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PSP Games that block custom firmware

Sony and game publishers have started to implement a security system for PSPs that block custom firmware from within the game. They do it by checking your firmware version before booting the actual game. Currently there is no work around for this (the version.txt method doesn’t work with newer games). 5.50 GEN-B and the older 5.00 M33 simply don’t work. The only way you’ll get to play these games are to upgrade to the latest official firmware.

With this kind of DRM getting rolled out, the PSP Go is starting to look very attractive.

Here’s a list of PSP Games that block custom firmware

  • DJ Max Portable: Clazziquai Edition
  • DJ Max Portable: Black Square
  • Pangya (K)
  • Idolmaster SP (Missing Moon, Perfect Sun, and Wandering Star) (J)
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable (J)
  • Evangelion Jo (J)
  • Armored Core 3 Portable (J)
  • Shinseiki Evangelion: Battle Orchestra Portable (J)
  • Musou Orochi: Maou Sairin Enhanced Version (CH)
  • Tales of VS. (J)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (U)

Games with specific firmware requirement:
Important Note: Most of these games will work with 5.00 M33, 5.50 MHU, 5.50 GEN-A, 5.50 GEN-B, 5.03 GEN-A and 5.03 MHU if you use the Game Decrypter.

  • Madden 2010 : requires 5.50 (solution- install 5.50 GEN-B)
  • Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny : requires 5.50 (download the hacked version of the game)
  • Need For Speed Shift [USA]
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Dirt 2 [EUR] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • MotorStorm Arctic Edge [EUR] ‘English Only’ : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Rugby League Challenge [EUR] ‘English Only’ : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • AFL Challenge [EUR] ‘English Only’ : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Fate Unlimited Codes [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy [EUR] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • IL 2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey [EUR] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Mawaskes [EUR] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Samurai Dou 2 Portable [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Simple 2500 Series Portable Vol 12 The Hohei 2 [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Yamamura Misa Suspense Kyoto Kurama Sansou Satsuji n Jiken [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Warriors Orochi 2 [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Soul Calibur Broken Destiny [EUR] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Tenchu San Portable [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Soul Calibur Broken Destiny [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Saikyou Toudai Shougi Deluxe [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Konjiki no Corda 2 Forte Encore [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Ookami Kakushi [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Guitarway To Heaven 5 Superstar : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Hannah Montana: Rock Out the Show [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Tales of VS [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • G I Joe The Rise of Cobra [USA] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Armored Core 3 Portable [JPN] : requires 5.55 (No work around yet)
  • Blazing Soul Accelate [JPN]: requires 5.55 (No work around yet)

I’ll update the list once more information rolls in.

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