Welcome aboard yummy PS3 interactivity.
There have been more 2.x editions of the PSP’s firmware than I care to remember (or write about) but Sony has finally made the jump to the big bad 3.0.
The reason for the major number change is simple: the PS3 is here (well, in incredibly limited quantities anyway). Consequently firmware 3.0 allows the PSP to interact with Sony’s latest and (s)most expensive(/s) greatest console enabling it to access media stored on the PS3 via WiFi (but sadly/understandably not Blu-ray). The other big news is that the PlayStation Network’s downloadable games are now supported.
Elsewhere noteworthy new features include Remote Play, a ‘camera’ option inside the Photo menu, a ‘visual player’ under music and something that will stop many PSP users from going crazy: the option to disable UMDs from automatically starting. For the fanboys among you, here’s the full list:
• PLAYSTATION Network titles are now supported under (Game).
• (Remote Play) has been added as a feature under (Network).
• (Online Instruction Manuals) has been added as a feature under (Network).
• Timed recording has been added as a feature under (RSS Channel).
• A visual player has been added as a feature under (Music).
• 3-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature under (Music).
• (Camera) has been added as a feature under (Photo).
• (UMD Auto-Start) has been added as a feature in (System Settings) under (Settings).
Currently firmware 3.0 is only available in Japan but expect it any moment since an English language manual specifically for users with v3.0 is available here, a snapshot of which you can see below.
Note: anyone using homebrew titles will be scuppered when they install v3.0 but I’m sure it’ll be hacked soon enough allowing you to get back to your evil crime lord ways.
”’Update:”’ Version 3.01 has already debuted just seconds after v3.0. It features a tiny fix for Jeanne D’Arc which had trouble working correctly when UMD auto start was disabled. At least that’s how it reads to me using a Google translation.