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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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#35 - raze88 - September 3, 2009 // 1:50 pm
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I'm pissing my pants in anticipation!

#34 - jirachi155 - September 3, 2009 // 1:24 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Shrink View Post
Why not programming a "game" that loads a specific (unprotected?) "savegame" from external source (HDD)? You think that's possible?

I think the only 2 problems would be:
1. making external "savegame" (aka copy of a game) inbound
2. loading an unprotected savegame (no encryption)

Anyways there are so many other modules that may be exploited. Like In-Game-Music from harddrive and so on.
I hope this may finally lead somewhere.

now we have more important problems..
anyway CJ isn't a game maker so he can't create game... he could if he would like, but now he want just create a customfw for ps3

#33 - Shrink - September 3, 2009 // 12:53 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by jirachi155 View Post
as the boss said... he could program or make new game if he wants, bu he DOESN'T want.. 'cause this is not the goal.
so he only works to "break" the protections of the ps3

Why not programming a "game" that loads a specific (unprotected?) "savegame" from external source (HDD)? You think that's possible?

I think the only 2 problems would be:
1. making external "savegame" (aka copy of a game) inbound
2. loading an unprotected savegame (no encryption)

Anyways there are so many other modules that may be exploited. Like In-Game-Music from harddrive and so on.
I hope this may finally lead somewhere.

#32 - jirachi155 - September 3, 2009 // 12:05 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by raze88 View Post
Can you actually program on it? Like, making games?
Or does it just display how the PS3 is working through the code if you feed it with data?

Anyway, godspeed you guys!

as the boss said... he could program or make new game if he wants, bu he DOESN'T want.. 'cause this is not the goal.
so he only works to "break" the protections of the ps3

#31 - raze88 - September 3, 2009 // 11:35 am
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Can you actually program on it? Like, making games?
Or does it just display how the PS3 is working through the code if you feed it with data?

Anyway, godspeed you guys!

#30 - jirachi155 - September 3, 2009 // 11:33 am
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CJ... all the world should congratulate you (apart from sony of course )
i think that the all ps3 comunity would give you some money for what you did,do,and will do.

so.. thanks a lot to you and the all devTeam, and now... HACK IT
(hoping you don't fall into a justice trouble )

#29 - DrEmmettBrown - September 3, 2009 // 11:01 am
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Santa Claus brought gifts early this year
Awesome piece of hardware CJ

#28 - victorinox - September 3, 2009 // 10:08 am
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it looks like a dvd/VHS player o.x;; but god... i really hope for that much money, something helpful atleast for you comes out of it!

#27 - livpool - September 3, 2009 // 9:37 am
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awesome! it captures hypervisor output, so does that mean you guys can now better understand how it works and possible reverse it? or is it unknown yet?

man i hope this helps you guys i hope geohot gets to use it too

#26 - D3M0N2009 - September 3, 2009 // 9:34 am
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Congratulations mate, I wish you and the rest of the team the best of luck in trying to find an exploit using this thing.