Famous scene hacker Coldbird, one of the core developers of the Pro CFW, announced a few weeks ago on the prometheus forums that the “online” feature of Pro Online might become available to Phat (PSP 1000) models, after he discovered a new way to get 4MB extra ram available on the PSP.
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Some of you might think this is old news, having seen Pro CFW C released a long time ago on other websites. This is not. Yesterday, Pro CFW C “fix 3″ was added to the official list of downloads on their google code page. This is in my opinion the first really stable release of Pro CFW C, and this is why I am updating our download page only today.
From what I heard, people are somewhat scared about making the move to Prometheus and it’s online service due to my (excuse this please) badly chosen terminology inside of PROCFW and lack of comparisons to alternatives like Xlink Kai or Adhoc Party.
In response to this I felt like giving you guys a… bit more technical insight into the inner workings of Prometheus, what the used terms mean and how the whole functionality (or lack of therefore) comes to be.
I will also cover the crucial differences between Xlink Kai, Prometheus and Adhoc Party.
When Sony’s PSP first appeared on TV ads prior to its launch, it was advertised as a online gaming device that would bring people together.
… who would have thought that Sony’s interpretation of online gaming device means less than 10 online playable games in its whole lifetime… (talking about fail product placement here)
To bring that bit of extra fun that online gaming is to more titles… Team PRO has built the scene a own alternative online gaming network, with a tiny bit more than just 10 supported titles.
It goes by the name of Prometheus, is funded by linkbucks ads as well as community donations, and promises to blow new life into your old games. Read the rest of this entry »
My guide to help people install a CFW, “CFW For Dummies“, was in need of a major cleanup and an update. It was still mentioning TN Hen, and firmware 6.37 was the latest supported one…
I basically decided to simplify it to the max: To me now the Pandora technique for hackable motherboards has actually become much cumbersome than simply upgrading to 6.60 and installing Pro CFW. I’m also only vaguely mentioning the permanent version on 6.20, or the CIPL Flasher for people who want to dig deeper. So, in other words, the guide might not be giving the “optimal” setup for some models, but it’s by far the simplest installation technique, which I think is what people are looking for. The drawbacks of not having a permanent CFW are now minimal in my opinion, and people who installed Pro CFW can still make it permanent any time once they get more knowledgeable on the subject.
In other words, if you have friends who are wondering how to install a CFW on their PSP, CFW For Dummies is the guide they should read!
There’s one thing me and the mods at wololo.net don’t like, it’s fakers, people who pretend to be hackers, but are just tricking gullible people.
There’s one thing we hate even more, it’s GPL infringement.
As I mentioned yesterday, developer VF was hard at work to port the kernel exploit used in some1′s downgrader into pro CFW, to give the CFW experience back to 6.60 users. Less than 2 weeks after the official Sony release, we have a compatible LCFW, I think the scene is breaking a record here.
So yeah, that’s it, you can safely update to 6.60 now, and install Pro CFW on it. 6.20, 6.35, and 6.39 users haven’t been forgotten, Pro CFW is still compatible with these firmwares, and adds a bunch of bug fixes, as well as my personal favorite: UMD video support on the PSP Go (obviously, we’re talking of iso images here…).
This one went a bit under the radar, but our friends at psp-hacks.com had a special additional prize for the best homebrew as voted by their forum members. Without much surprise, Pro CFW got the most votes in the poll, and our friends Coldbird and Virtuous Flame are getting a PSP Go and 50$, on top of the previous prizes they already got for their various awards in the psp genesis competition.
The last prize to be awarded in the genesis competition is from xtreamlua.com, which will go to the best Lua homebrew.
Virtuous Flame is the main man behind this new release of cfw pro, the open source Custom Firmware compatible with all PSP models.
The main feature of this new revision is the integration of popsloader directly in the CFW, which allows you to play PS1 backups from your PSP Read the rest of this entry »
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.
CFW 4 Dummies is my ultimate guide for Downgrading/installing Custom Firmwares or Hen on your PSP. It is designed to be as simple as possible while being complete. Given the insane amount of possibilities for PSP owners to install CFW on their machine, I tried to be as straightforward as possible, while precisely describing what each step is doing.
Unlike most guides, I don’t give you a huge post to read, with all use cases, but instead guide you in the process, with a series of questions about your PSP model/firmware and what you plan to do with it. I believe it is quite accessible for newbies, and I do take comments into account. I also try to keep it up to date with the simplest and most mainstream solutions for each situation.
This update adds the latest Pro CFW 6.35 version (I know, it’s about time…), as well as the latest downgrader info for firmwares 6.37/6.38/6.39
Your feedback is appreciated as usual, and it is also time for me to ask a hard question: Are people still using TN Hen? I am currently maintaining my guide with both 6.20 TN Hen, and 6.35 Pro CFW, but merging all of this into one single solution will definitely help… So, which Hen are you guys using?
Update: this has been confirmed by many trusted sources to be real and working. We also confirmed that this entry is accepted in the Genesis competition
I usually test those things before blogging about it, but this is huge news, some1 is a respected dev, people have reported success with it, and I’m stuck at work with my pspgo without the stupid proprietary cable. So I can’t test it right now, but I’ll report it anyways.
Coldbird and Virtuous Flame announced a while ago that the next version of their CFW would be part of the genesis competition, and here they are, with CFW Pro B4, a new version packed with features.
One of the things that will probably get the most attention is that CFW Pro is now compatible not only with Firmware 6.35, but also with firmware 6.20 (separate download), a feature that was announced as a “big surprise” in an interview here on wololo.net. Not only that, but the 6.20 package actually has 2 versions, one being a regular HEN/LCFW, the other one being a permanent CFW (Permanent patch is not possible on 6.35 for now). This gives even more choice to all the people who were staying on 6.20 to benefit from TN’s Hen. It is now possible to use both TN’s Hen or CFW PRo on 6.20. A way for the two coders to let you try their work, and decide if you want to upgrade to 6.35.
There’s lots of stuff to be said about this new update, but I’ll simply quote Coldbird here:
Sony has always been trying to put a lock on our consoles, preventing us from using the full abilities of the devices we bought, well… if something’s locked then you just need the key, right?
Welcome to the World of PRO Custom Firmware, your handy gadget firmware for PSP Jailbreaking!
We’re proud to be the most compatible Aftermarket Custom Firmware out in the scene, providing support for all PSP hardware revisions currently available for sale.
PRO Custom Firmware is available in three different variations, providing you with bleeding edge entertainment.
- Dump UMD Images to ISO
- Dump PSN-Bought Titles to ISO (using NPDecryptor)
- Dump PSN-Classic Decryption Keys
- version.txt FW-Revision Fake Support
- Supports new firmware Titles
- PSN Support
- ISO / CSO Playback Support
- PSN Classic Sharing Support (Decryption Keydump required)
- Custom PSX EBOOT Playback Support
- Permanent Bootloader Support (on 6.20 version)
- Recovery Menu Support
- XMB Satellite Support
- Overclocking Support (including WLAN fix)
- High Memory Unlock Support (for 2g+ models, including 5g pause game fix)
- Plugin Support
- NID Resolving Support (1.XX, 3.XX, 5.XX, 6.XX)
- Homebrew Playback Support
- Multiple ISO Drivers (M33, Inferno, NP9660)
- Registry Hack Support (Unlock WMA, Unlock Flash Player, X/O Button Swap)
- PRO NoDRM Engine (use decrypted DLCs for your games)
- 5g IoPath Fixer (to improve compatiblity to old plugins on PSP Go)
- Region Fake Support
- MAC Address Hider
- Gameboot Skip Support
- Bootlogo Skip Support
- USB FlashProtect Support
- EBOOT Picture Hider (decreases loading time of EBOOT thumbnails)
- 5g Savestate Anti-Delete Feature (prevents savegame deletion on game resume on PSP Go)
- USB Battery Charging Support (for 2g+ models)
- Added 6.20 OFW Kernel Support
- Added 6.20 Type 2 PRX Permanent Bootloader
- Improved NID Resolver (Including 6.20 <-> 6.35 NIDs)
- Improved Game Compatiblity via Anti-NBGI Fixes
- Added Inferno OSS ISO Driver (Improves Compatiblity and Speed)
- Fixed BGM Playback Bug in Recovery Menu
- Improved Satellite Permission Detection
- Fixed Skype Crash Bugs
- Added Custom PSX Manual Support
- Added version.txt Display Support
- Added Parental Level Check for ISO / CSO
- Some small fixes we probably forgot about…
Informations for Permanent Flash Users (6.20 only!!)
- Pressing R while booting loads the recovery.
- Pressing Select while booting loads OFW.
- When applying the Permanent Patch, choose X on first question and O on second to install, two times X only tests whether your device is compatible with our Permanent Bootloader.
- Should you manage to brick yourself, try pressing ?O+X+Select+Start while turning your PSP on. It will trigger a emergency uninstall.
Model Generation Compatiblity
- 6.20 Version works for 1g, 2g, 3g, 4g and 5g models.
- 6.35 Version works on all models up to 9g.
CFW Pro B4 for Firmware 6.20 can also be downloaded on Coldbird’s homepage (or alternate link here). This version contains both the regular LCFW as well as the “permanent patch” version. I personally haven’t tried the Permanent version, and I do not recommend it unless proven that it really has benefits over the LCFW version.
There are lots of things to be said about this new release, I’m sure many of you will be testing and enjoying it, so feel free to give your feedback in this entry’s official thread here