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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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#52 - Aeonin - September 3, 2009 // 9:27 pm
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Fantastic find there CJPC, this could be the turnaround the scene needs for the PS3. I'm sure it'll be quite sometime until any big rewards are reaped, but I'm a patient man and I'm confident in the great devs we got here. Thanks ya'll! Keep up the good work.

#51 - veggav - September 3, 2009 // 9:02 pm
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Great news!! Congratulations CJPC!

Do you guys think the break will come in a software, something to run from the usb or a dvd-r ? or it would be a mod chip ?

#50 - aries2k6 - September 3, 2009 // 9:00 pm
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Congratulations on aquiring the TOOL. It looks impressive.
I hope you can use it to learn more about the workings of the ps3 and find that loophole we're all hoping can be found.

I already learned something today. FW .85? I didn't even know that existed I always thought the 1st FW was 1.0

So is it possible to freely downgrade - upgrade the TOOL. That would be very convenient for you to do testing.

No, he got it second hand on Ebay and it seems he got a good deal on it.

#49 - jd200 - September 3, 2009 // 8:25 pm
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good luck with this hardware, maybe you could look at the pkg files with this and some how open them i dont know..

#48 - BentleyGT - September 3, 2009 // 8:20 pm
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Good job acquiring this beast CJPC! I hope that you can make dreams come true with it.

#47 - BlingOnMyWrist - September 3, 2009 // 7:47 pm
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Was it actually purchased for $10K?

#46 - jirachi155 - September 3, 2009 // 7:28 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by hacked2123 View Post
0.85 eh? I remember the first "crash" that allowed me to swap with that firmware...and it didn't help me understand a thing back then, now it makes so much sense, and you all have TOOL+TEST, so sick!

Have Fun

i've never heard that fw since now _

#45 - hacked2123 - September 3, 2009 // 6:49 pm
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0.85 eh? I remember the first "crash" that allowed me to swap with that firmware... and it didn't help me understand a thing back then, now it makes so much sense, and you all have TOOL+TEST, so sick!

Have Fun

#44 - sharks - September 3, 2009 // 5:54 pm
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this tool, if used right, could be incredibly informative. the ps3 has been secretive for too long. it's time to break the 3 years of silence!

#43 - tilla - September 3, 2009 // 5:49 pm
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Ah I remember these bad boys from when I was in the QA department at EA. Had one running NFS Carbon and another as a foot rest