HOW TO: Run PSFreedom On Your Desire (PS3 Jailbreak)

IMPORTANT: Sony have released the 3.42 update which patches this exploit.  If you want to retain the ability to jailbreak don’t install this update!!!
Instructions are available here on how to avoid the update and still play online.

As mentioned in the Twitter article yesterday there’s an open-source exploit available for the Sony PlayStation 3 which lets you run Homebrew software on it.  This hack has now been ported to Android – this means you can now connect your phone to your PS3, run the jailbreak and be able to run homebrew.

Note

In order to use this you need to Enable PSFreedom first to launch the jailbreak on  the PS3.  Whilst it’s on you won’t be able to use the normal USB capabilities of your phone (adb, file transfer, charge etc), but straight after running it you can disable it.

Requirements

  1. Sony PlayStation 3 on the 3.41 firmware.  DO NOT UPDATE TO 3.42 (see here)
  2. A rooted phone running OpenDesire 4.0.4 – link
  3. Either: Enable PSFreedom Homebrew (link) or Enable PSFreedom BDMV (link).  BDMV is the one for backups.
  4. Disable PSFreedom (link)

Installation

  1. Copy the Enable PSFreedom File and Disable PSFreedom file to your SD Card
  2. Reboot the phone in recovery mode
  3. Select “install zip from SD Card
  4. Select the Enable PSFreedom file
  5. Reboot your phone

Uninstallation

  1. Reboot the phone in recovery mode
  2. Select “install zip from SD Card
  3. Select the Disable PSFreedom file
  4. Reboot your phone

How To Use

  1. Turn off your PS3 (unplug or turn off the switch on the back)
  2. Connect your phone via USB cable to the PS3 (make sure you’ve got PSFreedom Enable on using the Installation steps above)
  3. Restore power to the PS3 by turning the switching on or plugging the cable back in.  Don’t turn on yet
  4. Press the Power button and then QUICKLY press the Eject button.  If you do this right you’ll know because it takes a few seconds longer to start up
  5. In the Games section of the XMB (Cross Media Bar) you’ll see two new options.  If it’s not worked, repeat steps 1-4.
  6. Disconnect your phone and run the Uninstallation instructions to restore normal USB functionality

FAQs

  1. Do I need to repeat this every time I want to run the exploit?
    Yes, as it’s a soft-jailbreak the jailbreak needs to run each time you turn your console on.  There’s no harm in leaving your phone with PSFreedom Enable on if you don’t the USB features for a while.
  2. Will it only work on OpenDesire?
    For now yes.  The exploit needs to modify the kernel and for now it’s only been done for the OpenDesire one.  We’ll probably see the hack coming to other ROMs in the near future
  3. Can I Run Backups?
    Yes, if you use the BDMV file.  There’s a Homebrew Backup Manager which lets you install the contents of game disk to your hard drive.  After that you still need a disk in the drive (any disk) to launch the game.  Please be sensible with this and use it for games you own.  More detailed instructions (and warnings) on this here (first post, scroll down to the FAQs on backups).

via PSFreedom