Rebug CFW vs Rogero/HABIB CFW

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Rebug CFW vs Rogero/HABIB CFW

Post by Corp Dwayne Hicks on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:16 pm

After too many debates as to which CFW is better, I decided to post a comparison between the two CFWs.
The opinions expressed in this post are based on facts, users are free to read and decide for themselves as to which CFW is better.
I respect both Rogero/HABIB and Rebug for the work that they've been doing for the PS3 scene, they have my gratitude and I thank them for their continued efforts.

So let's start with the comparison:

Time to Release:
Rebug: Considerable amout of time is taken to build and test the CFW to make sure it is reliable and stable from release.
Rogero/HABIB: The CFW is rushed most of the times and would be full of bugs when released initially.
Impact on users: Releasing a CFW immediately after an OFW is released is not good for anyone. It would be full of bugs and might cause bricks and will result in the release of many versions later to fix those bugs. It's not a race, it's not about who releases first, it's about who releases a reliable and stable CFW no matter how long it takes.

Ease of Installation:
Rebug: Can be installed from XMB on top of 3.55 or lower OFW or any CFW of the same or lower version.
Rogero/HABIB: Can be installed from XMB on top of 3.55 or lower OFW or any CFW of the same or lower version.
Impact on users: Both are as easy to install.

Reliability and Stability:
Rebug: Reliable and stable from release. Only a couple of versions are released adding features between versions and fixing minor bugs sometimes.
Rogero/HABIB: The CFW is often hybrid, which means it sometimes contains files from older firmwares. It also takes multiple (sometimes too many) versions to become reliable and stable. As many as 10 different versions of the same CFW have been released previously, fixing major bugs between the versions.
Impact on users: Using files form older firmwares makes a "nice recipe for instability". Releasing multiple versions means users will have to flash multiple times whenever a new version is released. It's not good practice to flash your firmware multiple times in a short period of time especially that every time you flash, there's a risk of bricking no matter how minimal it is. Users also had to downgrade back to 3.55 to flash a new version of the earlier Rogero 4.xx CFWs which used to brick non-dehashed consoles and didn't re-install when the HDD was swapped.

Downgrading to 3.55:
Rebug: Can be easily downgraded by enabling QA and installing Rebug 3.55.4 from XMB.
Rogero/HABIB: Needs a downgrader PUP and dehashing to be downgraded even if QA is enabled. Dehashing needs QA to be enabled which can only be done with Rebug tools.
Impact on users: Having to use a downgrader PUP to downgrade adds extra steps, is more difficult and increases the chances of user error and the risks of bricking.

QA Support:
Rebug: QA can be enabled on any CFW using the Rebug Toolbox.
Rogero/HABIB: No tools to enable QA, users have to use Rebug's Toggle QA to enable QA. QA menus don't work on Rogero 4.30 even if QA is enabled.
Impact on users: Users can't access the QA menus on Rogero 4.30 and they wouldn't have been able to downgrade Rogero 4.xx had it not been for Rebug's Toggle QA to dehash the downgrader CFW.

Spoofing to the latest version:
Rebug: Rebug Update Packages are released whenever a new OFW is released to update the built in spoofer to the latest version.
Rogero/HABIB: No updates are released, users have to rely on Rebug (or other groups) to release spoofers.
Impact on users: Using different spoofers from different groups increases the chances of problems because users might forget which tool they used the last time and install a spoofer on top of another from a different group which might cause problems and sometimes cause a semi-brick.

Features:
Rebug: Two editions are available, REX edition which is a complete CFW with all CEX/Retail and DEX/Debug features, and LITE edition which is a basic (kmeaw-like) CFW with CEX/Retail features only. Both editions have Package Manager which is a replacement for the standard IPF with more features.
Rogero/HABIB: Basic (kmeaw-like) CFW with CEX/Retail features only and an extra IPF called "ToolBox". Credits to Team Rebug for many of the CFW features.
Impact on users: The "ToolBox" on Rogero CFW doesn't have any real use and confuses users. DEX/Debug features on Rebug REX don't really have any major impact on users unless they need them. Basic functionality (running backups and homebrew) is the same on both CFWs, with the added reliability and stability on Rebug CFW.

Professionalism:
Rebug: Professional work with a website, release notes, installation notes and updates.
Rogero/HABIB: Amateur work released in forum threads.
Impact on users: The lack of a homepage with the latest Rogero CFW version confuses users which might lead them to install an early version full of bugs. Rebug's professional work gives users peace of mind and gives them the feeling that they can put their trust in a team who will always meet and exceed their expectations.

Overall Conclusion:
Rebug is the most solid CFW out there. It is a complete CFW which is reliable and stable from release. Rogero/HABIB is an OK CFW once it's stable after many versions, but it lacks many tools to support it, many of Rebug's tools have to be used to make full use of it.

Current status of Rebug CFW:
Latest REX Version: Rebug 4.78.2
Release Date: 23/02/16
Stable: Unknown yet
Latest Spoofer: Not needed
Runs 3.56+ Games: Yes
Runs 3.55-patched Games: Yes
PSN Access: Yes (with ban risk)
reActPSN Support: Yes
Cinavia Disabled: Yes
HDD can be swapped: Yes

Latest LITE Version: Rebug 4.76.1
Release Date: 11/09/15
Stable: Yes
Latest Spoofer: Official Rebug not available yet
Runs 3.56+ Games: Yes
Runs 3.55-patched Games: Yes
PSN Access: Yes if spoofed (with ban risk)
reActPSN Support: Yes
Cinavia Disabled: Yes
HDD can be swapped: Yes

Current Status of Rogero CFW:
Latest Version: Rogero CEX 4.55 v1.00
Release Date: 15/02/14
Stable: Yes
Latest Spoofer: SEN Enabler v5.4.3 or higher
Runs 3.56+ Games: Yes
Runs 3.55-patched Games: There have been conflicting reports on this, some say they work some say they don't
PSN Access: Yes if spoofed (with ban risk)
reActPSN Support: Yes (credits to Team Rebug)
Cinavia Disabled: Yes
HDD can be swapped: Yes

Current Status of HABIB CFW:
Latest Version: HABIB 4.78 V1.00
Release Date: 12/02/16
Stable: Unknown yet
Latest Spoofer: Not needed
Runs 3.56+ Games: Yes
Runs 3.55-patched Games: Unknown
PSN Access: Yes (with ban risk)
reActPSN Support: Yes
Cinavia Disabled: Yes
HDD can be swapped: Unknown
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