tonyhax – A Software backup loader exploit for the PS1 (leverages save game exploit)

Looks like those Classic PlayStation Consoles are still making waves in the homebrew scene. We have seen vibrant development on the PS2 with just recent things like OpenTuna and also recent MechaCon Firmware dumped which can potentially bring various possibilities discussed here. However the PS2 is not alone as its daddy the original OG the PlayStation 1 now has a Software Backup Loader Exploit that leverages saves game exploits from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 & 3 from developer socram8888 . The developer has titled the project “tonyhax” and will work with both the PAL and NTSC versions of the game

The developer has provided a technical write up and easy to follow explanation as well as a YouTube video we have also attached below. Checkout the latest exploit to hit the PS1.


  • tonyhax
    Presenting tonyhax – a softmod backup loader for the Sony PlayStation 1. This is a backup loader that leverages a save game exploit present on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 and 3, in both the European PAL and American NTSC-U versions. For more information, see​


    • The first question that might pop up on your mind regarding this project is “why the F%$# didn’t you just install a modchip?”.
      • The answer is simple: I didn’t want to mod my mint, boxed PSone, but I didn’t want to leave it rotting on a shelf either.
    • Also, as an owner of a SCPH-102 console, these are a pain in the ass when it comes to chipping – in addition to the generic SCEx wobble check performed by the CD controller that is easily patchable, the boot menu on these also checks for the region string, which involve installing even more wires and a full sized Arduino Pro Mini or AtMega328 chip to patch the CPU BIOS to play out of region games. Not cool.




Thanks to psx-place member @HWNJ for the heads up!!​