Pro CFW Popsloader support: play all PS1 games on your PSP!

On top of releasing version B7 of their Custom Firmware a few weeks ago (I didn’t post about that, apologies), Coldbird and Virtuous Flame have been actively working on additional features for pro CFW. One of these, officially released yesterday, is the support of popsloader, added as an independant project by Virtuous Flame.

What is this?

People who have been on the scene for a while know about popsloader, a heavy modification of Sony’s PS1 emulator that allows us to run PS1 backups on our PSPs (yes, once again, you can run more legal content on a hacked psp than on an official one, since Sony doesn’t provide a way for PS1 game owners to play their own games on the psp without buying them a second time… and even if you’re willing to do that, the PSN Store doesn’t have all the ps1 games).

The popsloader tool had been somewhat discontinued when its creator, Dark-Alex, left the psp scene a few years ago. Other CFWs have attempted to maintain it, but compatibilty was somewhat random depending on your system. What Virtuous Flame offers here is a popsloader plugin that is compatible with all versions of the Sony emulator, to guarantee maximum compability.

For legal reasons the installation is a bit tedious, as you have to grab a few (decrypted) files from the official Sony updates, but the readme included in the archive should be good enough :)

You’ll probably need the latest CFW pro nightly build to get this to work, as some people have reported problems with pro B7.

Here’s a video showing the popsloader working on a psp go, thanks to user Bmakk205:

What you’ll need

Following this tutorial by user kakarotto (unrelated to dev kakaroto!) on our forums seems like the easiest way to install this for now. Be aware that people who pretend to have a full working pack are either distributing viruses, or copyrighted files, which is illegal.

Source: Coldbird, google cde project

  1. procfwtester’s avatar

    Works great!

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  2. Shinny’s avatar

    the guy who made this video is russian or ukrainian… zdarova zemlyak… <– (ukrainian).. but whats the point of this plugin… since all hens and cfw run ps one these days…

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Much more compatibility is how I understand it

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      1. Shinny’s avatar

        that was fast… yeah i think so… but one more thing.. will my FF IX stop crashing… any ideas?

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        1. shortboy’s avatar

          People were big on popsloader in the early days because for whatever reason, certain games worked best on certain firmwares. What popsloader does is enables you to change the PSP into thinking it’s on a certain firmware for said game.

          Example. When I played Chrono Cross I played the game across at least 7 different firmwares.

          During early firmwares, were you able to play up to and past the first boss.
          When you got to a certain part of the game, the game would just crash (it’d also crash if you looked at the character model within the status)

          A few firmwares later you were able to finally get past that initial crash. BUT, the new gamers, they were no longer able to even get past the first boss. So in order to do that you had to use popsloader to “change” the firmware back to an earlier one.

          I don’t know what the compatibility for Chrono Cross is now but that was from my experience. I have been able to beat it on PSP, though, so yay.

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    2. Dalton_Corazon’s avatar

      What I see in the gameboot screen in PSX. The flag resembled Philippines flag, I guess its a filipino who made that video. And yeah, more PSX games will be played long live PSP

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  3. StriderHien’s avatar

    umm ok but i still don’t understand how to make multiple cd eboots for my FF8 and legend of dragoon

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    1. shortboy’s avatar

      You’ll need a PS1 eboot maker that supports multi CD creation. I can’t tell you of an easy one right now because I always ran mine through command/ms-dos/how DarK_Alex first presented it.

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      1. StriderHien’s avatar

        i had found one but it crashes when converting the game T_T

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  4. Enigma’s avatar

    A bit off topic, but anyone know how that guy got the PS controller, and the battery life different on his Dayviewer? Any info would help, thanks!

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  5. Shinny’s avatar

    looks like people stop visiting wololo.net….
    ahh remember the good old HBL era… yeah it was interesting to sit here…

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      A large part of the audience moved to the forums at /talk, but the blog still gets roughly as much attention as it got during the HBL era :)

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      1. Shinny’s avatar

        i cant disagree whit you.. ahhh i remember… good old HBL is still runing on my PSP GO.. hell yeah pata pata pon =)

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  6. jake316’s avatar

    thanks guys!

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  7. flim’s avatar

    is this only pro compatible?

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    1. Jesus²’s avatar

      I say, yes TN basically left the PSP scene and if your on an old 5.XX CFW best to update :)

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      1. Jesus²’s avatar

        Or switch :)

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  8. cv-’s avatar

    is it worth it to upgrade from the old TN-HEN(D? E? i forgot but its the latest one) to one of the pros? i mean what does it offer that the tnhen doesn’t?

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  9. dan’s avatar

    lol, i finally get popsloader working and i still cant play harry potter and the scorcerors stone… any ideas? thanks in advance

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    1. Macko’s avatar

      I did with 6.39 pops xDD at laaaaaaaast *-* I wanted to play this SO much xD

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  10. dan’s avatar

    i tried the pops 4.01 like the compatibility list said, but no luck

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  11. dan’s avatar

    im guessing since i have a 3000 4g im doomed to remain harry poterless…

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    1. Shinny’s avatar

      actualy u can download a psn version of the game from some torrent.. it worked for me =)))

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  12. Shinny’s avatar

    here u have the link to all psn converted games for psp
    http://bitsnoop.com/psx-psp-psn-collection-q18134283.html

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  13. dan’s avatar

    XD thank you!

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  14. dan’s avatar

    i know this really off topic, but would it be at all possible to port the first deus ex game to psp? or play it thrugh some kind of emulator?

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  15. dan’s avatar

    lol way too big of a download

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  16. dan’s avatar

    in awe of the harry pottery goodness, playing ss and cos on the go
    thanks for your help guys

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  17. khairy’s avatar

    EY, guys i got a few questions, why my psp can’t read the cso file even i already had a CFW PRO-B9 on my PSP 300,

    pllssss need some help here,.

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  18. TriKdOut’s avatar

    This is one of the reasons why i installed CFW on my PSP a month after i bought it.

    Dang, that MK4 isnt working for me! :p

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  19. bac401’s avatar

    does it work with half byte loader

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      No. Install Pro CFW and you shouldn’t need HBL anymore, at least for most use cases.

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