What is it?
This page is for the “XMB” version of HBL, a version of Half-Byte Loader that runs without the need for any “exploit” or “hack”.
This page is the official Download page for Half-Byte Loader. If you have questions please check the FAQ. For the latest news about Half Byte Loader, check the HBL Category on this blog.
Half-Byte Loader (HBL) is an open source Homebrew Loader for the Sony PSP. It allows to play fan-made games on any PSP up to firmware 6.37 included. HBL allows to run emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES… and many other applications.
Important, if you have firmware 6.60, please check HBL for 6.60 Instead.
On this page you will find my own works related to the HBL: downloads for the latest version, and other cool stuff.
Latest stable release. Fast and reliable, this is the version I currently recommend. We don’t accept bug reports for this version!
Development version of the HBL. We only accept bug reports for this version
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Nothing here yet, but for history reasons you might want to have a look at previous versions of HBL that ran on other exploits: the Patapon2 Demo, the hot shots golf games, and the Minna no Sukkiri Demo.
How to use
Unzip the archive at the root of your psp and run from th XMB. Check the README file of the archive for more info
HBL is a work in progress and sometimes it might fail to load your favorite homebrew. However we believe it is harmless for your PSP and I personally test my work on several PSPs before releasing it. We are also confident that this program cannot “brick” your psp and it will not void your Sony Warranty.
HBL is open source, the compiled versions I provide are a compiled version of the sources available freely here
If you have questions/issues please go to the official forums
Want to Help?
HBL is a work in progress and we need your help. Bug reports, test reports, and code patches are welcome. I also accept donations if you want to support my releases.