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June 19, 2010 // 7:41 pm - This weekend SKFU shared news of a research project that himself, iQD and a few others have began work on with the PS3 Blu-ray drive in order to, among other goals, run PlayStation 3 game backups from the PS3 HDD.

Getting Sony's PlayStation 3 entertainment system to function without a BDD was not a difficult challenge for them, however, many may recall previous attempts by MysticHades among others to examine PS3 hacks which allow running game backups from the hard disk drive.

Earlier this year, knightsolidus detailed the Blu-ray drive PS3 CXD4302GB Chip Test Points, and Spanish site Elotrolado reported on a PS3 exploit found to run PlayStation 3 backups along with a leaked Sony Disc Boot Game Patch Programming Guide.

Prior to that, PS3 developers examined several PS3 Blu-ray Flash Dumps and utilized plscsi via PS3 Linux to command the PlayStation 3 drives to return their respective Firmware revisions for comparison.

Finally, pictured below is a PS3 Test (DECH) unit with a PlayStation 3 HDD connected to USB port 4 (which actually registers as USB0) in order to utilize the PS3 Debug BD Emulator with Final Fantasy XIII on the screen. More details will be posted as they become available, and to quote from SKFU:

"The project started as one to let PS3 work without the BDD. That's easy by ripping the drive hardware but the firmware board. This was just a fun project.

While I sniffed all ports used by the BDD I started thinking about an emulation of the drive. At the moment iQD, me and a few more friends collect the correct hardware which is needed to realize a decent analyze of the Blu-Ray drive. We'll keep you updated ;-)"

PS3 Blu-ray Drive Project Begins to Run Game Backups via HDD

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#38 - PS4 News - June 21, 2010 // 2:06 am
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Discussion of SKFU's PS3 Exploit Loader and POC v0.1 is being moved here:

#37 - gtxboyracer - June 21, 2010 // 12:26 am
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Its ready!!!
SKFU's Exploit Loader + POC 0.1

So here is the result of the simple idea. The first code which is 100% PS3 only compatible. No flash, no bd-java or similar.

This is a beta version of the POC as I'm too tired to finish it now but I don't wanna' let you wait so long. Here you go:


How 2 Use:

1. Install loader.p3t like a common theme file.
2. Put loadme.fu on an USB stick's root dir.
3. Insert USB device into any PS3 USB port.
4. Enable the the theme you just installed before.
5. Hello World.

How It Works:

The PS3 theme file is able to load the loadme.fu script from any USB port. The script is executed. The "loader" is for future-use aswell to load any .fu files which I'll release.

Stay tuned for updates!


#36 - Preceptor - June 21, 2010 // 12:21 am
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People, I , along with many of the people have heard all this "retail hello world" bs before. I've seen too many fakes for just one lifetime... So I will believe when I see it, along with a proof of concept.

#35 - Pcsx2006 - June 21, 2010 // 12:17 am
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OMG what's happing there as i'm reading his twitter i can feel chill in my spine man thats some serious stuff going on there wow i'm really exicited great work SFKU & TEAM now its time to bring down black beast.

#34 - urbanracer34 - June 21, 2010 // 12:16 am
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Another update from SKFU's Twitter
just a few more minutes 2 go...
3 minutes ago via web

#33 - dante489 - June 21, 2010 // 12:11 am
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I'm confused! was this project tested on a retail or a debug system?

are we really going to see a hello world? well i hope it's not fake.

#32 - teusjuh - June 21, 2010 // 12:07 am
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hello world on retail console is pretty awsome process

#31 - adrianc1982 - June 21, 2010 // 12:03 am
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hello world? if you are testing with a retail unit then you are note emulating the BD you are running unsigned code, but if you are on a TEST unit then running the code out of a stick. right?

anyways, i hope its not a fake cause it seems too soon to have a hello world of any kind..

Edit: reread the tweet and it says the first RETAIL unit dang... what are you doing?

#30 - jaaSumbra - June 20, 2010 // 10:40 pm
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1 more new tweet from SKFU:

we'll just finish a few details in the code then poc is going to be released
20 minutes ago via web

#29 - Xhinde - June 20, 2010 // 10:30 pm
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Holy smokes! This is sounding more and more awesome