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February 2, 2012 // 10:33 pm - Following up on my previous release, after moja drew to my attention the inconvenience of having to downgrade to 3.55 and re-install a new PUP to get new features in my HFW I tried to look for a solution.

Download: PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v3 Pack Update (with XMB Manager 0.09 Beta built into the XMB Mod files)

Making a FW 4.00 compatible PUP was not an option. So I looked for another way. At the moment I'm quite happy with the base firmware of my HFW and the only real thing I would change to add new features would be in the XMB items.

Like new revisions of DeViL303's XMB Manager. So I did some experimenting with the XML files and found it is possible to use resources from external (other than the /dev_flash/) devices. So basically I've modified the XMB read XML instructions from a USB device.

This allows me to port revisions of the XMB Manager, and my 4.00HFW users can simply copy the files to a USB to use the newer version. No downgrade required to use XMB updates. I'm not likely to release another firmware a revision of my 4.00 HFW after this one for a while, unless something BIG comes along.

Instructions to install this PUP:

1. Be on a firmware 3.55 or less
2. Install the .pup through the XMB (Make sure you have a working hardware flasher as there is no other way to downgrade)

Instructions to prepare the XMB Mod for USB:

1. Create a Directory on a USB stick called "XMB"
2. Copy "xmb.xml" from the XMB Mod Package and copy it to the "XMB" directory on your USB stick

Instructions to use the XMB mod with my HFW:

1. Have the USB plugged anytime the XMB is loaded. For instance, when the PS3 is turning on and loading the XMB, or when you quit an application to go back to the XMB.
2. Once the XMB has loaded you can remove the USB stick as it is no longer necessary.

NOTE: The PS3 can operate without the XMB Mods. Not using the XMB Mods on the USB stick will not damage your PS3 in anyway. The only thing that will happen is that the XMB Mods will not show.

Obviously the ability to add items to the XMB is not restricted to the XMB Manager and it's updates, it is capable of adding any item or number items to the XMB provided they are entered into the xmb.xml correctly and are compatible with the relevant .sprx (for instance Network Settings will not work in the Game category as that cannot handle the item class "type:x-xmb/xmlsysconf").

Also I've configured the other categories to read from the xmb.xml too. (Although System Settings cannot be altered, as for some reason the XML file for it, is ignored) It won't be very hard for someone who knows about editing XMB .XML files to figure out how to take advantage of this.

BTW the XMB File Manager, now called the XMB Manager is modification of Team Rebug's "Package Manager", is now a collaboration project, involving DeViL303, Bitsbubba, PS3hen, Andreus , abuser and more! And as such should be credited for the XMB Manager and its progress. The official development page can be found here

Just like before only retail signed .PKG can be installed with this. Have fun. THIS HFW WILL NOT ALLOW HOMEBREW!

Change Log:

Version 3:

  • Added the ability to read XML instructions from a usb device plugged in "/dev_usb000/" allowing users to add items to the XMB by modifying an XML file on the USB device.
  • Re-added "Install Package Files" to the XMB so the user is not forced to use XMB mods if they wish to install .PKG files.
  • Note: Still retains the features from previous versions regardless of whether XMB Mods are used or not.

Version 2.5:

  • Fix's Custom Icons/labels not showing in-game
  • Using Version 0.07 of the XMB File Manager (ported to FW 4.00 by me)
  • PSN content waiting to be installed/copied now only shows in the (Playstation Network Content) sub menu of the XMB File Manager (I noticed the XMB File Manager used the wrong internal link to show PSN content so I fixed this)
  • PS2 game discs show as "Playstation 2 Format Disc" instead of "Unrecognised Data" on Non-BC PS3s
  • The XMB File Manager uses a custom icon(see picture)
  • The "Playstation Network Content" now uses a (IMO) better icon

Version 2:

  • Adds "Debug XMB Items" to the XMB Column "PlayStation Network" (contains the Debug items found in this column, originally for DEX)
  • Removes the useless "PlayStation Plus" XMB item from the XMB Column "PlayStation Network"
  • Disables Cinavia DRM on all media except Blue-ray.

Version 1:

  • Adds DeViL303's "XMB File Manager" to the XMB Column "Game"
  • Adds "/app_home/PS3GAME/" to the XMB Column "Game" (has no function at the moment, but is here for completeness)

PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v3 Pack Update is Now Available

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#153 - technodon - June 25, 2012 // 4:40 pm
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this got sonys attention..

#152 - LKJHGFDSA - June 25, 2012 // 3:57 pm
This is wickedly awesome! Well done, master0wn3r.

and I must say, this post is written fairly well. Thanks spark32.

#151 - Lucifer Kain - June 25, 2012 // 3:06 pm
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It doesn't take to long for Sony to patch it...

#150 - condorstrike - June 25, 2012 // 1:33 pm
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thanks technodon

and someone try Condor Updater v1, it should work.

#149 - technodon - June 25, 2012 // 1:32 pm
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Joey inspired me to make a new kiosk firmware however this one will only install on 3.55 make sure you have a hardware flasher before installing this as there is no other way to downgrade. Features include:

1. Added Custom Coldboot
2. Patched to allow installation of Sony Retail Signed Packages
3. Added install package file options to the Game Category

i tried to remove XMB restrictions to playstation home and the store, it might not be possible now. i think sony changed something? maybe ps3hen can take a look.

#148 - ps3hen - June 25, 2012 // 9:21 am
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What are you talking about? Apps made for CFW won't work on OFW, because they utilise peek/poke.

#147 - technodon - June 25, 2012 // 5:15 am
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one thing it does actually prove is that sony did add more verification checks to check the integrity of the pups. any changes made to dev_flash files including cold boots gives data corruption errors. so there will not be any new custom firmwares installable on 4.11 you will need to downgrade back to 3.55 and update.

install package files doesn't even work. by work i mean not even sony retail psn signed packages. maybe some kind of special shop packages install ?

#146 - StanSmith - June 25, 2012 // 4:22 am
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All 3.55 apps should work as how do you think lower firmware games and apps still work.

All we need to do is maybe sign them a different way as its probably blocked the signature for homebrew.

Just sign homebrew for a lower firmware should still work in higher firmwares.

#145 - technodon - June 25, 2012 // 3:00 am
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This is not good, i'm sorry but like Kakaroto told me 'your just telling sony how to patch their firmware without any good reason'

when there finally is a jailbreak we wont have install package options

i'm going to install this just cause he says that you can convert the console back to retail which i wouldn't have thought is possible like he said also i very much doubt that you can install this on 4.11 cause if the new security checks and remember if you update from 3.55 you have no way to downgrade without a nor or nand flasher!

its very good actually. i'm quite surprised how he managed to convert from retail to shop then back to retail on 4.11. going to test it on my unhackable 3000x series console.. wish me luck!

it even works on a unbackable 3000x series console sony will be breaking down your door and taking your ps3's MR. Joey Johnson, shame that homebrew is never going to run on this unless he is a specialist in algebra equations. but well done for hacking sony's latest model!

#144 - ps3hen - June 25, 2012 // 1:16 am
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So this is a kiosk firmware update with retail firmware flags. And the "return FW" is a retail firmware update with kiosk flags. This will only be able to install retail pkgs so that's probably why "no packages install", as all homebrew pkgs are not proper retail pkgs. Nice POC, but I don't think kiosk fw will lead into an exploit.