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Beware of Sony PSP downgrade utilities: they'll destroy your PSP!

Hey Dave. I just upgraded from 1.5 to firmware version 2.0 on my Sony PSP device and now all the games I grabbed off the net don't work any more. That stinks. Is there a way I can roll back my unit to the 1.5 Sony PSP firmware?

First the bad news: no, as far as I am aware, there's no legitimate method of backing up a firmware version, whether you're going from 1.3 to 1.5 or 1.5 to 2.0. I'm sure that's deliberate on Sony's part with the PSP, but in general, no you can't do that.

Now the really bad news: there are some sites that are claiming that they have firmware 1.5 downgrades you can run on your Sony PSP and have it magically go back from firmware 2.0 to firmware 1.5.

Do Not Run Sony PSP Firmware Downgraders!

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