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 .
You can play games in the UMD drive, you can play games you bought from the store, but when it comes to trying to play games in an unconventional manner, you will hit a road block.
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.
While the procedure for most custom firmwares are tried and tested, yes it is possible to brick your PSP.
First, plug in the PSP and make sure that it’s fully charged.
Extract your folder here as if you’re overwriting the folder, as your computer should only add the new files.
Also, you can remove the battery from the battery compartment and it should tell you which model you have on the sticker. The guide process takes details of your handheld and works out whether or not your device supports permanent custom firmware, and what kinds are available for your device.Once it appears in your File Explorer (It’ll appear like a memory stick), open it up.You should see a folder named PSP (If your archive contained a folder named GAME, then open up the PSP folder).However, in certain circumstances you can make this permanent.This varies between PSP models, chipsets and custom firmware support. Some custom firmwares (PRO for one) will allow you to make the cfw if your PSP supports it.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.Custom firmware for PSP is really easy to do, however the setup process is forked by what version of PSP you have. E100X – Economy ‘Street’ PSP model, with a mono speaker and matte case design. The setup process is mostly the same, but custom firmware releases are model specific when it comes to download, and some of the newer models do not support permanent CFW, which can help to avoid bricking your PSP.Before following the guide, ensure you know which model you have. For more in depth step-by-step processes, we are writing up guides for each firmware with their pros and cons.(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.