I found this while searching around IGN. Anyways, here it is:
Hi, I'm an avid reader of your site and I have recently noticed that you guys are fully against the Homebrew and Emulation scene on the PSP.
It seems that IGN.com and us.playstation.com are trying to scare people into updating their PSP's.
I'd like to clear up a few things about this matter.
For one, alot of people are saying that you can download viruses or a dump of earlier firmware with bad code that can turn your PSP into a "brick". While this is %100 true, it can only happen if you download from a non-commercial site. PSP-hacks.com, psp.com and dcemu.co.uk are guarantee'd to have quality downloads that will not harm your PSP.
Second, people saying that you NEED the update's security feature because "s" can "hack" into your PSP if you are connecting to the internet or playing a game over infrastructure. While this is also true... come on, what are you? Some kinda idiot? hacking a PSP? No one gives a F^@& about your PSP.
Corrupting your Memory Stick from swapping cards to play Homebrew and Emulators? Not anymore, a single card hack is out and it works perfectly.
The only thing I can see that is wrong with Homebrew and Emulators is the fact that you need to update for future games.
But anyways, I'm really tired of people trying to scare the PSP users into updating.
The PSP is a multi media device isn't it? Why shouldn't I use it to play emulators?
If anything, this makes people want a PSP even more, I showed my friend Super Mario Brothers 3 and he went right out and bought one. Swear to god. He lives with his parents and has a job along with a ton of money, he bought one because I showed him that.
Right now the PSP has a very narrow line up of games, I was VERY happy when I found out that I wouldn't have to rid my PSP of emulators to play it.
I know that IGN probably already knows everything I've told you in this post, but are trying to be ethical.
Using un-signed programs on your PSP is not un-ethical, it's breaking a monopoly that SONY has on the PSP, as stupid as it sounds, the PSP has a much higher potential then what SONY made it to be. It's unlocking the PSP's full potential. And just possibly, It's making the PSP sell better.
I don't care if this get's posted or not, but please at least don't simply discard my e-mail.
-- BlingShyne2 TAA
- Hoke County, NC
I agree that worried about s and viruses are unfounded -- they're not going to bother stealing your precious save files, and viruses are really rare in hardware-specific homebrew (then again, I could see an aggravated doing a fake EMU to screw kids over and weed out the leechers who ruin the homebrew scene). There are a freaking ton of PSP hack websites out there for some reason, and not all of them are as proactive as those you mention, but that's hardly an issue. You might get something bad on your PC from the ZIP or RAR if you don't know the site, however, so do watch your ass. I'll tell you this much: if something goes wrong with a file you download from any of those sites you mention, good freaking luck trying to collect on that guarantee. (And btw, who the heck on any of those sites said the word "guarantee'd"? Nobody, right? I'm not crazy, no? The first rule of Hack Club is you don't talk about Hack Club, but the second rule is that you bust it, you deal with it. Legit service or not, that comes with the territory.)
The one big problem is that homebrew and hacking opens up the PSP to burns and bootleg PSP games, and that's something that Sony can't have. They HAVE to be proactive about protecting their hardware. Having people spend time playing bootleg games on PSP does them no good either -- even if it sells a system, if you just use it to play old NES games, that's a wasted system (they lose money on hardware, or at least make very little on it, and publishers depend on the user base to buy games and keep the market alive.) You don't have to be happy about it, they're in the right to do it.
In any case, we're not exactly trying to scare people into updating -- our thing is that all these people who are in a panic about buying new software because it updates your system and makes running illegal software on it not possible...stupid! Hackers will figure out a way around, and in the meantime, you're ignoring new games just so you can play 8-bit games on your $250 new handheld. It's inevitable, if you want to keep playing new stuff on PSP, you'll need whatever update the game asks for -- at the very least, every PSP owner in the country will have to bite the bullet when GTA: Liberty City Stories rolls around.
You can either pay another $250 for a second PSP, you could go buy a PDA or a GP32 or any of a few dozen other handheld machines that are less pricey and just as apt for that function, or you could say sorry to homebrew and swim in the stream with the common people. But you can't ***** about how mean Sony is or how it has a "monopoly" over the system (sorry to use your word there -- I liked your letter, other than that), because it's their system. They made the hardware, they make the OS, they make the runtime libraries, they make the interface standards, they honor the warranties, they ensure compatibility with various versions and updates and software changes ... they're responsible for the system. And they're taking responsibility for it. Now, if you want to go out on your own and bust into it, that's your deal.
No console is open-source -- that's why we buy consoles instead of futzing around with our PCs for hours trying to get drivers to work and multitasking compatibility to stay straight. Sony does a lot to make sure you don't ever have think about your system. And nobody should fool anybody with rhetoric about "untapped potential" and "harmless old classic games" ... you knew when you bought this unit how things work with game systems by big companies, right? If there's a way to bend or break the rules and you want to make use of it, you do what you do. World keeps a'spinnin... And if Sony decides to filter out bootleg programs on the hardware it produces and maintains and provides for, the world won't stop.
Courtesy of http://psp.ign.com/mail/
There is also more talk about the homebrew scene if you visit the above address if you're more interested.