[Update 2] PS3 Blu Ray ODD Emulator In The Works – Some Tech Info
by ps3iso on October 10, 2012
Do any of you remember this thread ?(Thanks for the reminder samdrlvt ) [RUMOR] PS3 Blu-Ray Drive Emulation Well this morning the world awoke to a banner on popular multi console modding website Eurasia, that news was coming regarding hacking progress in the PS3 Scene: modrobert Eurasia’s admin also wrote thisin his forum:
I just got word from a well known team that will make PS3 owners happy! Watching the video and drooling!! With those few words I hope to keep you interested…
After seeing the discussion regarding this on various sites, we here at PS3Crunch reached out to some trusted long-time resellers to get more info. #1 – The team for now is only releasing one picture regarding 3KEY, but are hoping for an ‘end of the year’ release. #2 – It is full hardware interface, not some crappy reDRM dongle, that means it will work on OFW no need to be stuck on CFW v3.55. #3 – It will be complete ODD Blu-Ray emulator, allowing even the feature to rip your original PS3 game discs to your external HDD. #4 – Due to the nature of design, you will be required to open your PS3 to install it, but I been told NO SOLDERING is needed. #5 – More info will be release later, but for now any more pictures and videos are PRIVATE and been shown only to trusted long-time resellers.
More info while waiting for the video: In order to retrieve the needed BD drive key, Team 3k3y (aka xk3y) will release a PS3 util which requires CFW 3.55, after the key is dumped the PS3 can be upgraded to latest official system update (firmware/XMB) to get PSN etc. The team is exploring other options to dump the required key as well, more on that later.
General tech info about 3k3y which is true for xkey as well.
The 3k3y hardware device is an advanced Optical Disc Drive (ODD) emulator, it does not rely on any software based hacks to operate (once the drive key is known).
The device is connected on the SATA (PATA) bus in the PS3, like this; cable from PS3 goes into 3key, cable to BD drive goes out from 3k3y, in other words 3k3y physically sits between the drive and the PS3 mainboard and offers USB 2.0 port to connect hard drive(s). Games residing on the connected hard drive(s) can be selected using a small remote display with buttons (as seen in the photo linked a few posts up reading “PS3″ in white characters on the display).
For the PS3 this device appears as a legit BD drive, and replies to any ATA protocol requests/commands the same way the original drive does. The BD drive key which is unique in each PS3 makes it possible for 3k3y to decrypt/encrypt data on the fly and redirect SATA traffic originally on disc media from the hard drive connected via USB 2.0 instead. No original Blu-ray disc needs to be inserted for operation, you can use this without any disc in the drive.
Again, this makes it possible to use any official firmware (XMB) version you want after installation (and key retrieval). No need for software hacks like CFW or DEX to make this work at all. If the original game requires firmware (XMB) 4.25, then go ahead and update, just like you would if the system was completely original (virgin).
I hope this clears up any misunderstandings what 3k3y does, or what it requires.