Just like the PlayStation 3, the PSP has just gotten its due firmware update, and this one is numero cinco-punto-cero — that's 5.0, folks. Our little portable wonder has come a long way, and yet the firmware updates keep on coming. Believe it or not, there are still some cool features left to squeeze out the PSP.

For starters, owners who frequently visit the PlayStation Store for their PSP via PC or PS3 can now visit the store directly from their PSP while it's connected to the internet. Downloadable games, demos, trailers, and other content will no longer have to go through your PC or PS3, as you'll be able to store straight into your PSP's memory-stick.

To add to the online fun, when you're using the PSP's online capabilities, an on-screen QWERTY keyboard is now an option as a method of text input, for more convenient web browsing. Then there's the Sleep Timer feature, which will let the PSP screen shut-off after a certain amount of time.

We're not sure if that means the screen will turn off, or the system shuts off…but I suppose you guys will find out soon enough. Lastly, enhancements to the PSP-2000's video out now enables PlayStation games to be played at the full-screen size of the TV, as well as supporting interlaced (non-HD) TVs.

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Qubex
Qubex
12 years ago

Some nice changes, will be getting the PSP 3000 soon 🙂

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"aLL RoAds LeAd ToO hOMe"

Daedusian
Daedusian
12 years ago

Wow, didn't know this much was going to be in the update. Good to hear!

I'm really looking forward to the PS Store functionality the most. Does this mean PSP stuff will only be on the PSP PS Store and taken off of the PS3 Store, or is it exactly the same store minus PS3 stuff?


Last edited by Daedusian on 10/13/2008 11:57:53 AM

Fabi
Fabi
12 years ago

Being able to connect to the PS Store directly is long overdue, I'm glad they made it happen.

The new output of the PSP2000-3000 kinda makes me want one, but I'll stick to my tore up fat PSP for a bit longer.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
12 years ago

Same here! lol sony hasn't covinced me yet to upgrade from my original psp[ which is still working perfectly]


Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 10/13/2008 3:14:55 PM

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
12 years ago

So this mean that the PSP will use the whole 42" tv and not just a square on middle? This must be tested as soon as it's here. Crisis Core on fullsize screen is übernice.

chaosrunner
chaosrunner
12 years ago

I just got my PSP about 3 weeks ago and I've already been getting a lot of use out of it as a portable video/music player as much as a game console. It's nice to see that they keep adding to its functionality.

okiwa002
okiwa002
12 years ago

Yeah, all that stuff is great, but what about updated Flash for the unit?

bamf
bamf
12 years ago

Direct access to the store is great, only thing worth mentioning though. Upgrading to firmware 5.0, I was hoping for more really.

The online browser still sucks.

Dingodial
Dingodial
12 years ago

PSP already has a feature that turns off the screen, Arnold. It's called a SCREEN-SAVER (lol). I'm not trying to be rude with the capital letters above. An update for the flash player would be nice too because I'm sick of using remote play just so I can watch you-tube on the freakin' PSP.

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