It’s been a while since users have had any REAL and genuine update to their custom firmware, sure developers can add plugins and bug fixes to make the user experience deeper and more stable, but in general the 3.55 interface is something that all PS3 scene members have become accustomed to. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a more official looking coat of paint, a 4.25 custom firmware is here to give you all of those OFW features with all of the CFW goodness. Because of the higher version number, for now you will have more or less free reign of the PSN as well as your homebrew on top of being able to boot a whole mess of new games. Although it should be noted however that recent reports do say that despite the fact that you can boot from any USB device, there are still some undocumented game compatibility issues.
So for a lot of you, the next question will be “how can I get it.” Unfortunately the devs don’t exactly make this an easy process. To begin, you’ll have to head on over to their website which will then require you to send an email request for a firmware key to their admins. Once the key is entered you will then have to surrender your console’s EID0 dump to them where a completely custom made PUP file will then be made to work exclusively on your system. I know, quite the hassle right? Still users have been reporting receiving their keys quite quickly, so you may not have to spend too much time waiting around if you’re lucky. There are going to be lots of reports about this firmware so I will try to stay on top of things as much as I can. Until I hear more, you are welcome to click the link to get the process started and report back. The scene has just received quite the surprise!