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February 1, 2011 // 9:04 am - 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 Builder v0.1 Features:


  • 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


  • 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


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PS3MFW - PS3 Modified Firmware Project is Announced

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#19 - enri69 - February 1, 2011 // 6:55 pm
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It's not that I like to go Off Topic, but KaKaRoToKS name is known. His name is Youness Alaoui, from his Twitter

"Bio: aMSN developer and project leader. Founder of PSFreedom and PL3. Moroccan, living in Canada. Working for Collabora"

I don't know about Hermes. But KaKaRoToKS seems not to be afraid of SONY. Maybe SONY CANADA isn't as powerful as SCEA.

#18 - radialman - February 1, 2011 // 6:48 pm
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Looking forward to it....keep up the good work.

#17 - farenheit - February 1, 2011 // 6:41 pm
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Where's DA when you need him... or is he part of the anony group

#16 - flashpc - February 1, 2011 // 6:16 pm
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This is a great idea, and with a lot of devs working on the same project who knows what will come about. Myself I am quietly excited about the way the scene is moving. Good luck team.

#15 - GotNoUsername - February 1, 2011 // 5:46 pm
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WOW the project sounds awesome hope it will stay alive and updated to future FW's (like 3.56). I think it is very likely ^^

The coders these days are great keep it going. Nobody knows how the contributors are in person, even known coders like KaKaRoToKS and Hermes only use these names, nobody know who they are. So no need to worry.

PS: Many Team members of fail0verflow are not form the US so they don't have to care about the Geohot case at all , I think a lot of them are German and as far as I know they aren't nervous at all about the geohot case.

#14 - aries2k6 - February 1, 2011 // 5:29 pm
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Interesting project.

I wonder if something like this could enable region free BD playback? That's been a option I've been hoping for.
Anyways, keep up the great work.

#13 - bsensed - February 1, 2011 // 5:15 pm
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looks very interesting... i'll keep my eye on it

#12 - adrianc1982 - February 1, 2011 // 5:11 pm
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This is the best project so far, I mean we have a "cfw" that is able to do piracy and run unsigned/signed code, but the ability to modify some of its core is a dream come true. Maybe a new dash like a previous poster said, or maybe add support for most of the video formats and containers out there to the native ps3 player. Lets see what comes out of this

#11 - hunterrr - February 1, 2011 // 5:06 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Pcsx2006 View Post
KaKarotoKs is brave guy he not afraid like others and the work he's doing for ps3 secene is fantastic.

Right he also lives in Canada I think? I don't think SCEA could come after him like geohot, sven, fail0verflow etc. I know theres SCEA, SCEE, what are the others?

#10 - inginear - February 1, 2011 // 4:57 pm
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this is a great idea for a program! i also really like the ability to "turn off" certain icons like netflix and video uploader. kakarotoks just needs to be mindful of keeping his real name a secret for a while.