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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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#12 - adrianc1982 - September 3, 2009 // 12:41 am
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congratulations cjpc, you really sound excited and I've never seen you this happy before. I guess its really really big news and I hope you get to find an exploit for everyone else to have fun.

#11 - imtoodvs - September 3, 2009 // 12:30 am
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PS3news Dev Team + PS3 Tool = HACKED PS3.

congrats are in order, I can't wait to see what the future holds.
I still have a PS3 on FW 2.10 & a Debug on 2.80. I'm ready if you need me.

#10 - shummyr - September 2, 2009 // 11:15 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by snowisawesome00 View Post
sweet! wish i had one of those!

Me too.. I want one, i would help the devs with it.

#9 - snowisawesome00 - September 2, 2009 // 11:10 pm
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sweet! wish i had one of those!

#8 - everglow21 - September 2, 2009 // 11:05 pm
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Hope we can get as much as we can out of this

#7 - mattfish - September 2, 2009 // 11:02 pm
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This is awesome news.. I want to wish the PS3 News Dev team good luck in the future !..

#6 - shummyr - September 2, 2009 // 10:56 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by urbanracer34 View Post
This is awesome! Congrats to you guys on getting this big TOOL (no pun intended)!

Let's get hacking!

I like the idea of lets get hacking!

#5 - urbanracer34 - September 2, 2009 // 10:50 pm
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This is awesome! Congrats to you guys on getting this big TOOL (no pun intended)!

Let's get hacking!

#4 - Starlight - September 2, 2009 // 10:49 pm
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This is awesome news and will forsure be aid for devs and congrats on getting one.. me drooling..

#3 - shummyr - September 2, 2009 // 10:35 pm
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This is going to be an immense help and it will be nice to be unrestricted on what can be done!