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Video: A Peek At PS3 TEST Firmware 2.40! 50°
June 7, 2008 // 11:43 pm - The retail counterpart is rumored to be released during mid to late June, however, recently we had a chance to check out PS3 Debug/TEST Firmware v2.40 (116 MB - 122,268,311 bytes).

Below is a video of it in action, displaying some of the new features. As expected, we can confirm from 2.40 onwards, the system software can be called any time during the gameplay. It appears the in-game XMB does not work while playing PS2 titles, probably the same with PS1 titles as well although we didn't have a PS1 game handy to try.

The video is slightly better quality than the previous...

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PS3 Flash Goodies - Part 3: The FULL PS3 Flash FileList 250°
May 20, 2008 // 4:53 pm - With all of the recent news of PS3 retail "trickery" going on, this post got postponed (mind the pun) until today.

The image below is a snippet of the FULL PS3 Flash FileList for the PS3's /dev_flash. It should be noted that the PS3 also has a /dev_flash2 and /dev_flash3, which upon rare occasion is updated, however we are not able to access them yet due to some pesky Kernel/Hypervisor issues.

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Discovery: Install Debug Firmware on a Retail PS3 system 50°
May 18, 2008 // 11:02 pm - XVISTAMAN2005 has discovered a method HERE which allows Retail PS3 console owners to install PS3 Debug Firmware on them... however, before considering attempting this PS3 "HDD Swap" be sure to read below.

Upon following the instructions your retail PS3 console will update to a partial...

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Sony PlayStation Test Development Kit / PS3 Debug for sale! 100°
May 7, 2008 // 2:50 pm - One of the most frequently asked questions via e-mail, IRC, and on the Forums we get asked is "How did CJPC get his hands on a PS3 Debug/TEST machine?!"

The answer: Monitor places such as eBay like it's your job, and win them before "big brother" Sony catches on and closes the auction of course!

A perfect example (in case anyone is interested in buying one) is the auction set to end tomorrow here:

eBay Auction: Sony Playstation Test Development Kit - RARE PS3 Debug

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PS3 Debug/TEST to Retail Flash Progress and More! 500°
May 5, 2008 // 2:04 pm - We mentioned in previous Site News posts that we're working on converting a Retail PS3 into a Debug PS3.. and we have some updated news on the process to share today.

For starters, we had quite a delay. Our PS3 Devs have been using an expensive external programmer to do the job, however, these dumps differed than the dumps from the Infectus chip. It was quite a puzzling issue indeed.. which was the proper dump?!

After many hours of examination spanning over a few...

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PS3 Debug/TEST Flash Dumped!! 550°
April 9, 2008 // 8:01 pm - Earlier last week, one of the PS3 Devs sent his PS3 Debug/TEST unit off to another resident Dev (who also successfully did a PS3 Retail Flash dump early last year) to have the PS3 Flash dumped.

Well, it has been done! In an amazing feat taking all of 10 minutes, Courier pulled the two PS3 NAND Flash chips from the PS3 TEST and dumped them. Nothing like a hot air rework station in the hands of a professional!

So, the PS3 TEST Flash has been dumped! We also had a chance to do a preliminary analysis on it...

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PS3News.com gets a late President's Day gift! 100°
February 21, 2008 // 3:48 pm - We at PS3News got yet another great, although belated gift recently. Welcome the new PS3 Test to the family!

We received it the other day and since this is an actual TEST unit, versus a prototype (which is what I have), we decided to show off a few pictures below!

With the additional TEST unit, we now have (2) development PS3's to work with. It will help work progress much more efficiently as the resident PS3 Devs will be able to offload work onto the other unit now too.

In related news, we have been able to get additional retail back-ups running on the...

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PS3: Patches Ahoy! 500°
January 12, 2008 // 6:26 pm - Another brief update based on the yesterday's findings: the PS3 Flash is quite accessible as the majority of it is mounted inside the PS3 as a filesystem (think PSP), and is able to be read/written.

A picture is below for a peek at a partial filelist. As you can see there are quite a few sprx's. These are encrypted of course, however they function quite the same as their PSP counterparts. For the majority of the PS3 OS's functions, there is a sprx that is tasked to do the job.

For the big chunk of interesting news: Every single scene release ever released for PS3 will...

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