Maybe you are one of those older people who still can remember that - instead of Reverse Engineering with some Software inside each Operating System to install a Custom Firmware (CFW) - you had to take apart half of the console by soldering a "tiny little piece of additional hardware" only to get Homebrews and Backups running on your older PlayStation consoles. Not only this was way more harder to accomplish compared to "todays standards" by installing a CFW or using a Webkit exploit to get full control of your PlayStation consoles, it was mainly created for older PlayStation Hardware with mostly one goal only - which was sad enough - Piracy. But Today, Developer @_AlAzif announced "his own intepretation about a modchip for the PS4", which will help you for using the latest webkit exploits without dismantling the whole console and without any need to host some exploit files on your home server or exploiting them via the Internet.
This project has been a little neglected since the 0.4.1 release almost a month ago as I've been working on another project since that release. I've haven't been hiding and posted a bit on Discord so this won't come as a surprise to some. It's a "modchip" for webkit exploits, mirroring the existing ESP8266 methods, just with more features/polish. The device can either create a network to connect to (No internet access), connect to an existing network (Works just like this host), or create a bridge (Enabling internet access though the device). It's a custom PCB that's about 25mm*18mm*4mm (Currently) so it should fit inside most consoles. The front end looks like my regular exploit host and you can view a demo (out of date) of the control panel here.
- Control the device from your phone/computer over Bluetooth/Wifi
- Open API for developers to interact/control the device
- Press physical buttons on the console
- View/Download UART data
- Add, download, or delete exploits with one button click
- Custom filetype (Compresses exploits into a single file to install/share)
- Supports both Bin and JS payloads
- Includes application to compress/extract these files
- This is to save space and add to ease of use
- Web based firmware updates for this device (Need no physical access to device to update it)
- Basic usage without soldering (No buttons or UART)
- A secret feature that'll be revealed after it's working 100%
- If you do some snooping on the PCB you might be able to guess it
- USB-C port (Custom pinout for internal installation, but can just run off USB power)
- SD card for exploit storage (GBs vs 3MB)
- User Expandable
- Custom Case for external use (Extender to turn a female USB-C to a male USB-A)
- Software testing with ESP(8266/32) dev boards.
- Finish prototype PCB boards.
- Send out prototype boards. Will be a small batch, about 10 boards.
- "Finish" software, get feedback, make revisions to PCB as necessary.
- First batch of v1.0 boards. (Current bill of materials puts PCB cost @ $10 depending on interest, larger order sizes will make the board cheaper)
It's currently in a working state, just using the API, with majority of the features are done (Currently the bluetooth controller & the admin panel HTML+JS are not 100%) and I'll be looking for testers (Bring your own board) within the next two week or so. Contact me on Twitter or Discord if your interested in testing.
To be a part of the first testing process you just need familiarity with the exploit process and familiarity with your ESP board (Be able to use the serial logger and flash the firmware).
To get one of the prototype boards soldering ability is a must. There are ~6 wires to solder, 2 of which being on the PS4 motherboard. I'll eat the cost for the prototypes.
If there is demand for prototypes, I may make a bigger order and will send them out at cost or make a bigger PCB order and send out PCBs with the bill of materials.
When all is said and done I plan to open source all the code/PCB info so others can help further development/produce boards for others. I want to have it at a 1.0 state before releasing before having others make incompatible software/PCBs.
So, as you already read above, this won't be a "classic modchip" which will allow you piracy ad infinitum. But before you get disappointed, this project looks still interesting, not only because it makes using the webkit exploits even more easier compared to the latest achievements, it will also come with some additional interesting features which could be "future-proof", especially when you can add newer exploits for newer exploitable System Firmwares. Even if you don't want to open your PS4 at all, it could be also run from "outside" via USB and the cool thing about is, that you have full control to this modchip via Bluetooth and/or Wifi from both your PC and even from your Phone. How convenient is that isn't it?
If you still have your old screwdrivers and bit sets, don't throw them too far away. Maybe you will need them again sooner or later - Developer _AlAzif also welcomes you as a Beta Tester.
PS4 Remember about Modchips? The PS4 might get (kind of) one!
By Roxanne on Apr 9, 2018 at 2:46 PM
ref00d (plugin) Released - Run Games / Apps that require a higher FW from your ownFollowing the big news from Team Molecule several weeks ago and effectively opening the system wide open, it was only a matter of time before we would start to see other developer's start putting the finding to use and we have seen the FAPS Team (team members listed below) have recently released a new (taiHEN) plugin called ref00d, this plugin is a big deal, as it will allows users/devs to use content that would otherwise require a higher firmware to be played/executed on a lower firmware for your exploited PS Vita or PlayStation TV. Typically not an easy task to reach but thanks to Team Molecule's research and the FAPS Team we now have a ready to use simple plugin solution to remove those firmware restrictions, see additional details about this plugin release in the release notes provided below by the development team.
[Update x2] RetroArch (PS2) Preview (includes 2 cores) - Introducing New Nigthly PS2 ReleasesUpdate (2x): Reports are coming in this PS2 Homebrew is also working on PS3 HAN & PS4 (5.05).
With progress making headway on the upcoming PS4 port of RetroArch from a group of developer's, Another developer (fjtrujy) started progress on a PlayStation 2 (PS2) port several months back (view previous progress) and now has a port that progressed enough for a public soft release, Now available in the new RetroArch PS2 Nighties for anyone interested in downloading and trying out the multi-system emulator on your homebrew capable PS2 hardware. @fjtrujy warns that many things need implemented yet and many pending issue remain and only these early release contains two cores currently 2048 and QuickNES. Which is likely to grow and a good gauge to base what is expected for the PS2 port, Would be to view the PSP as that should be a good baseline of what to expect and the PS2 may be able to handy more then the PSP likely.Continue reading
2018 - Year in Review: "Kernel Exploits, New Cryptographic Failures and a (tiny) new Console" [Poll]2018 is over and it was a very interesting Year, not only for you as a Gamer, but also for PSX-Place. We saw many Releases across all platforms, like several Kernel- and Web Exploits for the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Vita caught a strong year as well, especially back in December, but also the PS3 was still very popular with many updated Homebrew Releases for System Firmware 4.82 for instance. We also saw some newcomers like the PlayStation Classic, where everyone knows how bad Sony designed it and why we (the Homebrew-Community) has to fix it. But in case you missed something, this Article will give you an overview what happend so far in 2018 for the whole PlayStation-family. And to round things up, there is a small Poll you can find down below where you can vote for your favourite Console of last year. Every Vote is welcome.
But what will 2019 bring to you? It's still early to say but maybe Sony will satisfy the all Gamer who asks for a "PS5". But the PS4 is still a powerful machine don't you think? Maybe we will see a new Kernel Exploit for a higher System Firmware with the hope that it will lead into a proper Homebrew Community. But however the end result will be, we hope that you will stay faithful to our Community, so you won't miss any action in 2019. And speaking of that, we wish everyone a Happy New Year 2019 and may your dreams/wishes come true.Continue reading
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