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April 27, 2012 // 4:54 am - Today we received word from Dutch site (ConsoleWinkel) of a rumor that a Sony PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB is currently in development which will allow users to unlock their PlayStation 3 console without the use of Custom Firmware or dongles.

Reportedly they have been in contact with who stated a team (possibly the Wasabi or Drivekey team) is working on the PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB that is slated for release later this year.

They have also speculated via e-mail that the project has been kept under tight wraps due to Sony being unable to stop this new PS3 hack via Firmware updates, meaning once it becomes public Sony's legal team will be on the warpath in full force.

Below are some concept pictures (not actual finished product pictures) from their site and the details, roughly translated as follows:

"PlayStation 3 drive emulation

No hacking, no flashing, no modding. Emulation is the future. A team is currently working on a new hack for the PlayStation 3.

The Blu-ray player, Sony's PCB has been cracked and costs can thus be gekloont. The team probably Wasabi or Wiikey team is currently working on this for the board to connect to an external HDD.

This can be downloaded games played as Wasabi360 and Xkey for the XBox 360.

A major retailer in China has also indicated that this year is released."

Finally, China Distribution has replied to an e-mail from hitman43 (via as follows:

"Zitat: Hi,

i didn't know anything about this product, i don't know why people ARE thinking we are behind this device,



It is unknown whether the person responding is unaware of the rumored PS3 Blu-ray drive emulation PCB in development, or if they are simply attempting to keep things quiet and avoid any legal hassles from Sony... only time will tell for sure.

Rumor: Sony PS3 Blu-ray Drive Emulation PCB in Development

Rumor: Sony PS3 Blu-ray Drive Emulation PCB in Development

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#25 - fernan1234 - April 28, 2012 // 2:37 am
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This will be huge if it turns out to be real.

#24 - PSPSwampy - April 28, 2012 // 1:08 am
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Quote Originally Posted by damox View Post
Do any of you people read?

Gotta say that's just plain rude - you would think a fellow senior member would have a bit more respect! "You people" when singling out my post?

Well actually YES I do read (as is fairly obvious from my post). The fact that I (and I really must apologise for this) did not mention that the images were "filler"s is irrelevant because as has been mentioned this is still RUMOUR anyway (albeit rumour with a little more weight to it than usual thanks to PS3NEWS)

Nice to see my previous contribution was at least appreciated by PS3NEWS even if you (damox) didn't like it.

#23 - niwakun - April 28, 2012 // 12:52 am
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hmm, thinking that BD-Rom have a updateable firmware, I think patching the thing will mostly render this BD-emulator useless.

Unless they done something on it that even firmware update cant patch it.

#22 - damox - April 28, 2012 // 12:43 am
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Quote Originally Posted by PSPSwampy View Post
I, like others have said, think the photo's leave a lot to be desired (looks like the early PS3 drive bay adapter plate + IDE->Sata drive.

Do any of you people read?

Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
That's my take on it also, the pics are just random filler ones at the moment...

#21 - PSPSwampy - April 27, 2012 // 8:37 pm
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I, like others have said, think the photo's leave a lot to be desired (looks like the early PS3 drive bay adapter plate + IDE->Sata drive.

It was said a LONG time ago that an optical emulator would be great.maybe it's just taken this long because of the layers of encryption (pcb with decryption built in?)

- can anyone say "PODE Jukebox" ? hehe

Would be nice if true (would like to update my firmware, but don't want to loose (any more) functionality!

#20 - niwakun - April 27, 2012 // 6:59 pm
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this is what i'm looking for! X360 key on your PS3

But for now it's still a dream as this news is still flagged as rumor

#19 - Kenzya - April 27, 2012 // 5:58 pm
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How about price? I'd speculate $80+

#18 - Brenza - April 27, 2012 // 5:31 pm
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I just hope wasabi team'll make them useless!

#17 - lindwurm - April 27, 2012 // 3:47 pm
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Hmmmm who would have thought that more china major player interesting in making money with ps3 after dongles, maybe this thing will be available soon and also ending their reign, time will tell

#16 - Brenza - April 27, 2012 // 1:27 pm
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