I was lucky enough to buy a PSP back when they were ridiculously easy to downgrade and hack, though I hear it’s still possible even with newer firmware versions. I’ve helped a few friends downgrade and install after-market firmware, and it’s pretty safe and definitely worth the effort.
I thought I’d compile a list of some of the best things to do with a hacked PSP, in no particular order:
- Play Playstation 1 games. Yup, full PSX games running smoothly on the PSP. Tons of games are supported. Personally, I’ve tried Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy 7.
- Play SNES games. This was the first emulator I put on my PSP, and it runs flawlessly. I played all the way through Super Metroid with no trouble.
- Read books. I read a PDF of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on my PSP (first time I’d ever read it… great book). The text was readable and bright, and the scrolling was mostly painless.
- Play DOOM. I tried this a while ago, and it ran fairly smoothly with no major problems. New versions have been released since then, so I might try again soon.
Feel free to share your own experiences with PSP homebrew.