PSP Custom Firmware for dummies

You got a new PSP, you want to run homebrews and backups, but you’re lost with all the terms CFW, HEN, M33, Pro CFW… or you’re simply looking for a quick and easy guide to get the best solution for your PSP? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This guide is an all-in-one guide to installing the appropriate Custom Firmware on your console, just follow my lead.

Let’s start with the basics, What’s your PSP model?

  1. I have a PSP 1000 (Phat)
  2. I have a PSP 2000 (Slim)
  3. I have a PSP 3000 (Brite)
  4. I have a PSP Go
  5. I have a PSP E1000 (PSP Street, Europe only)

237 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    Hi sony psp website says i need a Memory Stick Duo™ media with at least 28 MB of free space, I got a 32 MB with 30.8 MB of free space but the EBOOT.PBP is larger than this and I cannot transfer the file into the memory stick…any sugestion? thanks!

  2. Shodan says:

    PCH-1004 model belongs to PSP-1000?

  3. Maaz Asif says:

    Um can we install a CFW or something that lets my play ISOs on a PSP 1003 ????

  4. Maaz Asif says:

    Um can we install a CFW or something that lets me play ISOs on a PSP 1003 ????

  5. Jack says:

    Will this work with PPSSPP from these’s guys?

    If not i don’t mind waiting and ect; VC3 should be here in West. It might get release someday maybe.

  6. Hi sir.
    I have psp 2000.I download 6.60 pro c2.when I uptade 6.60 pro c2 then my psp 2000 is switch off (means my psp on but it’s off )please sir help me…..

  7. Remy Renard says:

    ThanQ, thanQ, thanQ!! I’ve been looking for something like this 4 a while now. I’m running it on a psp-2004. Excellent, Superb!!

  8. DarkSysop says:

    I just purchased a PSP 1001 off ebay. Brand new been in storage for years. It’s mint and awesome. Has System Software 3.30. How should I install CFW on this? Thanks.

  9. EliasGee says:

    Guys i got a problem. I have a 1004 Phat PSP, I successfully flashed temp cfw (pro-c3) but my settings aren’t working. I mean I can’t access any of the settings, just freezes and restarts. Any suggestions?

  10. Luis E says:

    Can I get a Super Nintendo or Nintendo emulator to play NES and SNES ROMs? Also, I’m making a game of Super Mario World 2, and one of my friends said he wanted to sell me his PSP. Will I be able to test my game on it?

    • Luis E says:

      I don’t know what model it is though, but I asked at Best Buy where I work, and they said playing ROMs on a PSP was not possible.

      • Dragar says:

        The guys at best buy obviously don’t know anything, after installing cfw go to the “All Emulators for your PSP/Vita” section at the top of this blog and you will find all the emulators you need. Snes emulator works really well on psp.

  11. lalit says:

    hey my psp is E1004. so does it come under psp1000 or something else.??

  12. lalit says:

    hey my psp says E1004. so does it come under psp1000 o something else

    • Alan says:

      I remember seeing a cfw for that, just google it, cfw for psp E1000. Something like that.

  13. Flávio says:


    For those who are looking which version are the limited editions (200x only), I’ve found this (it is a bit old):

    Limited Edition & New Boxstyle:
    Star Wars Limited Edition (TA-085)(CONFIRMED)
    Simpsons Limited Edition (TA-085)(CONFIRMED)
    Daxter Limited Edition Pack (TA-85v2/3.80 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    God of War Limited Edition Pack (TA-88v2/3.95 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    Madden 09 Limited Edition Pack (TA-88v2/3.95 OFW & TA-88v3/4.01 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    Piano Black with the New Box Style (TA-88v3)(UNCONFIRMED)
    Piano Black ( CONFIRMED)


  14. Adrian says:

    I have a psp 3001 will this work for me?

  15. Iswara says:

    i have psp 2000 with cfw 5.50 Prome-4
    should i just update it to 6.60?
    sorry i haven’t got a clue about updating psp cfw

  16. lollypop says:

    still to this day the pro series
    the pro cfw stays till this day
    not an option u can try

  17. LEONARD says:

    my problem is with the download itself, it shows up on my vista laptop as one of those unrecognized files and the computers prompts me to look for file to open it. Any suggestions?

  18. Slain says:

    My psp 04g is on 6.20 b10 permanent hack, is there a way to revert back to ofw 6.20 or higher?

  19. daimon says:

    does this work for ps vita 3.30?

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  21. jesus14 says:

    I have a psp 3001 my system software is 6.61 how can i downgrade it. my psp cant read the games. but read the memory. please help.. im a newbie here..

  22. t3st3r says:

    which PSP version would you recommend for playing N64 games?

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  24. Rick says:

    My PSP is a 2000 and has 6.61 I have no clue about the MB, can it be loaded with custom firmware? And if so how?

  25. notignorant says:

    all of you should have got the latest psp version before you got the custom firm ware

  26. maddogrd says:

    I have a problem when i install custom firmware on my psp the attery icon dissapears and videos won’t play. Can anyone help?

  27. Ju Ju says:

    hi,my psp3001 is from its ver5.10 ofw.i want to install custom fw in order to play games’via memory card.which cfw version is most safe and comparable.please reply me

  28. Charlie Whitby says:

    Hello i just got a psp 2003 6.60 and i followed all the instructions but when i try to activate the cfw on my memory stick the “files” are currpted pls help

  29. pope says:

    I have a Psp 1000 the screen goes off when I press the home button but the game still stays on. green light and sound still on. all the button freezes when I put it back on except the volume buttons. please I need help

  30. marcel says:

    Hi. I have an original psp fat. it is modded so software ver. 3.80 M-33-5. (i am not too tech savvy btw). I have some ps one originals and psp games that I got on my ps3 through the ps store. My question is, if I do the firmware update required to transfer the games from my ps3 to my psp will that make me lose my mods? I have various emulators and roms that I wouldn’t want to lose.

  31. psp man says:

    lift the battery it will also tell you the model number

  32. kells yaboy says:

    hey, i changed a file in flash 0 on my psp3001. it rebooted and now it turns on and freezes on intro screen. how can i fix this?

  33. Stinky says:

    Hey guys. I’ve just got a used japanese psp-1000 running 5.50 prome 4. Is there any safe way for me to install the latest ofw ? I’d appreciate any help. I read that you have to change something in the .txt file but I literally know nothing about this lol.

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