PSP gets version 3 firmware

Written by Wil Harris

November 21, 2006 | 16:57

Tags: #firmware #ps3 #psp #update

The version 3 firmware update for the PlayStation Portable has been posted to Sony's Japanese site, with a US and European update expected to follow swiftly.

The new firmware adds a number of things to the recently-neglected gaming device. The biggest news is the support for the PlayStation Network, Sony's online service. This allows gamers to pay for and download PSOne games - including legends such as the original Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII.

However, in a spectacular disappointment, downloading of these retro titles is only available to those who have a PS3, due to the way the PSNetwork works. Stand-alone download functionality is rumoured, but not confirmed.

Remote Play allows you to stream video from the PS3 to the PSP. There is support for the forthcoming camera and also a tweak to finally allow you to stop UMD games from starting as soon as you put them in the drive.

Whilst PS3 owners will be delighted at the ability to take a new library of retro games with them on the go, the other 99% of PSP gamers will no doubt be gutted at the lack of support for them. The PSP has had a dearth of decent games over the last year, and decent retro support was finally something to get excited about - but now that's gone, too.

We can only hope that Sony adds standalone retro functionality sooner rather than later. Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.
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