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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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#25 - PSPSwampy - April 27, 2012 // 8:08 pm
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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.

#24 - niwakun - April 27, 2012 // 7:52 pm
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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.

#23 - damox - April 27, 2012 // 7:43 pm
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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?

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That's my take on it also, the pics are just random filler ones at the moment...

#22 - PSPSwampy - April 27, 2012 // 3:37 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!

#21 - niwakun - April 27, 2012 // 1:59 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

#20 - Kenzya - April 27, 2012 // 12:58 pm
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How about price? I'd speculate $80+

#19 - Brenza - April 27, 2012 // 12:31 pm
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I just hope wasabi team'll make them useless!

#18 - lindwurm - April 27, 2012 // 10:47 am
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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

#17 - Brenza - April 27, 2012 // 8:27 am
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#16 - saviour07 - April 27, 2012 // 8:14 am
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Sounds interesting, would definitely apply this to a second PS3 if it turns out to be true

Would probably increase the life of the PS3 further into that of the PS4 if the rumours of that appearing in 2013/14 are true too!

Just a minor translation change:

The Blu-ray player, Sony's PCB has been cracked and costs can thus be gekloont = The blu ray players from Sony PCB has recently been cracked and therefore can be cloned.