If you're tired of shelling out large amounts of money for UMDs of your PSP, you should try to download games for it. You can easily find many over the Internet, and this will come as a great news to someone who is tired of the Universal Media Disc (UMD).
Along with downloading games, you can also get videos, movies, music, images, e-books, comics, and themes for free. As long as your memory stick has enough space to store all this content, you will be thrilled with the amount and type of files that you have access to.
Finding the Games
There are thousands of websites that will offer you games for free, but not all of them are reliable. Many of these downloads may contain malicious software, which can potentially harm your console. Therefore, you need to be very careful and particular about the source. Always choose a well-reputed and recommended website.
The official Sony store will also offer you content, but this will cost you just a little bit lesser than buying the original UMD from the market. The issue of piracy and free circulation is harming Sony very intensely, but this is something that is totally out of their control.
Various websites offer services for a one-time membership fee. This fee will be lesser than the cost of one single PSP game, so it is totally worth it. You will get unlimited access to their wide assortment of multimedia content for as long as you wish, without having to pay ever again. The only downside here is that you may not get the latest and highly acclaimed games.
Moreover, you can rest assured that all the games and content you get from these websites will be completely virus-free and pose no risk to your device.
Modding the Console
This is slang for "modifying". It is the biggest threat that Sony faces. No matter how advanced they make their console, and how many security and anti-hacking features they imply, someone will hack into it sooner or later. A modded PSP is required to download games to the memory stick for free, and this has become very easy to procure now. Once a device has been modded, it can play anything acquired from anywhere.
One way to mod is soft-modding. This is done by installing a certain home-brew software on the console and is the most popular way for modding. The best part is that, once the console is switched off, the mod vanishes. Thus, the people who soft mod their device, do not switch it off at all; they simply put it into hibernation.
Another way of modding is by attaching a special hardware chip in the console. This is more permanent in nature, and can only be done by someone who is experienced and well versed in this task. Note that doing so will nullify the warranty of your console, and if Sony finds out you have installed this chip, they could take legal action against you. Hence, do this at your own risk!
Finding PSP games for free over the Internet is not difficult, but finding the right source is. If you want to get them without any cost, you will have to compromise on the choices available and potentially give up the rights to the device's warranty.