PSP Custom Firmware – Pros & Cons

18 Mar, 2011 19:07

There are quite a number of custom firmware in market. Which is suitable for you?

What is PSP Custom Firmware?
PSP Custom Firmware refers to the customized firmware that allows the use of exploits and hacks to execute unsigned code (usually referred as homebrew software) on the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

What is my System Version?
Settings > System Settings > System Information


5.50 GEN-D3
Suitable for: PSP1000, PSP2000V1 & V2
Relative Firmware: 5.50
Created by: PSP-GEN
Successor: 5.50 P4
Pros:
- perfect hack, no need to re-hack when power is out
Cons:
- new games cannot be played (require ISO Tool to decrypt EBOOT)
Note:
- GEN-D1 & GEN-D2 can update to GEN-D3 via Network Update

5.03 GEN-C
Suitable for: PSP all versions
Relative Firmware: 5.03
Created by: PSP-GEN
Successor: 5.03 P3
Pros:
- stable performance
Cons:
- require HEN Image hack to re-hack when power is out
- New games cannot be played (require ISO Tool to decrypt EBOOT)

5.50 P4 (5.50 Prometheus-4)
Suitable for: PSP1000, PSP2000V1 & V2
Relative Firmware: 5.50
Created by: ?
Successor: N/A
Pros:
- more games can be played, compared to 5.50 GEN-D3
- no need to re-hack when power is out
Cons:
- no more updates (hacker retired)
- new games require ISO Tool to decrypt EBOOT / patching

5.03 P3 (5.03 Prometheus-3)
Suitable for: PSP all versions
Relative Firmware: 5.03
Created by: ?
Successor: N/A
Pros:
- more games can be played, compared to 5.03 GEN-C
Cons:
- require HEN Image hack to re-hack when power is out
- no more updates (hacker retired)
- new games require ISO Tool to decrypt EBOOT / patching

6.20 TN-C
Suitable for: PSP all versions
Relative Firmware: 6.20
Created by: ?
Successor: N/A
Pros:
- stable performance
Cons:
- require ISO Loader to run games
- only few games are supported

6.31 PRO
Suitable for: PSP all versions
Relative Firmware: 6.31
Created by: ?
Successor: 6.35 PRO-A3
Pros:
- None (intermediate version)
Cons:
- no VSH menu
- only few games are supported
- require a game to hack into customized firmware via HEN
- require ISO Loader to run games
- need to re-hack when power is out

6.35 PRO-B
Suitable for: PSP all versions
Relative Firmware: 6.35
Created by: ?
Successor: N/A
Pros:
- able to run game in XMB
- lots of game supported
- easy to HEN
- VSH Menu available
- can play PlayStation ONE game
- expect that new games are supported
- no extra decrypt or crack needed
- update frequently
Cons:
- unstable system
- need to re-hack when power is out
- some old plugins cannot be used


Recommended Versions

PSP1000 / PSP2000 v1, v2
- Option A : no need to re-hack , require ISO Tool for new games –> 5.50 P4
- Option B : more games supported , no need ISO Tool + need re-hack –> 6.35 PRO-B

PSP200v3 / PSP3000 / PSP GO
- Option A : more games supported –> 6.35 PRO-B
- Option B : stable performance –> 6.20 TN-C

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