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September 24, 2013 // 7:56 pm - Following up on his previous release and plugin, today PlayStation 3 developer exofreak made available an XML modification to permanently remove the annoying Singstar Icon from PS3 UK consoles complete with a video demo below followed by a SingStar Icon Remover by PS3Maxe as well.


To quote: Do you have that irritating singstar game on your xmb? Do you want to have a clean xmb with only the things you need present? It will remove singstar and also stop it from appearing

Well now with a simple package installation you can kiss the singstar logo goodbye!

Things needed:

  • MultiMAN over 4.XX.
  • Any PS3 with custom firmware 4.XX. (Theoretically it should work on rebug but i didn't try it)
  • A potato with more than 256 MB ram.


Copy, FTP or download the file named ""
Use multiman and double click on the zip and it will auto install and remove Singstar possibly forever

Video showing the removal:


  • If this doesn't work delete the folder dev_hdd0/tmp/explore/xil2/game/gb and reapply through multiman.
  • The file can be downloaded directly into the ps3 via the official web browser and it can be saved to the ext hdd and applied via multiman.
  • You can bring singstar back by deleting dev_hdd0/tmp/explore/xil2/game/gb folder.
  • I don't know what all the fuss was about it took me around an hour to figure it out.
  • I didn't try it on rebug but it should work.

Please tell me if it doesn't work because i think different ps3s have different number folder.

Update: SingStar Auto-Remover (PoC) by PS3Maxe

Hi community.

1. Sorry for my bad English. I am a German guy.

2. I am not a professional developer. It's just my hobby

3. I have my own little webMAN-Mod and use it actually private only. Now i could figured it out to create a "SingStar Icon Auto-Remover" through my own webMAN-MOD - BTW many thanks to the original author of webMAN deank -

It's not new but maybe it is new implemented. There are two ways:

A.) Button-Combo
B.) Automatically

This is my way:

[Register or Login to view code]

The "de" is depending on your country.

It is also easy to built an "auto detection and delete" modes. Here we go:

[Register or Login to view code]

Same here, the "de" is depending on your country. Very cool for all who are annoying about this damn SingStar icon. Its just a POC and must be tested for other countries. But for me it works like a charm. There is nothing earth-shattering but i thought maybe it's helpful for the scene... so have fun.

Credits to all who inspired me (and make her stuff public for other devs) and made it possible for me. You are all incredible keep the scene alive.

One more idea: With my mod i can switch easily between webMAN "full and webMAN "lite" versions. I put both versions on my hdd and switch through button combo. For example:

  • /de_hdd0/Plugins/webftp_server.sprx
  • /de_hdd0/Plugins/webftp_server_full.sprx

And here is my code. Tested and work just fine for me:

[Register or Login to view code]

Greetings from Germany.


Video: Remove Singstar Icon Permanently from PS3 UK Consoles

Video: Remove Singstar Icon Permanently from PS3 UK Consoles

Video: Remove Singstar Icon Permanently from PS3 UK Consoles

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#10 - omegaprime29 - August 14, 2013 // 4:03 am
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cool thanks man

#9 - shadow8517 - August 13, 2013 // 8:08 pm
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paraplegic baby really i find that not so and not very nice, but cool news will be putting this on right now

#8 - PS4 News - August 13, 2013 // 6:57 pm
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Following up on his previous release, today PlayStation 3 developer exofreak made available a classic (pre-3.00 Firmware) PS3 gameboot and video demo for use on 4.XX consoles followed by Gameboot Collection and XMB Modify Collection Installers from bitsbubba with details below.

Download: GAMEBOOT.rar / ICON1.rar / XMB Modify Collection Installer v1.00.pkg / XMB Modify Collection Installer v1.00.pkg (Mirror) / XMB Modify Collection Installer v1.00.pkg (Alienware Start-up Sound Option) / Gameboot Collection Installer v1.00.pkg / XMB Modify Collection Installer v1.5.pkg (33.6 MB) by bitsbubba / / / / by pinky

To quote: Do you miss the classic game boot that was available on lower (2.80) firmware? Does your life feel empty and void of all meaning right before you launch a game?

Well, game in despair no longer because you can now have the classic spiderman font PLAYSTATION 3 back on all ps3 and all 4.xx firmwares. It is very simple, only 2 steps long. Even a paraplegic baby can do it!


1.) Enable dev_blind with multiman
2.) Copy the selected "custom_render_plugin.rco" and past it in dev_blind/vsh/resource/
3.) Feel the tension as 2 seconds of nostalgia course through you mind!


1.) I didn't use rco files from 2.80 instead i made my own with firmware 4.XX in mind.
2.) Should work on all 4.XX firmwares.
3.) The pack contains 3 different folders each with a different game boot.

Update: Also below (download linked above) are some Video Icons / Dynamic game icons (ICON1.PAM) for Selected Titles By Exofreak who states the following:

If you are anything like me you probably love those tiny videos that neatly play on the game icon of your XMB. Unfortunately not many developers make them, probably because they are just lazy. Even first class games like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite don't have them. So I decided to make my own. and I did!

Only for my favorite games though. I have also added AT3 files or the background music to suit the video. I have posted my very professionally created videos on this article for all to download and try. I will update constantly if people show their appreciation.



I have made ICON0.PAM only for a few titles which are my favorite, but I am open to suggestions and will take requests if its a cool game.

1. Grand Theft Auto IV (Video And Audio)
2. Bioshock (Audio Only)
3. Bioshock 2 (Video and Audio)
4. Bioshock Infinite (Video and Audio)
5. Prototype 2 (Video and Audio)
6. The Last of Us (Video and Audio)

Upcoming Titles:

Grand Theft Auto Episodes from liberty City
Red Dead Redemption
Dead Rising 2


To apply open the folder (through ftp. multiman, etc) of your game backup or downloaded title and paste files from the corresponding folder into the USRDIR (The folder that has the icon files in it) Boot to XMB.

Development Ramblings:

These tiny videos are extremely hard to create but it gets easier. Many tools are required and a professional PC is required. I on the other hand used a PC with a Pentium 4, Windows XP monster with an amazing 256 MB RAM!. It took me 1-2 hours to make ONE VIDEO!. So you better like my page!. For the videos i used various trailers and compiled them appropriately. Another thing to note the XMB will not slow down neither will your game, this is because Sony cleverly made the PS3 with a separate partition on the cell processor that handles this operation. This and the background music.

Videos Demo:

Prototype 2:

Last of Us:

Bioshock Infinite:

Bioshock 2:

From Zoilus: hey here's something I slapped together quick like , since bubba did extra stuff with the app when he didn't have to i'd figure I make him his own- bitsbubba the 13th coldboot.. tested on rebug 4.75 and ferrox 4.76 its all good.

Download: coldboot.raf / coldboot_multi.ac3 / coldboot_stereo.ac3 / coldboot.raf / coldboot_multi.ac3 / coldboot_stereo.ac3 / lines.qrc / Rebug Xparency coldboot.raf

Dont feel left out pinky, I'll think of something for your wave contributions!

Yeah I actually did your wave in that same color blue pretty much, just like the looks great!

So here is a brand new one (linked above) using the REbug Cobra CFW image that @bitsbubba posted. This one took the longest although looking at it you wouldn't think it did. But photoshop's learning curve is steep!

This is best viewed if you have the Blue Green Smoke (psxpwn) waves installed or the Electric Blue Purple (b0rekid) one.

Finally, from bitsbubba comes a PS3 Gameboot Collection Installer and an XMB Modify Collection Installer with details below:

Contents of Collections:

  • Custom Coldboots - 30+
  • Custom GameBoots - 17+
  • Custom Start-up Sounds - 12
  • Custom XMB Waves - 7

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#7 - exofreak - August 13, 2013 // 11:12 am
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just signed up on this account, you all can ask and request what ever you need. I am a one man coding machine!

#6 - seeman - August 6, 2013 // 7:55 pm
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i think i'm putting this in my mod too!

#5 - RampantBiologic - August 6, 2013 // 7:02 am
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Very nice!

#4 - elser1 - August 6, 2013 // 6:52 am
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awesome work. pity it wasnt for ofw i can't get all the channels he describes on my ofw. with all the great work these devs have done on ps3 homebrew etc it makes me excited to see what will happen with the ps4 and if sony will let these sort of applications be released with there indie dev scheme thing. lets hope so.

thanks again!

#3 - PS4 News - August 6, 2013 // 5:57 am
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Following up on his previous release, today PlayStation 3 developer exofreak made available a PS3 XMB TV Services Mod and video for Internet Channels with details below.

Download: cookie.rar / cookie.rar (Mirror)

To quote: I created this XML code for all you people interested in free 100% legal Internet TV and Movie Services. I use many popular Web sites which already provide these services and made it easy for you guys to access them.

Internet channels will appear in under the TV /Video Category it will give you access to 21 Internet Video Streaming Services. This includes the likes of BBC iplayer, ABC iview and many more. You can also stream selected free movies (hosted by Youtube). I have put in a TV Guide for referencing purposes and Radio channels including SHOUTcast...

You should know all the afore mentioned features run their respected websites to view content and are 100% legal. The sites are specifically created for the PS3, credits to the respected providers.

Install method is very easy.

1. Extract this (linked above) and Install PKG
2. Enable dev_blind from multiMAN and Copy the files from the XMB folder to dev_blind > vsh > resource > explore > xmb > paste here.


  • Install the file EP0001-BCET00001_00-0000111122223333-A0100-V0109-PE.pkg
  • Enable the dev_blind from multiMAN and copy the file category_tv.xml in the directory dev_blind / vsh / resource / explore / xmb.

Note: The 21 streaming channels are accessible only from firmware 4.21 and up. This code has a very tiny coded foot print and is incredibly light (less than 600kb) this will never ban your PS3.

That's all!

This will work on every firmware over 4.21.

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#2 - mikesk - August 2, 2013 // 3:00 am
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#1 - PS4 News - July 24, 2013 // 7:59 pm
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Following up on his previous modification, today PlayStation 3 developer Exofreak is back with a video demonstrating a new PS3 XMB Mod which makes your PS3 CFW (Custom Firmware) look like OFW (Official Firmware) below.

Download: OFW1 - Amed Boss / OFW - Amed Boss

To quote: This new xmb mod will change your xmb to look like an OFW or Official Frimware's XMB. It will of course remove all DEX Mods like "install package files" and "app/home", but it will not remove their functions unlike OFW you can still install pkg files through homebrew apps.

The best part about it is, it is very easy to replace so you can change it with your modded files whenever you want.

Example, you have a friend over and want him to think you have a genuine gaming system then replace it with my files and it will look completly OFW! You can switch it back later!

  • Coldboot folder
  • Enable dev_flash

To apply copy files from the coldboot folder to dev_blind > vsh > resource > (copy the files with the title as in the coldboot folder) Paste the files here

  • Explore folder

Copy files from explore folder to Dev_blind > vsh > resource > explore > xmb > (copy the files category_game.xml and category_game_tool2.xml) Paste new files here

It is really easy to apply and remove. This will work on all 4.21/4.30/4.31/4.41/4.46/ fw It was made by modifying the CFW files not taken from OFW so it is highly compatible.



Always restart PS3 after a game category mod. If you apply trophy mod than in game XMB will not display them (another bullsht move by Sony).

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