Like any device worth its salt, the PSP as become a target for viruses and software piracy. Unlike the general public, Sony doesn’t like either of these things and firmware 2.50 tries to stamp them out.
Naturally, Sony sweetens the deal by adding extra functionality and amongst the most useful are an upgrade to the Location Free TV player which should make it more stable against hackers, the ability to play copyright protected video saved on Memory Stick Duos and the input history of online forms can now be saved (that last one is vital, if you’re lazy like me). Perhaps most importantly, the WPA-PSK wireless security method is finally supported.
Of more minor note are the new options to synchronise the PSP’s time via the Internet, introduction of a changeable browser font size and Korean keyboard input (a biggie that, if you are Korean). Those of you partaking in a little software skulduggery up to this point will be keen to know that firmware 2.50 knocks dead any games you may have picked up from less than honourable sources. That is for at least a few hours until some 12 year old cracks it.
Please note, at this stage firmware 2.50 is only for PSPs sold in North America (model number: PSP-1001), but a European edition is due any minute. Until then, I urge you: Please resist the urge to flash... (yes, I know it’s difficult).