Warning: DO not buy PS3 True Blue clone anymore

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  1. Peter Gatens
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    Here is the news from PS3 TB official site

    Source: PS3 True blue


    Another news today

    6 - 4 – 2012

    It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous parties in China are now circulating fake True Blue devices. The devices look very similar to the real True Blue devices externally, but inside there is a cheap clone PCB which does not function with the True Blue CFW V2 or any dongle firmware above v2.3. As a result this device will not work with any of the latest EBOOT patches which require higher True Blue firmwares - this includes ALL EBOOT patches released since the beginning of the year.

    Furthermore, the hardware platform on which this clone is based appears to be almost identical to the JB2USB clone which surfaced a while back. In light of this it is likely that channels which distribute the clone JB2USB are also distributing these True Blue clones, so beware of shops selling JB2USB who also stock True Blue, because they may sell you a fake.

    In order to identify the fakes, please check exhibits A and B in the image below. A is an example of the original True Blue circuit board, while B is an example of the fake.

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    In the fake (B) we can see that:
    1. It is not based on the secure Actel FPGA, rather it uses an inferior chip on which the manufacturer markings have been removed
    2. Does not use a crystal oscillator
    3. Is glued inside the plastic inner case
    4. PCB size is obviously different
    5. PCB is green
    As the fake dongles do not support any True Blue firmware past v2.3, they can be trivially identified by simply attempting to update the dongle to the latest official True Blue firmware. If the update is unable to complete, then it is highly likely you have a fake. Alternatively, the fake can be identified by removing the PCB from the metal case and comparing yours to the image above.

    Update from JB King

     
  2. Jugarina

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    I guess the clone makers are gonna have to come up with there own original firmwares or figure out a way to modify the True Blue firmware to work for there specific dongle to get around this. All I know is I'm not paying that much for a real True Blue and I'll just have to take my chances for now and hope a work around comes around eventually. I guess I'll stay away from the 2.5 update since It seems this is the worst or only one so far that does this.
     
  3. Cyan

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    Either it's a late and bad april fool joke, either I wouldn't trust that company which think that deleting the user's HDD is the correct thing to do for being ignorant.

    Block the device, block the backup, display a message, but DO NOT DELETE user data on purpose.
    Imagine a user not reading the TB news, as they just want a dongle, they buy one of the clone (knowing it or not).
    Imagine also faulty "clone check" routine which could affect real TB.
    You try it, you loose everything.

    In my opinion it's a very bad image that this company is providing.
     
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    Exactly, i was thinking they can do it in a different way.. only block the clone dongles, do not delete the PS3 internal files.
     
  5. Rydian

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    Yeah, if this is true then that company's going on the shitlist.
     
  6. Maverick Lunar X

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    I agree its shitty, but from a companies standpoint its brilliant. Imagine you have made a product that many people want, but someone else "stole" it. What better way to ruin your competition than have their products go on the fritz?
     
  7. Just Another Gamer

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    From the rich big company's standpoint then it seems smart and great but I don't think anyone thinks this is a great idea its just plain bullshit cause its the customer that suffers in the end. Not saying its a bad idea but its just cruel to make gamers suffer just because said company made a product not alot of people want.
     
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    What if it was a PC accessory and it wiped your PC's harddrive?
     
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    D: it can wipe my PC harddrive as well?
     
  10. VampireLordAlucard

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    No, he was just giving an example.
     
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    Well thats a relief. But I still hate it when companies ruin these things.
     
  12. Madrigal

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    What a dick move. I was thinking of buying a True Blue, but I won't support a company that pulls that kind of BS. They're officially on my craplist.
     
  13. misteromar

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    Oh the Irony, they do exact same thing to Sony, then they have cheek to screw over end users.
     
  14. Peter Gatens
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    Another update from JB King official site, JB king Fight back.