Sony’s Playstation Portable promised to revolutionize the way people think about handheld gaming devices – – and it has. Along with unprecedented gaming power, personal music player capabilities and UMD movies have come frequent firmware updates and some complaints of failed updates resulting in unusable PSPs. The original firmware in first generation Japanese hardware was v1.0, which was perfectly operational – – it merely lacked an Internet browser, as well as some small extras available in newer versions. Updates have been consistently released to add what amount to optional extras to the portable system.
Sony has released updates within months of each other, and firmware version requirements are being set for many of the latest PSP games. The reasons for this are pretty obvious, with piracy rampant on every major console, making this a serious concern for commercial game producers. The PSP is the first handheld console with the ability to dynamically handle the problem, by updating its firmware to patch security flaws. But what of homebrew, the legal programs made by non-commercial developers, which enhance the functionality of the PSP by exploiting the same flaws?
The article talks about Emulation, Homebrew, Piracy and a number of other subjects. I found it to be a very good read.
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