Sony PSP CFW : Getting purchased Final Fantasy VII from PSN Store working on CFW 5.00x

   Posted June 2, 2009 by Jimmy Selix in Games

This recipe explains how to spoof your CFW PSP’s version.txt file to allow you to play games requiring a newer firmware version. This also lets you your purchased Final Fantasy VII from the PSN store on a CFW 5.00 M33-2 PSP.

This recipe is for you PSP users out there.  During this year’s E3 announcements, Sony and Square Enix re-released the official PSone classic Final Fantasy VII on their PSN store.

However, in order to play the purchased Finaly Fantasy VII from the PSN store is by having official PSP firmware 5.50.

For us long time CFW users, updating to a non-CFW seems like a huge sacrifice.  Lets avoid that!
Starting with CFW versions 5.00; Dark Alex included a version.txt plugin that allows you to ‘spoof’ your PSPs firmware version to games.

Some newer games of course require more than just a version check, the new firmwares may contain updated api libraries, things that can’t be spoofed, etc and this may not work with.

HOWEVER, PSone classics should not be a problem since its functionality most likely is a given and for the most part is in its final state/version.

How to spoof your CFW PSP 5.00 M-xx version to a PSP 5.50:


  • PSP w/CFW 5.00 M33-2 (dark alex 5.00 M33-2 variant tested/working)
  • Final Fantasy VII purchased from PSN
  • PS3 (Optional, i downloaded it to my ps3 and then to psp from ps3)
  • PC and usb cable

1. Boot your PSP and hold the R trigger.  This boots you to your CFW recovery menu. It will look like this:


M33 Recovery Menu
Main menu

Toggle USB
Configuration ->

Advanced ->
CPU Speed ->

Plugins ->

Registry hacks ->



2. Go to Configuration

3. Then go to XMB USB Device (currently: Memory Stick) and hit X until it shows: Flash 0

4. Then go down to Use version.txt (currently: Disabled) and hit X to Enable it.

5. Then go to Back and then Exit.  Your psp will reboot.

6. Connect you PSP to your PC.

7. Go to your PSP’s memory stick in My Computer (it should show as Memory Stick)

8. Once in your memory stick, go to the VSH folder, then to the etc folder.

9. In here will be a version.txt.  First we will need to make sure its not read-only, right-click on the file and go to Properties and uncheck the Read-Only attribute and hit OK.  Now open the version.txt file, it will look like such:

10. all we need to do here is to change the release:5.00: to release:5.50: and then save the file.

11.  i would also reboot your PSP and go back into the recovery menu and change the XMB Usb Device back to Memory Stick afterwards.

12. Enjoy your legimate PSN purchased Final Fantasy VII on your CFW PSP! We keep our homebrew but still can support our developers and sony with our purchases!! 🙂


About Jimmy Selix

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  • jimmyselix

    correction: verified on Dark Alex 5.00 M33-6 🙂
    PSP Phat.

    also, any previous FFVII save files from your own autopopsloader made file will work too! 🙂
    so i could re-use my save file from the eboot.pbp i had created prior to buying the real version.

    • jiplank

      Have you managed to get your own popsloader saves working with the PSN version? I copied them over but it comes up with the CA000005 error if they are there but works if they are not.

      • jimmyselix


        yes, i was able to get my save working. however, i had to copy the save from my psp to my ps3 (had psp connected via usb). then once it was on my ps3, i then copied back to the psp at that point it asked me to convert the save file and i did a yes to that and it worked fine! 🙂

        my previous eboot FFVII was the USA version and not hte PAL (that could cause save problems if the version yours was from was not the same gameid, ie SLUSxxxx )

        hope that helps! 🙂

    • Max

      can i brick my psp changing something on the version.txt? i wanna play syphon filter combat ops online, but i cant also with psnlover, abler, fu*ker, killer….. i tried all….. so, i have a PSP 3004 hacked with 5.00 m33-6 cfware…. SOMEONE COULD TELL TO ME: CAN I BRICKE MY PSP BY DOING THIS???

  • Sisp

    Thanks a bunch, work great on my white PSP Phat with 5.00 M33-6. Feels good to support Squenix another time, already own FFVII on both PAL and NTSC release. Third buy was still the cheapest so that’s ok.

    • jimmyselix

      excellent! good to hear it worked for you too.

      agreed on feeling good to be able to support Squenix again! they finally heard our pleas and should make a boatload of money 🙂 i like being able to play it on my PS3 and HDTV and also having the full user manual too.

  • Michael

    Thank you so much, was almost ready to go with regular fw. . . I appreciate it a lot!!!!

  • Matt

    Hey guys, first off I would love to say thanks so much for your work! Secondly, I’m having a tad of a problem… I just updated to 5.00 m33-6, and I followed the instructions, and I still get the “The system software of your PSP system is version 5.00. To start, you must update to version 5.50… etc.” I changed the release:5.00: to release:5.50:, then saved the file, and I still get this message. Do you have any advice? Thanks for your time! I am using a psp phat 5.00 m33-6

    • Matt

      Hey all, just thought I’d let you know captain obvious gave me a call. There is a menu option in the reboot menu called “Use version.txt” on the bottom… make sure you enable it after you change 5.00 to 5.50 in the document:) Thanks again guys, keep up the good work!

      • Anonymous

        Hey… mind helping me? I’ve enabled it again after i changed to 5.50 but it still can’t work… am using psp2000 5.03 m33

  • Joe Guy

    Thanks! I thought I just wasted $10 bucks.

  • stx

    Thanks you saved me!

  • Anonymous

    This trick works… it also fools Media Go, which also seems to require 5.50, and could care less that you shouldn’t be able to run most of the stuff you’ve got in your GAME folder. (It can’t see your ISO folder.)

  • James

    ok so I have 5.00 m33-6, did everything correctly, went back and double checked but it wont work. FFVII now starts and gets to the warning screen but then quits and says “game could not be started (CA000006). Any ideas?

    • roger

      me too! help!

  • CHICHO13_420

    Thanks worked perfectly. Now I can play FF 7 and not have to resort to OFW. Thank you again.

    • drakus

      I love you!!
      Like other users here, I had thought that i just wasted 10 dollars. Thanks a ton!
      Confirming that this works perfectly on 5.00 m33-3

      • drakus

        Oops. The last post was supposed to be a response to the article, not a reply to Chicho’s comment. My bad.

  • Kid

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Jay

    Now I’m getting a new error (80020148) “The game could not be started”.

    Any ideas what I’m doing wrong? Thank you for this work around btw!

  • Cletus

    hey! I followed the instructions, and can verify the update to the txt file, but my game hangs when clicked on, leaving the screen blank until the system turns off. I have a 2000 series, with 5.00-6 M33 running. Thoughts? I did enable use version.tx, too, but it is not reflected under system information.

    • Cletus

      Go Cletus GO!

      ->Fixed this by diabling all plugins. Up and running now!


  • ChizelMonkee

    THis seems to have worked great for me so far. One question, in #11 you wrote ” 11. i would also reboot your PSP and go back into the recovery menu and change the XMB Usb Device back to Memory Stick afterwards.”

    Do we also disable the version.txt file or leave it like we set up in #4?


    • jimmyselix

      nope, just the memory stick part since that way when you connect your usb to pc it will access the memory card and not the flash0 memory area. 🙂

      you will need to have the Version.txt option enabled to play FFVII or any 5.50 required games.


  • no need to know

    im getting the error the game could not start what should i do

  • BigE

    Hey. I did all the steps but now it says “game could not be started (CA000006)”. Im running 5.00 m33-6 on a psp slim. Dont kno what the problem is tried even moving the game to the game150 folder, obviously didnt work and gave me “game could not be started (80020148)” lol. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • jimmyselix

      did you get copy if from your ps3 or download it via the PSN store?

      also, try to disable any of your other plugins in the recovery menu, Cletus from above did that to get his working. 🙂

      • BigE

        I copied it from my ps3. I only have 1 plugin and it was already disabled. Does it make a difference whether i got it from ps3 or psn store?

        • BigE

          Ha Ha i got it working thanks for the help. Your the man!

          • roger

            i have no plugins. so what now?

  • chaotictails

    Thanks a lot! I wanted to take Final Fantasy VII on the go but I was experiencing this problem. Now it is working 100%!

    • chaotictails

      Also, one more thing you might want to point out. You need to disable all USB-related plugins in order to access the flash0 (RemoteJoyLite, usbhostfs, etc). And, you could also use the VSHmenu (Press Select in the XMB) to change to flash0 and Memory Stick.

  • James

    ok the problem is solved. for those who were having the same problem as me (game could not start error message) its because you copied the game from your ps3. Delete it on your psp, download it from PSN straight to your psp and it works.

    hope this works for everyone like it did for me

  • Wolf

    I have the 5.00 m33-6 and I followed the instructions complete and after the warning lable, it came up “The game could not be stared. (CA000005)” (unlike the CA000006 error that everyone is getting) I don’t have any plugings in Recovering mode, so what could be the problem?

  • gametaipan

    no version.txt listed anywhere in the psp, i am using the slim 2000 model and CFW 5.05 m33

    • Amish Gramish

      Apparently, everything after 5.00 m33-2 should have the version.txt override built into it, but it still won’t load up the PlayStation Store or Final Fantasy VII on mine.

  • Amish Gramish

    My PSP-1000/Phat doesn’t have the Use version.txt option.
    I tried updating my PSP via the Network and the update .exe program (, but it said I still had the current firmware and it still doesn’t have the Use version.txt option anywhere.
    Is there something special I’m supposed to do?

  • Unk

    I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jake


  • Ken

    Ive got CFW 5.00 M33-6 on my psp 2000, did everything mentioned but when i check my system informationt still says 5.0 m33-6. is this normal or am i not doing something wrong. i have the version text turned on, the plugins turned off (i guess you mean popsloader and cwcheat etc)

  • hector

    activated use version.txt but in usb mode i cant find vsh folder?

    • jimmyselix

      also be sure in Windows XP/vista/7 to have your folder options > view > Hide Protected operating system files UNCHECKED.

      then you should see that folder 🙂

  • sid

    Hi Ya can any of you guys help,i followed the instructions even done the thing with the plugins but still when i try one of my game downloads from psn it looks like its about to start then the screen goes blank then the psp turns off. I am usuing s psp phat with m33-6 cfw. i havnt tried this on FF but have tried with the MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM demo that i downloaded from psn.
    any ideas welcome!!!!

    • Amish Gramish

      It looks like there is something wrong with 5.00 m33-6, as the guy named Ken a couple spaces above and I can’t get it working either, and both of us have m33-6.
      It works for DJ Max Portable Fever UMD, as that is supposed to have 5.02 to play it, but it looks like anything that has to have 5.50 is messed up.
      And I just tried Monster Hunter Freedom, and it works on my PSP Phat, so I’m guessing you could reinstall it, or downgrade it, if you can.

      I’m going to see if I can either downgrade it or reinstall it to see if that works.

    • Amish Gramish

      Follow these instructions:
      Reinstall 5.00 M33-3, and then follow the instructions on this page.
      Make sure you re-download FFVII from the PlayStation Store, as you reformatted the PSP’s information, so it doesn’t fit in with the information the games have on it.
      You have to redownload every PSP game you have on your memory stick, as they won’t work now, due to the aforementioned information problem.

      FFVII is now working for me!
      5.00 M33-3 works while M33-6 doesn’t!

      • Kaizer_911

        Try using this version.txt instead…this is dumped from a 5.50 official firmware running psp before it was downgraded using Pandora Battery.


        I have tested this and it works under 5.00 M33-6.

        Follow the above instructions, as well as make sure you have no game plugins running AND recopy the game (ie FF7) back over to your psp and you should have no problems.

        return 0;

        • Grilo

          My PSP Slim with 5.00 M33-6 looks like it’s gonna run FFVII fine, but then it gives me the message “The game could not be started. (CA000007)”

          Any ideas? ):

          • Kaizer_911

            Make sure you don’t have a keys.bin file in the folder that FF7 goes into…

            basicly, do the steps at the very top of this page, use my version.txt along with NO game plugins running, make sure FF7 is deleted from your psp, no save file, no folder, NOTHING.

            Cold boot the psp, recopy over the FF7 to it, and run it.

          • Grilo

            Still doesn’t work, but now gives the error (CA000005). Should I downgrade to an older M33 version?

          • jimmyselix

            i would try installing dark alex’s popsloader plugin if you don’t have it (popsloader = psone emulation ) to see if that works or solves the problems.

            a side note:
            i have the following mods to my cfw 5.00 m33-6
            -readded the locationfree player files back from 5.00
            -1.50 kernel
            -popsloader plugin/prx
            -vshmenu plugin

  • Grilo

    Ok, I got it… Mine was transferred from my friend’s PS3… And I PSN store isn’t available in Brazil, so how can I get a working version?

    • rau

      just copy and past kaizer tex into file mine works now thanks kaizer

  • Brian

    I am not sure if this thread is still active. But here is my question: I used the trick above to get FFVII running on my 5.00 M33-6 psp, however I recently bough the PSN version of Metal Gear Solid assuming the trick would work on this title also. But it would seem not. While the game does load and play, the audio is incredibly laggy it skips and jumps all over the place during cut scenes and codec conversations. I have heard the GEN-A/B CFW solves this but I would like to stick with M33. Is there any fixes for the audio issues? Thanks in advance

    • jimmyselix

      hmm, i have not really seen what changes the newer 5.50 added over the 5.00x M33 cfw. have you tried bumping up your cpu to run at 333mhz to see if that helps with lag? also, are you running other plugins/prx? you may want to try w/most disabled.

      hope that helps 🙂

      • Anonymous

        hi sir..

        i just wanna ask you on how do i get rid of my problem..

        my problem is.. when i try make a new game on FF VII.. its all turns black,

        what should i do?

  • Anonymous

    i need help it comes up as the game could not be started (CA000005)

  • Anonymous

    This does not work! I have tried over and over, I wanted to buy some Rock Band Unplugged Tracks but SONY has fucked us CFW users! Nice one SONY! PISS OFF!

  • Anonymous

    I’m using CFW 5.50 MHU
    Dwnloading the game now, hope it will work ;P
    Update: 07:02 AM Kuwait time, sorry for the late feedback i was playing so it’s working 100% with 5.50 MHU CFW 😀

  • Ben

    Thanks! This helped my Patapon 2 get back in full working order 🙂 And any demos i want. This official worked on PSP 2000 daxter pack motherboard (085v2 i think)

  • ishke

    okay i did it to my psp 3000 and now, f*ck! the ChickHen doesn’t load anymore!

  • Yoonus

    I have got PSP Slim 2000. with Custom Firmware 5.00 M33-6.

    I got both (CA000005) & (CA000006) error codes at first. That is when I had copied the file from PS3 to PC to PSP.

    Copy either directly from PS3 to PSP or download directly to PSP from PSN.

    Maybe the reason other methods do not work is because when you copy from PS3, it signs into the PSN Store and activates your download for the PSP. (that is what I think happens)

    It should work after copying directly from PS3 to PSP. Make sure to ENABLE “Use Version.txt”

    Hope that helps. Cheers 🙂

    • Pat

      I have the exact same psp model and CFW as u, and did wat u said but when i tryed to get Final Fantasy 7 from the ps3 to my psp it gave me some error code (80029724)
      Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous

    I followed everything posted here but the VSH floder / mem stick isn’t showing up

  • Anonymous

    hello.. anybody able to help me? im on psp2000 slim 5.03 M33
    have edited the version.txt from release:5.03 to release:5.50 and it still can’t work
    i’ve also enabled the version.txt after i have edited the txt.
    It still prompts me to update to 5.50 and showed me that my version is still 5.03..

  • some dude

    LOL i actually tried this on my 5.03GEN-A CFW and it WORKED!!! now currently pwnin in Dissidia ^_^

    • orcworks

      thanx, it worked correctly! after editing the version.txt i had those error messages, but then i downloaded the game from ps3 via usb cable and it started working!

  • Anonymous

    My system keeps saying data is corrupted i dont know what to do!!!

  • Anonymous

    will this work on psp 2001PB with CFW 5.03 m33-6 with chickHen thingy.

    • Anonymous

      and i dont have a recovery mode

  • Anonymous

    would this work if you downloaded a game from the computer onto the psp? or does it have to be from a ps3?

    also when i check system information it still says 5.00m33-6 when it worked for you guys did it change to 5.50?

  • Winand

    cant get in my recovery meny
    i have a psp slim 3004
    version 6.20
    the game is on my psp, but it says it’s not my account when i try to start the game
    what do i need to do?
    email me orso

    • Blaze

      {if you got the game from a friend’s psn}
      go to the ”restore default settings” in your system settings. then once youve done that click on sign up for psn. enter in the information( email adress, password) then exit and go to your xmb. click on the psn settings(i forget wat its called), sign in, and look around untill you see ”enable system” click on enable in the game link. then try your game…..experienced this myself when one of my friends let me download the crash 1-3 and ff vii, and another friend let me download silent hill 1….i learned to switch back and forth on the accounts depending on which game i wanted to play, which was mostly FF VII =]

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone help me please? I don’t have “Use Version.txt” option in my recovery menu on my PSP. I know how to find to change the 5.00 to 5.50 on the PC, but thats different from what I’m trying to say.

    the recipe says to Enable the “Use Version.txt” whilst in the recovery menu, but i dont have it at all, can anyone help me please? thanks 😀

  • mathew

    can anyone please help me…
    when ever i try to access playstation store on my psp it says…
    “currently, the server may be down for maintenance or updating. Please try again later. (20000001)”
    its been saying this for like a week now…
    i think one of the stupid hackers on FTB2 might of did something..
    do you think reseting the firmware will help, like changing the firmware to a different firmware?…..
    please email me with any info… please

  • Anonymous

    would it work to get my 5.00 m33-4 and spoof it to be 6.00 for mgs: peace walker?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks dude. I have a question,this might sound noobish. Does this work on the 3000? Do I really need a usb cable? I only have a card reader. Thanks again

  • Anonymous

    hello sir. my CFW is 5.03gen-c psp3000.

    4. Then go down to Use version.txt (currently: Disabled) and hit X to Enable it.
    [ whenever i pressed the Xbotton. its still DISABLE.] it wont go enable.
    I’m stuck here.
    any suggestion?

    is this possible to a 5.03gen-c user?

  • ray

    There is no Use version.txt (currently: Disabled) option
    it still show 5.00 M33 so how a?

  • magister

    dude if youre still there, is there a way to make this work on GEN CFW?

    • Charles

      Sir have you tried it already?
      I was also wondering if it would work..

      Help please..
      I have PSP3004 with 5.02gen-c CFW..

  • mgs freak

    will this work to spoof up to 6.20 for peace walker?

  • angeal

    hey i followed the directions exactly but boosted up to 6.20 for mgs peace walker, the game loaded like it normally would. but then just goes back the the menu. then says “game could not be started (80020148)”…any advice?

  • John Bolver

    Thanks to who ever made this is really was helpfull

  • BoobenShuck

    Hi, I know this is an old thread, but just tried it for FF7 on my phat 5.00 M33-6, the original instructions above work perfectly. Well done and thanks so much!

    Man I love final fantasy VII.

  • matthew

    help plz ,i trid that way and i dont even c my ff7:( plz help

  • Hakim Punish Henry

    hey i have a psp 2001.I cant get on play station store.My custom firmware is 5.50 gen d3.i want to be able to play resistance online or the new final fantasy.Please explain to me how can i(explain it precisely plz).i really do want to go back on play station store.thanks alot.

  • ZarynKaen

    well, follow the steps above. there were times when i was playing dissidia, the first one, on my hack 5.00 m33-6 psp, when things froze though. Not sure why.Im thinking it was my psp. If you really cant get it running right, i also have second psp since i refuse to go past 5.00 hacked until i find someone just as good or better then dark alex was/is. That psp has the OFW 6.39. If anyone knows, and has personal experiencewith a good 6.00 to 6.30 CFW, E-mail me at
    Kastiel_garnet@yahoo:disqus .com
    or aries_archyr@yahoo:twitter .com
    Thank you. in the email, just tell me the name of the maker, the name of their cfw, and a secure site of  where i could find it please

  • Leng

    Will this work on cfw 5.50 prome-4? Because i followed every instruction and still, it didn’t work. And i wanna to make sure if it would really work on this version?