This doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it whether you like it or not.
If you try to play a backup copy of a game, activate a non-sony theme, or install an emulator you will find you can’t progress in some manner. Custom Firmware (abbreviated CFW) relaxes restrictions put in place by Sony, and allows you to do much more than you could do before with your PSP.However, your PSP must be able to support this as certain models do not.The Hackinformer guide will inform you whether this process is compatible with your PSP.For PRO firmware, open up the CIPL Flasher utility that came with your custom firmware, and once a black screen with white text opens, press the button that corresponds with ‘install CIPL’. Now if you go to system System Information on your PSP, it should now say you are running the custom firmware you desired. All cfws like to modify the system information screen to show what custom firmware you’re running. If ‘System Software’ shows just a number and your full mac address is shown, then you are running official firmware. Official firmware 6.61 has been cracked, and comes with internal system fixes.Custom firmware will add their moniker to this segment (e.g. If you are running 6.60 then you can comfortably stay on that version, but other versions will benefit from a systems upgrade.(X will be a numeric value indicating your PSP region). The choice is normally between PRO, ME and Infinity.The selection process will also take in to account what firmware version you have.Extract your folder here as if you’re overwriting the folder, as your computer should only add the new files.Once done, you can now disconnect your PSP from your computer. You should now see some new exciting options (examples from PRO-C)! Prepare a brew and dig out the biggest pack of biscuits you’ve got, this is going to take a while. What you’ve done is rebooted your PSP into custom firmware mode.You need at least 512 MB of space on your memory stick to perform the hack, but if you want to load it up with homebrew apps, you'll need more space than that.If you're looking to upgrade from the dinky memory stick included with most PSPs, you can get a 4 or 8 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo off of Amazon on Newegg for around or .