4.85 Official Firmware is now Live !!! Here is what you need to know
Well it took awhile from Sony, but its confirmed they finally got around to pushing a new firmware update with the release of version 4.85 for the PS3. It appears (developers are still investigating) Sony has essentially given up that classic "Cat & Mouse" game with the PS3 Homebrew Scene. While it was apparent during the past two exploits, as they went nearly a year (with each exploit) without seeing a patch for a softmod, that has kind of shown Sony's hand with its dealing and future intentions with the PS3. Somewhat surprising (since PSN is still active) but it makes sense, with the PlayStation 5 on the doorstep. While the PS3 is being phased out in many ways, the Security Team has been a dead sector over at Sony PS3 HQ for sometime, but then again they may not of been the best team for the task, as we all know what happened back on firmware 3.55 and the "oh shit" moment that team went through with the bad security implementation that was discovered and thus lead to PS3 CFW for all of us, so maybe that team was not so bad .
(PS3 on 4.85 OFW, scanning USB & recognizing new 4.85.1)
So, now that 4.85 has been leashed upon us, What does it mean for the user's who have exploited with exploits like PS3HEN? As expected 4.85 will be no match for developer's (as Sony did not put much of a fight or effort it appears in the early prognosis), HOWEVER ITs ADVISED TO STAY ON 4.84? Why? The simple answer is everything else needs to catch up, while this was a maintenance update and early observation not much was to address the current exploits from early research from community developer's. So, while the pasters look green to this point there are tools and exploits that need to be updated and if you go on 4.85 now its will be nothing there yet and boring. Enjoy 4.84 until 4.85 is ready. How long can this process take? a few days maybe a week, depends on how busy various developer's are at this time. Currently we have one of the pieces already out of the way with the release of 4.85.1 Hybrid Firmware from @Joonie. Again its not advised to update at this time. This release is for developer's only at this time so various projects can be updated.
(PoC that tools can work on 4.85)
What if I do update? Well, you will have the ability to exploited system again it appears but not much to do quite yet. Its like having an exploited system on day 1 and having no homebrew created or tools yet. So that is why its advised to stay on 4.84 for a bit longer.. This is even the case for Custom Firmware user's as we will see various 4.85 Custom Firmware's released in the coming days/weeks and it will not be advised to jump on those right away. They will be the newest, but you get less and we can't stress that enough until evberything around it is updated also. So just be patient and let the devs work and most importantly be respectful to the devs.
- 4.85.1 Hybrid Firmware (HFW) THREAD LINK>>> psx-place.com... @Joonie: has stated the following warning: Please don't update (to 4.85 OFW or HFW) until all the tools / payload get ported.
- 4.85 CFW & PS3HEN Related Releases: Thread Link >>> psx-place.com
- UPDATE - 4.85 PS3Xploit's Flash Writer Released (CFW installs from 4.85) >>> https://www.psx-place.com/threads/4...rom-4-85-ofw-to-4-85-hfw-to-a-4-85-cfw.26209/
PS3 4.85 OFW Live & 4.85.1 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) Released - ADVISED TO STAY ON 4.84 for now !!!!
By STLcardsWS on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:37 PM
The PS2 Fortuna Project (Homebrew Launcher) & N64 Emulation highlights a big week in PS2 development
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Code Execution on Blu-ray Drives from both PS3 & PS4 --- #36C3 Talk to be presented by @oct0xorThe Stages from CCC are always a very good entrypoint to present the newest and latest in Hacking and Security, especially for Video Game Consoles as seen in the past. In fact, last year in 2018, you can probably remember how much Talks we saw for both the PS4 and the PSVita (just in Case you missed it [I dare you if you actually did ] or you want to watch all Important Streams in Re-Live again - click here). So of course, as it's for this year, many Developers are welcome to join the Stages for this years #36C3 Event to present their newest Achievements such as in Security, Hardware & Making, Ethics, Society & Politics, CCC [internal], Entertainment, Science, Art & Culture and Resilience & Sustainability - as you are always used to it. So while the Preparations from both the Event Organizers and all Developers at full blast, today known Developer @oct0xor announced that he will be also participate on the Stage with a PlayStation-related Talk, where he will "shed a light on internals and security of Sony PlayStation Blu-ray disc drives" together with Topics of "Firmware Dumping", "Reverse Engineering" and getting "Code Execution" for their respective Blu-ray Drives on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4! This is definitely worth to follow, especially since this Topic always kinda lacked in the Community, due to showing less Interest to the Blu-ray Drives.
Picture from the Internals of an PS4 BD Drive (first Generation). It is (probably) just an coincidence that the mechanics looks like two people kissing each other...Continue reading
Super Mario War v1.8_r4 - New Enchantments + Ps3HEN (signed) by blckbearSuper Mario War was ported to PlayStation 3 (PS3) Custom Firmware originally by lahrymose, the installation back then required a pkg install and then data files to be placed on root of the PS3 HDD. Recently psx-place user @blckbear_ had released two revisions (r3 / r4) which has negated the need for the data files and only the pkg needs installed now. Also this pkg is signed and works with not only CFW but also PS3HEN. Plus blkbear_ also has added several other subtle enchantments for your viewing pleasure..
What is Super Mario War? It's a fan created homebrew game that is a tribute to Nintendo and some of its iconic characters. its a grueling multiplayer (up to 4) stomp fest while navigating various obstacles to squish your opponent(s) , The hunter becomes the prey very quickly in this addicting party game, Below we have attached a video demonstration of Super Mario War gameplay in action on a PS3 Console (note: video is v1.8_r2 )Continue reading
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