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225w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker KaKaRoToKS has announced news of PS3MFW, a PS3 Modified Firmware project!

From the official site (linked above): We have just been informed by an anonymous source that a new modified firmware-project is underway: Project PS3MFW.

There are several contributors, some of whom are well-known within the PS3 homebrew community but wish to remain anonymous. However, we were told that KaKaRoTo is playing an important role in the project.

The purpose of Project PS3MFW is the development of a customizable tool that creates modified firmware for Playstation 3 with many great features not available in current solutions. It provides a framework where each firmware modification task is an independent plugin with access to an API that facilitates the modification process. One important feature is that the project will be entirely open source, as opposed to every other MFW released to date.

The tool will be called “PS3MFW Builder”, and it will work in conjunction with several other utilities.

Project PS3MFW is an ongoing project; anyone qualified can contribute. A release of the PS3MFW Builder v0.1 is imminent.

Updates from KaKaRoToKS via Twitter: PS3MFW has ~65 customization options, the backend is robust and does a lot of checks, we tested almost every combination, on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55 and tested it on over 15 different PS3 models, we had no bricks at all.

The "Task options" you see are just for the "clean video" task, each task has its own options that you access with the 'configure' button

FYI, in the screenshot, that "theme" option is just about the GUI theme, has nothing to do with the generated PUP.

For now the tool doesn't support 3.56, but it works and was tested on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55. I will release more information later: ps3mfw.com

PS3MFW Builder v0.1 Features:

Options:

  • Show verbose debugging information
  • Disable log output
  • Custom PUP build version
  • If set, overrides the entire PUP version string
  • Prefix to add to the PUP version string
  • Suffix to add to the PUP version string

Tasks:

  • Add new icons to the XMB Game category
  • Patch LV1 Hypervisor
  • Patch package installer to allow installation of unsigned .pkg
  • Patch the Application launcher to allow running of unsigned application
  • Add a custom message to the "New Features" installation screen
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Photo Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Music Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Video Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Game Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Network Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Playstation Network Category
  • Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Friends Category
  • Remove "BD Data Utility" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Search for Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Network Media Servers" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Video Editor & Uploader" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "Netflix" icon from the XMB Video Category
  • Remove "PlayStation Store" icon from the XMB Video Category

Theme:

  • Aqua
  • Clam
  • Windows native
  • Default
  • Revitalized
  • Classic
  • XP Native


PS3MFW - PS3 Modified Firmware Project is Announced

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#29 - kakarotoks - 225w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by trasek View Post
good idea, I would also ike to have in XBM under video and game group some posibility to create subfolders where I can save for example. sport games, racing, first-person etc. Maybe it can be add by this utility.

Yeah, that's called "Group by album" I think, and you just need to press triangle, information, then edit.. press square in xmb for it to change the group mode..

oh, and that feature is in the official firmware...

#28 - ElectrixBreaker - 225w ago
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Awesome News! Great work you guys!

#27 - farenheit - 225w ago
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I would just like to say one word for all your dedication and commitment in this..

Shukrun Br

#26 - trasek - 225w ago
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good idea, I would also ike to have in XBM under video and game group some posibility to create subfolders where I can save for example. sport games, racing, first-person etc. Maybe it can be add by this utility.

#25 - kakarotoks - 225w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by OGroteKoning View Post
This is impressive! Perhaps too impressive - what I mean, if you let this loose in the wrong hands, you can just imagine how many "I bricked my PS3" post we will have! But, I have hope - KaKaRoToKS and an0nym0us are not idiots. I don't think it will be released prior it being idiot-proof!!

The app has about 65 options for the users, the backend is robust, we tested almost every combination, on 3.15, 3.41 and 3.55, and tested it on over 15 different PS3 models, we had no bricks at all.

Quote Originally Posted by Tepoo View Post
please not another mfw modder... i can already see the thread names: "Need help on installing pkg on 3.56 MKW NO Log, No BD, etc." and "Need help on getting... running on 3.60 MKW BD, lv1, lv2, etc."

please stop making thousands of custom firmware modder tools and create firmwares. there more cfw's existing, there more problems will occour on compiling, patching, etc.

i hope those tool won't get the head, and cfw's like the one from Waninkoko will be the only one at the end.


It's not "another" mfw modder.. there are *no* mfw builder released so far.. only .pup and .bsdiff files, which are all closed sourced. If waninkoko or kmeaw decides to stop working on it, then everything is lost and everyone needs to restart from scratch. This gives a unique framework for people to actually customize their MFW their own way. And to keep all the knowledge open sourced. Maybe you like waninkoko's firmware, but others may disagree.

#24 - SlipNut - 225w ago
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well as long as it proves to be stable and efficient I Think this is a marvelous idea,ability to kinda personalize your own firmware, have the ability to get rid of some of those annoying icons.and ability to kinda set it up for your own personnal needs,as well like most I don't necessarily need all the bells and whistles of some of the cfw out there just the ability to run and load my own pkg files.

some need and or only use it for backups etc, who knows where this could all lead, but imo might actually help stop all this millions of new types of cfw out there and lead to 1 total all around cfw project, dunno just my opinion.

#23 - IHM - 225w ago
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Exactly what was needed, instead of single releases of CFW`s a group of people working on one project, kinda like FSD for the 360, this is a much better idea, and will lead to great things.

Just what was needed, Great News!

#22 - krawhitham - 225w ago
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sounds good!

#21 - proskopina - 225w ago
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that's great news!! thanks to the devs!!!

#20 - buffaoo monty - 225w ago
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This does seem very good news indeed!

I must admit everyday the news seems to get more & more interesting, hopefully with this when its fully stable, we will all just be able to run a program which creates & installs a new CFW each time Pony introduce one without having to be an evil genius with the IQ of 237