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PSP Go! The End of Homebrews?

July 2, 2009 by  

Ask any Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) owner what they think is the neatest thing about the hand held system, and you will be surprised by the solution. No, it's not the wonderful graphics made feasible by a superb high-res LCD screen and extraordinary processing power capacities. No, it is not the library of games now available for the Sony PSP. The smartest thing about the Sony PSP is the homebrew community it has provoked. With a slew of 3rd party games and applications made for the Sony PSP, the handheld continued to enjoy brisk sales despite the limited number of games that were being made available in the market.

Now, some months before the release of the Sony PSP Go!, many homebrew developers are in a state of doubt about the way forward for their pastime and passion.

You see, what makes homebrews possible on the Sony PSP are the custom firmware updates that can be employed to replace Sony's official firmware updates. These custom firmware updates avoid the security checks that go with the official ones. Official Sony PSP firmware updates detect homebrews as illegal copies of games, and it blocks their load ups, making it impossible for the player to use them. Custom firmware updates remedy this problem.

But with the approach of the Sony PSP Go! and plans of doing away with UMD support, concentrating completely on downloadable games for future releases, there's a very big possibility some added security checks will be implemented that may make custom firmware updates obsolete. Indeed, without custom firmware updates, piracy on the Sony PSP and the Sony PSP Go! will be a thing of the past, which is good.

But without custom firmware updates, homebrews on the Sony PSP and the Sony PSP Go! will be impossible.

Additional security checks can be introduced to older models via the games themselves, but since you're meaning to use custom firmware updates merely for homebrews and not for anything illegal, you have zilch to fear.

Sony realizes the extreme importance of the homebrew community for the Sony PSP, and may not officially recognize these legal "hacks" to their system, but they can always give their implicit agree to the dedicated men and women who need to extend the functions of the Sony PSP. The homebrew community is here to stay.

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