I bought one last week without reading all these posts first and I got a TA-082 with 2.50 on it. I upgraded to 2.71 firmware and I was able to use devhook 0.46 and 0.51 to play any ISO's I've found and 0.46 can load 1.50 firmware to load homebrew (with some limitations I think, I haven't tried this yet). Today I noticed The Sony Store had the value pack on sale for $199 (CDN) so I returned the one I bought last week and grabbed one. Lucked out, it is not a TA-082 and is running 2.01. So short answer... it is possible to get a non TA-082 from stores and even if you do you can still play ISO's if it's 2.71 or lower firmware. Hope this info is correct... I've only been at this for less than a week.