The Sony PSP is a very popular handheld gaming device. And many people out there owning a PSP are interested in cracking their PSP. Why? Just to unleash its true power.

Before proceeding further, I would like to mention that ‘Cracking your PSP’ means ‘Installing Custom Firmware’ on your PSP. This allows you to use a lot of Hombrew Applications and Games on your PSP through the Memory Stick.

So in this post, I will let you know how to crack a PSP 1000, 2000 and 3000 model. All the models follow same procedure initially, but later change their course a bit. For your convenience and understanding, I will cover the common part first and then different parts later.

COMMON PART

This part is applicable for the PSP 1000, 2000 and 3000. This is the first stage in the process of cracking and hence applicable to all the above-mentioned PSPs. Follow these steps:

  • Make sure that you are on Official Firmware (OFW) Version 6.60.
  • If not then you should update your PSP to Original Firmware Version 6.60.
  • Check out this post to find out how you can update your PSP device.
  • Now you need to download a file named 6.60 PRO-B10.
  • Search for it on the Internet and you should be able to find it very easily.
  • This file is available as a .ZIP or .RAR file.
  • Extract the contents of the file and you should get three folders named PROUPDATE, FastRecovery and CIPL_Flasher.
  • Now connect your PSP to the computer and to your memory stick copy all the above 3 folders to PSP -> GAME folder.
  • Now disconnect your PSP from the computer and on your PSP go to GAME -> MEMORY STICK and Press X.
  • You should see the 3 files from the folders you just copied.
  • Now first run the file named PROUPDATE by pressing X.
  • On the screen that comes up, Press X and then Press X again to start the PROUPDATE.
  • Your PSP will not restart and the Custom Firmware (CFW) will be installed on it.
  • In order to check this, go to SETTINGS -> SYSTEM SETTINGS -> SYSTEM INFORMATION.
  • There in the field for System Software it should say ‘6.60 PRO-B10’.

So this means you have successfully installed CFW on your PSP.

This completes the common part of the process.

DIFFERENT PART

By following the above steps you have installed CFW on your device. But he process is not complete yet. Now depending upon the PSP model you have, it is time to finish the process accordingly. Follow the steps below depending upon your PSP model.

PSP 1000 and PSP 2000 (with Non TA-088v3 Motherboard):

  • On your PSP go to GAME -> MEMORY STICK again and Press X.
  • This time select CIPL_FLASHER and press X.
  • On the screen that follows press X again and then press O.
  • Your device should restart again.
  • Now again head to the location I mentioned above and check whether it says ‘6.60 PRO-B10’ in the field for System Software.
  • If it does, it means you have successfully cracked your PSP with Permanent CFW.

By the way, you guys do not need the FastRecovery file at all. So once you have finished the process, connect your PSP to the computer, go to your Memory Stick and delete the 3 folders that we have copied.

PSP 3000 and PSP 2000 (with TA-088v3 Motherboard):

  • On your PSP go to GAME -> MEMORY STICK again and Press X.
  • This time select FastRecovery and press X.
  • Your device should restart again.
  • You are almost done. By the way, you do not need the CIPL_FLASHER file at all.
  • So once you have finished the process, connect your PSP to the computer, go to your Memory Stick and delete the folders PROUPDATE and CIPL_FLASHER but DO NOT delete FastRecovery.

This is because the PSP 3000 and the Second Version PSP 2000 cannot be permanently cracked. Your CFW will go away once you Restart your device. Hence whenever you do restart your PSP or due to any other reason see that your CFW has been erased, you simply have to run the FastRecovery file again. Your CFW will be back.

By the way, if you have a PSP 2000 and are confused about whether your device has a TA-088v3 Motherboard or not, there are many ways to check that out but there are no guaranteed methods. In order to check whether your PSP 2000 contains a TA-088v3 Motherboard or not you should try these methods:

1. OFW Version when you bought the PSP

If you remember the OFW was present on your PSP by default when you bought it. So the next step is to check whether it is 4.01 or not. If it is, then there is a very high chance that you have this motherboard.

2. Identification Letter of your PSP

If you do have the Box of your PSP, then check for the label that has some bar codes on it and lines like these:

PSP 2000 CW

100v

G

So if you have a letter G, then again there is a high probability that you have this motherboard.

3. Date Code

Remove the Battery of your PSP and check for the Date Code on the Panel. If it says 8C or 8D then there is a very high chance of your device having this motherboard.

Anyways, if you are not able to find out what motherboard your PSP has or if you do not want to take any risks, then simply use the ‘Second Method’ where we only use the FastRecovery. That way you wont damage your device.

  • Nikgeneration

    I want captain tsubasa of ps1 for my Psp2000!!
    Do something!!!

  • damien

    hi is psp 1000 the same as psp 1004?? Thanks

  • rounak

    how can i download this software