What is it?
If you have firmware 6.60 or below, you might want to install a Custom Firmware rather than HBL.
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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 6.39. HBL allows to run emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES… and many other applications.
The Version of HBL you need to download depends on the firmware of your PSP, and is independent of the model (it works on all models, 1000, 2000, 3000, and PSP Go). Click on the firmware installed on your PSP to be redirected to the appropriate download page:
If you have a firmware below 5.03, we suggest you upgrade to 6.20 and install TN Hen.
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How to use
Check the README.txt file in the zip file
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.