Sony PSP Upgrade Adds WiFi Services, Locks Out Hackers

Sony PSP Upgrade Adds WiFi Services, Locks Out Hackers

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Sony has officially released their version 2.0 firmware upgrade for the PlayStationPortable (PSP) hand-held games console. Apart from regular entertainment features like games, movies, music, and photos, the 2.0 upgrade will facilitate users with additional benefits of built-in Wi-Fi capability as well as the opportunity to wirelessly search the internet from internet access points or “hot spots”. Its users will now have unlimited access to news, information, entertainment content, downloads, internet searches and internet based email accounts all displayed on a brilliant, full color TFT LCD display. The upgrade is also promising increased Wi-Fi security based on WPA-PSK (TKIP) security and personalization tools with photo sharing, expanded video and audio playback options.

Sony also closed a loophole that previously allowed hackers to create a subculture of unauthorized games and programs for the device.

The company is claiming that its 2.0 firmware upgrade will provide a new experience to PSP users. “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,” says 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,” he adds.

The firmware 2.0 upgrade can be wirelessly downloaded directly to a PSP system by making use of a Wi-Fi connection. It can also be downloaded to a PC from http://us.playstation.com/psp and then could be transferred to a PSP through a USB cable.

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 UMD™VIDEO and saved video data playback feature that allows users to continuous loop a selected scene.
• 4:3 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 Stick™.

Audio:

• MP4 (AAC) and WAV (LPCM) formats can be played their PSP music player.
• Support for Memory Stick PRO Duo™.

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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