PS3 wasn't hacked for a long time. All the fun happened on 3.41 firmware, and then a couple of months after we got custom firmware for 3.55.
on 3.56 firmware and higher, this was blocked. On 3.55 with the help of a dongle like Corbra/TrueBlue you could run custom applications on your console that allow you to play region free blue ray movies, older games, games with a higher software version than 3.55 from a harddrive, media players etc etc. Of course not many people can do it as they are above 3.55 firmware!
There are 2 solutions available. CFW (Custome firmware) and Optical Drive Emulators.
In 2013 they finally figured out how to upgrade 3.55 custom firmware consoles to higher firmware versions, allowing people to pretty much not need any dongle, and forever be able to upgrade to any new custom firmware. The problem is that you still need to START on 3.55 to join in on the custom firmware fun. To do that, you can downgrade with some effort and tools, certain consoles down to 3.55. Only certain models can be done, and pretty much everything made after 2010 cannot. If you want this done you can either buy the E3 flasher, or we offer a service currently for $99.99 to do this for you (add $20 for us to put you on the latest CFW).
Models supported by our downgrade service:
Check back of console to see Model number. If we list 'x' that just means that the letter number after what we wrote doesn't matter. For example, CECH 4xxx means it covers CECH 4000A, CECH 4004B, CECH 4002C, etc etc etc
Optical Drive Emulators (PS3 ODE):
The 3k3y, and the Cobra-ODE in 2013 allows people to run homebrew without the need to be on custom firmware, and allow full blu ray drive emulation, meaning no more faulty lasers, and discs lying around everywhere. They are both 'partial optical drive emulators'. This is because it is hard/impossible to get the 'key' from the BluRay Drive. This means the the devices need you to have an original PS3 game in the drive to 'piggy-back' information. This allows the device to work on pretty much all console once installed.
Cobra and 3k3y are pretty much the same product. Please check the respective pages to get compatibility/features etc.
*Cobra is massive in size. It doesn’t fit well without restricting airflow in the Super/Ultra slim. 3k3y fits fine.
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