my one and only PS3 when I have no flasher, yet. Gonna send a PS3 to Mushy409 tommorow morning which I might do some testing on afterwards if there isnt some nice progress by then.

Best of luck to you, your gonna need it!

I wonder will vhs.self from a PS1 FW1.00 let me play some old VHS tapes on my PS3 !

#199 - cfwprophet - January 16, 2012 // 11:56 am
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Why ? Cause peoples in the ps3 scene just bash every one that comes new to the scene but maybe isn't new to hacking things. I talked with a lot of peoples the last day and there wasn't only one who have some potential in background. But as far they enter a scene they get dissed, bashed, discriminate, insulted as lier and even much more things.

They are peoples out they start to write private messages to them and call them eg. a cancer or a taliban or something else. The PS3 scene have to stop to act like that and i'm pretty sure there will come more good hackers, coders back. Before insulting some one ask how it works, what he have done and also if he is willing to show us something. Give respect to new comers.

And don't think that the actual higher dev's of PS3 scene doesn't know the stuff about how dongles work and some other things we try to teach you and woke up the scene.

Video: 4.0 VSH.SELF and SPRX's to 3.41 Firmware (via

Since there is quite a wild allegation concerning the appldr and its function as well as from various dev's the scene said no one will use the data on a 4.0 FW 3:41 I can even here the first video made ​​and uploaded.

In the early morning is one of the first things I do go out and buy a usb stick so I can prove all the more accurate. Have time for just the phone and not a usb stick. But as I said is that the first thing I'll do tomorrow, or rather in a few hours to get a USB stick and install Hermes CFW 3:41 checksum after 4.0 vsh.self installing their sprx's checksum and boot with the ps3.

Sun, meanwhile, once blathered enough. All who believe it can not even rip the meantime mouth and then in a couple of hours is available as idiots

#198 - spunkybunny - January 16, 2012 // 11:33 am
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Exactly, nobody cares for 4.00CFW, all we want is a way to play the latest games. As soon as the games come out there is a way to play them on the Xbox360 so WHY is it taking so long for the PS3 scene to catch up?

I'm guessing the dongle makers want to drag it out even longer.

#197 - MimmoD360 - January 16, 2012 // 11:33 am
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No rush, just take your time

#196 - cfwprophet - January 16, 2012 // 11:30 am
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I will talk with him what we can give you about games. But i would more prefer to give you games that was already tested and NON working without doing more patches. So you can exclude them and test others.

And i also guess it will be ok that we tell you with which files you should be careful to play around on higher fw to prevent the scene for bricks a bit more. But it could be that it will in deep night europe time. Cause i have to work then already and it for sure will be 23:00 or 24:00 in the middle of the night.