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217w ago - Today the next wave of PS3 dongles has started, enter the Cobra USB from Max Louarn of Divineo / Supreme Factory, which features the ability to run Blu-ray, DVD and PS1 game iSOs and PSP Mini games from the PlayStation 3 hard drive.

The PS3 USB device is slated for release on April 11 and currently requires v3.41 PS3 Firmware, however, it can downgrade from PlayStation 3 Firmware v3.50 with the related PDF guides and files available HERE.

From their official site linked above, to quote:

Cobra USB - The Ultimate PS3 USB solution features:

• ** Blu Ray Movie region free functionality
• ** Allows you to play Blu Ray movie ISO's from HDD
• ** Allows you to play DVD movie ISO's from HDD
• ** Integrated support to play PS1 game ISO's from HDD
• ** Integrated support to play PSP mini games from HDD
• ** Enjoy PS3 games with files >4GB on external USB HDD

• Supports FAT and SLIM PS3 consoles any region
• Supports versions up to 3.50 (console must be running 3.41)
• Play PS3 games from internal HDD
• MCU firmware and flash firmware updatable using easy to use free PC updater
• First class customer support and free regular firmware upgrades
• No need to open your console, just plug and play
• High quality components and materials used throughout
• Unique and built from scratch Cobra USB manager featuring slick U.I. and customized options with easy navigation
• Actel based encryption engine onboard to prevent device cloning
• Fast onboard 2 Mbyte SPI flash for firmware storage
• High quality onboard MCU
• Easy mode selection via switch (PC update, PS3 downgrader, regular PS3 device mode)
• Downgrader functionality included free of charge, allowing users to upgrade firmware to and from 3.41 at will
• Multi lingual user interface (English, Spanish and French as standard with more languages to be supported later)

** = World's first implementation



Cobra USB - PS3 Dongle Runs Blu-ray & PS1 iSOs and PSP Minis

Cobra USB - PS3 Dongle Runs Blu-ray & PS1 iSOs and PSP Minis

Cobra USB - PS3 Dongle Runs Blu-ray & PS1 iSOs and PSP Minis

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#375 - PS4 News - 129w ago
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Today the infamous Max Louarn's Cobra Team has announced they are officially entering the PS3 Optical Drive Emulator (ODE) market similar to PS3 3K3y as they apparently feel this is the next way they can con unsuspecting PlayStation 3 scene users into blowing money on unnecessary devices so they can profit as they did with the DRM-infected TB dongle months ago.

Short of a few images from their sites (cobra-ode.com / cobra-team.com) and brief description, not much is available on the device yet:

The website for the most advanced PS3 Optical Drive Emulator will be launched soon! Come back soon for further updates, details of features and information.

From their marketing frontman Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA): "We all heard of the upcoming '3k3y' device, but now the market for installing an ODE in the PS3 scene world is heating up as the world's famous Team Cobra behind the Cobra-USB dongle is now going to be producing an Cobra-ODE for playing all your backup PS3 Blu-Ray Game Disc Images directly from any HDD without the need to have your PS3 console on 'custom firmware', which they claim will be 'most advanced PS3 Optical Drive Emulator' ever.

No more information is available at the moment, except what is on their official websites, but stay tuned as we bring you more exclusive news!"

His latest spin doctor attempt: "To the three people and dozens more that will reply causing a 'flame war'. Answer me this, how can HARDWARE be free? An ODE is not a DRM dongle it is interface between the ps3 and blu-ray drive, making the PS3 think it is talking to the actual blu-ray drive, not HDD, allowing you to use ORIGINAL FIRMWARE.

Even if the 'scene' released the info for FREE on how to do this, like the Glitch'ing on the X360, you would still have to build a PCBoard, buy the parts and solder it together, and flash an asic with the code, it might be little cheaper but still would cost money.

There is already CFW for FREE, this device is just another option for those wishing to play backups using OFW. No one is forcing you to read this topic or buy this hardware. Again it is not dongle. -- As for updating the firmware for cobra-usb dongle, i heard it was in the works, not sure if any update, i will ask."

Needless to say, those who preach about additional hardware being required to play PS3 games (silly wabbits ) with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago have vested interests in profiting from it. The same sheep who bought into TB will be suckered into this device that will mysteriously disappear once they cash in on the new fad they are peddling and then release free PS3 scene game cracks under various pseudonyms. In a nutshell: don't fall for these con-artists, save your money and wait for free PS3 scene solutions instead.

#374 - ricopico - 129w ago
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Is it likely that MM/Showtime will ever be updated to allow for BD iso playback from harddrive, akin to the cobra USB functionality, or is that something which a cobra is physically required?

#373 - StanSmith - 129w ago
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Another request for MM, can we get the updates to be updated like Showtime where they dont mess with the param.sfo as I have to keep editing it with every update and moving it back to where I have it. Showtime stopped that and it just updates and keeps the icon where it is.

And that 13 UPD didn't remove the disc icon when there is no disc in the drive, its still there. All the previous bugs I said about are still there. I guess I'll have to wait for the next version or downgrade. I'm going to downgrade now as its really annoying the way it is now.

#372 - PS4 News - 129w ago
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Apparently the 8x4 and list mode are fixed in the updated version 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202) added HERE now.

#371 - StanSmith - 129w ago
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That latest 4.14.03 screws up 8.4 list. Instead of O exiting like it should it now changes all the game icons into settings and you cant get the games back unless you press L1 then R1. Even if you quit then reload MM its still that stupid menu.

Cam we get the O as EXIT again.

Another thing, its got a new empty box when highlighted says "Start game from disc (PSX/PS3)" but there is no disc in the drive. And the empty box next to that says "refresh" Do we need 2 more empty boxes? looks stupid especially when there is no disc in the drive. and if you press Triangle there is a refresh option there. Oh, I just found out the Triangle menu is also screwed, its now a side menu.
If it wasn't for the new working features I would go back to a previous version of MM.

So Apple have screwed with itunes and now DeanK is screwing with MM. I cant get a break can I. Looks like everything is getting screwed except for me...

It would be a thumbs up if it worked properly. I copied a game from NTFS to internal. Ok, so it read the NTFS drive and copied the game over but the game refused to run, when it tried to install it came up with an error. I ended up deleting that version and copying it over via FTP and now it works fine. SO it will read NTFS but its corrupt when it copies from USB/NTFS to internal.

And another bug report. When you download the update of MM it wants to reboot the PS3. NOT GOOD when you update it via Remote Play as it does reboot and turn on the PS3 kicking it out of Remote Play mode.

#370 - sorg - 129w ago
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Thank you DeanK! Although i didn't find option for USB reset (neither in ini, nor in MM settings menu), MM now doesn't rearrange USB drives and works fine on Rebug

btw, 4.14.03 is out. Updated in MM.

#369 - ps33ps - 129w ago
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how to skip verifying data? after installation CFW 4.30 and new mm i can't play in dragons dogma, i wait over 20 min and verifying data is still in progress, on earlier version mm and CFW 3.55 this process takes max 5 minutes

edit: ok i found

#368 - PS4 News - 129w ago
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Today deank has updated multiMAN once again to version 04.14.03 with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (3 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror #2)

Changelog:

  • Totally reworked 8x4 display mode (compatible with all themes)
  • Added "Reset USB" option to "Settings" to disable USB bus scan/reset
  • Added new translation labels
  • Included latest installPKG standalone application

Update: Shortly following, deank updated multiMAN once more to version 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202) fixing a bug in the game list view present when moving up/down (it just toggles between the top and bottom entry) stating:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202).rar / multiMAN ver 04.14.03a UPD CEX (20121202).rar

You can take screenshots... Press the {PS} button, go to [Photo] column in real XMB -> Take Screenshot. I see that is wrong and got it fixed, thanks!

All fixed (both 8x4 and the list mode). The link in the post above is updated with the new one. Let me know how it works. You can also update online by starting mM while holding L2+R2 and update from the Home column.

Also when using 4x2, 8x4, 5x4x5 and XBDM modes and if you leave mM while in dash/home/settings it will return you to your games list on next launch External Game Data function is not to be used with all the games out there. Some work, some doesn't. I know exactly what the issue is, but it is impossible to overcome. Same goes for games with caching split files and/or using BD-Mirror function. I can give you the technical explanation if you wish but that won't solve anything.

Delete all installed game data, use a game disc, disable 'ext.game data' if enabled, disable direct-boot, and try again... Enable bd-mirror and try again... I have TFU (not the sith edition) but it works... It gives a black screen if you don't use game disc or without bdmirror.

#367 - Shorteee - 129w ago
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NTFS (Thumbs Up)

#366 - PS4 News - 129w ago
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Today deank has updated multiMAN to version 04.14.02 with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (2.98 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #2) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #3) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #4) / multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121130).rar (Mirror #5)

v04.14.02 Changelog:

  • Changed: Do not scan/reset USB devices on DEX firmwares
  • NTFS/PFS driver works properly with and without USB.CFG (only ONE active NTFS HDD supported)
  • Game and Firmware version display in "Game Settings" menu will reflect data found in GAMEI folder if "Ext. Game Data" is enabled
  • mM is now available in XMB after "Ext. Game Data" or gameDATA (USB mode) is used
  • Improved support for data CD/DVD/BD discs (Blu-ray Movie Discs, AVCHD discs, other data discs)
  • Upon mM launch if such disc is in the tray it will be accessible right away
  • If a data disc (non-genuine PS3 BD Game Disc) is inserted during mM operation it will be also accessible
  • These changes negate the use of "Enable Direct Disc Access" option in "Settings"
  • Included standalone [* Install Package Files] application with queue/color/sorting support

Update: multiMAN version 04.14.02 (20121201) for December 1st is now available below as well with the changes from above:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.02 UPD CEX (20121201).rar

v04.14.02 (20121201) Changelog:

  • Added "Reset USB" option in "Settings" to disable usb scan/reset
  • Added 6 new lines in the LANG_DEFAULT