Ok, let me start off saying I have read many of the FAQs and other posts, and my head is hurting from everything. They tell what to do, and many very well at that, and I know there are many options out there, but none say why or which way is better.
My PSP is v2.01 - I own all my games on disc (UMD). I hate having 10 little discs floating around, and 4 memory cards, and everything because they take up too much room, and are hard to keep track of. When I let the kids use my psp, they also have a tendency to loose things, so I let them use one game, and swap everything out for them. With having a few 4 gig memory sticks, I would like to be able to put a few games, movies, etc on one stick and not worry about them trying to swap out UMDs and loose or break stuff.
I also wanted to try and play Killzone, but it requires the upgrade to 2.8 I think, and I did not update my psp and loose the chance of playing homebrew, but I want the new features. Here is where my questions start.
I want flash to play some of the homebrew and old school style games. I like pac man and other old style games, I like the FPS stuff also, but some times I want something less stressfull. I love galaga, and other games from the Atari age. Ok, I am an old fart.
I want wifi, flash, and other features that are shown with the new versions, but the new versions do not allow homebrew without GTA and I don't own it, or care for it, so I don't want to buy it just to run an exploit. I am not rich and games are expensive.
What is the best way to still have the features of the new versions, but be able to play the homebrew games, and still be able to do everything I want?
When I downgrade to 1.5, will I loose the wifi, or other features that require higher versions? I see to use devhook to load other versions, or emulate them, but will I have all the features? Also, I have seen hacked versions of 2.71 and above, is is better to just upgrade to a custom (hacked) version? Killzone required 2.8, so the 2.71 version wouldn't work, but they have a higher one now I think also.. Stuff changes daily.
I am reading in the faq now "This is the most logical way of being able to play homebrew (rather than downgrading) because it allows you to keep all the features of your current firmware and still be able to play homebrew. "
but also read that downgrading is the only way to go.
What are the pro's and cons to the different ways, and what will let me do what I want?
Also, trying to use www on google maps, it says out of memory, but I had a fresh 4 gig stick in. Whats the story there?
What is the safest way to get everything I want? I don't want a brick either, or have to flash every time I turn the thing on. Kids can be smart, and that scares me that they can turn it on and do something stupid and brick it for me trying to play a game on it, so something with minimal steps on turning it on helps too.