2009

January

4th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
StreetskaterFU(SKFU) releases Linux USB Logger version 0.4, which logs USB actions on the PS3’s GameOS(XMB)

5th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Someone going by the name hackerpointer, leaks some PS3 Service Mode JIG Setup Files

6th of January 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
PS3 Media Server version 1.02 is released

5th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
A video is released, showing PS2 games running on a non Backwards Compatiable 40GB PS3:

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8th of January 2009
At this years CES show, Sony shows the PS3 running 3D content

8th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Giulio1992 releases PS3 PKG Backup Tool

8th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
SKFU updates Linux USB Logger to version 0.6

8th of January 2009
Sony release a press statement, in which it promotes the PS3 and compares it against the competition, full press release inside the spoiler:

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Keeping Gaming and Entertainment Simple

The 2008 holiday season was an exciting time for video gaming and the Blu-ray side of the interactive entertainment industry, and 2009 promises to follow suit. As consumers continue to invest in their entertainment needs this new year, the feature sets of the three multi-functional gaming systems — PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360 and Wii — become that much more important to consider.

PLAYSTATION 3 has always been about streamlining the gaming and entertainment experience by giving consumers the most features and functionality out of the box, there is no immediate need to upgrade anything to get a rich entertainment experience, as the console comes standard with:
*Built in Blu-ray drive for HD movies and mind-blowing games
*Built in Wi-Fi for wireless gaming and Internet access
*Huge hard drives for storing games, movies, music photos and more
*Free online gaming and entertainment access through PSN
*Ten year’s of value with a future-proof system via firmware updates that offer new services and features

The Xbox 360 and Wii offer a set of features in their own right. However, when you take a look at the feature offerings side by side, there is only one true winner in delivering total value and price.

We’ve compared the lowest entry points from each manufacturer — PS3 80GB – $399, Xbox 360 Arcade – $199, Wii – $249.

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The PS3 is the perfect example of a product featuring superior technology and a sophisticated design creating an ideal all-in-one entertainment product. The Xbox 360 requires additional money, multiple upgrades and additional external devices, putting a burden on the wallet and adds clutter to the entertainment center. And the Wii’s lack of enhanced features comes at the expense of a comprehensive entertainment solution. So as PS3 continues to evolve without the need for additional parts or expenses, expect the competition to continue peddling add-ons in an effort to keep up with the Jones’.

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8th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Hardware engineers release information on PS3 BiOS CXR713120-202GB Chip System Controller, the find is credited to DemonHades

11th of January 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
A Japanese coder releases drivers, that let owners of the Sixaxis/DualShock 3 on their PC, what makes this differnt from previous drivers, is that it enbales the Rumble function on DS3

13th of January 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest

13th of January 2009
A Danish Swat team raid an apartment, in responce to reports of several gunshots, but it turns out to be a couple of guys playing a game on their PS3, with the volume turned up too loud, that story can be read here:
http://ekstrabladet.dk/112/article1108226.ece

17th of January 2009
Chiuk releases images of a DIY Arcade Controler, for use on PS3 with Street Fighter 4
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19th of January 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
PS3 Media Server version 1.03 is released

19th of January 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
ifcaro releases PS3 USB Advance, which allows PS3 owners to play PS2 backups, via external HDD

20th of January 2009
Kaz Hirai in an interview with the Official PlayStation magazine, states that the PS3 is the official industry leader, he speaks about the competition and the strugle developers have with using the PS3’s architexture, open the spoiler to read some of that interview:

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This is not meant in terms of numbers, or who’s got the biggest install base, or who’s selling most in any particular week or month, but I’d like to think that we continue official leadership in this industry.

It’s difficult to talk about Nintendo, because we don’t look at their console as being a competitor. They’re a different world, and we operate in our world – that’s the kind of way I look at things.
And with the Xbox, again, I can’t come up with one word to fit. You need a word that describes something that lacks longevity.

We don’t provide the easy to program for console that developers want, because ‘easy to program for’ means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years ?

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21st of January 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Skate 2

21st of January 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v2.60]
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Media changes
A [Photo Gallery] application has been added under the [Photo] category (requires additional 105MB download).
Video playback of files encoded with version 3.11 of the DivX codec.
Network changes
Users are now able to browse the PlayStation Store without the need to create or sign into a PlayStation Network account.
System changes
An error which caused saved games for some titles to become inaccessible if the user’s PlayStation Network ID or password was changed has been addressed.

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26th of January 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
MLB Front Office Manager

27th of January 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Afro Samurai

Febuary

3rd of Febuary 2009
[Debug(DEX) Firmware Release/Leak]
Debug Firmware v2.52 is leaked

4th of Febuary 2009
amBX is given a Tools & Middleware Licence by Sony, so PS3 Developers can us its technology in games

5th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Demon’s Souls

5th of Febuary 2009
In an interview with the UK’s Guardian news paper, Sony’s David Reeves, reveals that the PS3’s Cellprocessor will shrink from 65 nanometre to 45 nanometre.

5th of Febuary 2009
PS3 Hardware Modification
Mx24 from Eltrolado posts an external WiFi antena modification
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Full information on that mod can be found here:
http://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_manual-mod-antena-externa-wifi-en-conector-sma-ps3_1183525

5th of Febuary 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
PS3 Media Server version 1.04 is released

10th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
X-Blades

11th of Febuary 2009
Sony’s John Koller reveals that the company will start releasing Hybrid Movie/PS3 Game discs.

12th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Street Fighter IV

13th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon
Shellshock 2: Blood Trails

20th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

25th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Killzone 2

25th of Febuary 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Demonhades claims to have decrypted the PS3 HDD of a retail console, he is a translated quote from his website and an image:

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Well, to give more details:

The key is 512 bytes

it’s a sha1-4096 (512bytes by sector)

the key is xored

To be clear it wasn’t a simple xor how some are speculating…

(we have already located a self)

Still no mention if it can be reproduce on all PS3′s or not
Or even how to accomplish it

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26th of Febuary 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Yakuza 3
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

26th of Febuary 2009
Sony release a Special Edition White Yakuza 3 PS3 in Japan, image inside spoiler:

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28th of Febuary 2009
In an interview with the Official PS3 Magazine, Kazuo Hirai reveals, that the PS3 is hard to develop for, on purpose, here is part of that interview:
“We don’t provide the ‘easy to program for’ console that (developers) want, because ‘easy to program for’ means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is, what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?”

“So it’s a kind of–I wouldn’t say a double-edged sword–but it’s hard to program for and a lot of people see the negatives of it, but if you flip that around, it means the hardware has a lot more to offer.”

March

5th of March 2009
Somy release a Special Edition Resident Evil 5 PS3 in Japan:

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3rd of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Major League Baseball
MLB 09: The Show

3rd of March 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
PS3 Media Server version 1.10.1 is released

5th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Resident Evil 5

6th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Ski-Doo: Snowmobile Challenge
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X

10th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Trivial Pursuit0

12th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Warriors Orochi Z

12th of March 2009
A 24 year old man from Kentucky(USA) is charged with promotion of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor and sexual performance of a child, after he persudaes an 11 year old girl to send sexually explicit images of herself via PS3

18th of March 2009
Sony and Nvidia sign a deal that allows PS3 games developers to use the PhysX engine.

19th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
WWE Legends of WrestleMania

20th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
SingStar Queen

20th of March 2009
MTV release information, sourced from official letters, that PS3 Publishers who add DLC, Demos or other content to the PS Store, must pay 16 cents on every GB downloaded.

23rd of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

24th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Monsters vs. Aliens
Stormrise
Wanted: Weapons of Fate
Wheelman

24th of March 2009
Sony drop the price of their Software Development Kits, developers can buy the DECR-1400A for $2000

26th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Buzz!: Brain of the World

29th of March 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Guitar Hero: Metallica

30th of March 2009
After several rumours of a PS3 price cut, Sony release a statement, view inside the spoiler:

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As we have stated previously, we do not have plans for a PS3 price drop, and any rumors to that effect are false and are the result of speculation, SCEA remains focused on the long-term momentum of PS3. With the industry’s best software lineup this year, combined with our most aggressive marketing campaign to date, we remain confident in our approach and the value we’re delivering with PS3.

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April

2nd of April 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Winning Post World

2nd of April 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v2.70]
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Media changes
Copy-protected videos purchased from the PlayStation Store can now be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback.
Videos purchased for the PSP can now be transferred to the PS3 for playback.
A [Dynamic Normalizer] option has been added as an option under [Music Settings] in the [Settings] menu.
Network changes
Added [Internet Search] function to items on the [Games] menu for PlayStation 3 format software. Selecting the option launches the internet browser and performs a Google search on the item’s title.
Added the ability to copy and paste text from a web page viewed in the internet browser.
[Browser Security] has been added as an option to the browse mode menu of the Internet browser. The websites for the Web filtering services that used to be listed under [Bookmarks] have been moved under this new option.
[Copy Address of This Page] and [Copy Address of This Link] have been added as options under [File] in the browse mode menu of the Internet browser.
Ability to sort the [Friends] list via users’ online status and the time they were last online.
On the [Friends] menu, new friend requests are now displayed at the top of the list.
The file size limit for message attachments has been increased from 1MB to 3MB.
When downloading a file, an estimate of how long the download will take is now displayed.
System changes
Polish, Greek, Czech, Slovak, and Turkish text can now be displayed in the Internet browser.
A [Text Chat] feature has been added that enables the user to create or join a chat room with up to 15 other PlayStation Network users and communicate using the on-screen keyboard or a compatible keyboard peripheral. This feature is available both in game and not in-game.
Fixed an issue where 2-channel music files were output to multi-channel audio systems on multiple channels with the extra channels muted.

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3rd of April 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
WSC Real 09: World Championship Snooker

7th of April 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The Godfather II
Hannah Montana: The Movie
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

14th of April 2009
Due to job listings at Netflix, there is speculation surrounding the service possibly coming to the PS3

15th of April 2009
President and CEO of SCEE, David Reeves, announces his retirement after 14 years as the boss of the European branch, he had this to say, view inside the spoiler:

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It has been a wonderful ride with PlayStation. I never got to visit all 106 countries but managed 66. I have just two things to say on leaving: I want to thank all of those people who have supported SCEE and me personally in the past 14 years; you have been magnificent!

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15th of April 2009
Sony release a Special Editin, Cloud Black PS3
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15th of April 2009
Fixstars release a statement, saying that they will show a preview at the National Association of Broadcasters show, of CodecSys CE-10, their H.264 encoder designed specifically for PS3

23rd of April 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
A developer/hacker by the name of Dashhacker from dashhacks.com, successfully reverse engineered Remote Play, to read more about that story, visit here.

24th of April 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
SingStar Pop Edition

28th of April 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Uncharted Waters Online

30th of April 2009
In an interview with GamesIndustry, Retriring SCEE CEO David Reeves, speaks a little about how he sees the future of the PS3, view inside the spoiler:

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I don’t think it will be next year, but in three to five years it will become dominant on the market.

Europe and PAL markets normally have to launch last and that stirs up a lot of criticism,” noted Reeves. “And normally we have to launch with a currency that’s quite strong and therefore the price is quite high, and again we get a lot of criticism for that. And we have to maintain that. And that, in the last three to four years, has made it extremely difficult. But even so, we as a PAL market are the leading region for all of those formats, despite those difficulties

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May

1st of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

1st of May 2009
With E3 2009 coming up, rumours start, suggesting that Sony are planing to reveal a device simmilar to the “ii’s control pad.

4th of May 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
Dashhacker the creator of Open Remote Play(ORP), releases images of the GUI of the upcoming app.

10th of May 2009
In an interview with Nikkei Electronics Asia, Sony CEO Howard Stringer speaks about the future of the PS and PSN, view inside the spoiler:

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We developed brand new, absolutely incredible technology for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), but the cost was high. We’ve adopted a slightly different approach now, and are evolving the PS3 into a platform for web services.

A lot of people thought Sony’s content download service was doomed, but it’s in a pretty good place right now in the form of the PlayStation Network, available to PS3 users for network gaming, video, etc. The DRM is based on Marlin, an open scheme developed by consumer electronics companies and other companies.

What does all this mean?” he added. “Very simply, it means that Sony has begun the transition from a closed system to an open one.

Next we will be expanding the PlayStation Network to hardware other than the PS3, because the number of PS3 units sold puts a limit on the scale of the network possible. Sony has a vertical structure for each product line, an organisational structure that resists change, so it will take time to achieve this network growth. However, a large number of employees share my opinion on this.

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12th of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel

14th of May 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v2.76]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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System changes
Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
After a hard drive upgrade or a restore from backup, games no longer need to be loaded before their Trophies are displayed in the [Trophies] menu.

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15th of May 2009
[PC Software Used With PS3]
Dashhacker releases Windows and MacOS versions of ORP

19th of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Bionic Commando
Rock Band Classic Rock Track Pack
Terminator Salvation
UFC 2009 Undisputed

22nd of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Damnation

25th of May 2009
Jay Carter AKA ZeroJay, releases the first public Beta of The Zerogame Project for PS3 Linux, this is a huge multi Emulator project for PS3 owners who have Linux installed on their consoles

26th of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
inFamous
Up

28th of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Virtua Tennis 2009
Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires

29th of May 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
SBK-09: Superbike World Championship

June

2nd of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Red Faction: Guerrilla

2nd of June 2009
Sony holds their E3 Pres conference today, view the video inside the spoiler:

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3rd of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

9th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Prototype

12th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Fuel

16th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Guitar Hero Smash Hits

19th of June 2009
In an interview with Englands newspaper The Times, CEO of Activision Bobby Kotick, said that Sony need to cut the price of the PS3 and also suggested that the company might stop supporting the PS3 altogether, view inside the spoiler to read a small bit of that interview:

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It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better.
Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.”

To boost sales, Sony has to drop prices.

They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.

When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console — and the PSP too.

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23rd of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Fight Night Round 4
Overlord II
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

24th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Pain

24th of June 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v2.80]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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Network changes
Message size in the [Text Chat] utility has been increased from 32 to 64 characters.
System changes
Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
Third party peripherals plugged in via USB, are now assigned to controller port 7.
Closed a vulnerability which allowed the use of Open Remote Play, a homebrew application used to allow Remote Play connections to the PS3 from devices other than the PSP. Remote Play remains available for PSPs using custom firmware.

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25th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Record of Agarest War Zero

26th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Superstars V8 Racing

26th of June 2009
Hulu starts blocking PS3 users from accessing their services.

30th of June 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

30th of June 2009
In an interview with GameWatch, Yeck Entertainment reveals that they will be working with Sony to being a game to the PS3

July

2nd of July 2009
Source close to fudzilla.com state that according to documents signed by Foxconn and Pegatron, the PS3 Slim has gone into production, yet Sony stil deny these rumours.

7th of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The Bigs 2

14th of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
NCAA Football 10

16th of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Professional Baseball Spirits 6

21st of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
G-Force
Rock Band Country Track Pack
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh

23rdof July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Katamari Forever
Toro to Morimori

28th of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The King of Fighters XII

21st of July 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Fritz Chess

August

4th of August 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

6th of August 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Ashes Cricket 2009
Janline R

6th of August 2009
Due to an abundance of complaints from angry Wipeout HD players, Sony pull in game video ad’s from the game.

14th of August 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Madden NFL 10

18th of August 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Wolfenstein

18th of August 2009
Sony holds its Gamescom Press Conference, view inside the spoiler for the highlights:

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It is revealed that the PS3’s global sales have reached 23.7m
Kaz Hirai reveals the much rumoured PS3 Slim

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20th of August 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Information is released in what what appeared to be the first mod chip for the PS3, created by a group called belzar, here is what it offered, view inside the spoiler:

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* Works on all PS3 models
* Works on all PS3 regions (USA, JAP, PAL)
* Direct Boot of PS3 original, import, and backup (copied) games
* Direct Boot of PS2 original, import, and backup (copied) games
* Supports multi-region Blu-ray Movie Playback
* Supports multi-region DVD Movie Playback
* No config disc needed – it just works!
* Transparent stealth operation
* Integrates proven belzar Intelligent Code Modifying System
* No awkward USB interface – just insert DVD and play!
* Supports all up to date titles
* Ultra-low power consumption; does not interfere with normal PS3 operation
* Only 12 wires to solder
* No external PC/laptop needed
* Completely upgradeable firmware, via Belzars USB 2.0 interface

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22nd of August 2009
In response to a PS3 owner worried about OtherOS being removed from slims, Geoff Levand tells the owner that OtherOS was removed to focus on delivering games and also reeassured PS3 owners that the OtherOS feature would not be removed from Fat consoles, view inside the spoiler for more information:

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The feature of “Install Other OS” was removed from the new
“Slim” PS3 model to focus on delivering games and other
entertainment content.

Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue
the support for previously sold models that have the
“Install Other OS” feature and that this feature will
not be disabled in future firmware releases.

-Geoff

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24th of August 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
Famous iPhone hacker GeoHot, joined the PS3 hacking scene and promised to hack the machine, people had mixed emotions, some had great belief in him, others were sceptical, after all the PS3 was so much bigger than the iPhone, could GeoHot manage it ?

25th of August 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Batman: Arkham Asylum

September

1st of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Guitar Hero 5

1st of September 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v3.00]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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Settings changes
Support for new Dynamic Custom Themes.
[Display What’s New] added to the [Settings] menu to allow the user to change what the system displays by default on startup.
[Audio Multi-Output] allows audio output through multiple connectors (e.g. HDMI and optical) simultaneously.
[Audio CD Output Frequency] has been renamed [Output Frequency] and now affects all music content.
Settings have subtitles for reference.
Ability to check internet connection upload/download speed in [Network Settings].
Echo Canceller added to Accessory Settings.
Under Remote Play Settings you can now manually set a device (such as a PSP system or Sony Ericsson Aino) to be used for remote play.[61]
Media changes
Added a BBC iPlayer website shortcut for users in the UK under [TV], which now includes hardware acceleration in full-screen mode.[62]
A [PlayStation Store] icon added under the [Video] category (where PlayStation Video Store is available).
Added the ability to upsample audio stored on the internal or USB hard drive to 88.2 kHz or 176.4 kHz.
Background audio playback is disabled in the [Internet Browser] and [Photo Gallery] when the audio upsampling feature is enabled.[63]
During Video playback, the right analog stick can be used to play content in slow playback, fast reverse, and fast forward.
Game changes
A new feature added allowing game developers to display Trophies in different ways, such as grouping them by add-on pack, etc.
A [PlayStation Store] icon added under the [Game] category.
Platinum trophies no longer count towards the total percentage of each game.
The “PLAYSTATION 3” logo is no longer displayed before starting a PS3 game. (Original fat PS3 model only)
Network changes
[Information Board] replaced by a [What’s New] feature.
The [Friends] list has been redesigned.
Messages from specific friends can be accessed from the sender’s profile screen.
The ability to take screenshots has been added to the [Internet Browser].
[Remote Play] now supports mobile phones such as the Sony Ericsson Aino.
System changes
When the system is started it will display the [What’s New] screen by default instead of the [Games] menu.
A [Status Indicator] added to the top of the screen showing the user’s online status, the number of friends online and an icon indicating if there are unread PSN messages.
The swirling activity indicator has been replaced with an analog clock (hands rotate quickly to show activity).
Increased font and icon size.
The default theme has been changed to an updated version of the ‘Original’ waves theme (the original theme has been renamed ‘Classic’).
Support for new avatars to be downloaded.
The controller battery indicator has been moved.
The copy/paste functionality has been expanded.
New system startup, featuring new PS3 logo, the PlayStation family logo and a new startup sound (Original fat PS3 model only.)
A position indicator now appears when scrolling through a large list.
An issue occurred on some models, preventing the use of some unofficial controllers.[64]
XMB icons now change colour along with the theme depending on the time of day.

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1st of September 2009
The PS3 Slim is released

3rd of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
428: In a Blockaded Shibuya
Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record U.C. 0081

3rd of September 2009
PS3 owners who updated to official firmware 3.o, have been reporting problems such as, crashing and freezing with certain game.

4th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
SuperCar Challenge

4th of September 2009
Chirantan Patnaik sets the world record for longest play time on GTA4 for PS3, after playing for 40 hours and 20 minutes.

8th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures
Colin McRae: Dirt 2
Mini Ninjas

8th of September 2009
Vivid Entertainment founder and co-chairman, Steven Hirsch reveals that he wishes to bring X Rated content to the PS3

9th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The Beatles: Rock Band

11th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

14th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Heroes Over Europe

15th of September 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v3.01]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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System changes
Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software and fixes problems with certain games.

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17th of September 2009
The BBC’s Watchdog show broadcasts a show, in which it slams the Ps3’s failure rate and how terrible its repair service is.

22nd of September 2009
An internal leak from Sega starts circulating around the internet, suggesting that Sony plan on releasing a PS2 Emulator for the PS3, here it is in full, view inside the spoiler:

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SCEA Meeting Aug 5th Notes
Aug 6 2009 – DRAFT FOR COMMENTS

Objectives of Meeting
Dyer agreed to regular quarterly meetings with SOA

Sony PS3
SCEA reiterated plans to sell 13 million PS3s this year
Big announcement back half of year they can’t talk about (potentially price cut of PS3 to reach hardware goals)
SCEA commented on indexing between PS3 and 360 SKUs, should be around 2:1 to garner most favorable treatment.

Motion Controller
Spring 2010 launch (March in JP)
No bundle/pricing details yet, should come Sept 1
Plan on selling 4-5MM units WW
SCEA agreed to provide a list of Sega IP that would work well with the motion controller, Virtua Tennis was an example
Motion Controller support allows easy way to differentiate PS3 SKU
Other differentiation opportunities include PSP/PS3 interoperability – think of features that would make users want to buy both PS3 and PSP SKUs.

Alpha Protocol
Michael Foster, product evaluator, said AP felt barely RPG. Initial level too challenging for players. “Mass Effect felt more RPG.”
Review notes sent to John Merlino a few weeks prior. After meeting Gerald mentioned AP is a high priority for his team.

Planet 51
Sell in of PS3 SKU – SCEA noted that other movie titles on PS3 had underperformed as well (inc. Transformers) this cycle.
Dyer suggests contacting Susan at Walmart and asking what she wants in the pack to sell this SKU (movie tix etc)
Other possibilities are Hybrid movie disc (BD 25 or 50 with Game and Movie on same disc).

Bayonetta
Collectors edition with Bayonetta Action Figure
Novo recommended launching PSN demo around Xmas based off a Jan 5th Ship date with 2-3 week run out to launch.
3-4 weeks is usually ideal demo timing with fresh content every week leading up to launch (trailers, insider video about PG heritage, video blogs).

Vancouver 2010
HOME, Olympic destination would garner a lot of positive attention from SCEA
Should be doing same with Bayonetta, Marvel etc. Easy to launch in all territories.
HOME merchandizing opportunities (clothes etc).

Sonic Racing
Open to DLC to differentiate PS3 SKU – not ratchet and clank but other characters
maybe characters from Rare or Fable universes

Yakuza
Could put Japanese games directly on PSN for download in a special Japanese Import section (pricing $9.99 to $39.99 for full game).
Might need to localize menus at least with subtitles.
SCEA interested in helping on MKTG side if they can have period of exclusivity.

AVP
Another great HOME candidate
AVP avatars
Hybrid BD disc with movie

Iron Man 2
Great candidate for HOME space – explore Tony Stark’s lab etc.
Should have one for Marvel in general.

PSU2
Could do bundle at GameStop with PSP 30-35K units on UMD, Go, or both.

Valkyria 1937
Could bundle with PSP as well.

Vanquish and Aliens: CM
Opportunity for PS3/PSP interoperability (see Eidos Batman, Army of Two, Assassin’s Creed for good examples).
If we offer that SCEA would be really interested in having us at their booth next E3.

Thor
SCEA would like a look at the code soon.

Sonic Anniversary
Could put out collectors edition with all old sonic games on one BD disc.
“Best of Sonic” for around $99.
SCEA would love PSN exclusive power ups/different game modes (like Castlevania’s flip it over/backwards)

PS2 emulator for PS3 (confidential)
SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc)
For co Marketing money show PS3 controller on TV ads – similar to EA Madden Spots, NCAA, etc…

London Olympics
Perfect opportunity for Motion Controller integration.

DC Digital Titles
If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively.
If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.

PSP Titles
For SKU differentiation it’s best to offer features that are slightly different from PS3 version.
Titles that are coming up on PSP are Assassin’s Creed II, GTA China Wars, Resident Evil, Little Big Planet – all massive franchises.
SCEA has a specific PSP deck which they can send up with their hardware director for a chat.

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23rd of September 2009
Sonly holds its Press Conference at The Tokyo Gameshow, highlights inside the spoiler:

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Yoshinori Kitase from Square Enix announces a FFXIII special edition Lightning PlayStation 3.
Resident Evil 5 and PS Move are showcased together.

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25th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
Need for Speed: Shift
NHL 10
NHL 2K10
WET

17th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Tales of Vesperia
Tears to Tiara Side Story: Mystery of Avalon

18th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
SingStar Motown

22nd of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection
Rock Band Metal Track Pack

23rd of September 2009
In an interview with Reuters, Jack Tretton, says that there may be PS3 shortages, due to the high demand, following the $100 price cut

29th of September 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2010
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Tornado Outbreak

October

1st of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce
Trinity Universe

2nd of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
FIFA 10

6th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Disney Sing It: Pop Hits
NBA Live 10
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Saw
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes

12th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Cars Race-O-Rama

13th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Brütal Legend
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Where the Wild Things Are
Wipeout HD

20th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Borderlands
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

23rd of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
EyePet
Fairytale Fights
PES 2010: Pro Evolution Soccer
SingStar Take That

26th of October 2009
Sony announces that Netflix will be coming to the PS3.

27th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
DJ Hero[
Madagascar Kartz
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Tekken 6

27th of October 2009
In an interview, Insomniac Game’s senior community manager James Stevenson, syays that it could be another two or three years before developers trully start to max out the PS3, view what he said inside the spoiler:

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There’s always ways we can become more efficient. The PlayStation platforms are built with a very high ceiling and I think that’s part of the success Sony has had in creating these platforms with really long life spans,”

The first couple of years are all about developers getting games up and working. You see what Naughty Dog has had the chance to do in the past two years. You’ve seen what we’ve been able to do in that time. This is where it gets exciting.

The PS3 still feels like a young system and I feel like it’s finally hitting its prime. You’ve got the Slim, it’s at a good price point now and sales are really picking up.

I still think you’re not going to see the PS3 really maxed out for another two to three years. We’re using all of the PS3 right now, but you can always be more efficient in the way you use it.”

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29th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Bayonetta

30th of October 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Buzz!: Quiz World

November

3rd of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Band Hero
Dragon Age: Origins
Jurassic: The Hunted
Lego Rock Band

5th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
3D Dot Game Heroes

6th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Planet 51

9th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast

10th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

11th of November 2009
The PS3 turns 3.

17th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Assassin’s Creed II
Chaotic: Shadow Warriors
God of War Collection
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen!
Tony Hawk: Ride
Tony Hawk: Shred

18th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
NCAA Basketball 10
SingStar Latino

18th of November 2009
The Cyber Crimes Center reveals that it uses PS3’s to help crack passwords on suspected child pornographers computers, view inside the spoiler to read part of what they said:

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Bad guys are encrypting their stuff now, so we need a methodology of hacking on that to try to break passwords, The Playstation 3, its processing component, is perfect for large-scale library attacks.

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19th of November 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v3.10]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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Settings changes
Added [Facebook] menu item under [Account Management] allowing the user to change Facebook sharing and account settings.
Polish (Polski) has been added under the [System Language] section.
Media changes
Expanded [Photo] folders and playlists are now displayed in a grid, rather than a list.
Added ABC iView shortcut for users in Australia under [TV].
Added RTVE, Antena 3 and LaSexta catch-up TV website shortcuts for users in Spain under [TV].
Added NOS catch-up TV website shortcut for users in the Netherlands under [TV].
Added AXN and Animax catch-up TV website shortcuts for users in Czech, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia under [TV].
Added TVNZ catch-up TV website shortcut for users in New Zealand under [TV]
Added RTÉ player for Ireland PS3 users under TV icon on XMB shortcut to website.
Added PlayStation Video Store for users in UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Added Cinavia Copy protection system, a Digital Watermark added to the audio tracks of future Blu-ray.[55][56]
Game changes
[About] now displays the new PlayStation 3 logo when choosing a game.
Network changes
Added the option to automatically send updates to the user’s Facebook profile when Trophies are unlocked; when items are downloaded from the PlayStation Store; or for in-game events (in compatible games).
The [Friends] list boxes only appear upon highlight, however, users’ “currently playing” game and avatar box are always visible.
The user is now able to change the colour of their [Profile].
Improved the performance of the Internet Browser.
System changes
The user can now send system error reports to Sony Computer Entertainment in the event of an improper shutdown.[57]
Scrolling through very long lists on the XMB has been accelerated.

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20th of November 2009
The US Air Force, reveals that it is looking for 2200 more PS3’s to add to the 336 PS3 cluster it already has.

24th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Karaoke Revolution

26th of November 2009
PlayTV launches in Australia.

26th of November 2009
VidZone launches in Europe.

27th of November 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Rogue Warrior

December

1st of December 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Avatar: The Game
MX vs. ATV Reflex

3rd of December 2009
Rumours emerge that PSP Mini’s will be playable on the PS3 before Christmas.

4th of December 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
The Saboteur

8th of December 2009
[Official Firmware Release – v3.15]
To view the changes, click the “Show” button to view inside the spoiler:

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Game changes
PSP Minis can now be played via emulation.
Added [Saved Data Utility (minis)] under [Game] on the XMB.
Renamed the [Saved Data Utility] folder to [Saved Data Utility (PS3)].
System changes
Certain data can be transferred from one PS3 to another using a LAN cable.
Resolved Bluetooth sync issues.
Resolved Trophy sync issues.
Improved system stability.[53]

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9th of December 2009
A group of developers open a project on Google Code, it is a piece of software, which utilizes the PS3 Eye, to let disabled painters/artists able to paint again, you can read about it here:
http://www.eyewriter.org/

14th of December 2009
In an interview with Nikkei, SCEJ’s Masayuki Chatani reveals that the company had planned to make the PS3 Slim smaller and that they also considered Flash Storage and Network Storage, but opted for HDD because it was cheaper.

17th of December 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Final Fantasy XIII

17th of December 2009
A Special Edition white Final Fantasy XIII PS3 is released
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22nd of December 2009
[Game Release – Blu Ray]
Guitar Hero: Van Halen

26th of December 2009
[PS3 Hacks – Homebrew/Exploit]
After a quiet spell, GeoHot reappeared, he had been hard at work, here is a tweet and a few post of his blog at that time, view inside the spoiler:

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I just pulled everything from the USB bus… http://pastie.org/757313 the Cell processor SPI bus, PS3 is going down :-)”

These are the latest posts on his new PS3 hacks blog:

Cell SPI

The Cell processor has an SPI port which is used to configure the chip on startup.
Well documented
CellBE_HIG_90nm_v1.5_30Nov2007_pub.pdf.
It also allows hypervisor level MMIO registers to be accessed. In the PS3, the south bridge sets up the cell, and the traces connecting them are on the bottom layer of the board.
Cut them and stick an FPGA between.

Quick theoretical attack. Set an SPU’s user memory region to overlap with the current HTAB.
Change the HTAB to allow read/write to the hypervisor! If that works it’s full compromise of the PPU.

A Real Challenge

The PS3 has been on the market for over three years now, and it is yet to be hacked. It’s time for that to change.

I spent three weeks in Boston working software only, but now I’m home and have hardware.
My end goal is to enable unsigned code execution, making every unit into a test and opening up a third party development community,
either through software or hardware (with a mod chip). The PS3 is a prime example of how security should be done, very open docs wise, and the thing even runs Linux.
But it isn’t unbreakable 🙂

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28th of December 2009
Hardware Modder techknott showcase his Wireless Visual Interface for the PS3.
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