QJ How To: How To Hack My PSP On Official Firmware

proc2 iconDo you have a PSP stuck on boring official firmware? If you're looking to play backups, homebrew, and classic emulators, the first step is to install custom firmware instead. This How To will show you how you can unlock the true potential of your Sony portable in just a few easy steps!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a PSP stuck on boring official firmware? If you're looking to play backups, homebrew, and classic emulators, the first step is to install custom firmware instead. This How To will show you how you can unlock the true potential of your Sony portable in just a few easy steps!

 

 

Step One: Locating Your Model Number

 

 

Before we begin the guide, the first thing that you'll have to do is find the model number of the system you are using. The good news is, all models of the PSP can be hacked to a similar degree, so the digits you find here will only dictate the process you take to achieve those ends. All you need to do is open up your battery cover and on the inside of that label you should find all of the information you need. As the image shows, you will see a code that says PSP-xxx. Just take note of the first digit after the "PSP" part and we can move on!

 

 

 

PSP MoNo

 

 

 

For those with the PSP Go? just flip the gamepad out and you will see a sticker with the model number in the upper left corner. It should be noted that users with 3000s and Go's will be a little more shackled than lower models, but I'll detail that a little bit later!

 

Next, I'll outline all the files you need and start the hack process!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You Will Need

 

 

With your model number easily found, let's take all of the initial steps to get things in order. If it's not already, feel free to update your PSP to official firmware version 6.60 through Network Update or the Sony website. If you don't know what firmware you have, just go to Settings / System Settings / System Information and see the number there. If it's at 6.60, you're good to go. It should be noted that as of writing 6.60 is (and probably will be) the latest firmware version. However if it's not, you may need to look for that update file at another location than what I have provided.

 

 

 

PRO CFW

 

 

 

Next, you'll need to get your custom firmware update files. For the purposes of this guide, I'm using PRO C-2 which you can find right here. Some users have reported a few small bugs though, so if you want you can also try C-1 using the exact same steps. All links are from our sister-site called DashHacks, so you know they are secure.

 

With your update file of choice in hand, let's start the hacking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hack Procedure

 

 

With all the necessary files downloaded, next I'll detail the steps you can take to use them correctly.

 

 

 

PROFastRecovery

 

 

 

  1. Put your PSP in USB mode by heading to Settings and selecting USB Mode
  2. Extract the newly downloaded ""669proc2.rar" (or "660pro-cfix3.rar" for C-1) and copy the "PSP" folder to the root of your memory stick. Your OS will probably ask you about overwriting. Just click yes.
  3. Exit USB Mode and on your PSP head to the GAME menu.
  4. You should see an icon for "PRO Update." Click it.
  5. At the text screen, hit X to launch custom firmware.

 

For the next bit, your model number becomes important:

 

 

 

PSP-1000 or 2000 Series

 

  1. Launch "CIPL Flasher for PRO-C" from the XMB in GAME / Memory Stick.
  2. Hit X to flash the IPL.
  3. Your custom firmware install is complete and permanent. Fell free to delete all of the files from your computer and PSP.

 

 

For PSP 3000 and Go

 

  1. You'll have to run "6.60 Fast Recovery" from GAME / Memory Stick upon each boot to use custom firmware. Keep that on your memory stick.
  2. Feel free to delete the "PRO Update" and "CIPL Flasher" as you will no longer need those.

 

 

That's all there is to do! I Will close with a brief FAQ to answer some essential questions about your newly-modded PSP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief FAQ

 

 

 

FAQ2

 

 

 

 

Why do I have to use Fast Recovery at boot when older models don't?

  • As the hacking scene became more popular, Sony blocked the ability to flash the necessary files that make the install permanent. The Fast Recovery loads those files onto your system upon each boot. As of now, there is no way around this.

 

What can I do with my modded PSP?

  • With a hacked PSP, you can run unsigned code. This includes home-made games (called homebrew) and even classic console emulators for systems like NES, SNES, or N64. I've written another guide about emulators if you need it. You'll also be able to load ISOs of PSP and PSX games too. A guide will be coming  on that topic soon.

 

Is this illegal?

  • As far as I know, this particular process falls into a kind of legal grey area because it was popular long before modern laws began to crack down on this sort of thing. However, downloading ISOs or ROMs of games you do not own is absolutely illegal so you are doing so at your own risk.

 

That's all there is to it! If you have any questions, you can post them below. Also feel free to check out a video version of the process here. Welcome to the wonderful world of hacks and homebrew!