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Ask PSP Fanboy: Volume 30

Ask PSP Fanboy is back with an all new edition. Every few weekends, PSP Fanboy will answer your burning questions. If you have a question for the team, send an e-mail to andrew @ with the subject "Ask PSP Fanboy."

Q: Do the component cable ONLY work on HDTVs? Or can you use a SDTV as well? And what is the difference between the two cables?
A: We get this question on a nearly daily basis. Component cables will only work on EDTV/HDTV sets with component inputs. You can NOT use a SDTV. The main difference between the two is that the component cables will allow you to play games on your TV. If you do not have a HDTV, you will not be able to play PSP games on your TV. Hope that clears things up!

Q: Is there any way to access the PlayStation Store for downloading PSP from PS1 ports without using a PS3? If there is how does it work? And if not do you think that they will have it any time soon?
A: A PSP version of the Store is already in the works, and is available right now in Japan. We won't see it until next year, I'd assume. However, the Store will not only include PS1 games, it will also include brand new games that were made specifically for the PSP.

Q: Is the PSP-2000 just as capable of running custom firmwares as the original?
A: It depends. The first batch of PSP-2000 systems can be exploited using Pandora's Battery. However, recent reports suggest that any new systems, such as the Star Wars PSP, are not vulnerable to the exploit. You'll have to experiment

Q: How much space does a UMD hold. is it just a plain ol' mini DVD?
A: A UMD holds 900MB of space single-layer, and 1.8GB of space dual-layer. It's not the same as a mini DVD, which holds up to 2.6GB of data. However, they use the same technology: red lasers (as opposed to blue). Because the format is proprietary, you won't be able to create your own UMD discs. Sorry!

Q: How many PSPs do you own?
A: If you really need to know, it's currently at three. Two PSP-1000 systems (one with homebrew enabled) and another PSP-2000 system.

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