Looking at this question:

What's these files in PSP?

This person is using a modded PSP firmware revision. According to this meta thread:

What's the official stance on hacked/modded consoles?

It should be tagged 'mods' - but the description for the mods tag talks about game mods, and not console mods.

Should the question be tagged mods, and the tag changed to include console mods? Or should the question just be left as-is? Or is there option #3 that I'm not thinking of :)

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    Option #3 would be to create a new hardware-mods tag. Nov 20, 2011 at 20:24
  • I've done that for now, and if that's the accepted answer, then awesome :)
    – agent86
    Nov 20, 2011 at 20:31

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It is my personal opinion that "game mods" and "system mods" are different things and deserve different tags.

I propose the following:

  • for modifications to gaming systems (hardware/firmware/software) to make the system do things for which it was not intended.
  • with ( as a synonym) for modifications to games (ie, adding extra features, game modes, bug fixes and similar)

Nobody seems that interested in debating this further, so all THREE questions in the category that were actually have been retagged.

  • I'd prefer hardware-mods personally. Nov 21, 2011 at 22:51
  • See Mark's post, not all system/console mods are hardware-mods.
    – agent86
    Nov 21, 2011 at 22:55

You're not modding hardware with the PSP: you're modifying its operating system, which is still software.

A hardware mod would be installing a new hard drive in your PS3 or replacing the fan in your Xbox 360. But we already have a tag for those: , which is perhaps not surprisingly being used for "How do I upgrade my character/stats/gear/etc.?" questions as well.

If there really needs to be a differentiation between game mods and system mods (why?), something like this should probably be done:

If not, should be fine.

In either case, it would then allow for an unambiguous "I'm messing with my system's internal components in such a way that's unsupported and probably going to void my warranty" tag, .

  • I'm still pretty confused. The 'mods' tag talks about "game modifications" - things like changing the text size in Oblivion and what CounterStrike is to Half-Life. I (personally) think there's a pretty big difference between that and "modifying your console." However, I don't know that the difference between modifying your console by flashing a rom, and modifying your console by cracking it open and soldering a chip is as big. Maybe system-mods is a good middle ground then?
    – agent86
    Nov 21, 2011 at 17:22

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