Released on 31 May, v3.50 made a major song and dance about its 'Remote Play' functionality (enabling it to connect to a PS3 over the Internet), new communications settings and RSS Channel but it failed to divulge the most interesting aspect of all: a CPU clock upgrade.
Consequently almost one month later it is only now emerging that v3.50 took the breaks off the device's down clocked 266MHz CPU bringing to back to the full pre-release 333MHz. The big question of course is Why?
Most web speculation suggests – and it is something I agree with – that it is likely to correspond to recent reports that Sony is planning to launch a redesiged PSP to better compete with the DS Lite. If Sony can bring a 'PSP Lite' to the market which is not only significantly slimmer and stylistically appealing but also more powerful it will surely make more impact, but to do that the original PSP needs to be brought into line.
On the other hand, I have to question this move. The PSP had its CPU clock reduced for a reason and that was to extend a battery life which would otherwise have been pretty poor. Two years later are all PSP owners suddenly going to be made to pay a penalty so the Sony marketing machine can better promote a newer version?
I'm sure reports from PSP owners will soon let us know the score (are you suffering reduced battery life after installing v3.50?), if so such a strategy (which would also forcibly encourage existing PSP owners to upgrade to any new model) is going to cause a scandal...
v3.50 Firmware Page do you dare?!