Heres a FAQ I wrote for the Wipeout Pure web browser hack. I've tried to be as accurate and thorough as I can.
1. Can I browse the Internet using Wipeout Pure?
Yes. Wipeout Pure has a browser built in for downloading new game content. There is a way to redirect the browser to a web portal which will allow you to browse the Internet.
2. Can I use other games to browse the Internet?
Wipeout Pure is the only game released in the US that has a web browser built in. Sony will likely offer an offical browser sometime in the future (the Korea PSP launch last May included a web browser).
3. Can I use a USB cable to surf the Internet?
4. What do I need to connect to the Internet?
You need access to a wireless router. Any wireless router that supports the 802.11b wireless protocol will work. Wireless 802.11g routers will also work though you may have to change the settings to enable 802.11b support.
5. How do I get it to work?
- In the PSP menu goto Settings ---> Network Settings ---> Infrastructure Mode ---> New Connection (you want to make a new connection so you can still use your default connection for regular game use).
- Create a new connection (name it something like Web Browser so you know what it is).
- Scan for an open network or manualy set the SSID and WEP (if you use it).
- In Address Settings goto Custom.
- In IP Address Settings go to Automatic
- In DNS Setting go to Manual and set the Primary DNS to 18.104.22.168 (this DNS setting works only for the US version of Wipeout Pure). Leave the Seconday DNS as it is.
- Set Proxy Server as Do Not Use if you are not using one.
- Confirm the setting list and save the settings.
- Start up Wipeout Pure and go to the Download section. When it asks what connection to use select the connection you just set up and you should be directed to the web portal.
6. That doesn't work for me!
If you have the Japanese version of the game the DNS address you selected may not work. The JP and US versions of the game use different servers which require the the DNS to do different redirects.
If it is not working try a different DNS. 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 (you need to create an account at www.pspwebbrowser.com to use this one) are a few others.
Check to make sure your router isn't overriding the PSP DNS setting with its own. You can try setting the Secondary DNS in the router the same as the one you used for the PSP (be sure to write down the current setting so you can change it back if there are problems).
Additionally set the Secondary DNS in the PSP Network Settings to the same as the Primary.
Also your ISP may be running an invisible proxy that blocks outside DNS servers. Try contacting your ISP if you are having problems.
If you are still having problems post your question and be sure to include your set up (router, PSP network settings, ISP etc.). Just posting "I can't get it to work!" will not help anyone solve your problem.
7. What does the browser look like?
There is no menu bar, address box or scroll bars. All you see is the web page itself. Links and text boxes are highlighted with a blue outline when selected.
8. How do I enter URLs?
The web portals have a text box where you can enter a URL to any site.
9. What are the web browser commands?
Use the D-pad to navigate web pages, L will go back a page, R will go forward a page, Square refreshes the current page and X will select the highlighted link or open the PSP keyboard if a text box is highlighted. You can return to the web portal by pressing Start and selecting Return to Home Page.
10. How do I enter text?
When you highlight a text box and press X a virtual keypad will open up. Entering text works the same as text messaging on a cell phone. Its not fast but it works.
11. Will there be a keyboard for the PSP?
Some images of prototype keyboards are around on the net. Eventually someone will make one. But unless the PSP gets an update that supports keyboard input having one would be useless.
12. Does the PSP resize web pages to fit on the screen?
The PSP does not resize the pages to fit in the PSP screen. This it sometimes a problem and sometimes not. The main text for some sites will fit in the screen so you only have to scroll to the side and then just scroll up and down to read (Slash Dot works like this). Sites designed for reading on PDAs work quite well. Other sites you will have to do some side to side scrolling to read the main text. And a few sites can get really screwed up because of they way are layed out. Over all I'd say its not that hard to read or navigate sites, you just have to expect some side scrolling.
13. Can I browse any site?
Most but not all sites work with the web browser. Sites that are heavy on images, use Flash or Java may not work.
14. It was working before but now it is not.
Sometimes web portals will go offline. Try again later or try a different portal.
15. Are there other web portals?
Yes. Riding the Clutch (you can make and save your own links!) - set the DNS to 220.127.116.11, Game Tab - set the DNS to 18.104.22.168 and PSP Web Browser (requires registration) - set the DNS to 22.214.171.124 are a few you can also use. Search Google for "PSP portal" or "PSP web portal" for more.
16. The browser is so slow. Can I speed it up?
You can improve the speed of the browser by turning off the WLAN Power Save in the PSP's Power Save Settings menu.
17. The left side of my PSP gets warm while I'm browsing. Is this normal?
Yes. The WLAN antenna is located there and it is getting used a lot while surfing so it warms up a little.
18. Can I download files to the memory stick?
19. Does the browser save the history of sites you've visted?
Yes and no. While the PSP does keep a history during a session (links you visited will be purple) it is not carried over to the next time you use the browser (links you visited will appear blue).
20. Can I watch videos or listen to music?
No. The browser does not support streaming video or sound.
21. Can I play Flash or Java games with the browser?
You can not play Flash or normal Java based web games. There are now Java based games specifically for the PSP like PSP Tetris, PSP Pac Man and PSP Breakout that you can play using the PSP Web Browser portal (requires registration) - set the DNS to 126.96.36.199. More are sure to come.
22. Can I chat online?
Yes. Check out PSPIRC. It is linked in most PSP web portals.
23. What about AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger etc.?
For AIM try http://webaim.net/ (though it is difficult to connect). For MSN go to http://mob.e-messenger.net/mobile/. There is no Yahoo Messenger interface for the PSP yet.
WARNING: These sites are not offical AOL or MSN sites. If you use them you would be giving your account name and password to a third party. Use at your own risk!
24. Can I check my e-mail?
If you can access your e-mail through a web form you can likely access it with the PSP.
25. Can my PSP get a virus from surfing the Internet?
Not yet at least (the PSP does not run Windows). Its possible that when someone figures out how to execute files on the PSP a virus will soon follow. But for now it is nothing to worry about. You're more likely to get a virus on a Mac than the PSP.
26. Can I make my own web portal?
You can make a web portal that runs on your local network. Engadget has a how-to guide.
27. Can I surf from anywhere?
You need to be inrange of an open 802.11b wireless connection. Typical range of wireless signals is 80-100 feet (may be more or less depending on the location). You won't be able to use a wireless connection that is using WEP unless you know the WEP key.
28. What browser is Wipeout Pure using?
It is a proprietary browser made for the PSP. It is probably not the offical browser, as the browser released with the Korean PSP supports streaming video and music.
29. When will Sony release an offical browser?
Nothing has been announced at this time other than the Korean PSP browser. But Sony will very likely release a web browser in the US in the near future.
30. Will the browser come in a firmware update or on a UMD?
Since the browser for the Korean PSP release is on a UMD it is likely that it will also come on a UMD for other countries.