Question about phat PS3s and CFW

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  1. NoSoul81
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    So I was considering buying a phat PS3 on Gamestop in the hopes that i could hack it as they sell them for just $39.99 used. Just to make sure I have this correct any phat should be able to be downgraded if it's above 3.55? And if i'm lucky and it's below 3.55 I could hack it right of the bat? Just making sure I understand correctly.
     
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    You have 7 days to return any used games/consoles at GameStop, so if it's not the right firmware, just return it. Keep your receipt!
     
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    So I ended up ordering one from Gamestop.com and it came in today. It's on 4.81. Does anyone know if they upgrade the firmware on all of them before they ship it? Wondering if it's worth it to try to exchange it or not. Otherwise, how would I go about doing a downgrade? Is it costly? It is easy enough to do on my own? Does anyone do them here? It's a fat original model PS3.
     
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    First of all if you think you will be lucky enough to get a 3.55 console, you'll be disappointed very quickly.
    3.55 is a firmware from 2010. So you would have to buy a 7 years old used console, which is pretty impossible.
    I don't know if they upgrade them before shipping but I can guarantee you that a downgrade isn't free.
    In fact if you want to downgrade from 4.81 you'll need an e3 flasher/ and you'll need to open up your console (brick risk if you do something wrong).
    There is NO way to downgrade software-wise. All the websites that claim it are fake/malwares.

    Is it worth it, though?

    I don't think so. The games for PS3 are really cheap nowadays + The ban risk is really high when you go online with cfw.
     
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    I realize it wouldn't be free. Some people do it on Ebay for $30-$40 I just noticed. I already have every PS3 game that I want for the most part I just want to have them digitally where I can switch between games without switching discs. It's something I have for 360, PS2, Wii and Wii U already. I'm also not really that big on playing online just into offline gaming so it's something I would like.
     
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    If they can do it for you and you're ready to spend the money for it - go ahead :)
     
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    Yeah plus I also have a slim that I'll keep for online gaming. Can your game discs be ripped to external hdd once your PS3 is on CFW?
     
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    Yes
     
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    I usually went to Pawn Shop and asked them if I can test PS3 myself. That's how I discovered it was on 3.41 and we purchased it right away. It was about 6 years ago, I think. We still have the same PS3 now. Loving it!
     
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    Well there was one on Ebay I was about to use but he was trying to circumvent Ebay and charge me extra on the side so I reported him. Still looking for someone that can downgrade a NOR PS3 Fat Model number CECHP01. I'm willing to pay just not get ripped off.
     
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    That's awesome, I'm pretty sure now though most of the ones I'd try would be way above 3.55 and they won't keep hooking up consoles for me until I find one.
     
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    Just return your PS3, and buy one from eBay for 80$ With preinstalled 3.55, like I did. Works perfectly to this date.
     
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    Yeah usually consoles always drop in value but I guess the fact that only certain PS3s can only be hacked on certain firmware has increased their value despite the fact that it's practically dead. Oh well, I might just stick to using discs for PS3 or be patient til I find a deal.
     
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    Well looks like instead of giving up I got someone that's going to downgrade the fat I have for $29.99 free return shipping on Ebay. He'll make like $15 or less so I don't get it but I figure it's worth a shot. I've heard sometimes fats don't act right after downgrades though oh well I guess I'll see what happens.

    Also ordered a 1.5 tb external hdd from Ebay by Newegg Ebay has a coupon for $10 off $50 and it's $54.99 so I ended up paying $44.99.
     
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    That's true.. But just ask them what you are looking for and they would be happy to find one.
     
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    I went ahead and shipped off my fat PS3 to be downgraded to someone on Ebay. I always feel like maybe my local post office overcharges or something. It was too big to go in a large flat rate box so I had to use my own box they charged me $24.05, and that wasn't even Priority that was Ground, Priority was $28, and that was without insurance or anything extra. The guy I'm sending it to charged me $29.99 and he is paying for return shipping, he would lose money on Ebay fees etc... if he had to pay $24.05. I don't get it.

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    You have to hook up the console to a TV to know the firmware, they aren't going to continually hook up consoles until I found one on 3.55 or less. Maybe where you live but not where I live.
     
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    It was 6 years ago and many PS3 was under 3.55. That's why they hooked one up and it was already on 3.41 right away. Good thing for me. But right now.. many PS3 are update to the latest one and became harder to find the right one. Yeah, you are right. They are not going to check everything for you. I hope you find one. :)
     
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    Like I said I'm sending my fat to be downgraded. Just hope there isn't stability issues as I've heard that happens sometimes when you downgrade fats.
     
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