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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 16:08
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    4-Port USB Hub SD Card Reader Slim
    Manufacturer: N/A
    Site: Buy from LighTake
    Price: $8.60


    Overview : This item is only suitable for Sony PS3 Slim; it has two USB interfaces, four USB ports and one SD card slot, really a useful and multifunctional item.

    Features :
    • Dedicated to expand the USB port of the PS3-Slim console and also enhance its card reader functions
    • It looks exquisite and is quite convenient to use
    • Just insert two USB plug into the corresponding USB interface of the console, and then you can use it
    • In addition, when playing games, you can insert and charge four original controllers simultaneously
    • Also, you can insert the SD card into the SD interface to use on the PS3-Slim console
    • It is very easy, convenient and indeed a necessity for gamers

    Quality/Usability : Whenever there is a new smaller model of the console, not only is cost of manufacturing cheaper but somethings are also removed to keep costs down. In the case of the PlayStation 3, the Phat version (earlier models) started off having 4 USB ports and a card reader. With the PS3 Slim, its down to 2 USB ports and no card reader at all. With 2 USB ports, there is not much you can do if you have to charge more than 2 electronic devices.

    In comes a 4-port USB Hub with SD Card Reader for the PS3 Slim. Since the PS3 Slim only has 2 USB ports, the hub occupies both ports. Essentially, you're only gaining 2 additional USB ports. The SD card slot allows you to view and/or transfer music, video and pictures. Unfortunately, you still can not charge your controller or electronic device through USB unless the PS3 is fully turned on. No more wire mess or tangled wires since the hub blends in with the PS3 Slim pretty well.

    The USB hub does not fit completely in the PS3 Phat as the bottom of the PS3 Phat (when laid horizontal) gets in the way. If it did fit, the 3rd USB port is blocked, leaving only the 4th USB port free to be used.

    Instructions :
    • First ensure that your PS3 Slim console is powered off.
    • Insert the 4-Port USB Hub SD Card Reader Slim into the USB port on the console, and the buckle position is upward, press it gently and pull outward when removing it.
    • When using the USB cord to power your PS3 wireless controller, please give priority to use the USB 1 interface.
    • You can have multiple USB controllers plugged in during a game.
    • When using the SD card reader, you can store file(s) inside the SD card onto the PS3 Slim console. You can also copy the file(s) onto the SD card.

    Conclusion : Overall, the 4-Port USB Hub SD Card Reader Slim adds 2 additional USB ports and a SD Card Reader to the PlayStation 3. PS3 Phat owners do not need to look at this since there is no need for this. This is a great addition for those looking for additional USB ports without wires coming out of the USB port. The USB hub is perfect for Rockband and Guitar Hero gamers looking for additional USB ports. It would have been nice if it only occupied 1 USB port leaving the 2nd port free for additional use. 2 additional USB ports may not be much but its 2 more than what you had before.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:58
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    PS3Key USB PSGroove Jailbreak ATMEL
    Manufacturer: PS3Key (by WiiKey)
    Site: Buy from Acekard.ca / Buy from LighTake / Buy from Divineo Spain / Buy from PS3Key Distributors
    Validate your PS3Key: Validate Here (Enter Serial Number and Verification String on yellow sticker)
    Price: $49.99


    Overview : The PS3Key is Team WiiKey's first product in the PS3 market. They decided to release a clone of the PS Jailbreak, a USB Plug and Play solution that installs in seconds without any need to open up the PS3. It will not break your warranty seal and is compatible with all PS3 models, both Fat and Slim. Easy-to-use software for backing up, managing, and playing games from external USB Hard Drive. The PS3Key will supports installing homebrew application on PS3 and external USB media. THIS DOES NOT WORK ON FIRMWARE 3.42 OR ABOVE UNTIL A NEW EXPLOIT/METHOD IS FOUND!

    Requirements :
    • PS3 Console (fat or slim)
    • Console (firmware) version 3.41 only
    • Remove all discs from the drive
    • Do not connect any devices to the console via USB
    • IMPORTANT: The console must be completely switched off before using PS3Key. For fat versions, use the switch at the rear. For slim versions, simply remove the power cable. This is extremely important for the process to work correctly when you start the console.

    Features :
    • USB Plug and Play solution that installs in seconds without any need to open up the PS3.
    • Does not break your warranty seal.
    • Compatible with all PS3 models*, both Fat and Slim.
    • Supports all regions: USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA.
    • Fully updatable via USB on your PC using an encrypted bootloader
    • 32KB onboard flash (most competing products only have 16KB flash)
    • Disables forced software updates and will never brick your console.
    • Supports most games and homebrew applications.
    • Easy-to-use software for backing up, managing, and playing games from external USB Hard Drive.
    • Playing games from HDD is much more enjoyable, benefiting from greatly enhanced seek and loading times.
    • Supports installing homebrew application on PS3 and external USB media.
    • Optionally PS3Key can be supplied with an "open" firmware which does not support backup loading. Users would then have to download a firmware update for PS3Key to get full functionality.
      * Currently not compatible with 3.42 firmware and up

    Quality/Usability : Also read our AVRKey review.

    There has been a lot of confusion between consumers and retailers since retailers are naming it AVR PS3Key or something along those lines. So lets start off by clearing the confusion. AVRKey and PS3Key are made by the same people, both look identical and both use the same hardware but are BOTH different products. The BIG difference between the two is that PS3Key comes shipped with their own proprietary firmware (.upd) file, own software that reads/loads .upd files. AVRKey are shipped blank...as in nothing. With AVRKey, you install your own HEX files (.hex)..the same files as PSGroove.

    IMPORTANT : PS3Key comes with YELLOW sticker. AVRKey comes with GREEN sticker. This is how you will know what you received.


    Some are probably saying to themselves "Oh great..another clone to hit the PS3 scene". Yes, that is true but this from a team that has a great track record and been in the video game scene. The name PS3Key kind of gives it away. Want to take a guess? Still cant figure it out? The team behind PS3Key is none other than WiiKey...the same people behind the WiiKey modchip and WiiKey Fusion for the Wii. So you know they won't be leaving us gamers high and dry.

    The PS3Key comes in an anti-static bag and on this bag is also a yellow sticker. This sticker is your serial number and verification string. This allows you to verify and validate if the PS3Key that you purchased is authentic. For the verification string, it must be typed as shown. Capital letters must be typed with CAPS and lowercase letters must be lowercase. Failure to do so will give an error message. The team is serious about combating PS3Key clones.


    The PS3Key is housed in a metal casing that looks exactly like PS Jailbreaks. There is also no writing or logo on the housing to prevent any problems with distribution and measures approximately 1.25" (length) x 0.50" (wide). On the end of the PS3Key is a blue rubber cap. This protects the board from being exposed and prevent dust and other particles from entering as well as softens the brightness of the LED lights. The PS3Key dongle is running on ATMEL MEGA32U2 (ATMEGA32U2) and is upgradeable via USB port. Installation is simple. Since the encrypted bootloader and files are preinstalled, just insert the PS3Key into the USB port of your PS3. The files installed the PS3Key are proprietary. Getting it to run the exploit is the same as all other Jailbreaks and you can remove it after its been loaded successfully.

    Operation :
    Once the power to your console is completely disconnected:
    1. Turn on the console (PS3 Fat with the switch, PS3 Slim connecting the power cable)
    2. Insert PS3Key into a USB port on the PS3.
    3. Start up the PS3 and press the EJECT button.
    4. The LED (which should have been red initially) will change to blue.
    5. If the above process worked, there will be a link to “Install Package File” in the game menu.

    In order to make sure the PS3Key dongle worked flawlessly, I had to uninstall all my homebrew applications that I had originally installed. To install applications or any homebrew applications, you will need to download and save the .pkg files to a USB drive such as thumbdrive or harddrive. To install, simply insert USB drive to the PS3 and navigate to "INSTALL PACKAGE FILES" on the XMB under GAME. Select the file you want to install by pressing X and it will automatically install the file. All applications installed and loaded without any problems.

    There are no other files or programs available to download from www.ps3key.com. But it seems PS3Key is in the process of making their own backup manager known as PS3Key Loader. However, upon loading this, there is nothing except for a message saying "The key has been turned..". Inserting a different Jailbreak device and running this file resulted in a failure. So it seems that PS3Key Loader checks to see if the PS3Key is inserted.

    When a new update or application is released for the PS3Key, you can download the latest files at http://www.ps3key.com/en/members/downloads/. Here, you will need to log in (if you aren't logged in or registered already). In order to download files, you will need to enter the serial number and verification string to authenticate your PS3Key. Once logged in and the file you want to download is selected, your serial number is displayed. Before the "DOWNLOAD" button turns from un-clickable gray button to a clickable blue button, you will have to ACCEPT their Terms and Conditions...

    Terms & Conditions

    By using this PS3Key update you agree to the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree with such terms and conditions; do not use or apply the update.

    The PS3Key Team grants you a non-exclusive license to use such software with the PS3Key hardware product only; provided your PS3Key hardware product is a genuine product of the PS3Key Team. The update may not work with, or may cause damage to, any non-genuine PS3Key product.

    The export and re-export of PS3Key updates are not controlled by the United States Export Administration Regulations. As such, software may be exported or re-exported to Cuba; Iran; Iraq; Libya; North Korea; Sudan; or Syria or any country to which the United States embargoes goods.

    DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES: YOU AGREE THAT THE PS3KEY TEAM HAS MADE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES TO YOU REGARDING THE SOFTWARE AND THAT THE SOFTWARE IS BEING PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. THE PS3KEY TEAM DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE.

    LIMIT OF LIABILITY: IN NO EVENT WILL THE PS3KEY TEAM BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OF USE; INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS; OR ANY DIRECT; INDIRECT; SPECIAL; INCIDENTAL; OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS; SLEEP; SANITY) REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION WHETHER IN CONTRACT; TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE); STRICT PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE; EVEN IF THE PS3KEY TEAM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

    Just inserting the PS3Key into a USB port of the computer causes it to be recognized but nothing really happens nor does it show up as a removable drive. All you hear are dings. But I inserted and removed it 4 times in a row within 10 seconds and a pop up did show up on my Windows Vista saying that the Generic USB Device has been installed successfully and can be used (wont show up all the time..only when first initiated). Performing this method will put the PS3Key into Update Mode and the both blue and red LED will be lit (purplish look with cap on). This will now allow you to update the PS3Key with any new files the team has released. I know some gamers are wondering if you can flash PSGroove hex files onto the PS3Key. I haven't tried it myself but Team PS3Key has informed me that you can erase the files on the PS3Key and install something else (such as PSGroove), but then you would not be able to put PS3Key code back onto it again. So if you're looking to buy a PS3Key to load your own files, I suggest not doing so. If you don't care about future PS3Key updates and want to install HEX files, you can install HEX files onto PS3Key by erasing the PS3Key bootloader using the ATMEL programming software. Just remember that it's a one-way process and you won't be able to make it into a PS3Key again afterwards! Overwriting PS3Key's proprietary file would be pointless since you lose all future features and updates that PS3Key would release in the future. There are plenty of other USB development boards at a cheaper price if you wanted to load PSGroove files such as AVRKey. AVRKey is also developed by Team PS3Key but the difference between the two is that AVRKey gives you the ability to load your own files where as PS3Key has it preinstalled and both have the same hardware. PS3Key updates are protected with TEA Encryption and not serial number specific. However, its best to download directly from PS3Key's website so you know that the files are not tampered with and you have full support from the PS3Key team, if needed.


    Instructions on How to Install Update :
    1. Run the PS3KeyUpdater.exe application in Windows*. (REQUIRED for ATMEL based PS3Key)
    2. Connect PS3Key to your PC in update mode. To do this, simply insert it and remove it a few (3-4) times in until both of the LEDs (both red and blue...looks purplish) light up at the same time.
    3. Choose "File" and "Open" and then select the update file (i.e. ps3key_v2.upd).
    4. Click "Update Now" at the top of the screen. This will only be active when the PS3Key is connected to your PC and both the red and blue LEDs are lit.
    5. That's it! The progress bar will indicate when the update has been applied.
    6. It is now safe to remove PS3Key from your PC and continue to enjoy using it with the new features!

    * Since my computer is running Windows Vista, for some reason, it didnt want to install the updated file. The progress bar didnt do anything (like the image above). But I decided to right click and choose "Properties" on the application itself (.exe) and clicked on the "Compatibility" tab and enable "Run this program in compatibility mode for: "with Windows XP (Service Pack 2)". You may also need to go under "Privilege Level" select "Run this program as an administrator". This is when the program would actually load the file. It may not be required but if you can't get it to load the new file, this is an option.

    *UPDATE* 10/18/10
    There are two versions of PS3Key. There is a ATMEL version and SiliconLabs version. ATMEL-based PS3Key require the use of PS3Key Updater to update the PS3Key. If you have a SiliconLabs-based PS3Key (4th digit of the serial number is a 4 or 5) then you do not need this application as it is possible to drag-and-drop the update directly onto the dongle in Windows. If you have already entered your serial number, you can check YOUR PS3KEYS and it will tell you which version you have. If you have not entered your serial or never got one (you should contact the site you purchased from and get one), the only way to find out is if you remove the board. Unfortunately, I do not know how the SiliconLabs (Silabs) version looks like.

    I insert my PS3Key and nothing happens. No lights, nothing! What's wrong?
    Unfortunately, a small number of PS3Keys (estimated at less than 1% of the total produced so far) were shipped with a little less insulating tape than they should have been. This is causing the metal contacts on the bottom of the circuit board to short circuit on the metal case. This isn't a fatal short circuit, your PS3Key has not been damaged.

    If you're part of the 1%, to remedy this problem, simply remove the PCB and affix extra tape, as shown below: (this has been corrected at manufacturing plant)

    1) Remove the blue plastic cap and bend the small metal clamps open:


    2) Slide the circuit board out of the metal case:


    3) Flip the circuit board over and affix a nice big piece of insulating tape. If your tape is quite thin, use 2 layers just to be sure:


    Conclusion : Overall, the PS3Key USB PSGroove Jailbreak ATMEL looks very sleek. With Team WiiKey showing their continued support and products on the Nintendo Wii, we will see the same commitment on the PS3. They have demonstrated the capability to create and compile their own codes and are most than likely able to create a new their own version of the backup manager. Those looking to install their own files, I suggest not purchasing the PS3Key as you lose all features and future updates that PS3Key has to offer. Instead, look into purchasing the AVRKey which is also from the PS3Key team but AVRKey lets you install your own files. If you purchased a PS3Key and it did not have a yellow sticker on the anti-static bag, contact the seller you purchased it from and ask for it. If they can not supply it, you more than likely received a clone/fake (PS3Key do not have logo printed on them and caps are thick blue..not thin teal caps). Also, the image below shows two versions of fakes. These were NOT made by PS3Key nor ever was.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:58
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    Original PS Downgrade PSDowngrade
    Manufacturer: PS Jailbreak / PS Downgrade
    Site: Buy from HolidayCarts

    Price: FREE and unlimited when you own an authentic PS Jailbreak


    Overview for PS Jailbreak : The worlds first PS3 Modchip is here — PSJailbreak! Using just a USB drive and a software exploit, the PS Jailbreak apparently does what so many have tried doing before it: allowing homebrew software — to run on the PS3. It only works on 3.41 firmware.

    If you want it to work on 3.50 or 3.42 you need to downgrade the PS3. You can do this by using PS Jailbreaks program called "PSDowngrade" which is FREE and unlimited with all PS Jailbreaks! You MUST have an original PS Jailbreak to use this software. Each dongle has a special serial number that is verified during the process of downgrading.

    Only the original PS Jailbreak will support official new features and software exploits, don't get caught out with a clone, buy the original real deal today! THIS DOES NOT WORK ON FIRMWARE 3.42 OR ABOVE UNTIL A NEW EXPLOIT/METHOD IS FOUND!

    Overview for PS Downgrade : The wait is finally over! New users above 3.41 fw its time to join in on the fun. Thanks to PS Downgrade, PS Jailbreak is now available for all 44 million users.

    PS Downgrade is a software add on that connects with your existing PS Jailbreak device. In 1 minute or less you can downgrade your consoles firmware to any previous firmware.

    Simple to install; just plug PS Jailbreak into your pc and follow the gui to install PS Downgrade. Works with all past, present and future firmwares!

    Turn back your console to 3.41 to jailbreak with the worlds original PS Jailbreak, or even go as far back as 3.12 to enjoy Other OS (yes LINUX is back). Completely safe to use, and does not void your warranty. PS Downgrade is completely undetecable by manufacturer, there is no history or log of your downgrade. Please note: PS Downgrade is ONLY compatible with original PS Jailbreak, no clones or inferior USB dongles.

    Specifications :
    • PS Downgrade is a software add on that connects with your existing PS Jailbreak device. In 1 minute or less you can downgrade your consoles firmware to any previous firmware.
    • Simple to install; just plug PS Jailbreak into your pc and follow the gui to install PS Downgrade. Works with all past, present and future firmwares!
    • Turn back your console to 3.41 to jailbreak with the worlds original PS Jailbreak, or even go as far back as 3.12 to enjoy Other OS (yes LINUX is back). Completely safe to use, and does not void your warranty. PS Downgrade is completely undetectable by manufacturer, there is no history or log of your downgrade.

      Please note: PS Downgrade is ONLY compatible with original PS Jailbreak, no clones or inferior USB dongles.

    Quality/Usability : I will be splitting this review into two parts. First part will be about the PS Jailbreak itself and the second part will be about the PS Downgrade. This does not work on Sony's new firmware 3.55.

    Requirements for PS Updater Setup :


    How to install PS Updater :
    1. Download PSUpdater.zip
    2. (Optional) Click START button and type in the search bar "UAC" and click on User Account Control Settings. Inside this menu please lower the settings to lowest priority. Save and restart the computer
    3. Unrar/Unzip PSUpdater.zip and click on "setup.exe"
    4. Follow the steps by clicking "Next" until you reach to the point of setup where it asks you to plug in your device
    5. Plug the PS Jailbreak device into a USB port on your computer and click "Next"
    6. Choose "Unknown Device #1" from the list and click "Next"
    7. Click "Save" to save the .ini file
    8. Click "Install Now.." and complete installation


    How to use PS Updater :
    1. Open PS Updater application that installed a shortcut on to your desktop
    2. Click on "Download Updates" tab and then click on "Download updates"
    3. It will download the 2 files over the internet and a message will pop up telling you it saved them into the folder where you saved your .ini file:
      1. prog_SerialNumber.fla — which is PS Jailbreak
      2. downgrader_SerialNumber.fla — which is your downgrader
    4. Click "Update Now" tab and click "Click here to select file..."
    5. Choose the downgrader file (downgrader_SerialNumber.fla) and click "Apply Update"
    6. If flashed successfully, PS Jailbreak dongle will have green LED
    7. After using PS Downgrade to lower your firmware (see below for instructions), please follow the above steps this time choosing to apply update file "prog_SerialNumber.fla"
    8. Now your PS Jailbreak is back to a USB jailbreak modchip


    Requirements for Downgrade :
    • MUST own an original PS Jailbreak USB Dongle that is reprogrammed for PS Downgrade
    • (1) Blank FAT32 formatted USB flash drive
    • 3.42, 3.50 or above firmware must be installed on the console (Fat or Slim)
    • Modified 3.41 PUP, Lv2Diag.self (File 1), Lv2Diag.self (File 2) - these can be found via Google search


    How to downgrade firmware 3.42/3.50 or above to firmware 3.41 with PS Downgrade :
    * Downgrade will not reformat some PS3 Fat consoles (i.e. launch) but it WILL reformat PS3 Slim consoles. It's best to backup all files via System Settings
    1. Insert PS Jailbreak device that has been reprogrammed as PS Downgrade into your console
    2. Turn on the console using the same boot method as PS Jailbreak: Press power then immediately press eject. Your console will turn on and PS Jailbreak will light up with red/green LEDs followed by green only, then the PS3 will turn off.
    3. Remove PS Jailbreak dongle and turn on console to make sure you are in Factory Service Mode. You will see a huge red box on the screen saying Factory Service Mode.
    4. Load any blank FAT32 USB flash drive device with 2 files in the root directory:
      1. Modified 3.41 PUP
      2. Lv2Diag.self (File 1)
    5. These must be the only files on the USB key and must be placed in the main (root) directory.
    6. Insert flash drive into the last USB port to the right — the first USB port in from the right side if you’re facing the console. Turn the PS3 on and you will see black screen but the PS3 HDD light will flash.
    7. The process takes 3-4 minutes for the system to install the old firmware. Towards the end, the power button on the console will start flashing green and then your console will power off.
    8. Remove the flash drive and turn on the console, you will still be in Factory Service Mode. Please verify you have downgraded successfully to version 3.41 by going to "System Information".
    9. (Optional) – If you wish to downgrade to any older firmware (such as 3.15) you can follow step 4, 5, 6 using any regular firmware PUP. (You do not need to use modified custom firmware now that you are on 3.41).
    10. Insert USB flash drive back into your PC and delete the PUP and Lv2Diag.self file (File 1) and copy the other Lv2Diag.self (File 2) to the root of the flash drive.
    11. Insert USB flash drive back into the same USB port on the PS3 and power on your PS3. After 10 seconds it will power off.
    12. Remove USB flash drive and turn on your console again. You will be out of factory service mode and back in retail mode with your chosen firmware version installed. You will need to go through setting up settings configuration.




    With this you’re able to downgrade any PS3 running firmware 3.42 or 3.50. If you currently own or use to own a PSP, this is kind of similar to that of the Pandora Battery where you take a Sony battery (or compatible battery), load some files onto a memory stick and both combined, you're able to unbrick your PSP. PS Jailbreak was originally charging $40 for a one-time downgrade. So if you wanted to downgrade another PS3, you would have to pay another $40. A lot of people did not like this idea and a couple of weeks later, the team decided to release the downgrade with unlimited use. This means you can downgrade as many PS3 systems as you want without paying additional.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Original PS Downgrade PSDowngrade is the first downgrader to hit the hacking scene for the PlayStation 3. Not only does it allow you to downgrade 3.42, 3.50 to 3.41, but you're also able to downgrade to 3.15 and bring back OtherOS. In order to downgrade, you'll need to own an authentic PS Jailbreak and it will cost you a whopping $99 (use to be $180-$150). Pretty hefty for a jailbreak device but that's the price you pay to be the first. PSJB team was originally charging $40 for a one-time use coupon to downgrade a PS3, once. So if you wanted to downgrade another PS3, you would have to fork over another $40. But after many complaints and dislike for this pricing (maybe also because a free solution was soon to be released), PSJB team decided to lower the price of the PS Jailbreak and included unlimited downgrades.

    Even though PS Updater v1.3 was suppose to fix problems for those running on Windows 7 64bit, I still ended up having problems. Installation and driver installation was all successful and I was able to get the .fla files but when it came to updating my dongle with either .fla files, I got a "FLASH FAILED" error message. I've tried everything I could possibly think of, even using a ProxyPS method and it could not open the .fla file. However, performing the same installation on a Windows Vista 32bit, I had no problem at all and the flash was successful. Luckily, I had an extra computer running Vista in the house. So this may be a problem if you encounter a problem and don't have another computer with Vista. The PS Updater program only works on Window's OS. I would like to see some support for other operating systems as not everyone owns a PC.

    *NOTE: As of 12/6/2010, Sony released a new firmware 3.55 that blocks the use of the downgrader. The Lv2Diag.self File 1 has been revoked. However, if you were unaware of this and tried to downgrade, Sony left Lv2Diag.self File 2 alone so users can get out of FACTORY SERVICE MODE and back to normal state so you can continue to play your games and access PSN. If you own 3.42-3.50 firmware, this still works.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:58
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    PlayStation Eye Camera Mounting Clip
    Manufacturer: PDP
    Site: Buy from Amazon
    Price: $9.99-12.99

    Cheaper alternative ($5.81):



    Overview : The officially licensed PS3 Eye Camera Mounting Clip conveniently mounts the PlayStation Eye camera on flat panel televisions. The clip holds the EYE camera in perfect position for Move gameplay and features a wide range of adjustable settings for various flat-panel HDTV shapes. The Mounting Clip is easy to use straight out of the box with no need to use any adhesive. PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye Camera each sold separately.

    Features :
    • Adjustable to fit variance among monitor profiles
    • Clip holds your PS3 Eye Camera securely in place
    • Mounting Clip is officially licensed by Sony

    Quality/Usability : With all the new TV's and monitors on the market, they are no longer thick or even have a flat top. So trying to put a device on top would be hard. PDP (Peripheral Designed Products) has released a product to solve this problem and its officially licensed by Sony.

    The top has a clip that allows you to slide the base of the PS3 Eye Camera in and secures it in place. An "arm" folds down and can be adjusted to any size based on the size of your screen. The "arm" clicks into place so you won't have to worry about it moving and causing your camera to fall off. It also acts as a prop if the back of your display slopes. The bottom has rubber padding to prevent any slipping and to provide some grip when placed on top of your display. The mounting clip can be used on rear projection, LCD and Plasma TV. It's even able to work with newer, extra slim TV's such as LED.

    However, if your TV is wall mounted, depending on how much room you have between the back of the TV to the wall and how thin the TV is, it may not fit.

    You can even use the PS Eye Mounting Clip to be used with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Live Vision Camera and Microsoft's new Kinect. The 360 Live Vision camera's base is slightly thicker so the clip will be raised slightly higher. For the Xbox 360 Kinect, it wont fit in the clip but it would provide a flat base for the Kinect to rest on. This is a cheap alternative if you're not looking to spend over $40 for a Kinect compatible stand. If you use this for the Kinect, just remember to add some tape or something to secure it so it does not fall when you're jumping up and down.

    Since you can use the PlayStation Eye Camera as a webcam, you can use the clip on your laptop/netbook as well.

    Conclusion : Overall, the PlayStation Eye Camera Mounting Clip is a must have if you own a flat panel display. This is the perfect solution for a clear look and for a clutter-free space. The price of the mounting clip is very affordable and won't make a dent in your wallet.

    I also like the fact that the Xbox 360 Live Vision camera fits and you can use the clip as a platform for the Xbox 360 Kinect to rest on. Just remember to secure the Kinect to the mounting clip with tape or something as the Kinect's base does not fit inside the clip.

    A cheaper solution would be aftermarket product from LighTake.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:57
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    P3Go G-Switch Power ON/OFF Slim
    Manufacturer: G-Team
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from VolumeRates / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels
    Price: $4.18-$5.99


    P3Go GT-Break II USB microSD SDHC:

    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels
    Price: $24.00-26.00 (dongle and switch)


    Overview : Prevent wear and tear from constantly plugging and unplugging power cable on the back of your PS3 Slim.

    Features for G-Switch :
    • Supports only PS3 Slim from any region. (USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA)
    • One time installation – Plug & Play and forget.
    • Allows you to recycle power on your PS3 Slim without the need of unplugging the cable from the back of your console.
    • Made out of high resistance polymer which is fireproof and has been built to last.

    Quality/Usability : In order to jailbreak your console, the PlayStation 3 console needs to be cold booted. That means you'll either have to turn the switch off and on, on the back of a fat PS3 or unplug and plug the power cord on the PS3 Slim. PS3 fat users got it easy but for Slim owners, it can be a hassle especially if your PS3 is in an entertainment center or in a spot that is hard to reach.

    G-Team has found a solution for all you PS3 Slim owners. They have released a switch that plugs in-between the PS3 Slim console and power cord thus giving you a dedicated ON/OFF switch without the need of constantly unplugging the power cord. However, the G-Switch actually comes included with their P3Go GT-Break II USB Jailbreak dongle but not everyone needs the dongle, so some retailers are selling just the switch alone.

    The G-Switch is a simple plug and play solution. Simply unplug the power cord from the PS3 Slim (this would be the last time you'll need to do this unless you're packing up your PS3). Insert the G-Switch into the back of your PS3 Slim and than attach the power cord to the G-Switch. The G-Switch is now in-between the cord and console. Now, rather than unplugging the power cord from the console, just flip the switch. To get power, just flip the switch to the ON position.

    The G-Switch worked as it should however, upon opening it up, the soldering job didn't look like it was done by machines at the manufacturing plant but by a worker instead. The switch worked as it should as I have constantly flipped the switch on and off but the soldering job wasn't as clean. Maybe they needed to include it with the dongles or maybe their manufacturing plant wasn't capable or soldering the switch due to design?

    Conclusion : Overall, the P3Go G-Switch Power ON/OFF Slim is a much needed accessory for anyone jailbreaking their console. The quality of the switch is very good but the soldering job could have been better and cleaner. Than again, what average user will go ahead and open up a product to see the inside? So as long it works and doesn't break, that's all that matters, right? The price is very affordable and online retailers offer FREE shipping for those who already have their preferred jailbreak device but is looking for a ON/OFF switch.

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    P3Go GT-Break II USB microSD SDHC
    Manufacturer: G-Team
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels
    Price: $24.00-26.00 (dongle and switch)


    P3GO G-Switch Power ON/OFF Slim

    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from VolumeRates / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels
    Price: $4.18-$5.99

    MicroSD(HC)/TF (Required to switch between payloads)
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme (1GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (2GB) / Buy from LighTake (2GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (4GB) / Buy from LighTake (4GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (8GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (8GB) / Buy from LighTake (8GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (16GB) / Buy from LighTake (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (32GB)


    Overview : Second Generation architecture with all the features of the First Generation. Built-in microSDHC slot which supports up to 32GB. Also includes ON/OFF switch to be used with PS3 Slim only without the need to constantly unplug power cable.

    Features :
    • Second Generation Architecture with all the features of the First Generation.
    • Onboard SLC NANDFLASH Memory of 128MB (Most competing products offer 16KB with the highest being 128KB)
    • High speed 32 bit CPU processor clocked at 500MHz.
    • All P3Go's are fully updatable via USB on your Windows PC using a very simple and intuitive process.
    • P3Go supports dual payloads. (Only device in the market with this feature)
    • A microSDHC slot is built-in which supports up to 32GB for future expansion.
    • Made out of high quality, durable polymer which has been built to last.
    • P3Go is regularly updated to provide our users with the latest features at no extra cost.
    • Simple step-by-step guide available on the site will show you how to use and install P3Go and our support team will assist you with any problems you may encounter along the way.

    Other Features :
    • 100% Solderless solution – USB Plug and Play solution that installs in seconds without the need of opening up your PS3.
    • The P3Go can be removed from the PS3 once started.
    • Does not break any warranty seals i.e. your PS3’s warranty would remain intact after use.
    • Compatible with all PS3 models – Fat and Slim.
    • Supports all PS3 regions: USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA.
    • Optimized and enhanced firmware which has been developed in house by our programmers.
    • Disables forced software updates and will never brick your console.
    • Supports all games and homebrew applications available at the moment.
    • Easy-to-use software for backing up, managing, and playing games from external USB Hard Drive or the internal Hard Drive your PS3.
    • Playing games from HDD gives you loads of benefits, including faster loading times and reduced strain on the lens of the Bluray drive of your PS3.
    • Supports installation of homebrew applications on PS3.

    Features for G-Switch :
    • Supports only PS3 Slim from any region. (USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA)
    • One time installation – Plug & Play and forget.
    • Allows you to recycle power on your PS3 Slim without the need of unplugging the cable from the back of your console.
    • Made out of high resistance polymer which is fireproof and has been built to last.

    Quality/Usability : The P3Go GT-Break II showed up on the PS3 scene out of no where. The pictures looked sleek and is the first product to actually include a power switch to be used on PS3 Slim only. But not much information was provided other than its another USB jailbreak device but is somewhat...unique. It featured a microSDHC slot and 128MB of memory. Yes, 128MB. The biggest we have seen so far is 128kb. Was this a typo? There's only one way to find out...




    When I first read and saw pictures of the P3Go, I was a bit skeptical as with probably a bunch of gamers. Was this another hoax or maybe another cheap clone to take advantage or us gamers and to make a quick buck. Well after receiving our sample, its legit. The dongle itself is fairly thin but is definitely wider and bigger than the other USB jailbreak dongles out on the market. The P3Go GT-Break II case has a rubber texture feel to it that gives it some grip. And yes, the "G" logo does actually light up! But what about what they advertised? Let's just say, I'm impressed and I'll describe why in this review.


    YES, it does indeed have 128MB of memory. I know, thats insane! Like all storage devices, after being formatted, you don't get the true 128MB. When the P3Go GT-Break II is plugged into the USB port of your computer, there are two removable disk drives that show up. The first is the onboard memory that actually has 90.1MB of total space and the other removable disk drive is the microSD(HC). For the onboard memory, of that 90.1MB of total space, only 38.4MB is left. Where did all that space go? Well the first 38MB that is not recognized is from formatting and bootloader. But not only is the P3Go GT-Break II a jailbreak device but it acts as a USB thumbdrive as well and thats where 51.6MB has gone to. The P3Go GT-Break II actually comes with files already pre-installed (as shown above) such as FTP, GAIA manager, Open Manager, Backup Manager and even their own Open Manager. However, its just a rebadged Open Manager with their logo. The folder "PS3_GAME" contains cover images and Open Manager related files. So there really is no need to save your homebrew applications on a separate thumbdrive or external harddrive. We'll discuss more about the microSDHC slot further into the review.


    Even though it comes preloaded with files, its always best to download the latest files from their Downloads page. This ensures that you have the latest versions of applications. At the time of this review, our P3Go contained files from 10/22/10. They released a new file on 10/26/10. This new file contains files for Hermes v4b and KaKaRoTo PL3.

    To update the P3Go Firmware :
    1. Download latest file and look for "update.bin"
    2. Insert P3Go into USB port of your computer
    3. Place "update.bin" into root of microSD(HC)
    4. Remove and reinsert P3Go into USB port again
    5. During this time, the red and blue lights will flash at the same time
    6. 1 second later, the red LED will turn off, blue LED is flashing
    7. 2 seconds later, both red and blue are turned on and steady
    8. The updating progress is over!

      Attention :
    9. TF or Storage Driver must be formatted into FAT/FAT32.
    10. Don't remove P3Go while updating progress.
    11. update.bin file will be deleted automatic after updating.
    12. If red light shines for a long time means updating failed, you must check your file or hardware for issue.
    13. Don't use USB HUB for Storage Driver.

    Requirements :
    • PS3 Console (fat or slim)
    • Console (firmware) version 3.41 only
    • Remove all discs from the drive
    • Do not connect any devices to the console via USB
      IMPORTANT: The console must be completely switched off before using P3Go. For fat versions, use the switch at the rear. For slim versions, if you have a "G-Switch", it will be more convenient to operate just like the fat PS3. This is extremely important for the process to work correctly when you start the console.

    Operation :
    1. Cut off the power of your PS3. For the fat PS3, press the power off button on the back. If you own the slim, disconnect the power cable from the system. If you have a "G-Switch", it will be more convenient to operate just like the fat PS3.
    2. If you want to load Hermes payload, plug your P3Go into any of the PS3 USB slots. Be sure that NO microSD(HC) is in the slot.
    3. If you want to load PL3 payload, you will need to insert a microSD(HC) into the slot or else it will automatically boot into Hermes.
    4. Turn on your PS3 and press the Eject button very quick (most important).
    5. While booting P3Go, it will light up and flash blue and red. When the blue light is on instead of flashing, it means booting progress is over and the jailbreak is successful. You will also see “Install Package File” in the game menu.

    What makes the P3Go stand out and unique from the rest of the USB jailbreaks other than the 128MB memory and microSDHC slot, is that you are able to boot both, Hermes v4b and PL3 without having to reflash. To boot in Hermes mode, simply plug P3Go GT-Break II into PS3 with NO microSDHC in slot. If you want PL3, just insert microSD(HC) into the GT-Break II. As you can see, inserting a microSD(HC) acts as a switch between the two payloads but is also a storage device. For the microSD(HC) to be recognized as a storage device, it would need to be inserted into the GT-Break II after the PS3 has been jailbroken. But the TF card is only recognized under MUSIC, VIDEO and PHOTO. It is not recognized under GAME. The microSD(HC) slot is spring loaded so it makes removal of microSD(HC) cards very easy but if you have the PS3 in a vertical position, the microSD(HC) slot is aimed down. So inserting the microSD card with the dongle in the PS3 can be a little tough.

    Unfortunately, at the moment, you are unable to load your own .hex or .bin files. As of 11/03/10, G-Team did have this to say:

    P3GO upgrade advance notice

    Recently we will upgrade a very meaningful extended function to fully reflect the structural and capacity advantages of P3GO. We will use a simple method to realize a very special function in P3GO. (We are so sorry that we can not tell the function at present.) We believe that our products will better than others, and we will bring more functions to your love machine! At that time, we will also open some source code, and we will give our technical customers development kit for the P3GO. In another word, if you like, you can compile your own firmware to the P3GO, and not need the official update. Please just waiting, we are coming soon….

    CLICK HERE TO READ OUR REVIEW ON THE P3Go G-Switch Power ON/OFF Slim

    Conclusion : Overall, the P3Go GT-Break II USB microSD SDHC is probably one of the nicest and sleekest PS3 jailbreak dongles out on the market. You get best of both worlds with payloads without having to reflash each time. If you want KaKaRoTo PL3, you will need a microSD(HC) in the slot. Granted, not everyone may have a microSD but everyone should have atleast one whether it be from an old phone, camera or DS flash cart. If you insert the microSD(HC) card after the PS3 has been jailbroken, the TF card is recognized under the MUSIC, VIDEO and PHOTO but not under GAME. Another great thing is the 128MB of memory. This makes the GT-Break II a great all-in-one. You can install all your necessary homebrew applications and payloads all in one USB dongle. The included G-Switch is also nice especially for those who own a PS3 Slim but would do no good for those who own a PS3 fat. But PS3 fat owners can either hold onto it incase they get a Slim in the future, give it to a friend who owns a Slim or sell it. Even though the soldering job of the G-Switch isn't clean, it still works.

    Not only do buyers look for great products but we also look for great support for the products we buy. There has been a few updates already and the G-Team has been quick to release the new updates.

    Out of all the jailbreak clones on the market, this is by far the best bang for your money...once they allow open source and the ability to load your own files such as .hex and .bin. Retailing between $24.00-$26.00, not only do you get a 128MB USB jailbreak device that supports up to 32GB microSD(HC) but you also get a ON/OFF switch. Even if you have no need for the switch, its still the best bang for your money.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:57
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    X3Max x3Jailbreak USB microSD SDHC
    Manufacturer: X3Max
    Site: Buy from Acekard.ca / Buy from My Gaming Mart
    Price: $35.00

    MicroSD(HC)/TF (Required for future support/upgrades)
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme (1GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (2GB) / Buy from LighTake (2GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (4GB) / Buy from LighTake (4GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (8GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (8GB) / Buy from LighTake (8GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (16GB) / Buy from LighTake (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (32GB)


    Overview : The X3Max is a revolutionary USB development board. The X3Max has a 32bit MCU (processor) and 128KB of memory in which to store user hex, these features are unparalleled and not available in any other USB development board. This powerful hardware specification provides the extensibility required to ensure a future proof solution that will be able to keep up with the latest advances in code development. The X3Max also has an inbuilt MicroSD(HC) slot which provides even further expandability!

    With the custom X3Tool programming/flashing software, simple tasks such as uploading hex to the X3 Max are extremely simple as showed in our guide, no drivers are required, simply download the X3Tool software, plug the X3Max in to your computer and flash!

    While the X3Max is very simple to use for the end user who just wants to upload pre-made hex to the board, the combination of the powerful X3Max hardware and X3Tool software means that tasks undertaken by developers and advanced users such as editing the payload can be done right from within the X3Tool software! No complicated multi-software solutions are required.

    The X3Max comes complete in a sturdy plastic presentation case along with a free screwdriver used to open the casing. THIS DOES NOT WORK ON FIRMWARE 3.42 OR ABOVE UNTIL A NEW EXPLOIT/METHOD IS FOUND!

    Features :
    • The X3Max is compatible with all models and regions including: USA, JAP, PAL, and Korea.
    • Compatibile with FAT and SLIM PS3s
    • The X3Max has 128kb of program memory
    • The X3Max is a 32bit processor
    • The X3Max has 16K RAM
    • The X3Max is expandable with expansion port - Onboard microSD Slot (will support 32GB SDHC) for future programming capabilities!
    • Installing the X3Max is as easy as plugging in a USB flash drive, the process is completely solderless and does not void your warranty.
    • The X3Max an open source project and therefore is compatible with all third party developers firmware. All Official builds are tested thoroughly by our team before released to ensure they are stable and bug free.
    • Open up your console to a new generation of homebrew applications
    • Load homebrew apps/games off any USB hard drive/flash drive
    • Fully updatable with new features/updates by connecting X3 Max to any computers USB port
    • Frequent updates by our team and other members of the community combined with X3Tool V2 makes the update process easy, even for novices.

      For the gamer!
    • X3Max has an easy to use Firmware updater that will soon be available for multiple OS.
    • X3Max team provides pre-compiled, tested and certified firmware files that you can trust to run on your X3Max.

      For the Homebrew Developer!
    • X3Max has a simple Payload Editor Application that makes it easy to edit and add custom payloads.
    • X3Max has built-in debugging including USB protocol analyzer so you can easily troubleshoot your payloads.

    Quality/Usability : X3Max was originally known as x3Jailbreak. Lots of people thought it was a fake and a hoax. But I think as the X3 team released more information, people started to take them more serious. X3 released a old sample which was similar to other jailbreak dongles but decided to stand out from the rest of the crop. Usually, USB jailbreak devices have 32kb of program memory. The Teensy++ 2.0 has 128kb and is the preferred choice by PS3 hackers. However, X3Max released their own 128kb USB development board. But there's more to it...they also included a microSD(HC) slot that supports up to 32GB! This is a first in the scene. However, for the tech savvy, you can purchase a SD adapter and solder it onto the Teensy but the X3Max does not require any work on your part. The microSD(HC) slot is simply accessed by unscrewing (with free included screwdriver) the casing and sliding off the aluminum case. Honestly, this screwdriver is cheap and crap. I suggest using tools from a eyeglass repair kit. I almost stripped the screws using the tool. With the cap off, the board would shift around. I even tried using it without the screw in place but its needed. When the X3Max is plugged into a USB port, obviously, the only place for you to grab would be the aluminum casing. So when you try to pull the X3Max dongle out, all you're left with in your hands is the case and the X3Max still in the USB port.

    So like all our reviews, we put each product through different tests to see what they do and how it can be improved, if any (we do our best to help manufacturers so that customers get the best product and they know what to expect if they purchase). There wasn't much information provided to us about the microSD(HC) slot other than what you have read above. So I had to do some figuring out myself and I came up empty. I inserted a SanDisk 2GB microSD card and when plugged into the PC, nothing pops up as a USB storage. Tried plugging it into the PS3 to see if the microSD is recognized, same thing. Nothing. I've contacted my source at X3Max and they will be getting in contact with the engineers as to when, how, what and more information about this feature. As of now, it seems to be non-operational. Its not used for dual booting payloads as you can load both Hermes v4b and KaKaRoTo PL3 on to the 128kb memory. The only thing I can think of is being used as a USB storage device built in. We'll update this one we get more information and have tested it out. The location of the microSD slot is a big flaw in the design. Anytime you want to get to the microSD, you would need to remove the case.

    Before you start, you'll need these files:

    *NOTE: When I first reviewed the X3Max, I had problems loading any Hermes payload. However, after working with X3Max and trying to solve the problem, X3Max has released a new Generic.bin file which I have attached. Now, ALL hex's do really work. I have tried multiple Hermes hex files and didn't have any problems.

    How to Setup X3Max :
    • Download the necessary files above.
    • Remove rear plastic cap and toggle the switch on the back of the X3Max to the ON position (Right - closest to edge. This is the Programming/Bootloader mode).
    • Run the X3 Tool.exe.
    • Once X3 Tool is loaded, you'll see "Connected" (If not connected, then your switch is not in the ON position).
    • To use the new Generic Hex Flashing functionality you will need to first flash a new firmware with the latest 'x3MAX_Generic.bin" file under 'Load Firmware'. This file is included with the Programming Tool and you only need to do this once.
    • Once this is complete, click the 'Open Hex' button under 'Load Payload' or 'Open' button under 'Load Firmware' and load any .hex or .bin file, respectively.
    • If this was a valid hex file you will see the descriptor data loaded.
    • Click 'Program' once again to flash your .hex or .bin file.
    • Once the program has transferred the file to your X3Max, you will get a message that says "PROGRAMMING PAYLOAD COMPLETE" for .hex or "PROGRAMMING FIRMWARE COMPLETE" for .bin.
    • Don't forget to set back the switch to the OFF position (left side, closest to middle) and run on your PS3 and enjoy!




    There is no way to flip the switch with the cap on. You would need to remove the back cap just to be able to access the switch. This can be a hassle for those who like to try different HEX files. I used "any .hex or .bin" loosely as the file size for a Hermes v4b HEX file for a PIC18F was "too big". The file size was only 39kb where as a Teensy++ 2.0 HEX file was only 34kb. So its more like "majority" or "99.9%" of .hex or .bin files.

    Operation :
    Once the power to your console is completely disconnected:
    • Turn on the console (PS3 Fat with the switch, PS3 Slim connecting the power cable)
    • Insert X3Max into a USB port on the PS3
    • Start up the PS3 and press the EJECT button.
    • The LED (which should have been red and blue initially) will change to blue.
    • If the above process worked, there will be a link to “Install Package File” in the game menu.

    In order to make sure the X3Max dongle worked flawlessly, I had to uninstall all my homebrew applications that I had originally installed. To install applications or any homebrew applications, you will need to download and save the .pkg files to a USB drive such as thumbdrive or harddrive. To install, simply insert USB drive to the PS3 and navigate to "INSTALL PACKAGE FILES" on the XMB under GAME. Select the file you want to install by pressing X and it will automatically install the file. All applications installed and loaded without any problems.

    When the X3Max is connected to the PS3, you'll see a blue LED. This confirms that the jailbreak was successful. If it does not light up, repeat the jailbreak process. If it happens again, make sure that the Hex file was correctly installed.

    Conclusion : Overall, the X3Max x3Jailbreak USB microSD SDHC is a nice product but has some minor flaws. The design is flawed as the USB board wiggles when the back cap is removed. Theres no access to the switch unless the back cap is removed. The screws are really small and the included screwdriver is crap. In order to access the microSD(HC) slot, you would need to remove the back cap, both screws and the aluminum case. It would have been nice if the microSD slot was spring loaded but due to the size of the board, I can maybe see why it was not included. At first, I had a problem with loading Hermes HEX files. But working with X3Max to try and figure out why, X3Max released an updated Generic.bin (1.1) file that solved the problem (file attached). Now all hex's work whether it be Hermes payload or PL3. We'll update the review when we find out more information about the microSD and getting all HEX files to work. But other than the minor nitpicking design flaws and unknown use of the microSD, I'm impressed with the quality and the ability to use any hex you put on it.

    At the time of this review, this currently does not support the Linux incentive known as AsbestOS. X3Max are working on an update to support it and will be released shortly. Also In the works will be the ability to directly hex edit in the descriptor windows and flash directly to your X3Max. For the coders out there, you will be able to modify payload information without having to recompile/reflash over and over.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    P3Free Pic-Fun USB Jailbreak Dongle
    Manufacturer: P3Free (by Wii-Clip)
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from VolumeRates / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels / Buy from IC2005 / Buy Serial Programmer from IC2005 / Buy Pic-Fun + Serial Programmer from IC2005
    Price: $16.50-$29.90 / $29.00 (Serial Programmer) / $39.90 (Pic-Fun + Serial Programmer)


    Overview : PS Jailbreak/PSGroove clone that takes advantage of PS3 firmware 3.41 exploit and allows you to install homebrew applications. THIS DOES NOT WORK ON FIRMWARE 3.42 OR ABOVE UNTIL A NEW EXPLOIT/METHOD IS FOUND!

    Features :
    • Use PIC18F2455/2550/4455/4550 MCU chip
    • Come with HID BTL, can upgrade via USB port directly
    • Come with the 8pin FPC port, can program any firmware to PIC chip via our FPC programmer
    • It can program by any programmer that build in standard ICSP port after use the ICSP swap board
    • Come with one RESET/BTL combo button, can use for reset the PIC or enter BTL mode for upgrade
    • Come with one switch for set the RC6(TX) to GND, for enter the BTL mode with some firmware
    • Come with 2 LEDs to display the working status
    • Come with the last "F0" LED demo legit firmware

    Quality/Usability : This review is a version and comparison of P3Free PIC Serial Programmer USB. Both are the same with a few slight differences.


    [Left: P3Free and Right: Pic-Fun]

    As you can see, the noticeable difference between P3Free and its predecessor, Pic-Fun, is LED, buttons and sticker placement. They both have FPC port but is not really needed for Pic-Fun unless you brick it. On the P3Free, the LEDs are visible and on the Pic-Fun, the LEDs are located inside the casing. The switch locations are also different. On the P3Free, the RESET button is in the middle where as the Pic-Fun, the RESET button is on the right side. The newest addition to the Pic-Fun is a switch [RC6/TX to GND] and a yellow unique serial code label. RC6/TX allows you to go into bootloader mode with some firmwares.

    Before you start, you'll need these files :

    Once you have downloaded all the necessary files, you can begin to load the latest HEX files onto the Pic-Fun. Make sure that the switch is on the far left. Loading files via USB is known as "softflashing".

    1. Insert Pic-Fun into USB port of your computer
    2. Now just press the RED RESET/BTL button once
    3. HID_Bootloader should detect your kit
    4. Click the "Open Hex File", select the right HEX and open it
    5. Now click the "Program/Verify" button, when you see "Verify Started", then mean it's upgrade complete

    Now, if you ever brick your Pic-Fun by loading the wrong hex or something, you can load it back using a FPC Serial PIC Programmer. This is known as "hardflashing". The FPC Serial PIC Programmer is not included with Pic-Fun and can be purchased separately ($29.00). This is not really necessary unless your Pic-Fun is no longer operational and bricked.

    If you ever need use the Serial Programmer, the instructions are as follows:

    Click here to download the PICPgm v1420 PC program

    How to burn the firmware to the PIC chip :
    [1] Insert the Serial programmer to Serial Port of your PC and click the "Search" button, to see if it can find programmer or not.
    If can't auto detect, then means your serial port has a problem. Please check it or change to another PC and try again, until to it can auto detect JDM hardware.


    [2] Now link to your P3Free kit and click the "Search" button again, it should can auto detect the PIC chip.
    If not, maybe you insert the FPC cable in a wrong side.


    [3] When everything is ready, click the "Browse" button to select Bootloader_USBHIDC18_P3Free_V1.0_12MHz_BTL-pin1_MCLRon_LVPoff_F0_Version.hex.


    [4] Then click the "Program" button


    [5] It will start to burn and the progress bar will stop to respond, it may seem like it froze but its still programming.


    [6] After program complete, this green window will show 3 seconds and auto close, now the new firmware is ready for test, all done!


    The process is the same as the PSGroove and requires 3.41 firmware. Anything above this will NOT work as Sony has blocked off this method. Anything under 3.41 will cause some problems.

    The P3Free boot step :
    1. Remove the AC power cable from your SLIM PS3, or turn off the AC switch with your FAT PS3;
    2. Insert the Pic-Fun, and remove other USB device if you inset it before, and eject the disk from BD drive if exist;
    3. Insert the AC power cable to your SLIM PS3, or turn on the AC switch with your FAT PS3;
    4. Touch the PS3 power button to active PS3, then touch the EJECT button quickly;
    5. You will hear some "beep beep" sound from PS3, then the Pic-Fun's RED LED will start to blink, after a while, the RED LED will turn off and the GREEN LED will turn on. When you see the GREEN LED turn on, it means the Pic-Fun is successfully active, now you can take out the Pic-Fun if you want.

    The video shows how to insert the P3Free but the same applies to the Pic-Fun:


    In order to make sure the Pic-Fun dongle worked flawlessly, I had to uninstall all my homebrew applications that I had originally installed. To install applications or any homebrew applications, you will need to download and save the .pkg files to a USB drive such as thumbdrive or harddrive. To install, simply insert USB drive to the PS3 and navigate to "INSTALL PACKAGE FILES" on the XMB under GAME. Select the file you want to install by pressing X and it will automatically install the file. All applications installed and loaded without any problems.

    Conclusion : Overall, the P3Free Pic-Fun USB Jailbreak Dongle is essentially what the P3Free should have been when it first released. Its USB updatable out of the package. Pic-Fun comes with FPC cable to use with Serial PIC Programmer. But the cable is not even needed if it doesnt even come with the programmer. Even if you were to purchase the programmer, it comes with the cable. The ability to reload the bootloader if it gets erased or corrupted is a big PLUS. Other clones or jailbreak devices does not allow you to do so. The only site that sells the serial programmer that I know at the moment is IC2005. They charge $29 for the programmer. Pic-Fun itself costs $25 at LighTake and $29.90 at IC2005. If you're interested in Pic-Fun and the Serial Programmer, you're better off purchasing the bundle from IC2005 ($39.90). So essentially, you're paying only $10 for the Serial Programmer from IC2005.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:57
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    E3 Card Reader microSDHC PSGroove
    Manufacturer: E3 Card
    Site: Buy from Acekard.ca / Buy from LighTake / Buy from PriceAngels / Buy from VolumeRates / Buy from NDSCardSale
    Price: $17.00-25.00

    MicroSD(HC)/TF (Required to switch between payloads)
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme (1GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (2GB) / Buy from LighTake (2GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (4GB) / Buy from LighTake (4GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (8GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (8GB) / Buy from LighTake (8GB) / Buy from DealExtreme (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (16GB) / Buy from LighTake (16GB) / Buy from VolumeRates (32GB)


    Overview : E3card Reader is a personal mass-storage security assistant. It works as a multi-function SD card reader for users. It’s your own file security expert. In basic mode, a normal SD card once accessed by the E3card reader will not recognize by normal PCs or other normal card readers. For meeting various requirements coming from different kinds of customers, lots of encryption algorithm will be released and all of them are easy to download from our official website. In general, from preschooler to senior, if you have digital security requirement, the E3 would be the best choice.

    Our products are easy to upgrade. Even for children (DO NOT let children under 6-years-older use this product, as they could accidentally eat the card reader and/or the SD cards) they just need to copy a file into a removable driver which named E3Upgrader by a simply Drag-and-Drop access, and then everything is done.

    Drag-and-Drop is a well accepted standard used by most of the desktop-based operation-system such as Windows, Mac OS (coming from Apple) and lots of Linux system. No dedicated application need to download, No complex access need to learn, and No differences among different environments, to accomplish these objects, using the Drag-and-Drop upgrading mode seems to be the only way for us to make a very friendly tools for our precious customers.

    Armed with an internal 4M memory stick, the ability to read/write various type of SD cards, E3 team have been trying to supply more and more functions but not only the personal file security services. We have licensing some impressive teams to get lots of good works available for our customer. And we welcome teams all around world to join us to create an exciting product. About the third-party application, please refer to our official website www.e3-card.com.

    E3 makes Everything Easy and Efficient.

    Features :
    • 32bit processor with 128K flash, has strong processing rate and high expand space.
    • MicroSD SDHC supported and can load software and game from it.
    • Multi-System supported and includes WinXP/Vista/Win7/Mac OS/Linux. This means you can upgrade and use E3 Card Reader in most OS.
    • 4MB FLASH on-board, so you can save any PS3 software very conveniently. For example, you can copy any homebrew application.
    • Super-Drag-Plug upgrade mode. Just copy BIN file and paste into E3 Card, finishes upgrading in 1 second. No need for any extra upgrader.
    • Dual firmware booting mode. The latest Hermes v4b and KaKaRoTo firmware is integrated into one code and you can use any of them by yourself. No need to re-flash code.
    • Supports any free PSGroove files like Hermes & KaKaRoTo.
    • E3 Card Reader has CE, FCC and RoHS certification. It is a safer and environmental product and comes with 2 year warranty.

    Requirements :
    • PS3 Console (fat or slim)
    • Console (firmware) version 3.41 only
    • Remove all discs from the drive
    • Do not connect any devices to the console via USB
      IMPORTANT: The console must be completely switched off before using E3 Card Reader. For fat versions, use the switch at the rear. For slim versions, unplug power cable. This is extremely important for the process to work correctly when you start the console.

    Quality/Usability : The newest jailbreak device to hit the market is E3 Card Reader but they don't advertise it as one (smart). They aim it towards a card reader/storage device. The first thing to pop into you head is...it looks just like an iPod Shuffle, but it's not. It has 128k flash, works on WinXP/vista/Win7/MacOS/Linux and 4MB of programmable on-board flash.

    The device is made of good quality plastic. Unlike some, the E3 Card's casing consists of two pieces...front and back. They are both snapped together. So with a little force, you can easily separate both of them and expose the innards.

    The moment you insert your E3 Card reader, you're given three drives:

    What is E3_4M_STICK, E3Upgrader and Removable DISK?
    • E3_4M_STICK is 4MB flash on-board memory. You can save software like managers and homebrew games onto it and then install onto PS3.
    • E3Upgrader is specifically for upgrading. You can save E3 Card firmwares onto it and generally needs only 1 second to upgrade.
    • Removable DISK is microSD(HC) slot shown on PC. After you insert a microSD(HC) into E3 Card Reader, the PC will show it is microSD(HC) card and then you can save any software and/or game onto it and run them on the PS3.

    For the 4MB on-board flash memory, not only can you load software but this is where you load ANY pre-compiled HEX file you want from any USB board whether it be Hermes or KaKaRoTo PL3. But in order for them to work, you have to rename them. For Hermes payload, you need to rename the file to "h.hex" and for KaKaRoTo's PL3, you'll rename it to "k.hex".

    **UPDATE 12/16/10** HEX files should now be named as "free.hex" regardless of payload.

    The above information was pulled from their site. However, it says that for the Removable DISK, you can "save any software and/or game onto it and run them on the PS3". I've tried leaving the microSD in while jailbreaking (causing it to load PL3) and none of the files I stored on the microSD showed up. I tried jailbreaking it first (loads Hermes by default) and than inserted the microSD and nothing showed up. Removing E3 Card Reader and than reinserting it back into the PS3 gives an unrecognized USB error message.

    How to update E3 Card Reader?

    1. Download E3 Card Reader firmware from download page.
    2. Plug E3 Card Reader into PC and it will show "E3_4M_STICK", "E3Upgrader" and "Removable DISK".
    3. Drag and drop "E3Upgrader.bin" firmware into "E3Upgrader". After you drop it in, a red LED will blink and then the blue LED on E3 Card Reader will light up and this means the upgrade is complete.
    4. Plug E3 Card Reader into PS3 just like any other jailbreak device.

    Operation :
    1. Cut off the power of your PS3. For the fat PS3, press the power off button on the back. If you own the slim, disconnect the power cable from the system.
    2. If you want to load Hermes payload, plug your E3 Card Reader into any of the PS3 USB slots. Be sure that NO microSD(HC) is in the slot.
    3. If you want to load PL3 payload, you will need to insert a microSD(HC) into the slot or else it will automatically boot into Hermes.
    4. Turn on your PS3 and press the Eject button very quick (most important).
    5. While booting E3 Card Reader, it will light up and flash blue and red. When the blue light is on instead of flashing, it means booting progress is over and the jailbreak is successful. You will also see “Install Package File” in the game menu.

    So the process is pretty much the same as all others. In order to take advantage of the dual boot, if you want Hermes payload, do NOT have a microSD(HC) inserted. If you want PL3 payload, make sure you have a microSD(HC) inserted before you boot up the PS3.


    Conclusion : Overall, the E3 Card Reader microSDHC PSGroove is a nice thin jailbreak device. I think the design of the dongle could have been a little better or something more unique. The 4MB of space may be a bit small especially if you're the type to hold and store a lot of files. It can fill up quickly especially in the future once developers start to get a hang of the PS3 and start to develop more for it, files will get bigger. You'll be seeing more and more new jailbreak devices with support for dual boot and microSD slot. However, now that Hermes is no longer working on payloads, dual boot may no longer be needed once there is a standard payload. Of course, you'll need a microSD(HC) in order to activate the dual boot. By now, everyone should have at least one TransFlash card whether it be from their camera, DS flashcart or cellphone. Even if you don't have one, its fairly cheap to get one and I have provided links as to where you can get them. I would of liked a spring loaded microSD slot for easy removal of SD card as I had some trouble trying to get the microSD card out with my big fingers.

    Once of the information provided from the E3 Card site was that you were able to save any software and/or game and run them on the PS3. I was unable to get this to work and tried many different methods. None of my files showed up. This was the same for the P3Go GT-Break II that I reviewed.

    *UPDATE* 12/3/2010
    E3 team has released their own downgrader! You can read more about this great news and download files can be found HERE!



    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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    by Published on February 2nd, 2011 15:57
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    PS3Break PS3 Break v1.1 USB Dongle
    Manufacturer: PS3Break
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme (v1.2) / Buy from VolumeRates (v1.1) / Buy from VolumeRates (v1.2) / Buy from LighTake (v1.1) / Buy from LighTake (v1.2) / Buy from PriceAngels (v1.1) / Buy from PriceAngels (v1.2) / Buy from AceKard.ca
    Price: $18.00-$32.99


    PS3Break ON/OFF Switch (not included with PS3Break but posted for those who own PS3 Slim and is interested)
    Site: Buy from DealExtreme / Buy from LighTake / Buy from VolumeRates / Buy from PriceAngels
    Price: $3.99-$6.00


    Overview : The PS3break Team presents a new design PS3break with Mini pocket-size package, which is out of the original model, the introduction of modern design, so that the items are more attractive and competitive. Let’s review more exciting news here.

    Features :
    • 100% Upgradeable hardware firmware with V1.1 thoroughly!
    • The key “Upgrade” for software upgrading and avoids to be blocked by SONY. Users can also upgrade the updated software through computer.
    • Reading speed will be 2 times faster and it makes users to play more smoothly.
    • Games can be copied and saved to internal or external hard disk, in this way, the expensive blue-ray driver and disc can be abandoned.
    • Plug & play USB port, the installation will be finished in a few seconds.
    • Homebrew software is supported.
    • Simple and clear illustrations will guide you to install step by step.
    • PS3 Break is compatible with all fat and slim model.
    • Support Upgrade function by press the upgrade key (With Firmware V1.1) of the item.
    • No need Original BD booting-disc any more, Users can play the PS3 games directly.
    • Programmable USB freely.

    Quality/Usability : There has been nothing but floods of jailbreak clones in the PlayStation 3 scene. But who's to complain? More options to choose from and more reasonably priced devices.

    PS3Break released their original v1.0 and left early adopters hanging as their bootloader did not allow users to update their PS3Break. This left a sour taste in buyers mouth. But like any business/manufacturer, they released a new product and in comes v1.1. PS3Break v1.1 comes in a plastic case with TRUTH INQUIRY (more info about this below) and a light blue strap. The PS3Break itself is in an aluminum casing and has a UPGRADE button on side of the case. The UPGRADE button is for when you want to update the PS3Break with the latest files, it puts the PS3Break into update mode.

    PS3Break is one of the clones that is being cloned with fakes. To combat this and protecting PS3Break users, PS3Break has included a "TRUTH INQUIRY" sticker on their cases. The concept is becoming a tend for identifying fakes. To confirm that its authentic, you would need to scratch up the sticker like a scratch off lottery ticket and then enter the 20-digit code on their website, then click CHECK.


    Instructions on How to Load PS3Break files :
    Required files:
    • PS3Break Burner Tool v1.1
    • dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe (included with Burner Tool)
    • vcredist_x86.exe (included with Burner Tool)
    • PS3break Burner file

    Rather than giving you more things to read about and directions on how to setup and update the PS3Break v1.1, we've made a video as well as how to operate it.


    Since making the video, PS3Break now directs you to a different site to download the necessary files. It now tells you to go to GOGSoftware.


    I had no problems installing FTP program, SNES homebrew application, homebrew games and Open Manager. In order for me to fully test, I had to remove what I had already installed. PS3Break has released their own version of Open Manager but its really nothing different than the one released by moh.sakhaii. All they did was change logos and replaced it with their own. I personally would just stick with the original as you'll have a quicker and better support.

    Conclusion : Overall, the PS3Break PS3 Break v1.1 USB Dongle worked like any other jailbreak device on the market. However, with Sony going on a suing spree and doing everything they can to stop these type of devices, PS3Break is one of them. The reason is because it uses the words "PS3". Not to mention, it makes it easier for customs to stop and cease PS3Breaks with Sony winning court rulings. In order to put the PS3Break into update mode, you needed to use a sharp object whether it be a pen, pencil or paperclip to press on the UPDATE button. This got annoying trying to scrounge for something. I guess PS3Break kind of noticed this too and released v1.2 and the UPDATE button is now easily accessible. Yes, if you bought v1.0 or v1.1, you'll have to go out and buy a new PS3Break v1.2. I don't know of any other manufacturer that has released this many revisions. Its great that they are improving the aesthetic look and external functions but these are things that should of been present from the beginning.

    PS3Break has also released their on ON/OFF switch for PS3 Slim owners. Unfortunately, I do not have one to review but thought I would provide a link to online sellers for those who are interested in getting one for their PS3 Slim.


    Please note that none of the "upgrade" products listed in this site are endorsed by Nintendo, Sony and/or Microsoft. DCEmu Reviews and DCEmu Network does not condone piracy. The primary functions of a "modchip" and/or "flashcart" are to allow you to play imported games and homebrew software that you legally own or simply just for experimenting with hardware. We in no way endorse piracy, and encourage all users to do the right thing and support the developers/manufacturers that support them. We do not take any responsibilities for any use outside of these parameters or where the use of such a device is illegal.

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