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PS3 Dev Progress Update - Flowcharts and More!

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337w ago - This is just a short post to let everyone know we're still alive. Its been a quiet summer, most people were off on vacation (or on holiday, for our friends across the pond), including many of our own PS3 Devs.

However, the summer is over and we all went back to work in full force on the PS3, adding some new and very talented Devs along the way who will be helping out!

For starters, our very own ggparallel spent the past month or so along with NDT testing countless edited PS3 Firmwares on the PS3, and has been able to drastically refine our knowledge of the PS3's bootup procedure.

Below is a clear flowchart of the current theory of operation, the basic procedure is the same as we previously posted, that the system is booted in a "chain" so to speak. LV0 loads lv1ldr, which loads lv1.self (the Hypervisor).

Then depending on the system to be booted, loads the proper Hypervisor policy and then loads the lv2loader for the GameOS. That in turn, loads the LV2 Kernel, which is also hash checked (so we can't change it, forgetting the fact that its encrypted too). From there, the rest of the system is brought up.

Furthermore, we have still been digging through the flash...
 

Introducing PS3 Batarang: PS3 Boomerang Controller Mod Arrives

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337w ago - HotDog-Cart recently completed this PlayStation 3 boomerang controller. The boomerang was originally shown with the PlayStation 3 prototype, and was severely panned by the press... but now it's a reality as a result of some custom modification work.

He started with a cheap 3rd-party controller that was approximately boomerang shaped. He enlarged the controller body ~20% using bondo. The internals were replaced with gear from an official Sony controller. It was finished with a coat of black paint.

It's definitely a nice build and the new internals mean it probably feels as good as any factory controller.

To quote: What I basically did was take a cheap PS2 boomerang-ish shaped controller, and take its guts out and modify a REAL official Six Axis Controller and put it inside the shell. I also expanded the shell 15%.

I got the controller painted black, so it would be a batman inspired "Batarang Controller".

Please excuse my picture quality. My 5mp camera thinks brand new batteries, are dead. Also, excuse my bondo job. It was my first time.

You can see the white PS button. I didnt put any image there due to copyright reasons.
 

Ferrari Challenge PS3 Trophies Revealed, Patch due Next Week

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337w ago - Web site PS3Trophies.org has revealed the full 46 trophies that will be heading to Ferrari Challenge on the PS3 next week via patch update.

The patch is expected to go live on or around September 17th.

Making up the 46 totla trophies, there are 36 bronze, 5 silver, 4 gold, and 1 platinum. They are all detailed below for those interested:

Bronze Trophies

• Trofeo Rame - Achieve 1st place in the F348 Challenge Tournament
• Trofeo Ferro - Achieve 1st place in the F348 TB Tournament
• Trofeo Perla - Achieve 1st place in the F355 Tournament
• Trofeo Topaz - Achieve 1st place in the F355 GTB Tournament
• Trofeo Carnelian - Achieve 1st place in the F360 Modena Tournament
• Trofeo Tourmaline - Achieve 1st place in the F360 GT Tournament
• Trofeo Mercurio - Achieve 1st place in the F430 GT2 Tournament
• Trofeo Malachite - Achieve 1st place in the F550 Maranello Tournament
• Trofeo Diaspario - Achieve 1st place in the F550 Maranello GT Tournament
• Trofeo Accacio - Achieve 1st place in the F575 Maranello Tournament
• Trofeo Bronzo - Achieve 1st place in the F575 GTC Tournament
• Trofeo Argentino - Achieve 1st place...
 

KOEI Announces Dynasty Warriors: Multi Raid for the PSP

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337w ago - Today KOEI announced 'DYNASTY WARRIORS: MULTI RAID' for the PSP platform. In Japanese, you might know this as 'Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid'.

This PSP game is based on 'Dynasty Warriors 6', but also adds new features and abilities such as the 'Shin Musou Kakusei'. There will also be new Stages and a somewhat upgraded version of 'Musou Rage' which is similar to 'Super Saiyan Effects' for you Dragonball Z fans out there.

In the title, we know that all characters will be able to transform into 'super' versions of themselves. Set for release this Winter in Japan, no North American date has been announced yet.

The first scan from Shonen Jump magazine can be found below!
 

PS3 HDD Options: Western Digital 500GB 2.5" Ships, 1TB by 2010

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337w ago - If you're still having trouble tracking down Samsung's SpinPoint M6 to boost your PS3 HDD storage space, Western Digital is now shipping a PS3-compatable 500GB 2.5-Inch drive ($220), with a whopping 1TB drive expected by 2010.

To quote: WD has just announced that it has started volume shipping its 500GB 2.5-inch Scorpio Blue drive, a notebook drive with 250GB per platter and a 5,400rpm spin speed. Seagate expects to ship its half terabyte 2.5-incher before the end of the year.

Our sources say WD and Fujitsu will have 750GB 2.5-inch drives by mid-2009 and 1 terabyte units by early 2010, if not the end of 2009. WD is building quite a track record of pipping Seagate by introducing notebook drives at progressively higher capacity points first, doing this with 250GB, 320GB and now 500GB models. This may not continue as Seagate has been catching up and will strive to match and exceed WD.
 
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