Tetris blocks fall through PSP firmware 2.80 crack

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James Ransom-Wiley
September 13th, 2006
In this article: 2.70, 2.71, 2.80, firmware, homebrew, Noobz, PSP, Tetris
Tetris blocks fall through PSP firmware 2.80 crack
TetrisNoobz has released Tetris, homebrewed for 2.00–2.80 PSPs. The application utilizes the libtiff exploit that was revealed just weeks ago and promptly patched with Sony's firmware 2.81 update. Despite the patch, this is considered a tremendous breakthrough for the homebrew scene and will surely be followed with more compatible releases.

For anyone interested in both commercial and homebrew development for PSP, the constant tug-of-war between Sony and the "hackers" is an ever-changing frustration. Patience has proven to be the best remedy -- wait to upgrade firmware until a must-play commercial title is released; or upgrade and wait for exploits to be found.

It's understandable that Sony's priority is to prevent commercial piracy and use of ISO loaders, but in doing so, a lot of "clean" homebrew is blocked. Imagine if Sony had catered to indie developers and homebrew enthusiasts ... if the PSP had some equivalent to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade and XNA project ... Imagine that.
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