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October 10, 2012 // 4:41 pm - Following up on the previous Blu-ray drive emulation rumor, today modrobert has announced that 3K3y, a PS3Key (ODD) - essentially an XKey for PS3 - is incoming shortly with some preliminary details outlined below.

Still can't get too excited at requiring additional hardware to play PS3 games with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago though.

To quote from EurAsia (linked above): I just got word from a well known team that will make PS3 owners happy!

Watching the video and drooling!! With those few words I hope to keep you interested...

Below is a picture (via as well.

More info while waiting for the video: In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 software tool which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc.

The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

I'm relatively sure it does support original discs as well, but will confirm it anyway. Pretty much same functionality as xkey.

For now, any PS3 model that can be downgraded to CFW 3.55 will be supported, this is only to retrieve the Blu-ray drive key, after that you can update as you want.

The 3k3y Team is researching other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later. For now you have to downgrade to (or be on) CFW 3.55 in order to get the unique BD drive key required by 3k3y, once you have the key the PS3 can be updated anyway you want, doesn't matter for 3key.

General tech info about 3k3y which is true for xkey as well:

The 3k3y hardware device is an advanced Optical Disc Drive (ODD) emulator, it does not rely on any software based hacks to operate (once the drive key is known).

The device is connected on the SATA (PATA) bus in the PS3, like this; cable from PS3 goes into 3key, cable to BD drive goes out from 3k3y, in other words 3k3y physically sits between the drive and the PS3 mainboard and offers USB 2.0 port to connect hard drive(s). Games residing on the connected hard drive(s) can be selected using a small remote display with buttons (as seen in the photo linked a few posts up reading "PS3" in white characters on the display).

For the PS3 this device appears as a legit BD drive, and replies to any ATA protocol requests/commands the same way the original drive does. The BD drive key which is unique in each PS3 makes it possible for 3k3y to decrypt/encrypt data on the fly and redirect SATA traffic originally on disc media from the hard drive connected via USB 2.0 instead. No original Blu-ray disc needs to be inserted for operation, you can use this without any disc in the drive.

Again, this makes it possible to use any official firmware (XMB) version you want after installation (and key retrieval). No need for software hacks like CFW or DEX to make this work at all. If the original game requires firmware (XMB) 4.25, then go ahead and update, just like you would if the system was completely original (virgin).

I hope this clears up any misunderstandings what 3k3y does, or what it requires.

If the CFW you use can load games on Blu-Ray from the BD drive today, then it will be able to do that from hard drive with 3k3y installed as well.

However, to my knowledge the Blu-ray Disc (BD) drive is not used with CFW, original game disc can be mounted for compatibility, but games are actually loaded from a hard drive connected to the USB port on PS3 or from the internal hard drive.

Simply put, whatever fails with the installed CFW will fail with 3key as well. That's the reason it is kind of pointless to use 3k3y with CFW, but makes a lot of sense to use OFW.

In summary:

  • The team for now is only releasing one picture regarding 3K3Y, but are hoping for an end of the year release.
  • It is full hardware interface, not a dongle, but currently you need CFW v3.55 to dump the BD drive key, after that you can update.
  • It will be complete ODD Blu-ray emulator, allowing even the feature to rip your original PS3 game discs to your external HDD.
  • Due to the nature of design, you will be required to open your PS3 to install it, but NO SOLDERING is needed.
  • More info will be release later, but for now any more pictures and videos are PRIVATE and been shown only to trusted long-time resellers.
  • In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 util which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc. The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.

Update: Below is a minor timeline update, as follows:

[21/10/12] 3k3y key dumper app! (pictured below)

Finally from bubba: You will need do some soldering with this ODE... If You want to get the keys from 4.31. SATA bus level For 25xx and newer models will need to be solder and to get the keys and play backups.

Rumor: 3K3y - PS3Key (ODD) XKey for PS3 Consoles is Incoming

Rumor: 3K3y - PS3Key (ODD) XKey for PS3 Consoles is Incoming

Rumor: 3K3y - PS3Key (ODD) XKey for PS3 Consoles is Incoming

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#105 - acepla13 - December 18, 2014 // 9:16 pm
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Yeah, it's just a rumor for now

#104 - mauropava - December 15, 2014 // 7:41 am
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Thanks for all

#103 - chinateck - December 14, 2014 // 7:43 am
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#102 - PS4 News - June 18, 2014 // 1:43 am
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Below is the 3K3y Firmware v2.10 and v2.11 Public Beta with details from ModRobert as follows:

Download: / (Mirror) /

Notes for 3K3y Firmware v2.10 Public Beta:

For now, while waiting for 3k3y isotools swap disk support, you can use the Cobra ODE Bypass 4.55 tools to create swap ISO file.

Burn with ImgBurn, use quality BD-R, Ritek worked fine for me. I've read some claim BD-RE will work, but not in my tests, I tried with Verbatim BD-RE (rewritable) and it failed. Also, make sure you use an original game disk which is single layer (25GB), check the Cobra Anti-ODE security bypass manual for more info.

Setting SWAPTIMEOUT over 30 seconds made the PS3 XMB freeze, that is the reason I limit it to 25 seconds. If you get freeze problem in XMB, try lowering the value, or remove the SWAPTIMEOUT setting in 3key.cfg, then it will default to 15 seconds.

The remote display will show "Load SWP disk" or "Load PS3 disk" when the time comes, you need to quickly open the cover/lid and swap to the requested disc and close the cover before SWAPTIMEOUT reaches zero, if too slow the PS3 XMB will detect the open cover switch and give error, in this case try to start over, if that also fails, power off the PS3 and restart.

If you don't own a 3k3y remote you need to pay attention when the motor stops, but this can be tricky, hopefully someone with a remote can post a video on YouTube so you get an idea how the swap is done. During game updates the BD drive can stop without actually requiring the swap disk, if so just leave the PS3 disk in there when updates are installing on the XMB screen.

When installing a PS3 game update there will be several swaps between SWP (swap) disc and PS3 (original) disc, also, after a game has an update installed on the PS3 hard drive, there will be one extra swap to insert original disc during normal gameplay.

If you manage to screw up the swapping, or if it fails by itself, turn off the PS3 super slim using power button and start over. Pay attention to drive motor sound and be careful, since it can spin with open lid theoretically due to the cover switch handling by 3k3y. If a PS3 game update was installing during a bad swap you might have to delete it in XMB, because the update file can be corrupt (signed with the wrong disk loaded).

3K3y Firmware v2.10 Public Beta Changelog:

  • Cobra 4.55 ISO tools supprt, COBRAISO=Y setting added to 3key.cfg

3K3y Firmware v2.11 Public Beta Changelog:

  • Fix for 3Dump.bin users on OFW 4.55, game updates and quit game works, FIX3DUMP=Y setting added to 3key.cfg.

#101 - jjoseca - February 20, 2014 // 8:17 am
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thanks again

Also the 3K3y v2.08 Beta for PS3 Super Slim is announced:

After a few busy days of developing (and hacking) I'm proud to announce 3K3y v2.08 Beta.

3K3y v2.08 Beta PS3 Super Slim (4k) changelog:

  • OFW 4.55 swap disc support with game updates working
  • No wire/soldering required for cover switch handling
  • SWAPTRICK=Y setting added to 3key.cfg
  • SWAPTIMEOUT=xx (between 5 - 25 seconds) setting added to 3key.cfg
  • Optional LANGUAGE=P0T setting added to 3key.cfg, giving P0T-NOoDLE font on the remote display in English (Thanks Sir Garbagetruck aka Lastebil for the heads up)

This list might change before public beta and final release.

UglyClicker is working on the swap disc support in 3k3y IsoTools, so that should be ready in time for public release.

Unfortunately my attempts to solve the 'game update' and 'quit game' freeze problems for 3Dump.bin users (who have drive key) failed, so I doubt any fix for that will make it into this release.

#100 - PS4 News - February 6, 2014 // 1:14 pm
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3K3y Users: Stay Away from OFW 4.55, 3K3y IsoTools v1.34.9 Out!

To quote from modrobert: After reading the news about Cobra ODE failing for some PS3 models I sacrificed a 3k3y 3KR (3KS-R) install on a PS3 Super Slim (4k), updated to OFW 4.55, and it failed to load GTA5 after that (just hangs in XMB)!

So, for now, don't update to OFW 4.55. Only 'pass-thru' mode works so far in my tests on OFW 4.55, will try some more games.

Users with older fat PS3 consoles have reported success with 3k3y on OFW 4.55, so this seem to affect newer consoles, as Team Cobra suggested.

IsoTools 1.34.9 by UglyClicker

As requested by a vast amount of users, here is the update notification for the new version of IsoTools.

The new version will automatically install when you open IsoTools. As of now, only version 9 IRD files can be uploaded, you can also download the package manually:

Download: IsoTools-1.34.9.rar /


  • Fixed exception when ejecting a disc

2014-02-12: Do NOT update to firmware 4.55

As many of you already know, Sony released update 4.55, which apparently blocks the 3k3y, Cobra and E3. We are looking for a solution. In the mean time, do NOT update, and monitor the forums for progress.

2014-05-06: 3K3y: Firmware 4.55 update

We have been looking into a solution that doesnt require a boot disk, but unfortunately we have not had any success yet. We will now make an update (with swap) for 4.55 users.

#99 - tidus90 - January 27, 2014 // 1:46 am
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Hello everyone, there is a method to change the psn id on the console with 3k3y?

I've already tried IDPs dumper but nothing, I also tried to install psidpatch from multiman but it did not work. What can I do?

#98 - PS4 News - November 26, 2013 // 3:08 am
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Below are the IsoTools 1.34 - IsoTools 1.34.6 & 1.34.8 updates from UglyClicker alongside 3Key Firmware 2.07, as follows:


  • Updated IRD version to 9, no changes, but a lot easier method to calculate the hash
  • Fixed auto upload IRD file
  • Manager ISO now contains PS1/PS2 games as well
  • Fixed video while mounting a game (thanks Harryoke)
  • Extract ISO now also extracts zero byte files
  • Fixed crash after extraction
  • Create ISO (homebrew) now always creates a correct disc, even with a small amount of files (couldn't open the disc in IsoBuster for instance)
  • Add support to make an empty update region (saves 256 MB of zeroes). This only works in homebrew/manager isos when no update file exists.
  • Add a check to fix invalid marked ISO files (encrypted while data is decrypted, and vice versa)
  • Added sortorder on none/date/filename while creating manager iso (in settings)
  • Fixed boolean arguments in isotoolscon
  • Fixed wrong path in IsoCreator under Mono (when running under linux)
  • Added JB Validator to validate a JB rip against an IRD file (same process when you create an ISO with IRD).
  • Fixed IsoMenuCreator
  • Merged IsoMenuCreator and IsoTools:
  • IsoTools only supports PS3 isos (interface limitation, not a code limitation)
  • IsoMenuCreator supports both PS3 and XBOX isos, xk3y firmware still needs support for this

1.34.4 - Bugfix release:

  • Fixed issue with 3K3Y Manager and > 50 games
  • PS1/PS2 game detection improved

27/11/13 - 3K3y firmware update 2.07:

Note: If you ever want to generate the latest gyo.db in real time ( and update your 3k3y with the file it generates.


New Features:

  • Improved handling of PS3 Extra menu ISO
  • Support for PS3 4004
  • Improved handling of PS3 Extra menu ISO (logical partition)
  • Removed requirement for PS3 boot disk when loading PS3 Extra menu
  • Dont eject disk when console sends stop/start cmd (308R/310R)

3k3y firmware UPDATE v2.07:


1. Extract the files "rootfs", "uImage" ,, "3key.cfg" and "gyo.db" (the fpga updates are not included in this update. If you already did the latest fpga updates from 2.02 or bought your 3k3y recently you don't need to update again. If your FPGA is not up to date please download 2.02 and use the fpga from there. Why is it left out? People are not reading and doing the wrong updates so this will filter some of them out!)

2. Open 3key.cfg with Notepad and configure it if needed. If you do not wish to change the settings on your 3k3y then you do not need to edit OR update your 3k3y with this file, leave it out!

2.1 Add the files to the root folder of a Flash Drive or HDD. (Make sure to "eject" the drive properly from the PC, it may otherwise cause corrupt files)

3. Connect the Flash drive or HDD to your 3k3y remote and wait for the 3k3y to start the update.
3.1 The remote OLED will now display "UPDATING - PLEASE WAIT" for about 35 seconds. (Do not turn off your PS3 or disconnect the remote while updating. FPGA updates will take a little longer)

4. Once the update is completed, the OLED will display "UPDATE COMPLETE - RESET" Reboot your PS3 and the 3k3y should now be updated to the latest firmware.

5. That's it! Continue to enjoy using 3k3y with the new features!

NOTE! If you use the same drive as you store content on to do the update with, then its recommended (not needed) to remove the "rootfs", "uImage" & "3key.cfg" and any other files from the root of your drive after a firmware update. Since keeping them there will cause the 3k3y to check the files if they are a newer firmware version then stored on your 3k3y micro SD card, and because of that take longer time for your HDD to be recognized.

Full Changelog:

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3K3y IsoTools v1.34.6:


3k3y IsoTools (aka 3k3y Ripp3r v) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0.

New in this release: Fixed downloading 0 byte images/XML for static ISO menu. Fixed loading games using static menu/Manager menu. Fixed issue with 3k3y Manager and over 50 games. PS1/PS2 game detection improved.

1.34.6 - Bugfix release:

  • Fixed downloading images/xml (no more 0 byte files), manually remove the 0 byte files

3K3y IsoTools v1.34.8:

Download: IsoTools-1.34.8.rar‎ /‎

As requested by a vast amount of users, here is the update notification for the new version of IsoTools.

The new version will automatically install when you open IsoTools. As of now, only version 9 IRD files can be uploaded, you can also download the package manually:


  • Use covers if no wallpaper is available for PS3_EXTRA menu
  • Fixed issue in some PSX games for the ISO menus (like Tekken 3)
  • Added identify ISO
  • Added warning when decrypted ISO is NOT checked (everybody should enable that!)
  • Added check for missing bin files (in case the cue contains an invalid path)
  • Use HTTP 1.0 protocol with KeepAlive disabled to prevent certain download errors


  • Extract wallpaper file for static iso menu when downloading cover fails
  • Fixed issue with ISO crypto function
  • Fixed exception when open links from the log window
  • Do not upload IRD after failed rip
  • Do not cut off PSN titles (let me know if this causes any problems!)

3K3y IRD2Key v1.0.0.0 by fr3nsis (via

Download: 3K3y IRD2Key v1.0.0.0

DOWLOADER & CONVERTER app for Windows which automatically creates ODE "key" file for unsupported games.

#97 - PS4 News - November 24, 2013 // 9:09 am
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Below is Install Disc Creator for ODE by ICECOLDKILLAH with details, as follows:

Download: / (Mirror)


2 months ago, harryoke showed us a PoC for installing PKGs on ps3s with odde, now i made this...

IDC is an AIO tool to create and also build, what i call an “install disc”; a disc that contains installable PKG files via PS3_EXTRA method, you can also add custom images as logo and edit the PARAM.SFO, no additional software required!


To add a PKG or an IMG just double click into the fields, to delete a PKG or an IMG just click the X next to the respective field.

If you dont choose an image for your PKG, it will use the default IDC image.


IDC v1.00 (24/11/13)

  • fixed the whole shiat
  • added param sfo title edit feature
  • added 3k3y iso build feature

IDC BETA (20/11/13)

  • first release (non-public)


IDC is made by ICECOLDKILLAH, with help and the idea from harryoke. IDC uses the Title ID from the Borderlands 2 DLC Disc -> BLES01813, GenPS3iso v2.1 from Team Cobra and PARAM.SFO Editor v2.3 from aldostools.

IDC requires .NET Framework 4:

#96 - PS4 News - November 5, 2013 // 8:21 am
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Below is a 3Key FPGA Pack from TheArtificer, 3K3y IsoTools v1.34 / v1.34.2 and 3K3y Firmware v2.05 as follows:

3Key FPGA Pack

This pack for 3K3y contains the following:

  • FPGA Erase tool. ONLY use this if you updated with the wrong fpga.vme file.
  • Normal mode & no passthru mode for 3KS and 3KSR.
  • Normal mode & no passthru mode for 3KF.

3K3y IsoTools v1.34

3K3y IsoTools (aka 3k3y Ripp3r v) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0. New in this release: Fixed homebrew ISO rebuilding. Added 3k3y Manager ISO. Fixed support for files larger than 4GB in homebrew ISOs. Updated IRD version to 8. Fixed issue with unpacking update file. Note1: All previous versions of the IsoTools had a bug which could mess homebrew ISOs (corrupt data!). Rebuild ISOs from source is recommended. Note2: For the 3k3y Manager ISO firmware release 2.05 is MANDATORY!

3k3y IsoTools v1.34.2

3k3y IsoTools (aka 3k3y Ripp3r v) installation setup for Windows. NOTE: This requires .NET 4.0. New in this release: Possible fix for mixed PS3/Blu-ray discs. Encrypt generates correct filename if input file doesn't use .dec.iso. Fixed issues with games not booting after installed an update (8001003E). Note: If you update from a version before v1.34.1, you may need to update twice! This is due to a filename change on the server.

3K3y Firmware v2.05

3K3y firmware UPDATE. New in this release: New Game Selection Menu system. Fix for Dynamic ISOMENU. New Mr Waffles WIFI code.

From harryoke: Yippee... No more errors when updating non IRD iso files... just remake your iso with the updated tools and you can now update enjoy. IsoTools + 2.05 gives you the ability to load a game straight from XMB.

To activate new menu system ... in cfg file set iso menu and dont forget to use manager iso in isotools to create your menu

Note: If you ever want to generate the latest gyo.db in real time, just click this link:

Finally, attached below are 3KR install diagrams on a PS3 2.5k, 3k, 4k from Oz Mod Chips. This ODE device supports 4k, 3k, 2k5, 2k1 and 2k consoles in one main board.

Finally, from harryoke comes a new 3K3y iSO Menu From XMB video:

SNES Emulator / NES on PS3 OFW via 3K3y ODDE

I was recently asked if i could port a snes emulator to OFW. Well here you have it , tested and working via 3K3Y ODDE. Zecoxao and myself are striving to bring as much homebrew to OFW that we can , but there are some technical difficulties. So please be patient as rome wasn't built in a day. No roms are included in the release as this would be classed as piracy.

Download: snes-emu.dec.rar / alt_nes_.rar