PlayStation 3 exploit using a TI84 calculator

[Brandon Wilson] came up with a way to exploit the Play Station using a TI84 calculator. This uses the same PSGroove open source code that we looked at last week. That package was running on the Teensy, which is currently sold out (we’d guess because people want to run the exploit). There’s a video demonstration of this new trick after the break. The calculator connects via a USB A to USB mini-B cable which comes with the calculator and is also used to charge the PS3 controllers. Once the connection is made, launch the software on the calculator, power cycle the PS3, and turn it on with the familiar power-eject button presses. The only problem with the system is that the calculator needs to be connected every time you boot.

[Thanks Scott]

27 thoughts on “PlayStation 3 exploit using a TI84 calculator

  1. This is a few days old. The same hack applies to several phones as well, including the Pre. This also won’t work on the brand new mandatory 3.42 firmware pushed out a few nights ago.

  2. I actually found myself forced to buy a calculator for school, so i got the ti-84 just so i could do this with it as well. Wont be long before theres an explosion of homebrew, and when there is, ill be there in the middle of it :D

  3. Sweet hack. Free World 1 – Sony 0!

    I don’t own a PS3, but anyone know whether Sony _really_ fixed the issue or just did a quick fudge?

    Are we now in the season of cat and mouse with hackers vs. Sony?

  4. I like the fact it can run linux, that a lone is all I would really need.

    Not sure if this enables linux on the slim as well, if so I will pick one up now.

  5. I havent upgraded because of the other os thing. And I would be tempted to do this since Sony ::censored:: me without a kiss. But I wont. But I got to tell ya I love that someone is doing them how they did me.

  6. he’s smart enough to be able to run a jailbreak off of a calculator but yet hooks a ps3 to an hdtv with composite cable
    i will never truly understand our planet and some of the people on it

  7. The PS3 schematics were also leaked a couple weeks ago so the ps3 is pretty much wide open at this point. The schematic covers everything from pinouts of individual chips to board traces.

    Apparently a service center didn’t properly protect their servers and someone downloaded the pdf files.

    I see a lot of potential hardware hacks for the ps3 and not related to piracy, but more as a general purpose interface for temp sensors, CNC and more using some of the internal buses.

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