PSP 2.0 Firmware Released In Japan
The long awaited PSP version 2.0 firmware update is now available for Japanese PSP owners. The update includes a number of new features, including an internet browser, more UMD video functionality, 4:3 video format for memory stick video, AAC music compatibility, additional image format support, and the ability to customize the PSP's wallpaper. The browser, while limited by the PSP's lack of a keyboard reportedly functions very well and it even allows tabbed browsing. Our man in Japan, Lance Kwok, dropped us an email with his early impressions of the update:
"Hello PSX Extreme! I am typing this email with the PSP and the new web browser. I first had to adjust many settings to have it function properly, but as you can see it is working fine now. I am enjoying very much my new wallpaper, which is from Final Fantasy XII. I must go now because typing makes my fingers tired with no keyboard!"
Although the 16 meg download is only available through the PSP's Japanese site, it is possible to update a North American PSP by downloading the update and saving it on a memory card. There have been no problems reported from people doing this, but if you're wary, you might just want to wait until it's out here in the US.
7/27/2005 Aaron Thomas