Hackers open PSP, Sony fights back

Sony is readying a new firmware update for the PSP to stop hackers and owners loading the portable gamer with unauthorised software.The clampdown come

Sony is readying a new firmware update for the PSP to stop hackers and owners loading the portable gamer with unauthorised software.

The clampdown comes after a group called Sonyxteam put out software earlier in the week to make the PSP easier to hack. The download works by downgrading the current 2.0 firmware to 1.5, an older version that's generally considered easier to unlock in order to add emulators, instant messager apps and other non-Sony software.

When we last looked, the downgrading software was available on at least two sites and several peer-to-peer networks. According to those who've applied the downgrade, you can later upgrade to the 2.0 firmware.

Before you rush to get a dodgy knock-off of Mario running on your PSP, bear in mind that by mucking about with unauthorised software you automatically void the handheld's warranty. If you downgrade to 1.5, you'll also lose the web browser and other features that Sony's 2.0 upgrade brought to the party.

We're waiting to hear from Sony on the timing of the new update.

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