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September 2, 2009 // 8:10 pm - Well, I hinted at it last week, that we were getting something BIG, and yeah- we did!

It retails for $10,250.00, weighs in around 45lbs, is around 19" wide and 24" deep. If you have not guessed it yet, it's a PS3 TOOL, also known as a PS3 Reference Kit, also known as the DECR-1000A.

This unit is the big brother to the new DECR-1400A, and has many more features than the newer, neutered counterpart. Most of them are outlined in my recently updated thread, but the jist of it is that it has dual 400GB hard disks, dual HDMI outputs, 4x LAN connectors, analog audio output, VGA output - just to name a few.

Compared to a PS3 Debug/TEST unit, the PS3 TOOL can do MUCH more, including diagnosing exactly what is happening when perceived "exploit" code is run to crash/hang the PS3. However, the biggest feature is having the ability to capture output from the PS3 Hypervisor (LV1) and the PS3 Kernel (LV2)!

More will be posted in future updates on what our PS3 Dev Team can do with it, as this literally just arrived and was unpacked/set-up a few hours ago.

Needless to say, its massive, and has so many features it will take our DEVS quite awhile to get through. We need to start testing on a low firmware (around .85) and work our way up to 3.00, looking for exploits among other interesting things.

This is truly as good as it gets when it comes to Sony PS3 hardware though- lots more to come... until then, check out the nice picture below!

PS3 Reference TOOL Kit Arrives for the PS3 News Dev Team!

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#65 - leuch3rd - September 4, 2009 // 6:28 pm
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First and foremost, congrats! This is truly epic news!

Not to be the 'debbie-downer' but if sony found out who owned this unit prior, couldnt they lock it out from the TOOL updates and whatnot? maybe im just being paranoid... lol

cheers and here's to the forthcoming 'checkmate' on that hypervisor crap

#64 - tvdbz431 - September 4, 2009 // 6:13 pm
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This is truly a great day for the PS3news dev team.

I hope if nothing else it finally answers some questions I am sure you have all had for some time now.

#63 - tworok - September 4, 2009 // 3:06 pm
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this is some hot news indeed.

we may still not be able to hack the ps3 with this TOOL, but at least you guys will manage to fully understand how the PS3 works, and that is definitely a BIG step in the right direction.

#62 - Kiriller - September 4, 2009 // 2:10 pm
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Great news Hope you reach your goals point the whole ps3 community in to the correct direction.

Maybe your devs already had this thought, but, why not make a game like program, launches like a game, and i assume HV is not running at that time, and thats when you make the swap with another disk (game) sort of like swap majic?

or even from there, somehow downgrade or install a custom fw? or even just modify the fw? anywho just some thoughts i had while reading your article.

Best of luck and lets get this done!

#61 - Transient - September 4, 2009 // 4:46 am
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Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post
Yeah, I've got a thing for dev equipment (have any, or proto stuff - mail me!), you name it, I've either had it, or had the opportunity to buy it.

But yeah, thank god for "second hand", at 10k - it would have been just a dream!

That's awesome and I'm jealous. Mind you if I got my hands on one of those I'd sure end up missing a lot of sleep!

Congrats and good luck. Finally something to get excited about!

#60 - red8316 - September 4, 2009 // 3:57 am
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Congrats! I'm sure you'll enjoy all the wicked awesomeness that comes from this TOOL. Thanks for sharing the news, its great to know people like you are out there trying to understand and push hardware beyond it's designed limits. Most importantly, have fun!!!

#59 - sivalakos - September 4, 2009 // 3:38 am
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hey guys congratz for making such a purchase. hope the for your effort and keep the big news coming. well if you finally get somewhere and need a beta or alpha tester here i am. i don't play games on ps3 for at least 4 months now for this reason bcs i can download games for pc a from the net but not ps3 so it's just sitting there. thx and good luck.

#58 - goman1971 - September 4, 2009 // 1:32 am
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good luck on your journey to solve the problem!!

#57 - PS4 News - September 4, 2009 // 12:16 am
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Quote Originally Posted by BlingOnMyWrist View Post
Woops, from the page I clicked on, it seemed like there were no comments. Little did I know there were around 40 comments.

Yea, basically because our PS3 Dev area is restricted the comments won't show publically under the article unless you are logged in and have permission to read them (have posted recently, etc).

#56 - XiLERAWR - September 3, 2009 // 11:57 pm
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As others have said, congratulations on the purchase. I hope it helps the developers with their work.