Sony sells its PSP with built-in software, known as firmware, which controls how the console operates.
The firmware locks many of the PSP’s capabilities, preventing enthusiasts from writing their own programs, known as homebrew, and running them on the machine.
It also limits its ability to play some films which are not bought on special Sony PSP disks.
But last month three hacker teams – Noobz, Team C+D, and a group led by PSP hacker Dark Alex – co-ordinating their efforts over the internet, found a flaw in the most recently released version of the firmware – version 3.03.
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Using this flaw they devised a way to unlock all PSPs, regardless of their age or the firmware running on it.
This is a ridiculous cat-and-mouse game that’s been going on since the PSP was first released.
Sony, once the PSP is in users hands, it’s up to them to decide what they want to do with it — not you!
How much manpower have you devoted to thwarting everyone’s legitimate enjoyment of their legally-purchased device?
You keep losing — and you will continue to lose.
Give it up.