Today Sony released the long awaited firmware update v2.0 for its PlayStation®Protable (PSP®), which contains among other improvements a web browser. The browser is not bad there is a concept of tabs, but only a maximum of 3 can be opened at a time. Navigating among them takes a bit getting used to (<square button> + Left paddle = Previous Tab, <square button> + Right paddle = Next Tab).
One thing you need to remember is to put away the "Display Menu" before trying to navigate around the page.
After using it for a hour or so, I am sure Firmware Update v2.1 must be coming soon; at least I hope so.
Before you rush to update your Sony PSP®, you may want to check out the WARNING on Sony's PSP® Update web page:
CAUTION: This update is only for customers who obtained PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) for Japan which model number is PSP-1000 or PSP-1000 K. Upon completion of preparing, we will announce update information for the other countries/areas customers via SCE Group Web Site or other channels . For these customers who obtained PSPÂ® in the other countries/areas, please DO NOT update PSP® through this web site. There are no guarantee of proper operation of the other PSP®.
The Sony PSP® Firmware Update 2.0 includes the following feature enhancements:
- Internet browser function (no Macromedia Flash support)
- Jump function (for UMD video, UMD music)
- A-B repeat function (UMD video, UMD music, videos on Memory Stick Duo)
- 4:3 screen ratio mode (for videos on Memory Stick Duo)
- Audio Options switching function (for videos on Memory Stick Duo)
- Support for MP4 (AVC) playback (for videos on Memory Stick Duo)
- Support for ATRAC3, plus sound file transfer to Memory Stick Pro Duo using Music SonicStage Version 3.2
- Support for MP4 (AAC) and WAV (Linear PCM) playback (for audio on Memory Stick Duo)
- UMD music can now be played under [Music]
- Addition of wallpaper function
- Addition of image transfer function
- Support for TIFF, GIF, PNG, and BMP file formats
- Added Korean menu option
- Added character set option
- Added "Theme Setting"
- Added "Internet Browser launch restriction" in security settings
- WPA-PSK (TKIP) security format in network settings
- Settings for Infrastructure Mode under [Network Settings] were revised to be easier to use
- Input modes were added to the onscreen keyboard