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PS3 Devs Seeking Dead Blu-ray Drive From Firmware 3.0 Update 700°
October 14, 2009 // 9:38 pm - Recently Sony became involved in a class action suit over PS3 Firmware 3.0 issues.

The PS3 Devs are currently seeking someone to donate (or sell, if necessary) a PS3 Blu-ray drive that is confirmed to be dead from the v3.00 Firmware Update that Sony recently pulled.

It would also help if those who can't offer their dead drives could reply with their...

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JTag Port on PS3 Blu-ray Drive Board Located and Mapped 1050°
October 13, 2009 // 6:46 am - Developers at DemonHades have located and mapped the JTag Port on a PS3 Blu-ray drive board today.

To quote, roughly translated: I found the JTag port for the Blu-ray Reader on the PlayStation 3. Last night after finishing the research meeting I went looking for information about BD integrated reader.

In and looking at the information that I found on the back of the plate reader I saw that there is no connector terminals, these terminals belong to a connector which connects 'something' via terminals and through the Internet I found the points used in a JTag, including...

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Video: WODE - Wii Optical Drive Emulator Announced 50°
September 18, 2009 // 3:08 pm - WODE (Wii Optical Drive Emulator) has been announced, an exciting evolution of the Wii modchip.

WODE will include a Flatmod type mainboard that attaches (solderless) to the Wii drive cable similar to other available chips.

It also comes with it's own vertical stand that harnesses a slave board with built-in LCD, USB, and SD slot. The SD card is used to house the powerful Linux-based WODE software.

Features:

• Play Wii & GC game ISOs direct from USB Mass Storage devices...

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Video: Removing the PlayStation 3 Slim's Hard Drive 550°
August 21, 2009 // 9:26 pm - Today Engadget has done a 'hands on' PlayStation 3 Slim video detailing the PS3 Slim hard drive removal, as we now know that it's upgradeable.

Check out the video below, and to quote: "There's also a small segment that confirms what many readers have asked about:

Yes, the 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive is indeed removable and is done so with Sony's blessing (i.e. no worries, it won't void your warranty).

The HDD enclosure is located behind a front...

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XCM Unveils Clear XBox 360 Ben Q / Philips Drive Cover 250°
August 1, 2009 // 12:02 am - The guys at www.XCM.cc have unveiled their new XCM Clear XBox 360 Ben Q / Philips Drive Cover today, which replaces the original cover and allows you to see the disc spinning too.

Those who are fans of being able to see your game discs spin while playing can check out one of the official XCM Resellers to get yours.

Currently they are taking pre-orders, with the actual release being next week.

Some pictures of the XCM Benq / Philips XBox 360...

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XBox 360 Modification USB Drive v1.6 Now Available 400°
May 23, 2009 // 5:05 pm - Today FrostyTheSnowman has released his XBox 360 Modification USB Drive version 1.6. This essentially replaces his disc version of the popular DOS-based tool set.

Download: XBox 360 Modification USB Drive v1.6

Features:
• Complete Modding Solution for Samsung/BenQ/Lite-On
• USB-Based Successor to 360 Modification Disc Project
• iXtreme v1.6 (12x) Firmware
• 0800 Mode for Samsung/BenQ/Lite-On (thanks to iXtreme v1.6)
• USB Flash/Thumb Drive Bootable!

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PS3 Hard Drive Game Install & Loading HDD vs. SSD Speed Test 550°
May 19, 2009 // 9:13 pm - Recently IGN has conducted a PS3 hard drive speed test. The summary of their experiment is that when used in a PS3, solid state technology produces a very marginal improvement over traditional hard drives.

So for now, just go for a cheap hard disc drive for your system if you want to upgrade it.

To quote: To put it simply; when used in a PlayStation 3, solid-state technology produces only a marginal improvement over traditional hard disc drives. While the results varied greatly by application, the amount of time saved can't quite justify the expense... at least not yet....

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Rumor: PlayStation 3 Hard Disk Drive Decrypted? 800°
February 25, 2009 // 8:15 pm - Update: It's now confirmed as a fake guys.

Today Spanish PS3 Developer DemonHades has announced news that they may have decrypted the Sony PS3 HDD. We will update the 'rumor' status of this when more questions are answered of course.

Several PS3 Devs including NDT are currently investigating whether the method can be repeated in other PS3 consoles, or just for one console only (possibly brute-forced?) as it's already known the key differs between each.

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