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Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty uses 3.2GB not 2.3GB HDD Space

Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty uses 3.2GB not 2.3GB HDD Space 50°
341w ago - It looks as if PS3 owners better clear some more of their hard drives as Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty is actually 3.2GB and not 2.3GB as gaming Web sites previously reported.

To quote: As we reported yesterday, Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty hits PSN this Thursday with a Blu-ray release following in September. Look out for our review later in the week.

Better start making room on your hard drive PS3 gamers, Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty is actually 3.2GB and not 2.3GB as previously reported.

We had a bit of a shock when we went to download our review copy earlier today - the 3181MB download weighs in at around 30% larger than we had been expecting.

Just to clarify, we've downloaded the European version. It's possible that the US version may still weigh in at 2.3GB because of the increased language support needed for the EU release, but we've not yet had any official confirmation.
 

Flowchart: A PS3 Game's Flow of Execution; PS3's Base AIX!

Flowchart: A PS3 Game's Flow of Execution; PS3's Base AIX! 50°
354w ago - As we promised earlier this week, we are going to explain a PS3 game's boot process, as well as explain why the PARAM.SFO is so important.

The Flowchart in the image attached below explains a PS3 game's startup procedure from insertion to its execution.

Most of it is self-explanatory upon viewing the chart, however, there are a few notes. Any Retail SELF on a Blu-ray disc is flagged so it can only be decrypted and executed from the disc, and nowhere else.

Furthermore, the PARAM.SFO is also of importance... Upon insertion, the PS3 reads the Title ID of the disc in the PARAM.SFO and inserts it into the DB. Once the game is executed and decrypted, the Title ID is checked yet again to make sure it matches. If it does not (think a disc swap), the PS3 will silently error, and return to XMB.

In a final note, our PS3 Devs have been digging through numerous documents and patents, and came to the conclusion that the PS3 uses AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) as a base! See Wikipedia for more details on the format.

Later this weekend, we will have more details and a video for those interested on how to run some PS3 games on a Debug/TEST PS3 from an SD card! As most are aware, PS3 games aren't designed to...
 

Eb0x EBOOT Extractor v1.0 for PSP released!

Eb0x EBOOT Extractor v1.0 for PSP released! 50°
355w ago - Bumuckl has released Eb0x, a simplistic file utility designed for the PSP that can extract graphic and data files from EBOOT archive files.

While there are similar applications capable of performing the same task on PC, Eb0x does all the work straight from your PSP.

Currently, supported formats for extraction include ICON0.PNG, PIC1.PNG, PARAM.SFO, and DATA.PSP files.

Download: Eb0x EBOOT Extractor v1.0 for PSP
 

PS3 Eboot Dumper Preview and MEMore!

PS3 Eboot Dumper Preview and MEMore! 200°
372w ago - A quick update tonight with a few more details about the upcoming Eboot.bin Dumper utility. It dumps the Eboot.bin from your original PS3 Game disc, and strips the disc layer of encryption, so it is a less-encrypted SELF.

The program is simple to use: first install the package to a TEST/TOOL PS3. Then insert a memory stick in the PS3 and run the program. Upon completion, remove the memory stick and read it in a PC.

You now have an EBOOT.BIN that is void of the disc layer of encryption! There are still a few add-ons that can be made such as dumping to a PC, however that may be done down the road. Below is a picture of the BETA version of the XMB info screen for the utility.

Furthermore, we have noticed it's a bit easier to dump some of the system memory via GDB than our own custom code.

Why? Well check back on that, but we have already found a decrypted sprx in memory, and that was only after a few seconds of looking.. so some good things are to come soon!
 

Impaler PSX eBoot Creator for PSP released!

Impaler PSX eBoot Creator for PSP released! 50°
375w ago - Impaler has released a PSOne EBOOT creator dubbed ImpalerPSX.

The application includes a GUI and supports the latest POPStation version to simplify creating single and multi-disc PSOne EBOOTs.

Download: Impaler PSX eBoot Creator for PSP

New to this release is a preview option and a global output window designed for error handling.
 

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