Official PSP Firmware 4.05

Posted on September 27, 2008

Important!

If you are currently playing games from your memory stick and if you are running on custom firmware, DO NOT,  i repeat, DO NOT install this update. Installing this firmware update will prevent you from playing games from your Memory Sticks and will disable your PSP’s Homebrew Capabilities. So if you want to continue playing games on your Mem Sticks, DO NOT install this update. And how many times have i said DO NOT install this update?

You can view your system settings if you want to know if you are running on custom firmware by going to:

SYSTEM SETTINGS -> SYSTEM INFORMATION

If you have an m33 beside the System Software version that means the you are running on Customfirmware, and i strongly advise you guys to avoid this update and just wait for Dark_Alex to release an updated version of the custom firmware.

This 4.05 update only adds a new visualizer effect when playing mp3’s on your PSP, which is a lame update to say the least…

But if you still want to update, you can get the 4.05 update from sony here.

PSP-3000 New Features and Release Dates

Posted on August 21, 2008

Sony just announced at their Leipzig press conference the PSP-3000 series. It will look exactly the same as the current PSP-2000 (Slim & Light) model, but will add a built-in microphone and enhanced screen. Apparently, the screen will work better outdoors, being able to resist glare. The built-in microphone will be a huge plus for regular Skype users, and those that take their PSP online via Infrastructure.

Video-Out has also been enhanced, with the system now able to interlace for televisions that don’t support a progressive output (that means non-HDTVs).

The PSP-3000 series will be available on October 15th in Europe and will retail for €199. There will be 8 bundles, each adding one game to the package.

SCEA just announced the North American details concerning the PSP-3000. The previously announced Ratchet & Clank PSP Entertainment Pack will launch on October 14th for $199.99. It will now include the following:

Mystic Silver PSP-3000
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets UMD
echochrome PSN voucher
1GB Memory Stick PRO duo
A second entertainment pack has also been announced called the PSP 4GB Memory Entertainment Pack. The will launch in November for $199.99 as well. It includes:

Piano Black PSP-3000
4GB Memory Stick PRO duo
Everyday Shooter PSN voucher
The Piano Black PSP-3000 will be sold separately later this year as a PSP Core Pack, which includes only an AC adaptor and battery pack for $169.99.

Source

There must be something in the water in Japan right now…

The Handheld console wars are still on i guess…
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PSP-3001 discovered on FCC website!

Posted on August 16, 2008

Remember that article about the PSP-300 reference discovered at the Playstation Website? (Read here.) Apparently the PSP-3001 is real. Read more!

Hellcat’s Recovery Flasher for PSP

Posted on August 15, 2008

What is this? And why?
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Dubbed Recovery Flasher, the application can be run from within the recovery menu on any PSP running custom firmware. Upon launch, users are presented with a number of options, allowing them to back-up and restore content on the PSP’s flash memory, ranging from XMB theme files to license data associated with PSN store purchases. Furthermore, it is possible to install 3.71 M33 from within the flasher, which is useful for those who are stuck with a semi-brick or simply wish to downgrade from a later M33 release.
Now you can up/downgrade your semi-bricked PSP to 3.71 m33 (or even 4.01 m33!) without the need of a Pandora’s Battery as long as your already running on m33 firmware.
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32GB Memory Stick for your PSP!

Posted on August 11, 2008

 32 gb of games wohoo!SanDisk and Sony recently revealed a new version of Sony’s flash media: The PRO-HG series. The PRO-HG series delivers faster continuous write speeds (up to 60MB/sec) and larger capacities of up to 32gb! And because it is backwards compatible, it means that its good news for PSP users because you can be able to use the PRO-HG series sticks on your PSP. However, you wont get the 60MB/sec writing speed while on your PSP though, but still, its the huge amount of storage space that we are obviously interested in.
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Phantasy Star Portable

Phantasy Star Portable debuted at the top of the Japanese charts with a
surprisingly huge number this week, around 340,000 copies. The PSP on the top
of the charts with 61,181 units sold while the DSlite comes dangerously close
with 57,398 units sold.That’s the fourth best start for a PSP game after Monster
Hunter Portable 2nd G
, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Hardware sales for the week of July 28th – August 3rd:

PSP — 61,181
DS Lite — 57,398
Wii — 41,109
PS3 — 9,508
PS2 — 9,045
Xbox 360 — 5,359

Software sales for the week of July 28th – August 3rd:

Phantasy Star Portable (PSP) — 341,700
Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS) — 212,877
Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome (DS) — 111,836
Soulcalibur IV (PS3) — 74,607
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu (PS2) — 37,106
Soulcalibur IV (360) — 34,786
Rei: Tsukihami no Kamen (Wii) — 33,456
Wii Fit (Wii)– 32,201
Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 23,143
Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) — 20,856

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Phantasy Star Portable – Japanese Ad

Posted on August 9, 2008

Sega’s Phantasy Star Portable is clearly targeting the two factors that made
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G a very succesful game:

Multiplayer RPG games and the PSP.

Here’s a Japanese ad for Phantasy Star Portable:

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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Trailer

Posted on August 8, 2008

Square Enix is giving a lot of love for the PSP. With Final Fantasy XIII Agito and Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday also coming to the PSP, we got ourselves a lot of sure-fire hit games coming to the PSP.
Details about the story are still little, but however, we do know that the game is set years before the original story line of the first Kingdom Hearts title. And it follows a slightly darker graphical theme like that of Kingdom Hearts II.

Here’s a look at the official trailer from Gametrailers.com:

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Valhalla Knights 2 – Battle Trailer

Posted on August 7, 2008

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming PSP game Valhalla Knights 2. This is a battle trailer, the video shows different battles using different characters in fast paced buttwrenching and probably finger numbing action.

Release Date: Sep 23, 2008

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