PSP 2.0 Upgrade Now Available

Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the availability of an all-new firmware upgrade for its market-leading PSP. Designed to complement the comprehensive entertainment experience of games, movies, music, photos and wireless connectivity provided by the revolutionary portable device, the firmware 2.0 upgrade will allow users to take advantage of the unit’s built-in Wi-Fi capability and to wirelessly search the Internet from Internet Access Points or “hot spots”. The upgrade will also provide increased Wi-Fi security and personalization tools together with photo sharing and expanded video and audio playback options. The firmware 2.0 upgrade can be wirelessly downloaded directly to a PSP system using a Wi-Fi connection or downloaded to a PC from http//us.playstation.com/psp and transferred to a PSP through a USB cable.

Highlighting the firmware 2.0 upgrade is a new integrated Web browser that will provide users with unparalleled Internet access. Capable of wirelessly connecting to the Internet, the new PSP Web browser provides access to news, information, entertainment content, downloads, Internet searches and Internet based email accounts. A new WPA-PSK (TKIP) security method has also been added to further protect users’ data and privacy while on public wireless networks and as well as enhanced parental control features.

The Internet browser and other added functionality of the firmware 2.0 upgrade will further enhance the user experience beyond the unprecedented portable to entertainment already provided by PSP,” said Andrew House, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “By allowing consumers to wirelessly surf the Web, personalize their PSP and access and share new audio, video and image formats, PSP continues to evolve the entertainment experience out of the home and reaffirm its position as the must-have product of the year.”

The PSP firmware 2.0 upgrade also allows users to personalize their PSP according to their own unique style and taste. Users can control the look and feel of their PSP desktop display by choosing color themes or by saving a photo as wallpaper, which, along with other photos, can be wirelessly sent and received across PSP systems. The firmware 2.0 upgrade also provides enhanced audio playback options including the support of MP4 (AAC) and WAV (LPCM) formats and allows for new video playback options.

Following is a list of features available through the PSP firmware 2.0 upgrade

Video
# “Go To” function added as a UMD Video playback feature that allows users to watch a movie at any point of time.
# A-B Repeat function added as a UMDVIDEO and saved video data playback feature that allows users to continuous loop a selected scene.
# 43 Screen mode added as a saved video data playback feature.
# Expanded Audio Options added as a saved video data playback feature. • AVC added as a codec that can be played under [Video]. Applies to video data saved on Memory StickTM.

Audio
# MP4 (AAC) and WAV (LPCM) formats can be played their PSP music player.
# Support for Memory Stick PRO DuoTM.

Image
# Wireless image transfer between two PSP units via infrared in Ad-hoc mode.
# Support for TIFF, PNG, GIF and BMP image formats.

Network
# WPA-PSK (TKIP) security method added to protect data and privacy while on public wireless networks.
# Improved and easier-to-use controls during Infrastructure Mode.

Additional Features
# Character Set added to support display and recognition of characters for each system language.
# Korean added as an optional system language.
# Input modes added to the On-screen Keyboard allowing users to activate special characters for certain languages.

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