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Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser, HDD
« on: January 17, 2005, 03:49:17 PM »

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/17/sony_psp_update_leak/

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Sony may be preparing to release its first PlayStation Portable (PSP) update, if a file that briefly appeared on the web this weekend is what it purports to be: a leaked copy of an early version of the update code.

Whatever its provenance, the software certainly includes some interesting features. In addition to the usual bug fixes, the update is said to add not only a web browser and an email program, but a word processor and a spreadsheet.

http://www.itworld.com/App/4201/050117sonypsp/

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We have become aware that there is a software program going around on some Web sites and Internet bulletin boards claiming to be an update file that rewrites the system software of the PSP hardware," said Nanako Kato [cq], a spokeswoman for SCEI in Tokyo. "This software has not been issued officially by SCEI and does not function properly. We advise our users not to execute or apply the program as it will cause the PSP hardware to stop operating.

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Kato confirmed the file was created by SCEI engineers and was produced for developers but said it contains dummy data. "It is not supposed to be used at this time," she said.

Very good of Sony to make the firmware large enough to support entire apps without a UMD disc.  I doubt I'll get a keyboard and mouse for the system, though, it's bulky enough already.  Still, it'll be nice to have the added functionality.
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Re: Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2005, 01:09:29 PM »

I'm happy to see Sony thinking about the internet capabilities of the PSP.  I believe that bodes well for getting some online multiplayer games going soon!
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Re: Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005, 04:03:27 PM »

PSP to take on iPod with online music service

I assume the service would be accessed through the PSP, and not downloaded via PC.
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Re: Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2005, 04:09:23 PM »

The PSP is bigger than an iPod and doesn't have a hard drive.  I guess with a music service you could consider it an indirect competitor, but I doubt it would consume any substantial amount of iPod marketshare.  It could compete with some of the flash-based players, but they have an even larger size/weight/battery advantage than the iPod-ish players do.

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I assume the service would be accessed through the PSP, and not downloaded via PC.

I wouldn't assume that, as you need a way to manage a larger library (than will fit on a memory stick) and burn CDs.  Any service that doesn't include the PC will fail, IMO.
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Re: Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2005, 02:01:52 PM »

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Re: Leaked PSP update hints at email, browser
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2005, 08:41:48 PM »

PSP with 50GB hard drive?

Wouldn't that push the price somewhere in the stratosphere? Perhaps 600+ dollars? That would be my guess. I don't see how they could do it for less. It would be nice, though.
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