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					?PSP game downloads have swept across the PlayStation community like a storm in
the past couple of years. Sony Playstation portable units have been faithful
companions to so many kids and teenagers of today. In terms of popularity, it is
almost synonymous to games, just like music is to iPod. But before you start to
download games for your PSP unit, there are some things you need to know about
playing those PSP game downloads.

Our computers run on an operating system, ie Windows or Mac. Unlike PCs, our PSP
units run on PSP firmware. This is the core operating system of the PSP that gives
your PSP the ability to play games, video and audio. The firmware is installed in the
flash disk of your console. Sony would occasionally release new versions of firmware
to add more functionally to your console or to troubleshoot some bugs that are
inherent in older versions.

However, you may not be aware that only the older versions of PSP firmware such as
version 1.00 and 1.50 can allow you to play PSP game downloads. How do you check
out your PSP's firmware version? Simply take a look at the system software
information in the system settings menu. Newer versions come with firmware
versions higher than 2.00. If you just bought a new PSP, then there is no need to check
if it supports the PSP game downloads.

This feature is a security-protection feature to prevent any user from running
unauthorized software on their PSPs. While it does have its merits in expanding the
functionality of your PSP, it can be crippling if you plan to play some older console
games such as Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Sega Genesis games or PSP game
downloads. You may not be aware also that Sony only allows you to upgrade your
firmware to higher versions. You cannot reverse the process once you upgraded your
PSP. This inability sounds more like a double-edged sword to a lot of people.

Some software designers have been working hard behind the scenes for years before
they came up with ingenious ways to overcome this problem. The solution is in the
form of PSP emulators. PSP emulators are software that can read and run game
programs that operate on a different architecture, ie console unit such as Nintendo.
There are so many emulators out there, free or paid version that can easily "convert"
your PSP to play any kind of console game and PSP game downloads, new and old,
proprietary or non-proprietary.

Did you know that there are now many PSP game downloads sites that offer you
lifetime access to their huge vaults of PSP games, music, movies, software, etc? Learn
more from my blog on how you can join the millions of online users who are
downloading PSP games right at this moment as you read this article, without having
to spend more than the cost of a pizza meal for the family.

The content of this article is provided for the purpose of education and illustration
only and is in no way associated with Sony, PlayStation, or any company or
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