Can Half-byte loader run isos?
I was of course expecting it from the start, we’ve received lots of help and great feedback when we released the Half Byte Loader for Patapon, but as usual there’s also a minority of people (who tend to believe they speak for everyone) who are dissatisfied with the idea that the Half Byte loader doesn’t run isos.
The idea is floating on the internet that I am against iso loaders, and that it is why there is no iso loader available for HBL. This is wrong in many ways.
First, I am not especially against iso loaders. I am against piracy but I believe those are two separate things. The fact that they are associated together is not directly my concern. What is true though is that I don’t care about isos. Actually I don’t use my PSP to play commercial videogames, or so rarely that I’m usually fine with the UMD format. In other words, I don’t mind if people code a HEN or an ISO Loader for the patapon exploit, but I won’t work on that myself because I don’t care. So people who contact me with (generally stupid) ideas on how to load ISOs can stop right now, I don’t even read those emails.
Secondly, it is not “because wololo or m0skit0 or ab5000 are against isos on their exploit” that no iso loader is made available through the Patapon exploit. It is because it is not technically doable. Loading isos (probably) requires kernel access and the Patapon exploit is a user mode exploit. Of course, if someone wants to prove me wrong and code an iso loader in user mode, please feel free to do it, I’ll be sure to test it and confirm it.
Finally, ALL videos I’ve seen on youtube so far claiming they have a HEN or an ISO Loader running through the patapon exploit or the Half-Byte Loader are fakes. The only true publicly known (but not available) HEN for the new PSP Models that I know about is the one showcased a while ago by Davee and Team Typhoon. And as many people know, Team Typhoon took the decision to not release this HEN.
Well, the conclusion is “stop believing everything you see on youtube”. A Mobile phone can’t bake popcorns. HBL Can’t run isos.