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Noob Guide Playing Backup PSP Games


Although the PlayStation Portable was first released in 2005, it’s still a popular console among many gamers today. Gamers love the device because they can play lots of backup games, and they don’t have to worry about language compatibility, software updates or purchasing games from the official Sony PlayStation store.


One of the main reasons people prefer backup games is that you don’t have to worry about language compatibility issues. When you order you console online, you’d expect everything to be perfect, right?


Well… most suppliers will sell you a solid system, but sometimes your console’s UMD will be loaded with games in a foreign language instead of English. A lot of the time, you’ll find the games are in Japanese.


In other cases, you’ll have difficulty finding the games you want on the Sony Playstation Store. There are many instances where gamers have been frustrated when trying to access games on the store. Sometimes Sony is unable provide you with the games you want on the go, and that can be a huge problem if you don’t like waiting.

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Luckily, there is a way to work around this problem—you can find backup copies of the same games in the English Language. But it’s essential to note that most of them are patched or hacked versions. Playing these patched versions on your PSP will require some improvisation because of the restrictions enforced by Sony.



How to Play Backup Games on your PSP


The process of playing backup on your PSP isn’t that difficult, thankfully, if you follow all the right steps. Sure, there are people who don’t subscribe to the idea of using hacked games and will only buy original UMD games. But most gamers will admit to using these formats on the regular.

In the end, whether you buy original UMD or find backup or patched versions of the same game, you’ll still enjoy playing the games on your handheld device.

This guide lays down the process of playing backup games on the PSP. We hope that you’ll finally unlock the potential of your PSP with this step-by-step guide.


Step 1: Install customized firmware on your PSP


First off, you’ll have to find and then install custom firmware on your PSP model. The good thing is that a simple Google search will give you quality sources where you can find these files for free. Search for firmware according to your PSP model. For instance, if you own the PSP 2000, ensure that you install the correct custom firmware for the model.


Step 2: Download PSP Games—ISO/CSO format


After installing the required firmware on your PSP, you’ll now need to download preferred games and convert them into ISO/CSO format. Use Google to find good sites where you can download patched games. You’ll find most downloads are in .rar or .zip formats, so you’ll have to extract the files into ISO/CSO format using WinRAR.


Step 3: Copy ISO or CSO file in your PSP


Use a data cable to connect or sync your PSP to your PC. On your PSP screen, go to the Settings tab and click the USB connection option.

Your Playstation Portable (PSP) memory stick will show on your computer as a removable device.
Click the open tab on your memory stick and head straight to the ISO folder. If you can’t find an ISO folder then you have to create a new folder and name it “ISO”. Make sure the initials are written in caps.

Next, copy the downloaded game (patched) in ISO/CSO format into the ISO folder.
Disconnect your PSP device from your computer.


Step 4: Configure your PSP

Turn off your PSP by pressing the power button.

Hold down the R button to power on the device and let your PSP boot into recovery mode.
Press the configuration option and make the following modifications:

Game folder hombrew
Umd mode

Go back to the main menu and click the advanced tab before choosing the advanced configuration option the make the following changes:
Enable UMD/ISO
Disable (Execute BOOT.BIN in UMD/ISO”)

Return to main menu then select the exit tab. Your PSP will automatically reboot before restarting.


Step 5: Enjoy!

If you’ve followed the steps above, then you should be ready to enjoy your back up games on your PSP. To do so, you’ll need to head straight to the Home menu, click the Game tab and then choose the Memory Stick option. You can now play your favorite PSP game in ISO/CSO format on custom firmware.

For complete explanation check out this step-by-step tutorial:


Custom Firmware

Before you run backup games on your PSP, you’ll have to install custom firmware on your device. Custom firmware (CFW) is a vital piece of application that will not only help you play backup games, but also allow you to install non-Sony themes and emulators.

The application essentially relaxes most restrictions put in place by Sony. In short, when you install custom firmware, you are unlocking your PSP to many possibilities. This means you can run all sorts of applications (games, themes, emulators, etc.) on your PSP.

Benefits of custom firmware:

Set processor speed

With custom firmware, your games will load much faster. It’s also possible to lower the loading speed of your games if you want to conserve the life of your device battery.

Play games from your memory stick

With custom firm ware you can run games from your memory stick instead of UMD. As you already know, playing games from your UMD can be a slow and frustrating process.

Run homebrew applications

You can run various homebrew applications like emulators for Sega Genesis Sony Playstation and SNES.

Charge your PSP with USB cable

Some custom firmware will allow you to charge your PSP device on your computer using a USB cable. How cool is that?


Wrapping Up

To play backup PSP games, you first need to install custom firmware before following the steps outlined above. In a nutshell, playing backup games can unlock the potential of your PSP, as you’ll no longer be confined to playing titles only available on Sony’s Playstation Store.