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September 2, 2009 // 10:10 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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#22 - ernvil - September 3, 2009 // 3:05 am
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The PS3 will finally get hacked!

Oh I wish

#21 - cfwprophet - September 3, 2009 // 2:38 am
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Finally a sort of ray of hope will shine on the community..
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Also, this is going to come in handy as all too often lamers run around screaming "OMFG, PS3 crash/hang = exploit!!!" when in reality they have no clue what's going on with the PS3's state during those situations... in most cases the answer being nothing.

Finally, here is to hoping the PS3 Devs do make some great progress exploring and dumping areas that were previously inaccessable, and can analyze the data or even pass some along to guys like geohot for further examination.

And they will go where no man has gone before

#20 - conceptcar3 - September 3, 2009 // 2:25 am
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Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post
However, the biggest feature is having the ability to capture output from the PS3 Hypervisor (LV1) and the PS3 Kernel (LV2)!

being able to see the hypervisor output!

#19 - CJPC - September 3, 2009 // 2:02 am
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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!

#18 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 1:58 am
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Quote Originally Posted by Chivafighter View Post
You got to love ebay, my place for aftermarket parts for my car, phones and now.

So I hear LOL... believe it or not, as much time as I spend online each day (like 10+ hours, 7 days a week) I have never, ever used Ebay myself. I don't even have an account there, though I really should push myself to get into it... then I can be the next guy on one of those "I made millions on Ebay" infomercials.

#17 - Chivafighter - September 3, 2009 // 1:54 am
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You got to love ebay, my place for aftermarket parts for my car, phones and now.

CJPC got this masterpiece there for a reduced price... wow

#16 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 1:44 am
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Quote Originally Posted by brent0r View Post
how was this unit funded too? thats some real dedication if this was brought privately.

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Wow, Congratulations, but one thing... how did they acquire it lol

CJPC bought it himself, however, keep two things in mind:

1) A hobby of his has always been Dev stuff, both collecting and tinkering with it. While it's great he isn't one of those hypocritical collectors (who buy but don't ever use the stuff, or don't hack with it because they don't agree with piracy/scene views) he did buy it for his own personal use as well as to benefit PS3 Dev progress. I guess my point is simply that if the PS3 was already hacked, he would still jump on buying a PS3 TOOL the instant opportunity knocked.

2) He didn't pay the retail price for it, so while it may be $10k+ new he got it used off Ebay. Lucky? VERY much so, but smart enough not to pay retail for anything in life... let alone $10,000 for a metal box.

#15 - Chivafighter - September 3, 2009 // 1:43 am
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Wow, Congratulations, but one thing... how did they acquire it lol

#14 - brent0r - September 3, 2009 // 1:07 am
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best news i've heard in a long time. well done and good luck with everything in the future.

how was this unit funded too? thats some real dedication if this was brought privately.

can't wait to read more news as it comes in. i seriously check this site every second i have access to a computer hoping for more progress. good stuff!!!

#13 - PS4 News - September 3, 2009 // 12:59 am
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Yea lol, he (and the other Devs) have been wanting one since before it even existed... awhile back CJPC sold his PS2 TOOL and got a PS3 Debug, but the PS3 TOOL is basically the "Holy Grail" of PS3 Development hardware.

Unlike PS3 Test consoles that are primarily used for debugging, the PS3 TOOL essentially moves CJPC to "unlicensed developer" status... if he got a DBA and applied for/was granted a Dev license (https://www.tpr.scea.com/AreaNewLicensee/MainSystem/CFModules/ScreenLayout/nl_master_template.cfm) from Sony, he could create his own PS3 games as a third-party developer.

Of course that won't happen, but those who know what they are doing with one and have connections to the required PS3 TOOL system updates and documentation gives us the best shot at unlocking the PS3 to date.