NOTE by xiaNaix: The original version of this thread was accidentally deleted. I have attempted to re-create the original first post by el_yemo from Google's cache. Sorry about that. :oops:
Thanks to xiaNaix to re-create the thread and giving me the permission to continue updating the thread
This post has the original "news" of the device, but also contains updated information provided by several PSX's members (thank you for sharing)
WARNING: The pink foam package version of PS3Break SEEMS to be not upgradeable at the moment, so if you are looking to upgrade your device keep that in mind before buying it and please READ THIS POST FIRST!. If you want to only run "Backup Manager" feel free to buy the device
Checking my e-mail inbox, I've found an advertisement of this new psjailbreak clone called "PS3Break". I've checked their website ps3break.com and found info about this device:
A list of capabilities of the device:
PS3 Break, revolutionary, the inventory are being sold worldwide now! It is powerful to break through all PS3 barriers, perfectly supports
PS3 Break’s powerful R&D team will provide users with excellent services for software upgrading and technical support.
They have a youtube video... yes a video! some guy explaining how to use the device, it seems that at some point he doesn't know what to do:
1、Upgradeable hardware firmware thoroughly!
2、The key “Upgrade” for software upgrading and avoids to be blocked by SONY. Users can also upgrade the updated software through computer.
3、Reading speed will be 2 times faster and it makes users to play more smoothly.
4、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.
5、Plug & play USB port, the installation will be finished in a few seconds.
6、Homebrew software is supported.
7、Simple and clear illustrations will guide you to install step by step.
8、PS3 Break is compatible with all fat and slim model.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-OUS9Y96I]YouTube - ps3break[/ame]
They have several distributors listed on their site, while some advertise it some others don't.
Source: PS3,break, PS3break,PS3 dongle, PS3break.com
What version do I have?: An image speaks more than thousand words:
Image by member inf1:
basically if you got a:
"white foam" version of PS3break you have a ATMEL chip that can be upgraded with FLIP and without any troubles or any additional soldering work (thank God!).
"pink foam" version of PS3break you have a PIC micro controller with a FAKE upgrade button and it can't be upgraded (yet or not?) as easy as ATMEL's version, probably needs soldering work. Bottom line: you can't update your PIC at the moment, no matter what resellers or manufacturer are saying!
Truth inquiry????: I'm very confused right now, as might be many members reading an update at PS3break.com, please read it here:
"PS3Break truth inquiry"
How can be possible that the manufacturer states that his own first version of the device is a clone? :crazy:
Successful upgrade requested: If someone has tried to re-flash the ps3break (ATMEL and PIC) with PSGroove and succeeded, please post it here and I'll update it.
ATMEL version successfully upgraded: We have the first re-flash made by NQS on PS3break ATMEL version using FLIP software and PSGroove hex file
Member gtv3000 has been able to re-flash his PS3break also.
Originally Posted by NQS
Yes, I used the flip program.
These are the steps I did.
1) Installed Flip
2) Inserted PS3 Break into my computer and pressed the upgrade button.
3) After windows detected the Break I installed the AT90USB162 drivers from Flip program directory.
4) Opened Flip and set up the options(ie which device I was using(AT90USB162))
5) Loaded the .hex file and flashed the PS3 Break
I first tried to flash the break with the AT90USB hex but the stick would not work on the PS3 afterwards, I ended up flashing it with the Teensy 1.0 hex and it worked fine afterwards.
Detailed pictures of both dongle versions:
Picture by NQS:
Picture by atikosh:
Note at the bottom of each board has a text: on Atmel's version says: USB-A3-V2.0 and on PIC's version says: USB-A6-V1.0
USBBreak.com and P3Hub.com: These are "sister" sites of PS3Break.com, they've stated on P3Hub.com that the device was designed by PS3Break team. Note the similarity of USBBreak device and PS3Break, these are clones of their own making (not 3rd party clones).
Using P3hub's "burning programmer" V1.2: It's HIDBootloader, that's right, they didn't make their own program. Don't waste your time downloading it or downloading the V1.1, because V1.1 it's ATMEL's software.
Paypal and resellers: Well, it is frustrating to read that every complain or even asking for support seems to be a dead end. Several members have opened a dispute on paypal with no luck, and others have not any answer from PS3Break or the reseller :mad:.
New PS3Break V1.1 and downloads: This is a new device (a PIC dongle for sure) capable of re-flashing and it can use the Hermes' fork of PSGroove hex file. If you buy this new device please let us know to share it with the community!. As for the downloads on PS3B's site, they WILL NOT help you in any way to get your PIC dongle V1.0 upgradeable.
Member fluidmax have posted the info we needed to read, regarding the upgradability of the PS3Break pink version PIC dongle (thank you for the info!):
sep-28-2010: Another update by member fluidmax regarding the "upgrade" function of the PS3Break pink foam version (PIC dongle) has uncover the REAL and UGLY TRUTH, PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY:
Originally Posted by fluidmax
If you want an upgradeable V1.0 PIC dongle, forget about it, this post it's very clear about PS3Break dark intentions to not refund or replace any device. We have a couple of ideas regarding this matter (paypal dispute/claim) by member PeteAce:
Originally Posted by fluidmax
PS3Break V1.0 PIC version dongle (pink version) Upgraded: Finally member Stigmata have made his PS3break V1.0 PIC dongle UPGRADEABLE, but as he stated it's not easy to do, and he only says it is a "proof of concept" what he did:
Originally Posted by PeteAce
Image by Stigmata
Originally Posted by Stigmata
Now it is up to you, members, to: place a claim/dispute on paypal, stay with the device, sell it, try to make it upgradeable (good luck with that) or throw it away (if you're mad you can :D).
As I've always said: there's good chinese manufacturers and bad chinese manufacturers... you be the judge :D