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PSP firmware updated to v5.0

Sony updated the PSP firmware from v4.05 to v5.0. So it’s a major update. And the big news is that PlayStation Store now is available for PSP.

So here is the full quote from PlayStation.uk:

An update to the PSP system software was released on October 15, 2008. If you update your PSP system, the system software version will be 5.00 and the following features will be updated.

Main features updated in version 5.00

PlayStation®Store is now available on the PSP™ system

  • Using a Wireless network connection, you can now download (as a purchase or for free) products such as games, additional items for games, or video content for use on the PSP system.

The feature for outputting video from PlayStation® format software to a TV has been improved (PSP-2000 only)

  • You can now output video from PlayStation format software to a TV in full-screen size.
    You can now use video output cables that do not support video in progressive mode to output video from PlayStation format software to a TV.


  • The number of file types that can be played has been increased to include MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) Video Main Profile (AVC CABAC) in 640 x 480 pixels
  • Hint: Some video files of this type may not be playable.


  • [Sleep Timer] has been added as an option on the control panel.


  • [Title Display] has been added as an option under [Video Settings].
  • [USB Auto Connect] has been added as an option under [System Settings].
  • [Backlight Auto-Adjust] has been added as an option under [Power Save Settings].


  • The default Theme for the PSP system has been redesigned.
  • You can now use a full-size on-screen keyboard.

Here is a YouTube video I made to show off the new PlayStation Store on PSP.

PSP Store

Sony announced today at TGS’08 (Tokyo Game Show) that the PSP in Japan will get WiFi Store on October 15 with firmware 5.0. (Source: Joystiq.com)

Here is the press release taken from MaxConsole.net:

Users Can Access Directly to PlayStation Store from PSP with over 250 Downloadable Content and Services

Tokyo, October 9, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. responsible for business operations in Japan, announced today that it would open PlayStation®Store for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), on Wednesday, October 15, in Japan. Through this new service, PSP users will be able to access directly to PlayStation Store from their PSP to download content and services.

PlayStation Store for PSP will start with over 250 downloadable content and services to offer a variety of entertainment to meet the needs of a broad range of users from casual players to game enthusiasts. Some of the content available on PlayStation Store such as Mainichi Issho Portable*1 will be offered free of charge, while some content, including “Game Archive” titles, will be offered within a price ranging from 300 yen to 600 yen (including tax). To further enhance the game line-up of PlayStation Store for PSP, all UMD titles to be released from SCEJ will become available in downloadable version as well at release *2, first of which is Destroy All Heros 2 to be released on Thursday October 16, 2008.

SCEJ will further expand the PSP platform and create a world of entertainment with exciting new software titles and network services towards the holiday season.

Xbox 360 Fall Update coming November 19

John Schappert (Corporate Vice President of Xbox LIVE) announced in his keynote at Tokyo Game Show today that the New Xbox Experience is coming to Xbox 360 on November 19, 2008. This firmware update will be released in 26 countries (I guess that’s Xbox 360 official launced countries) and localized in 11 languages.

It’s great to finay have a release date for the New Experience.

Source: MajorNelson.com

You can also download the keynote in MP3 format from MajorNelson.com.

Wii storage solutions

It was announced at Nintendo’s press conference in Japan eariler today that they will have a firmware update for the Wii in Spring 2009 that will let you download and store WiiWare and Virtual Console games on SD-card directly (source: Eurogamer.net). But there was no mention if you could run the games from the SD-card, we can already copy VC and WiiWare titles to the SD-card, so this announcement isn’t much of a news.

But then, I saw on GameSpot.com who reported from Nintendo’s press event in San Fransisco today where Reggie Fils-Aime said the following:

“Iwata is addressing the problem of Wii storage,” he says. “Soon you will be able to download and store virtual console and WiiWare titles directly your SD card, and play them off your SD card. This will make the Wii download experience much easier.”

So this is NEWS! But I hoped they could put up this feature in a firmware this Fall, and not wait until Spring next year. But hey, Nintendo is solving the storage problem.

PS3: Firmware update, v2.43

A firmware update for Playstation 3 is now available. The update is only mandatory for Japanese PS3, but you can update your PS3 if you live in Europa and US too. I haven’t found out what it do, probably nothing.

Quote from Playstation.blog:

Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a heads up about PS3 firmware update (v2.43). Unlike previous updates, firmware v2.43 is specific to the Japan region, and only PS3 users there will be required to
install the update. PS3 users in all other regions will not be prompted to download v2.43. However, if you manually initiate a firmware update by clicking on “System Update” under the XMB’s Settings icon, the v2.43 update will be available, regardless of where you are located.