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PSP File-sharing Explosion 'Days Away'

Posted by Xavier Ashe on June 9, 2005

The release of a utility onto the web that allows anyone with a 1.0
firmware PSP to 'dump' the data from a UMD to a memory stick is about
to trigger a PSP file-sharing explosion.

According to GamesRadar
the files are stored on the memory stick as raw ISO files. There is
currently no way of playing back such files, but hackers are hard at
work attempting to write a utility that does just that and a release
may be only days away.

If they succeed we will likely see a flood of illegally copied and distributed PSP games.

There
are, of course, several benefits to running games off a memory stick,
including improved battery life, so users of the hacks are likely to
defend themselves with the claim that they are just copying games for
their own use. Yeah right!

PSPs using the 1.5 firmware (so that's most of the US batch) can't take advantage of the dumping software.

From Sony PSP Review.

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  1. Anonymous said

    On the same thread:
    Forget Final Fantasy — the real killer app for Sony's new PlayStation Portable handheld could be a different kind of fantasy altogether. Two Japanese publishers of adult DVD video have announced plans to release a selection of their top titles on Sony's Universal Media Disc, or UMD, format, which is currently supported exclusively by the PSP, next month. These aren't shady gray-market items: The eight video discs will be officially licensed by Sony and carry the PSP logo on the package. Don't laugh. If Sony truly wants UMD to become the standard in portable media storage, adult videos could be a big help. The videos, published by hmp and Glay'z (explicit adult content), will debut next month. Prices range from 1,925 to 3,800 yen (about $18 to $35). Though other UMD videos have been region-coded, the back-of-the-package artwork for the Glay'z videos suggests that they will work in any PSP machine regardless of region.
    From Wired.

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