While some might consider the PSP effectively dead
, the homebrew scene for the system definitely isn't. Hackers have succeeded in breaking the security protections on the latest version of the PSP firmware by exploiting a hole in the PSP's picture viewing function. The new hack works on firmware versions 2.0 through 2.8 using files on the memory stick -- no Grand Theft Auto required
. Right now, the only available program is a "hello world" proof of concept, but you can be sure the PSP hacking community
will be all over this with new games and apps soon.
Of course, now that this is public, it won't be long until Sony forces a new, more secure version of the firmware on us through new UMD games. At which point hackers will get to work breaking that new security, which will inevitably cause further firmware upgrades from Sony, and on and on as the circle of hacking continues.
[Via Quick Journal
, thanks PSPFan]