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These dongles, are they necessary?
These dongles, are they necessary? –
I'm watching the growth of the scene through these dongles and the ability to play PS2 games on non-backwards compatible slims really interests me. My question is, does the dongle actually serve some practical purpose or is it merely a means to monetize their work? Is all of this theoretically possible without a dongle should it ever get leaked or reverse-engineered?
The dongles are nothing more than software protection. DRM, Digital Rights Management. Basically their PS3 software sends an authorization request to the USB dongle which is encrypted with an algorithm to return the correct response. Old True Blue software was hacked by logging the requests but latest updates closed that. I don't know if the encryption is too complex and dynamic to crack or not. There's 3 possible ways these dongles can be hacked: Data logging and reverse engineering response algorithms. Hardware hacking/glitching the dongle micro-controller to dump its binary code. Hacking the PS3 loader software to either skip the dongle request or accept any reply as valid.
I've been a member of these scenes for a very long time and the spirit has always been for open information and anti-profiteering of blatant piracy. Free information for backup purposes is clearly not the spirit or intention of these devices and it sickens me to the core that this is the direction PS3 Dev has taken. Pay per Dev may be better than no dev at all, but barely. If they can figure it out there is hope that others will also, others with more sharing spirits.
Last edited by relaxxx; 01-19-2012 at 11:41 AM.
Are dongles necessary?
True Blue - Necessary if you want to play many newer games on your 3.55 console.
Cobra - Necessary if you want to play PS1/PS2 ISO or any backup of PS2 games. I think Cobra also lets you play retail PS2 discs. Though I hardly say you can play them since the PS2 emulator is so damn buggy.