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October 13, 2012 // 8:45 pm - Following up on the previous update, today the PS3 3K3y Team have made available a video, the official features and release date of 12-12-12 for those interested below.

To quote: PS3 3K3y Features:

  • Play your PS3, PS2 and PSX games from any USB media!
  • No custom firmware required for operation* - you can update to the latest official firmware for PSN access
  • Integrated game ripper
  • User friendly intuitive interface
  • No soldering required
  • Multi-language support
  • Compatible with both Fat and Slim models
  • Supports most file systems, including NTFS, EXT2/3/4, and Mac OS X Extended
  • High speed USB2 interface
  • Powerful embedded Linux system running from Micro SD card (included)
  • Linux firmware fully updatable from USB media
  • FPGA fully updatable from USB media via built-in, in-system JTAG programming
  • Recovery mode - it is always possible to recover from a bad flash Update your PS3 as normal, no CFW or game patching required
  • Pass-through mode. (Use your PS3 in "normal mode")

* Currently firmware 3.55 is required for exctracting the drive key. Once the key has been extracted the PS3 can be updated to any official or custom firmware. We are working on hardware methods for extracting keys from PS3's already on 4.x firmware.

PS3 3K3y How It Works:

3k3y is an optical disk drive emulator for the PlayStation 3 video game console. It is installed between the genuine Blu-ray drive and the PS3 motherboard.

Once 3k3y is successfully installed and configured it can be used to make backups of your original PS3 game disks to USB media, and play those backups from USB media without the need of the original game disk.

Several games can be backed up to a single USB media, making it ideal as a 'jukebox' for hardcore gamers as well as for families with children too young to handle bluray discs with appropriate care.

3k3y works with most PS3 models, however there are a few exceptions, most notably the new super slim model and all PS3s which comes with firmware 4.xx (after retrieving the drive key the PS3 can be upgraded to any firmware). We are working to add support for these PS3's but you are adviced to consult with your reseller if you are in doubt whether your PS3 is compatible with 3k3y or not.

Finally, 3K3Y has detailed pricing at a costly USD $129 for those who can't wait for free PlayStation 3 scene solutions, new PS3 key leaks, CEX and DEX fixes, etc.

Shortly following, a bit more information about 3K3y and 3Dump (via surfaced, to quote:

Following up on the previous update, today the 3K3y Team shows us a picture of their future release application called 3Dump that allows you to dump the key that is needed to use the 3K3y.

Video: PS3 3K3y Revelations - Blu-ray ODD Emulator Demo Arrives

Video: PS3 3K3y Revelations - Blu-ray ODD Emulator Demo Arrives

Video: PS3 3K3y Revelations - Blu-ray ODD Emulator Demo Arrives

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#5 - HeyManHRU - April 27, 2012 // 1:21 am
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I'm surprised this hasn't come first and CFW/Jailbreaking later. I wonder if this will work with PSN. Anyways thanks for the news boss, it's always good having something you're looking forward to.

#4 - Dizzny - April 27, 2012 // 12:39 am
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I count 2 drives? one on top and one on the left? This would be interesting if they get it to work, but man I'd hate to have all that extra stuff hanging outside of my ps3.... My 2 year old would have a field day with that.

#3 - Nightbird - April 27, 2012 // 12:35 am
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Looks to me like an old IDE drive with a sata adapter.

#2 - djluiluv - April 26, 2012 // 11:58 pm
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omg yes!!!!!!!

#1 - PS4 News - April 26, 2012 // 11:46 pm
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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.

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