Let's start with the
questions/statements that we've seen on psx-scene :
Q - [opium2k
] The manager looks really ugly!
A - Thanks for the feedback :)
However, the manager has been designed with simplicity and
ease of use in mind. We have avoided excessive eye candy in
favour of simplicity. Cobra ODE manager can however be
modified and replaced by any other homebrew app/manager so
long as the communication protocol matches our specs,
allowing listing and selection of games.
We will provide at time of release a public domain library
which will aid integration into any manager and allow
listing and selecting games.
Q - [pinfloydviste
] Was that manager the prototype and will
from the final version ?
A - The final manager will have
slightly different graphics, but the overall look and feel
will remain the same.
Q - [Falcon80
] What other homebrew can run using the COBRA
A - Homebrew apps which don't use
CFW-specific syscalls should be supported.
Q - [Shrek
] Can it disable cinavia ?
A - This is not possible without
modification of the system files, which our product does not
Q - [Hakuoro
] Is the process reversible on 4k models? Can I
leave the console the way it was before the ODE
A - 4K consoles require
desoldering 4 resistors and soldering of a Quick Solder
Board. It would be possible to remove the QSB and resolder
the resistors, but would require some care.
In saying that, the Cobra ODE clip on PCB has a switch to
select Emulation mode or Passthrough mode. In passthrough
mode the ODE hardware is completely bypassed, so this will
more than likely be what you are looking for.
Q - [barelynotlegal
] Does it look like the blue light is lit
[in the video] ?
A - The blue LED is indeed lit.
The blue LED will be lit when a valid ISO is detected on the
USB storage media. If you disconnect the USB storage, the
blue LED will turn off. This is also the reason why when the
console is turned off the blue LED is still lit, since the
ODE hardware is connected.
Q - [Shady Guy Jose
] How do I find out if my CECHL model has
a BMD-021 dive ?
A - You need to remove the
shielding of your drive and look at the drive PCB to
determine model number: (BMD-021 or BMD-031) will be written
on the PCB. Please refer to the ps3devwiki for more
Q - [alzaabi
] How to play games from the internal HDD? Will
the COBRA ODE support external NTFS HDD ?
A - You cannot run games from the
internal PS3 HDD. The COBRA ODE does not have access the the
PS3's internal HDD. You can connect an external Hard drive
or a usb flash drive to the COBRA ODE and it will support
both FAT32 as well as NTFS drives.
are our answers to the questions/statements/misinformation
from the ps3hax.net forums:
Q - [TheEvolution_PT
] Is it Iker Casillas from real madrid?
Why wear those gloves..?
A - The gloves were used for two
reasons :P Firstly, to preserve the anonymity of those who
helped us with the demo, and secondly, because we thought it
would be hilarious.
Q - [wakka1, musashiro
] Restarting the PS3 after each game
selection looks annoying.
A - We have been testing the
product for months, and we're pleased to say that ressarting
the system is less annoying than you might imagine. The time
needed to press 'quit game' or 'turn off system' is the
same, and the time required to boot the PS3 is the same as
the time the XMB takes to return after you quit a game,
hence the only difference is the option chosen from the
The reasons for selection of games in this manner are two
fold. Firstly, switching to the new game after the console
reboots will allow you to change your game selection in case
you make an error.
Secondly, the PS3 keeps a cache of the inserted disc's
structure and even if we did switch the virtual disc on the
selection of the game, the PS3 will cannot recognize it
until it detects an eject or until reboot.
While we could emulate disc ejection, this would require
more complex installation on the newer models such as 2k5,
3k and 4k, which we wanted to avoid.
We opted instead for the easiest and most friendly
installation possible with a single QSB on newer models and
solderless on the older models.
In the interests of consistency in behavior of the ODE on
all models, we have chosen to use the method of triggering
the game selection upon reboot, and we are sure everyone
will like this solution once they get to try it.
Note that restarting the PS3 is only needed when you wish to
select your game in the manager. The game you selected will
stay selected through several reboots, until you action the
'return to manager' event by either simulating a disc
ejection (eject button or 'remove disc' from XMB on fat and
slim or open/close the drive cover on the super slim) or by
disconnecting or changing the hard drive connected to the
Q - [saxile, GregoryRasputin
] ICO & Shadow of the Colossus
is available on PSN.
A - This may be the case, but the
COBRA Manager is not, and seeing the COBRA Manager run on
the 4k model proves the validity of our product. We have
used ICO & Shadow of Colossus (retail disc version) in the
demo for two reasons, firstly, because the game is small
enough for the USB Stick which we used, and we wanted to
show the COBRA ODE working with both USB flash drives/ USB
sticks and USB Hard Drives in our video demos. We also
wanted to show that game since it's a special, as it
.self files other than the main EBOOT.BIN, one for each of
the individual games.
Q - [felino_31, mrKruger
] Can a new hacked firmware/CFW be
developed for the 3k and 4k through the ODE ?
A - Unfortunately not. The
firmware on 2k5/3k/4k consoles can not be modified in any
way due to the new security checks with lv0.2 signatures.
The ODE works with the original firmware (OFW and CFW on
Q - [carldenning
] Was there another PS3 connected to the TV?
What was the wire behind the TV?
A - There was no other console or
any other trickery invloved in making the video. The cables
behind the TV were the power and the antenna that were
plugged directly into the wall. We showed the actual HDMI
cable going from the PS3 to the TV, nothing in between.
There were no other cables coming out of the TV and we do
not know of any wall sockets in existence with HDMI
Q - [mrc1978
] Why zoom in and out?
A - Zooming in was required since
without doing so, the camera's white balance for the room
and the TV's brightness would not match and the content on
the TV would not be clearly visible, only a bright white
image. We zoomed in at various intervals in the video to
allow you to see what was appearing on the screen instead of
a small, blurred, very bright image.
Q - [mrKruger
] Is there a release date?
A - Production phase has
commenced, which means that by the time the
factory assembles the boards and tests them. then ships them
the release date will be upon us. While it is hard to
estimate, we believe the ODE
should be available in stores in the beginning of July.
Q - [3absiso, hellsing9
] Was the Cobra Team working on the
security of the device for the 4 past month?
A - Security of the device was
completed over a year ago. As we explained in the
announcement post, the additional research and development
time which has caused the delays was due to a bug in the
hardware with a specific drive model, and we had to
eradicate that before release.During that time, we
discovered a way to vastly improve the product and enhance
the experience, in turn making it much easier to install and
use the ODE. Consequently, we decided to delay the product a
little further and deliver to our users a far superior
Q - [mrc1978
] Can the COBRA ODE be hacked ?
A - Our device is well secured, so
it cannot be hacked in the sense that you are referring to.
A similar solution cannot be achieved through software only
Q - [musashiro
] Can this ODE open up an eventual software
A - We resolutely believe this to
be impossible. We do not think the security of the newer
firmwares can be bypassed without a hardware device such as
ours at this point.
Q - [Abkario
] Has the COBRA Team discovered a new exploit or
have the 3.56+ private keys ?
A - Unfortunately we have not
discovered a new exploit. The method of running homebrew is
the result of the hard work of the work of fail0verflow team
two years ago, nothing has changed and if our product was
ready at that time, it would have worked then just as it
Q - [VIRGINKLM
] Can running homebrew be done via a USB
dongle instead of an ODE?
A - This is not possible. Had it
been possible we would have released Cobra USB 2 :)
Q - [BobbyBlunt
] How did you manage to get a homebrew app to
launch on PS3 OFW 4.41 ?
A - The only method currently
known of getting homebrew running on those
firmwares is if they have the 'discbind' flag. Detailed
instructions on how to compile your applications or port
existing binary .pkg into a valid homebrew .iso will be
released with the user manual.
Q - [brenza
] Did you make the homebrew work by matching it's
SHA1 with one of the whitelisted SHA1? Can other homebrew
apps work as well?
A - No, we did not. Following the
instructions on the user manual will allow any and all
homebrew apps to run on the OFW via the COBRA ODE (although
peek and poke syscalls will not be available).
Q - [brenza
] Can we bring linux back using the 'homebrew
mode' of the ODE?
A - Unfortunately, that is not
possible since all linux-enabling homebrew use peek and poke
syscalls which are only available on CFW's.
Q - [itskamel
] I know some people connected and they have
the private keys!
A - We appreciate the sentiment,
but unless those people are called "Kaz Hirai" or "Jack
Tretton", that is mathematically impossible.
are our answers to the questions from the ps3crunch.net
Q - [kalberto
] Why do we need to turn off console to chose
the game? Can it go directly to the XMB disc game icon ?
A - Please see response given
Q - [Brenza
] Can we downgrade the 3k/4k models too now ?
A - No, it is not possible to
downgrade newer 2k5/3k and 4k models.
It could be possible to have write access to the NOR from a
homebrew app (untested, but it is highly unlikely). However
even if write acces was possible, the downgrade will not
achieve anything since those consoles cannot go lower than
their factory version, which is for sure an OFW version
above the software-hackable 3.55 versions.
Q - [yonut32
] What can you tell us about chances of being
A - We cannot offer any guarantee
of any kind in terms of being banned or not, although we do
not think it is possible for the PS3 to detect the use of
the COBRA ODE. That said, we can not predict the future,
thus we do not know what solutions the Sony developers could
find for this issue.
We can say however, that it the COBRA ODE is not visible to
the PS3. The Cobra ODE emulates the drive, and this gives an
almost zero % chance of being banned. The COBRA Manager uses
a valid game id from a commercially released PS3 game, thus
making it stealthy to the PS3 servers. However, if you use
other homebrew applications or if you use a different
manager with your COBRA ODE, we cannot guarantee that Sony
will not be able to detect it.
Q - [yonut32
] Do we need to downgrade the firmware of our
console in order to use the COBRA ODE?
A - It is not necessary to upgrade
or downgrade the OFW or CFW on your console. Installation is
a simple plug and play process on older models and can be
installed in less than 5 minutes. Simply open the console,
disconnect the drive's cable, connect it to the ODE, then
connect the ODE to the drive, close the console, and it will
run straight away. With the 2k5/3k/4k models, there is a bit
more involved requiring
soldering of a quick solder board (QSB). Once this has been
completed simply connect the QSB to the ODE, and it is ready
to work. No downgrade or modification will be needed to the
firmware on your console.
Q - [yonut32
] Will the COBRA ODE use the internal hard drive
of the PS3?
A - As afore mentioned, the COBRA
ODE does not access the internal hard drive of the PS3. You
can connect an external hard drive or USB flash drive to the
ODE, which allows loading your backups. The COBRA ODE
supports external HDDs in both FAT32 and NTFS partitions.
That's all we have to say for now... Please address any
further questions to: