Long ago, when in the Genesis of PSPUpdates, it was known as PSPHacks, the ability to play Homebrew applications on japanese PSPs equipped with the firmware 1.0 was discovered. Therefore, Japanese PSPs were coveted as something beautiful and untouchable, and those of us stuck with American 1.5 PSPs, which had a small security fix, simply lost hope and waited for an update.
I personally didn't discover that 1.5 had been hacked until it was mentioned on the Penny Arcade news page. I flew to PSPHacks and checked it out for myself. The exploit involved a difficult memory stick swap, and after a few tries I gave up hope for the homebrew scene and moved on.
Soon after, however, a way was discovered to run homebrew on 1.5 with only one memory stick. It was as if someone up and said, "hey, why don't we put... BOTH eboots on the same memory stick?" classic.
1.5 Homebrew flourished, and all was good in the world. Noobs like myself flocked from all seventeen thousand corners of the interweb to see such a sight, to run emulators and homebrew applications on our brand new PSPs, which badly needed attention after released with a rediculous number of poor launch titles. And we basked in the glowing irony as for the first time we heard the familiar "doo doo do Do do DOO! Doot" of the original Super Mario Bros. Theme song on our SONY handheld devices. I swear I missed jumps because on occasion, the Nintendo mascot would ignore my button presses, turn to the screen, grab his crotch, and shoot me a bird. It was a beautiful thing.
Then, Sony got their panties in a bunch and released firmware 2.0, with enough features to give us a horrible choice, between a web browser and our valued homebrew. Even so, many of us simply refused to update. That is, until a worthwhile game would come along that would FORCE us to choose.
And that game came. GTA came. GTA came, and we were ready for it. GTA came and we all updated to 2.0 and moved to a NEW method of loading homebrew. Sure, it had it's limitations, but with it came a new flood of new members, coming in hordes to see the wonders of homebrew, to join us in our cause.
For the longest it seemed that homebrew would never come to anything higher than 2.0. 2.01 and above were unhackable. Just like 2.0 had once been. Oddly enough, our exploit would not be found hidden in the firmware itself, but in the very game that forced us to update.
And now, a new chapter in the story of PSP homebrew has opened up, and it appears that it may continue this way for a LONG time, as Sony may not find a way to patch up a hole, as the exploit doesn't exist in their firmware, but rather in a game put out by a company that thrives in contreversy.
Welcome, noobs! You have come here because a wonderful path has opened up before you. The path of homebrew. Many of you may have already felt the wonders of Super Nintendo emulation on your PSP. Well there is more to come. Welcome to PSP homebrew.