Considering the massive success of handhelds in today’s industry, I figured this guide would benefit for those getting late into the PSP… I really hate to make a lame pun here, but for people getting late into the PSP ‘game’. But mainly this is a guide for BT who looks to be getting one in the near future. I’m sure I’ll be holding his hand through this process, but either way, this is a good start for anyone looking into soft modding their PSP.
Back in the day, installing custom firmware (hereby abbreviated to ‘CFW’), was a bit of a painful process. You had to be on a certain firmware, own a certain game, and run an exploit to downgrade your firmware and pray to whatever higher power (or science) that you believe in that it didn’t brick. This was remedied with the discovery of the Pandora Battery, which you made by opening up a spare PSP battery and cutting a certain wire. Combine that with some files (which were usually made by Dark-Alex, the god of PSP CFW) on a memory stick, you were good to go. But Sony got all uppity and all PSPs after the second run of the PSP-2000 were unmoddable for a time.
Now, it’s simpler than ever.
1) Make sure you are on PSP Firmware 6.60. I believe this is the last official update to be released by Sony. All new PSPs are sold with this. If not, use ‘System Update’ to update to this version
2) Travel to http://code.google.com/p/procfw/downloads/list and download the firmware that says 6.60 PRO-C2
3) Unzip the archive and place the files in your PSP/Game folder
4) If you did this correctly, you’ll see two icons on under the Game menu on your PSP. ProUpdate, and FastRecovery.
5) Run ProUpdate. It’ll say some things, and then return to your main menu. Once that’s done, you can delete ‘ProUpdate’ from your PSP.
You are done. Whenever you turn off your PSP (not put it into sleep mode, but actually off), you will have to run ‘FastRecovery’ to get CFW back on your system. It takes five seconds. I did say it was easier than ever, didn’t I?
So what can you do with custom firmware? Well, you can run backups of your old PSX games that weren’t released on the PSN*. You can also rip your UMDs to an ISO file and run it off your memory stick, which will enable the game to load faster**. You can also increase or decrease the processor speed of the system or change the system driver. For those who like to cheat, there’s always CWCheat. And perhaps one of the best uses, is to use Ad-Hoc party which allows you to use Wi-Fi to play Ad-Hoc only games (such as Dissidia or Monster Hunter). Whether or not we get this sort of versatility out of the Vita remains to be seen, but for the time being, the PSP is still a great system to use. And remember, it’s region free so you can import all those games you wanted from other countries. As always, have fun and happy gaming!
*ONSGaming does not condone the use of piracy. All PlayStation games you rip to EBOOT files are to be backups of your collection.
**As stated above, UMD ISOs are to be backups of your own games as anything else would be piracy.
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