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PSP firmware?

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suspended1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
My son wants a PSP and i'm looking for one but don't understand much of this firmware,noticed people asking which firmware it has when someone is seling one.I'm a bit thick on this :oops: so can someone point out to me which if any firmware is better and why it makes so much difference or point me to a web where it has all the details.:)
Help apprecited:thumbsup:
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suspended1d, 1m agoPosted 1 decade, 1 month ago
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Hi - snake.
It all depends wether you want to play legit software on your psp or what they call "homebrew".
"homebrew" generally refers to non Sony standard games and applications such as home made applications or emulatioon games (e.g. running old sega games etc on a psp). "homebrew" is also a term used sometimes which refers to backup (copied games).
Basically, it is easier to run the backup/homebrew stuff on a psp which is running 1.5.0 firmware - anything above 1.5.0 proves a little more complicated - though it can be done.

Most new PSPs now come as 2.5 or above as Sony do not like people playing copied games/etc. For obvious reasons.
Also the higher the firmware the more features can be accessed - for instance you cannot run a web browser on the psp if you are running 1.5.0 and would need to upgrade.

If you are buying a psp and are intending to stay 100% legal with it - then it won't matter which version firmware you are running so there's no complication for you.

One further note: If you had a psp which is running 1.5.0 and BOUGHT a new psp game - the new software imbedded on the new game disk will force you to upgrade the firmware before you can play the game - so if you were wanting to keep it at 1.5.0 then you would NOT be able to play any new original games.
You can also upgrade your PSP to the latest firmware via the official Sony PSP website.

I would not recommend that your son starts trying to "roll back" any firmware on his new PSP unless he is 100% sure he knows what is doing, as he can permanantly damage it.

Hope this makes some sense, as it's getting late and I need my bed ;)

Skanky.
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skanky
I would not recommend that your son starts trying to "roll back" any firmware on his new PSP unless he is 100% sure he knows what is doing, as he can permanantly damage it.


It really isn't that difficult though. I hadn't even touched a PSP until a few weeks ago, then decided to buy one for my son's birthday. A little research on t'internet and hey presto, firmware 2.71 down to 1.5 with Devhook on it, which emulates the higher firmwares. Install HarleyG's Custom Firmware if you do decide to downgrade and also get the 4GB stick.

The best place I found for PSP related info is PSP Hacks.

I hope this helps?

:pirate: CJ :pirate:
suspended#3
Many thanx Skanky & cutthroat:thumbsup:
Apprecited:)
Son maybe not old enough to understand the downgrade and firmeware talk so will have to do it for him,just good to know what is happening in this fast changing world of gaming:)

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