Friday, May 9, 2008

Where to find PSP homebrew and emulation applications?

So, now that you know how to both prepare the homebrew applications and get them onto your PSP, all you need to do is to find some homebrew to play. A comprehensive list of the ever-changing landscape of homebrew for the PSP is beyond the scope of this hack. Such an endeavor would be an entire book of its own, and a book that probably shouldn't be written for a while longer, as the scene keeps popping up with new apps and sometimes daily improvements of existing applications.

In the meantime, let's spend some time looking at some online sites where you can grab some of the latest homebrew.

At the risk of being self-promotional, I'll first direct you to the PSP category of my blog, Sample the Web (, where I keep track of a lot of the little PSP bits that interest me. You should also check out PSP Fanboy, a PSP blog that I write for, and PSP Hacks: The Book (, a site thatas I write thisis nothing but a placeholder online, but which I intend to populate with lots of useful links and information to enhance this book. Also, make sure you check O'Reilly's web site page for this book (, as we'll be providing corrections to the book from time to time.

None of these sites, however, are hosting the various homebrew applications that you want to get your hands on. There are two places that I've found to be the best repositories for PSP homebrew. One is PSP Updates (

Unfortunately, for the most part, PSP Updates is hidden behind multiple pop-up- and pop-over-plagued pages that can be more than a bit frustrating at times. The content is both great and free, but if you don't like sites that continually bombard you with advertisements, you may want to consider signing up for a paid account with PSP Updates so that you can browse their files ad-free.

I like free, however, so I'll just continually close the ad windows and click the Skip This Ad links to get to the goods, and diligently empty my browser's cache files after I'm done.

The other, less ad-laden site is PSP-Hacks (, which has an easily accessible Homebrew Download section (, although not as comprehensive as PSP Updates' selection.

Here's a short list of other useful PSP- and homebrew-related links:

PSPworld (
PSP-vault (
PSP Garden (
PSP Spot (
PSP Hacks (
If I don't have direct links to any of the homebrew applications I list in this hack, it's because the developer doesn't have a web site of his own, and the file is found regularly updated on one of these sites. Wherever possible, however, I will link directly to the developer's site.

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