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  • Posted by Pirate , on 31/08/2009 , @ 08:56am


    The folks over at the GamesRadar office have received a PSP Go and they present to us the unboxing of the new PSP:

    With the new PS3 Slim price drop, the $250 price tag does seem a bit too hefty for the new PSP, don’t you think?

  • Posted by Pirate , on 30/08/2009 , @ 06:28pm


    FrostyTheSnowman released a new revision of his 360 Modification USB Drive.

    - 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!
    - Supports Samsung TS-H943
    - Supports BenQ VAD6038
    - Supports Lite-On DG-16D2S
    - Supports Previously Modded Drives
    - Supports Previously Spoofed Drives
    - 100% DOS Based Dumping & Flashing
    - Fully Automatic Dumping & Flashing
    - Step-by-Step Instructions
    - Backup of all drive-related files to USB flash/thumb drive!

    Changes in v1.6:
    - 360 Modification Disc v1.6 discontinued in favor of USB-based version (this one)
    - NTFS support dropped, backup files are now saved to USB flash/thumb drive
    - NTFS-related freezing issues fixed (due to dropping of NTFS support)
    - Many code fixes in regards to backup firmware files
    - Bugs fixed in backup folder generation
    - Overall speed/performance improved


  • Posted by Pirate , on 25/08/2009 , @ 09:20pm


    With Sony ditching the old Spiderman style PlayStation 3 logo it would only make sense that the PS3 boot screen would feature their “new” PS3 logo. A video appeared on Youtube showing off the new PS3 update (probably a early released PS3 slim).

    Chances are the new PS3 FW 3.0 will bring this change on the phat PS3′s.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 25/08/2009 , @ 08:01pm


    The people over at iFixit have manage to disassemble the new PS3 Slim and have brought to us the innards.

    A few notable differences in this new SKU. The new PS3 uses a brushless DC motor (probably why it would be more quieter than previous models), and internal PSU is also significantly smaller compared to the previous SKU’s as well. The general build of the PS3 are also reversed compared to the previous PS3′s (cooling is on top as compared to bottom)

    You can view full disassemble step by step view link below.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 18/08/2009 , @ 05:51pm


    Sony today has announced the PS3 Slim priced at $299 USD. The new PS3 slim takes on a whole new look, is smaller and more power efficient. PS3 Slim will be on sale starting September 1st (along with FW 3.0).

    Some notable features of the new PS3 (full list at end):

    • Product Code: CECH-2000 (Charcoal Black)
    • Comes with 120GB HDD
    • NO OtherOS (Meaning no Linux)
    • Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
    • Dimensions: approx 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
    • Weight: 3.2kg
    • 33% smaller, and 36% lighter than previous PS3 models
    • Will ship with Firmware 3.0 installed

    Based off the dimensions I found it interesting that the PS3 was a box. Sony obviously is trying to cut down on production costs so the PS3 does not look as beautiful as  its predecessors. The power plug has changed in this version as well, it seems that the power cables for the PS3 Slim will be similar to those of PS1 and PS2 (external adapter).

    The cooling system for the PS3 has been redesigned to allow less noise than before (as if it was loud):

    The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit, to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise.

    You can view all the images of the PS3 Slim below:

    You can also view a video of the unboxing of PS3 Slim:

    Definitely interested in this new SKU, although the lack of OtherOS is a setback, its probably a nice upgrade from my clunky 20gb PS3 :) . Internal images and information to come soon.

    Full technical list:
    Product Outline: PlayStation®3 (CECH-2000)
    Product name: PlayStation®3
    Product code: CECH-2000 (Charcoal Black)
    CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
    GPU: RSX®
    Audio output: LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
    Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
    Hard disk: 2.5” Serial ATA 120GB *1
    Inputs / Outputs *2 Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0): 2
    Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1; IEEE 802.11 b/g; Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
    Controller: Wireless Controller (Bluetooth®)
    AV output Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
    AV output HDMI OUT connector *3: 1
    AV output AV MULTI OUT connector: 1
    AV output Digital out (optical) connector: 1
    BD/DVD/CD drive (read only) Maximum read rate: BD × 2 (BD-ROM); DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM); CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
    Power: AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz *4
    Power consumption: Approx. 250W
    External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part): Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
    Mass: Approx. 3.2kg
    Included *5: PlayStation®3 system × 1; Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1; AC power cord × 1; AV cable × 1; USB cable × 1

    In addition to PS3 Slim, firmware 3.0 is also being released September 1st. Highlights of the newest firmware below:

    • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
    • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
    • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
    • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
    • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
    • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.
  • Posted by Pirate , on 16/08/2009 , @ 11:19am


    A modder by the name of Bandit5317, has created the worlds smallest Xbox mod. He calls it the Xbox Micro, standing at 1 inch thick. The project took about 6 months, and the results were indeed impressive.

    Basic information about this mod:
    Dimensions: 23.5 x 21.65 x 2.5 cm
    320 GB 2.5″ HDD
    PW-200-V PSU
    TSOP flashed with iND-BIOS
    v1.4 motherboard

    You can view the snapshots below, more pictures at the link:

    [VIA Xbox-Scene Forums]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 15/08/2009 , @ 09:25pm


    SKFU posted on his blog today that he discovered unencrypted SPU binary in the Def Jam: Icon demo (NTSC) for PS3.

    Quote from his blog:

    When I was bored yesterday I dealed with HDD decryption again and looked through the game folders on the decrypted HDD. The Def Jam: Icon USA Demo seemed interesting as it only works on US consoles. While looking for the answer I noticed a folder dj3-ps3-opt in /USRDIR/spu/. In there are several files like elf_sputhreads_apply.bin. I opened some files in a simple HEX editor and noticed that the files are not encrypted.

    Aswell it looks like a binary. It does not have the default binary header used by SPU .self files compiled with the SONY PS3 SDK. It may be compiled with a third party compiler or with the IBM Cell SDK. I did not check that, yet. Well, come back to check for updates regarding the research!

    - SKFU

    [VIA SKFU Blog]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 12/08/2009 , @ 11:30am


    The FCC images of the DECH-1400A PS3 Tool have been made publicly available for viewing. The images shows various images of the DECH-1400A’s outer shell and inner as well as the user manual. The most significant feature from the internal images show that the Blu-Ray ribbon cable has been significantly reduced (will be interesting to see the new pinout compared to the old one), and the motherboard is similar to the older PS3′s.

    [Download Images]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 12/08/2009 , @ 11:11am


    Felix Domke and Michael Steil at the Free60 Project have sent us the following email/notice today. They basically are sending a warning to Xbox 360 Hackers to not update their 360 (to the latest software version) as it blocks out the new homebrew hack they are planning to release. You can read the email below:

    On Tuesday, Microsoft has released an Xbox 360 software update that overwrites the first stage bootloader of the system. Although there have been numerous software updates for Microsoft’s gaming console in the past, this is the first one to overwrite the vital boot block. Any failure while updating this will break the Xbox 360 beyond repair. Statistics from other systems have shown that about one in a thousand bootloader updates goes wrong, and unless Microsoft has a novel solution to this problem, this puts tens of thousands of Xboxes at risk.

    It seems that this update is being done to fix a vulnerability already known to the Free60 Project. This vulnerability has been successfully exploited to run arbitrary code, and a complete end user compatible hack has been in development for some time and is planned to be released on free60.org shortly. It will allow users to take back control of their Xboxes and run arbitrary code like homebrew applications or Linux right after turning on the console and without the need of a modchip, finally opening up the Xbox 360 to a level of hacking as the original Xbox.

    Because of the dangerousness of the update and the homebrew lockout, the Free60 Project advises all Xbox 360 users to not update their systems to the latest software version. The Project website at http://free60.org/ will provide the latest information on this ongoing topic, including the final hack software.

    Free60 (www.free60.org) is a project that aims to enable Xbox 360 users to run homebrew applications and operating systems like Linux on their consoles. The effort is headed by Felix Domke and Michael Steil, who have a background in dbox2, Xbox and GameCube hacking, and who have spoken at various conferences about their findings. Two years ago, Free60 released a hack that allowed arbitrary code execution using a game (“King Kong Hack”) as well as an adapted version of Linux, but this possibility has been disabled by Microsoft in subsequent updates of the Xbox 360 software.

    Felix and Michael have repeatedly argued that game console manufacturers should open up their platforms to Linux and homebrew, similar to what Sony has done with the PlayStation 3.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 05/08/2009 , @ 09:44am


    Team HyperX has released the newest IXtreme firmware for Liteon 83850c drives. If you still wish to keep your keys currently still only one method and that is the Foundmy/paid solution. Team HyperX is working on an alternative free solution for this. An important note for this release is that THX to not cross spoof between 7x and 8x LiteOn (rev1/rev2) drives! You can view the offical release statement below.

    Team HyperX Presents IXtreme 1.6 firmware for Liteon 83850c drives

    IXtreme fw for Liteon 83850c drives!

    Happy third anniversary for the xbox360 fw and despite all attempts we are still here, flashing fw, after several ban waves and several drives including the mighty LITEON we have triumphed! It is a testiment to all involved on how far we have come and the massive teamwork it has required. Thanks go to all involved and here’s to the next three years!

    At the moment the only way to get your key data is through the foundmy.com method. At this time we have no alternative solution. Props to foundmy for providing a solution. Team HyperX will keep working to find a alternative solution!

    -Added Support for LiteOn 83850c Drives.

    -Strict Wave 3 compliance! hybrid (modified disks) will not boot!

    -Strict drive speed compliance - 12x only for game discs!

    -Support for SS V2!

    -Integrated 0800 for game dumping including SS v2!

    -Full support for all known game exceptions! eg ddr etc!

    -One shot boot mode! - allows a one off boot of gamedisc without -stealth/partition checks (will still use stealth), use activate.iso disk to activate each time!

    -Support for easy drive key/version info cmd, same as liteon!

    -Strict stealth/wave checking, one shot boot mode will boot wave(x)!

    More Info

    Strict Wave 3 compliance means wave 3 games will only boot if they have correct PFI/DMI/SS and timestamp for wave 3

    Strict drive speed compliance means games will only boot if drive is set for the initial speed of 12x, any modification of this make games fail to boot

    SS v2 suports multiple timing samples for challenges type 5 and 7 , stroing them in the SS. This is a pre-requiste for SS v3 which has support for the so called AP2.5 check. Since this has never been used or may never be used by MS we will adopt a wait and see approach and continue to monitor for its usage.

    With drive in Windows mode (Tray half open on powerup) 0800 mode is activated allowing easy dumping of game disc including SS v2. In this mode the drive is also able to output drive key, fw version and drive type by using a simple custom inquiry command.

    Game exceptions are integrated in the fw for games that do not comply with the strict wave checks but are legitimate. These are Dance Dance Revolution Universe, Stoked, Ping 17 disk, afro samurai

    One shot boot mode allows you to boot a Wave X or non stealth game by using the activate.iso disk as a flag. Just insert the activate disc and the next disc inserted will boot without any strict checks. This will still utilise full stealth if available. As soon as that disc is booted the flag is cleared, and you will have to re-insert the activate disk again to enable one shot boot. As always use with caution.

    A new version of JungleFlasher to compliment the new firmware is due shortly.

    [VIA Xbins]