PSP Firmware Version 3.0 Released

Sony has finally released the most anticipated PSP firmware update after their 2.0 version. This firmware update allows compatibility with the Playstation 1 titles which will be available for purchase via the Playstation 3’s online store (yes, it’s a bit unfair that you’re “forced” to get a Playstation 3 if you want to play PS1 games on your PSP), but also adds some new functionalities as the list enumerates:

  • 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].

Besides the Playstation 1 emulated games compatibility, this firmware update also allows you to use the PSP as a controller for the Playstation 3 (as long as the game supports it, of course). But more importantly, it finally allows you to boot your PSP with a UMD in it, without it automatically loading it!

Looks like something is finally going right for Sony, for once. Oh, and I almost forgot:

If you update your PSP to this version of the firmware you will lose the ability to run unsigned code (homebrew programs) on it. And no, there is no way for you to downgrade your PSP after you do this.

Here’s a link to the PSP’s 3.0 firmware manual (credits to Gizmodo)

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