Update #3: It appears mainstream Press (including Reuters UK, Reuters US, and SlashDot) caught wind of the news we posted on Paradox, however, we would like to clarify that Paradox isn't a "member" of our Web site nor affiliated with us in ANY way. We simply reported the NEWS, as we are a game development news site only. However, should the Press wish to amend their news posts, the correct URL for the Paradox group Web site is www.Paradogs.com. We have enjoyed the traffic though, so THANKS!
Update #2: We now have public confirmation that the v1.00 firmware method DOES work, with the release of the 100% LEGAL "homebrew" Hello World, PSP! EBOOT.PBP file by NEM / SAMPU-SYOKUNIN. Additional pictures of Hello World, PSP! are available by clicking HERE under "Attached Images" near the bottom.
Interestingly, this EBOOT.PBP wasn't put together with the recently-released ELF2PBP command line tool nor the the previously-released PBP Unpacker v0.50. The source code is now available, complete with his outpatch.exe which is a tool used for patching ELF files generated by GCC/ld to make them a PSP ELF! To quote from the author:
Update #1: We had initially posted simple FILELIST.TXT files generated with the popular IsoBuster utility, however, we have now removed these lists from our Web site until further notice although they contained no (c) data of any kind. I believe this decision came after we received word that even Taiwan and Australian News is carrying the story with our URL referenced, among thousands of other News sites around the globe. Basically, we do not wish to take any risks with jeopardizing our Web site even though we have yet to receive any word to remove the file text lists.
We'll update this post shortly with further details, but we have confirmed the World's first PSP releases are in circulation now... done by none other than the GODs @ Paradox! Titles released thus far include Vampire Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (JAP), Ridge Racers (JAP), and Wipeout: Pure (USA). To quote from the NFO files:
Feel free to discuss the releases in THIS thread of our PSP Chat Forum!