I have a PSP and I don't use it much so I find new things I can do with it (ex: portals). People keep talking about custom firmware so i have a few questions what is it, where can I get it (if I want it) and what does it do?
Answer by David · Jan 02, 2011 at 11:51 PM
What I gathered on a random google search is that cfw is a firmware flash that allows you to use homebrew apps on your psp. Here's just one of the articles I found that covers what it is and how to do it. http://www.krizka.net/psp-custom-firmware-guides/
Hope this helps.
Answer by Justin · Jan 03, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Think of it this way - Jailbreaking for your PSP.
It is used to load any 3rd party app on your PSP, but is mainly used for piracy. I did it to my PSP - 1001. I never used the PSP, and wanted something to play emulators on while not at home. So I installed CFW.
It only works with the 1st and 2nd gen PSPs, but I do not recommend doing it. The process requires you to take apart your battery to remove some things. This may damage your battery, or worse, injure your self, because in order to get the battery apart, you have to cut it open, which is a lot harder than it sounds if you don't have the right equipment. (I used a pocket knife, and gashed my finger.)
Answer by TechRob · Jan 03, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Like another person said, it's like jailbreaking your PSP. Custom firmwares enable you to download and install apps otherwise unavailable on the PSP like emulators for example. Not only can you download apps, you can download PSP games (illegally via torrent) and play them from your Pro Duo stick. It's actually quite easy to do and the parts to downgrade your PSP (in order to install the custom firmware) can be ordered online for a small price.
On the down side, you will not be able to receive updates from Sony, etc. on a custom firmware. I don't know about physically hurting yourself while installing a custom firmware, but you can harm your PSP if you don't follow instructions carefully. Also, as mentioned above, downloading games is illegal and does not support the game developers. If you're able to downgrade and install a custom firmware without "bricking" your PSP, then why not? Just be careful!
Answer by ElementalBliss · Jan 04, 2011 at 02:13 AM
Alright, first - you don't have to open the battery anymore because of the Pandora Software. It is essentially Jailbreaking your PSP and it supports homebrew games, legit ISOs, and emulators. Not only THAT - I turned my PSP 1001 into a remote control. There's a smaller market now [it's died down] and isn't current. I wouldn't suggest it really unless you want to pirate games. The emulators are outdated and unstable. And it's legal.
Answer by DazOwen · Jan 02, 2011 at 11:52 PM
I'm pretty sure (not certain) it's like a more advanced firmware than the default ones that are released by Sony. A standard firmware that is then adapted or modified to enable the PSP to have better or more advanced features.
I'm sure if you Google it I'm sure you'll find some where to download one.
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