All Your PSP’s Belong to Sony

Big companies like big profits, big profits means happy shareholders, board members, executives, etc, so naturally, big companies hate hackers. Three hackers have found a way to unlock your Sony PSP, so you can modify it yourself, copy your games onto a larger and faster memory stick, etc. It also allows you to play pirated games and movies that are not sold on Sony PSP disks. So, I can see one reason they don’t like it, but, like that old saying, “Shoot first, ask questions later”, they assume everyone is bad and will be copying and trading their games illegally. Guilty until you prove your innocent, should be their saying.

But last month three hacker teams – Noobz, Team C+D, and a group led by PSP hacker Dark Alex, coordinating their efforts over the internet, found a flaw in the most recently released version of the firmware – version 3.03.

Using this flaw they devised a way to unlock all PSPs, regardless of their age or the firmware running on it.

Within days of the release of the Noobz team’s downgrader and Dark Alex’s Open Edition firmware, Sony updated its firmware, fixing the flaw which makes unlocking possible.

Anyone buying a new PSP with this firmware installed will be therefore be unable to unlock their console – at least until Noobz, Team C+D and Dark Alex and his crew find another exploit and the whole cat-and-mouse game played by Sony and the hacker teams repeats itself. Source: Three hacker teams unlock the PSP

So, all you existing PSP owners, you can do this and mod away on your PSP, Dark Alex has a site here where you can get the custom PSP firmware, called Dark Alex’s Open Edition, and other various stuff.