PS3 Backwards Compatibility Checker Online and more!
NOTE: The PSP news has been updated, be sure to click Read More... for the latest PSP news below!
Update: PSP Firmware v3.00 is officially released offering Remote Play, Video Compatibility, and PlayStation Games via emulation (3.00 Firmware Manual), and currently available via Network Update (JAP 3.00 PBP File Update). It's already confirmed able to be dumped (via PSAR Dumper v0.2B 3.00 FW Mod For PSP or PSAR Dumper v0.2B 3.00 FW Mod For 2.71 SE-B3 For PSP), however, once extracted the decryption keys have changed. The File System on Flash0 was changed- currently the Flash0 FAT12 table is inaccessible, and new modules worth mentioning are pops.prx and popsman.prx which likely deal with the PS1 emulator. Use our PSP Firmware v3.00 officially released! Forum thread for discussion, and more to come soon... for now it's NOT recommended to update to it if you wish to run PSP homebrew and iSO images. The following changes are noted:
* Revisions to strengthen security have been added.
* PLAYSTATION(R)Network titles are now supported under [Games].
* [Remote Play] has been added as a feature under [Network].
* [Online Instruction Manuals] has been added as a feature under [Network].
* Timed recording has been added as a feature under [RSS Channel].
* A visual player has been added as a feature under [Music].
* 3-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature under [Music].
* [Camera] has been added as a feature under [Photo].
* [UMD(TM) Auto-Start] has been added as a feature in [System Settings] under [Settings].
$ony has now added a PS3 backwards compatiblity to PlayStation.com which will check both PS1 and PS2 titles. All you have to do is enter the title of the game and it will let you know the game's compatibility status. Most PS1/PS2 games will display "No major problems for this title" if there are no known issues with them.
For prospective developers, the http://ftp.linux.org.uk/pub/linux/Sony-PS3/ are now available and contain all of the various kernel patches, tools, and documentation made available by Sony for adapting Linux distributions. Also, http://www.powerdeveloper.org/playstation.php provides kernel patches, documentation, and Cell programming examples downloadable separately.
http://www.bsc.es/projects/deepcomputing/linuxoncell/ provides the Cell SDK for those interested, as well as the http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/cellsw/ which offers even more documentation for the Cell SDK.
In related news, the following popular Linux distributions have support for PowerPC targets and may be adapted to run on PS3 by those with strong knowledge of Linux systems: http://www.ubuntu.com/, http://www.debian.org/, http://fedora.redhat.com/, and http://overlays.gentoo.org/dev/lu_zero/ (preliminary PS3 overlay).
Finally, our affiliates at http://www.progamer.cc are offering a FREE service for those seeking to Buy/Sell PS3 consoles! Only unopenedPS3 consoles will be accepted, and they take NO responsibility for the transaction... they are simply offering a means for those interested to list theirs. Sellers must include Photos, Country, E-Mail, Price, Location Where Bought And When, etc and http://www.progamer.cc/ViewProduct.asp?ID=98 is an example of one lady who has done it already. Enjoy!
Next up, kid101skater has released DeviantFlasher With 2.8 FW Support For PSP today, which now supports PSP 1.50, 2.71SE, and 2.80 for those interested! This application will simply flash the desired files if they are on the root of your MemoryStick, so be cautious when using this utility.