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Using your own PSone games for emulation [Update 1]

That Dark_Alex kid is up to it again. His custom firmware currently cracks the protection that PSone games from the PlayStation Store utilize. However, it looks like the next revision, called 3.02 OE-B, will support the ripping of ISO files and turning them into EBOOT files to launch via XMB. This means almost any PSone game you own can be transferred to your PSP. You'll see Castlevania: Symphony of the Night at work in this YouTube demo. Amazing, isn't it? Hopefully, this will convince Sony to release their PlayStation Store games at a much less craptacular rate.

[Thanks, jamie!]

[Update 1: Now available for download at MAXCONSOLE.]

PSone games hacked in custom 3.02 firmware

It looks like Dark_Alex has done it again. His latest custom firmware release will allow your PSP to emulate the 3.02 firmware while running homebrew as if you have a very homebrew-friendly 1.50 PSP. Of course, the custom firmware goes even beyond that: it'll strip region encoding off of UMD movie playback, and more importantly, it'll get rid of the DRM protection of the current lineup of downloadable PSone games. The 3.03 firmware most likely protects the system from such vulnerabilities, but it's clear that the homebrew community is furiously fighting Sony.

There's no doubt that this is a very huge and crippling blow to Sony's anti-piracy efforts. While we don't support piracy here at the Fanboy, we can understand the huge frustration of the gaming community with Sony's PSone download efforts: stop making a PS3 required, please?

[Via Opposable Thumbs]

3.02 update? Blame PaRappa!

It appears as though today's 3.02 update does not include any revisions to system security, as evidenced by DevHook's successful emulation of 3.02. Sony's latest firmware is aimed solely at one game: PaRappa the Rapper, which is available in Japan only. Apparently, the downloadable levels simply don't work in 3.01 or 3.0, meaning this firmware upgrade is more of a patch than anything else.

But what's with this recent slew of quick firmware turnarounds to fix broken games? 3.02 follows the footsteps of firmware 3.01, which fixed game performance in Jeanne d'Arc. Of course, considering how neither of these games are available anywhere but Japan, most of you probably don't need to update your firmware at all.

[Thanks, JustEaton! Via PSP-Vault]

Sony continues battle: 3.02 firmware now available [Update 2]

Two days after we revealed DevHook was emulating the 3.01 firmware, Sony has introduced 3.02. As we later discovered, it appears that this firmware doesn't add any security to the system at all. As with all incremental upgrades, this revision simply increases "system security," making it more difficult for homebrew programs to run on the system. Considering how DevHook's advancement was a crippling blow to Sony's anti-homebrew stance, we can expect 3.02 to be required in new games very soon. However, for most gamers, will the lack of any new features provide enough incentive for them to update right now?

To get the update, simply use "Network Update" from your PSP's XMB.

[Update 2: According to PSP-Vault, 3.02 seems to work on DevHook. There is no additional security added to this version. Instead, it appears a certain game is responsible for this update.]

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