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171w ago - 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-


Team AC1D Uncovers How Current PS3 Games Work on Lower CFW

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#195 - DeViL303 - 171w ago
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Ok, Fair enough, All sounds good and it has potential. Can you confirm a few things?

1. Can you confirm the name of one game previously unbooted on CFW3.55 that is actually confirmed working with this method, Im sure all the people following this thread would love to know if Batman is working as this was mentioned in the original title of the thread before it got merged?

2. Can you share what type of test tHeUnknOwEnSeCRet did that left him stuck on higher firmware? (This I and everyone would like to know so we dont repeat it and get stuck )

Keep it up, Ill save my +rep for the release.

#194 - cfwprophet - 171w ago
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Asch18 wrong i said vsh.self and there correspondent SPRX so no version.txt no index.dat And correct the launches games

Peoples be care full with such dev_flash fix release ! We haven't looked into this but on some it's declared as FAKE. Not sure if it is or not but i've read that it already have bricked a few consoles so we're sure they even haven't tested this. Just putted some files together and quick releasing to get FAME. Have they give credits to team AC1D ? or Respect shout's out ?

This is why we won't talk to much to time. Scene is like childs place on some points

And as i have said a lot of things need to be patched first before it run without problem or given a red/ black screen. Even getting such a semi brick does not mean that it is wrong or can not be used that way. The PS3 is more likely you telling on this way you have not given respect to the system.

Respect the system and then the system will respect to you and boot everything fine

To the peoples i've said we get in contact and i havn't done yet. I'm sorry. This does not mean that we are not interested in but we are full with working and testing and tHeUnknOwEnSeCRet is stuck on higher FW in case he have a FAT NAND console and no progskeet flasher. So everything is a bit slow down to time.

Also i've to work from monday to friday for 10-12 hours per day. Only the weekend is fully my free time and there for i'm working a lot. I even just have sleeped for a few hours today. I try to get in contact with you the next days as quick i have time for. Please don't misunderstand.

Now on this way we want to ask the scene for a bit help. I for my self have get sponsored a E3 flasher for my slim from Noli the admin of monkeydesk. Shouts out to you mate But we will need a progskeet and all the needed stuff like the infectus programmer pcb, zif connector and 2x NAND TSOP clips for tHeUnknOwEnSeCRet so we can start to test heavy patches.

Don't misunderstand !! If you have one of those things requested and don't, however, need it any more in case you have two of them or it was a reviewed version or some other case like you're a console store and want to be named to have a little bit commercial with that, then we would appreciate if you get in contact with us. So i can give it to tHeUnknOwEnSeCRet.

We will name you and give shout's out and will give respect and a lot of thx in our releases to you.

Also i want to tell you we now have for sure a designer and you can give a look and get a impression of his skills down below. Give a very warm welcome to our newesd member Bogo of TeaM AC1D

#193 - MimmoD360 - 171w ago
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Yes, Right now people will be happy to get eboot 3.60+ for a bunch of games like Skyrim, PES2012, ACR and Batman 2.

In the end i think nobody really care about 4.00 cfw but eventually that will happen too.

#192 - DeViL303 - 171w ago
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I sure hope cfwprophet and team AC1D will come up with something for 3.60+ game eboots within a few days

#191 - bockers - 171w ago
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How sure are you?

#190 - DeViL303 - 171w ago
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I'm sure I seen some info come out a couple of months ago on properly converting to debug using service mode and some hacked versions of the files /ObjectiveSuites, anyway, regardless I'm sure it wont take the scene long to get to this level of hacking on PS3..

#189 - MimmoD360 - 171w ago
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I'm sure cfwprophet's and team AC1D will come up with something in a few days

#188 - Ezio - 171w ago
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No, you won't get a test unit simply installing a debug hybrid fw on a retail ps3 since the EID of your ps3 remains still retail, so all the main features of a debug ps3 won't work.

Multiman still works fine on your cfw 3.41 because there are the unsigned code running patches on coreos (lv1), not for other reasons.

#187 - RiseOfCthulu - 171w ago
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apparently cfw prophet has already been able to boot some 3.6+ games using this method. all we can do now is sit back and wait to see what happens

#186 - LKJHGFDSA - 171w ago
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Uh, so can we recreate this without the dongles now?