Well, the biggest firmware update of the year is already out – that would be update 2.40 for the PlayStation 3; it added Trophies and the in-Game XMB – but PSP owners can expect more in the way of cool features in the very near future.
According to the Director of PlayStation Network Operations, Eric Lempel, PSP owners should be on the lookout for firmware update 4.05, which "will be released soon." Lempel made the mini-announcement over at the official PlayStation blog (always a great resource for any Sony-related news), but details are slim for now. He did say the update will add new visualizers for music playback, "among other features." Some portable fans have been waiting for more in the way of PS3 connectivity, so perhaps updates down the road will focus on that, but we'll be happy with 4.05 at this time. Obviously, it isn't the firmware updates that sell the system – that would be the software – but significant firmwares really enhance the overall appeal and functionality…and since when is that a bad thing?
As soon as Sony sees fit to issue more details on firmware update 4.05, we'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, keep it here as we advance into E3. There's guaranteed to be some PSP news coming out of the West coast this week!