Don’t let the title of this tutorial scare you ( especially the members of our staff, lol). The reason for this tutorial is to guide you. It’s for those of us that has just gotten a PSP Slim and don’t now the terms used by the community. Playing games downloaded from the internet, using the great applications that we have in this community, or emulate other game consoles are things we are unsure of when we have a new PSP in our hands and don’t know its full potential. This guide will help you A-Z.
We’re surprised at the number of people that search to downgrade with the word “hack”, “hack the PSP 3.60”, “hack the PSP 3.71”, “hack the PSP 3.72”, “hack the PSP 3.73”…they search and they search. Since there isn’t a place that can explain this subject and people don’t find what they need, they have to ask. Lets see if we can solve the problem.
First of all BETA does not support piracy (playing downloaded games without the original UMD.) For that there are special web sites like ceramic.es. For new members we will start with where to search for info. In this community we don’t have ISOs, but we have emulators, applications, and homebrew games that is a lot of times more fun then commercial games. Look through the forum rules where all this is explained. Here we don’t use the word “hack” we simply say downgrade or install Custom Firmware. We’ll get into this some more.
If you have just got a PSP Slim and want to take advantage of the features then continue reading.
If you bought one then you know what it does. If it was a gift then maybe you don’t know what it does. Here are some examples.
To learn how to do these things read the owners manual that came with the PSP. You can do this with any PSP. You just need to buy a Memory Stick compatible with the PSP ( take a look at our sponsors at the top of the web page and on the right.) We recommend a minimum of 4GB.
Important. A PSP with original Firmware cannot play ISOs/ applications/ games/ emulators found on this site.
Good, now lets start the transition. We will do what Sony doesn’t officially offer.
These are just some examples. For these “new functions” to work on any PSP we need to have a concrete version. The famous Custom Firmware.
Depending on the firmware you have on your PSP you can do some things more than others. To find out what firmware you have look here settings/ system settings/ system information.
The PSP Slim first sold with official Sony 3.60 firmware. To install custom firmware in the PSP Slim it doesn’t matter what firmware it has. We just need a few things.
If you already have these things then you’re losing valuable time click here. The Universal Downgrader works with any Firmware. This also works with the PSP Slim. Directly install Custom Firmware M33, to run Homebrew and ISOS.
At this point we have Custom Firmware installed. You have just installed one of the latest official firmware from Sony, but modified. Now you can play ISOS and emulators all from the PSP menu. Take a look at our Custom Firmware tutorials. You will have to put ISOS (games downloaded from the web) in the ISO folder in the root of the Memory Stick. Homebrew (apps and games downloaded from the community) goes into PSP/GAME folder.
Note: The root of the Memory Stick is what you see when connect the PSP to the PC via usb without opening any folders.
To learn details on how to install Homebrew on the PSP Slim read this tutorial. Here its explained that the PSP Slim cant run Homebrew with 1.50 kernal and what you can do to run the best of the applications / emulators / and games on the portable console.
Like I said there are more details and explanations that are VERY IMPORTANT in the Custom Firmware Tutorials. Be sure to read about the Recovery Mode and the options it has to offer.
Important Note: As of now the PSP Slim cannot be downgraded to 1.50. It can’t run Homebrew with 1.50 kernal unless you use eLoader which is explained in the tutorial above.
Since Sony’s official firmware 3.71 the icons on the XMB (PSP menu) can be changed. We have a collection of Themes here (with instructions to install them. Its very easy.)
We hope that with these few tips we can overcome any concerns or questions for new comers, and make things easier for staff and the other members. If you think something is missing comment about it and a member of our staff will fix it.