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PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.05 Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Jul 13, 2008 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

I wanted to give a quick heads up to everyone that a new PSP firmware update, v4.05, will be released soon. We know that more and more of you are listening to music on your PSP, and this update will add new visualizers for music playback, among other features. Enjoy!

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+ TheApprentice on July 13th, 2008 at 5:04 pm said:

Nice new visualisations!!!

Please bring some more to PS3 like this variety…


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+ gardea on July 13th, 2008 at 5:04 pm said:

Cool, but why don’t you guys ever list the full features a firmware update has?
:P

My PSP recently died. I let my cousin use it for a bit and she dropped it and cracked the screen and part of the motherboard. I’m waiting to see if a new PSP is coming out anytime soon before I buy one again. I miss it though, I just sit there bored at night when I can’t sleep, wishing I had never let my cousin borrow it…


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+ X1rtam on July 13th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

Nice, but where’s the in-game XMB??? Just kidding haha! Admittedly, I have custom firmware installed, so this won’t be on my PSP for quite some time. I just love taking in-game screenshots!


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 13th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

Nice, might just update this time. How about screen shot capabilities?!? That’s my #1 request for the love of all things PSP please implement it!


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+ TheApprentice on July 13th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

@gardea…

I know what you mean..
From past experience of lending something I own and having it accidentally damaged…
Its the worst things….hence I try to avoid at all costs now..
So the cousin didn’t offer to replace it?


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+ boarder4021 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

Can someone disclose what else the firmware contains? And how come there’s much more variation in the PSP music visualization yet the PS3 music visualizers have always been the same 3?


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+ yunier91 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:10 pm said:

among other features…one can only dream??


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+ yunier91 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:10 pm said:

btw how soon is soon??


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+ JordanBlack68 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:11 pm said:

cool, an update is always cool


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+ FreePlay on July 13th, 2008 at 5:11 pm said:

“Nice, might just update this time. How about screen shot capabilities?!? That’s my #1 request for the love of all things PSP please implement it!”

And it already exists in the firmware. Has since 3.80 or so. They’ve just never implemented it officially.


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 13th, 2008 at 5:13 pm said:

@10

If it’s not been implemented it’s of no use to me lol, hence why i’m asking for it.


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+ crystalx3d on July 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm said:

Thanks! What other features are we talking about? Are they significant or just minor bug fixes? Maybe… on-psp-store-access? (hopeful) Or perhaps… PSN integration? Those two features would make me much happier than any in-game xmb or screen capture features.


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+ C-h-a-o-s on July 13th, 2008 at 5:20 pm said:

Crystalx3d, how about we get all the features so everyones happy!


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+ Plastic Grapes on July 13th, 2008 at 5:27 pm said:

Wow, with all the goodies that 4.0 held, and now this? I can hardly contain my excitement!

^ That was sarcasm. Way to waste more flash space on useless features. G’job Sony


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+ Aaron on July 13th, 2008 at 5:27 pm said:

Nice! Thanks Eric! :) Does this update have anything to do with E3 coming this week? ;)


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+ skaterricky on July 13th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

Sweet thanks for the Knotice :D

Be installing when I get home from work!

Thanks agian!

( I BE THE ONE THAT LISSENS MUSIC IN MY CAR ON MY PSP ON THE WAY TO WORK AND BACK! :P )


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+ crystalx3d on July 13th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

Fair enough, just as long as I get my features first ;-) haha. But seriously, ever since they started distributing demos exclusively on the store instead of the old website, it’s been a crying shame that the only method available to people to get content is to either have windows or a ps3. Since the system is internet enabled, we should be able to browse the store and buy stuff with just the psp. That’s also why it needs psn id integration so that we can purchase things with our wallet, as well as text message our psn buddies on the go. As it stands now, the PlayStation Network is really just the PlayStation3 Network. These feature are a necessity.


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+ XxBigP123xX on July 13th, 2008 at 5:31 pm said:

Cool


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+ Herby on July 13th, 2008 at 5:34 pm said:

Nice Thanks
I hope you included the Earth vis. If so my battery is going to be dead all the time.


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+ KazeEternal on July 13th, 2008 at 5:35 pm said:

PSN Access for PSP ^^


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+ LukaX23 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:37 pm said:

It would be greatly appreciated if you guys would just tell us what the update completely does. If it’s a surprise, tell us it’s one and I’ll gladly wait. Just tell me how long. :)


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+ crystalx3d on July 13th, 2008 at 5:37 pm said:

@3
Also, I’m not sure if in-game XMB is a realistic expectation for the psp. I don’t think the psp has enough ram or a multicore processor to handle multitasking of that sort.


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+ FreePlay on July 13th, 2008 at 5:41 pm said:

“Also, I’m not sure if in-game XMB is a realistic expectation for the psp. I don’t think the psp has enough ram or a multicore processor to handle multitasking of that sort.”

Nope, *definitely* not realistic. As it is, the XMB leaves only about 2-3 MB of RAM free on a fat PSP; *maybe* the slim could do it, but they’d force you to pick between using the UMD cache and using in-game XMB (since the UMD cache is in the slim’s extra RAM).


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+ djratchet on July 13th, 2008 at 5:42 pm said:

“among other features” seems to mean “security patches”, because I never see anything else noteworthy when these firmwares launch


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+ CoOoL_BoY on July 13th, 2008 at 5:42 pm said:

Hi Jeff ;] , I hope u add a small thing in PS3 Online profile >> About Me >> My languages >> Arabic


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+ PyroJack on July 13th, 2008 at 5:45 pm said:

Nice update. Any thoughts on bringing more visualizers to the ps3 as well?


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+ RyuSagara on July 13th, 2008 at 5:47 pm said:

PSN integration will be great to have. To be able to check messages on the go and to access the store will be great. Without having to remote turn on my PS3 cause its slow when using remote play when your in a diffrent area. Hopefully it will be connected to my PS3 account


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+ kenji on July 13th, 2008 at 5:52 pm said:

Eric I love the work you guys are doing with the PSP and the PS3 but I’m concerned that you’re working on features that we really don’t care much about. Is there anyway to talk to the gamers to change the priorities?

1. Why hasn’t anyone posted on this blog about the lack of PS1 titles on the PSN? If there any reason that after 2 years we’re still getting shafted with regards to PS1 titles?


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+ womfalcs3 on July 13th, 2008 at 5:55 pm said:

I use my PSP for music playback on the go. So this is great.


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+ XxBigP123xX on July 13th, 2008 at 5:55 pm said:

Hey Eric,

Think you can comment on the PS3 mic issues people(including myself) have been having?

Sorry to ask in a PSP update post.


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+ kspraydad on July 13th, 2008 at 5:55 pm said:

@17…PSP direct to store is already confirmed as coming by SONY in there forward looking statements.

I’m hoping to see a mini version of the PS3 earth visualization please!


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+ Stoffinator on July 13th, 2008 at 5:55 pm said:

Good to know. And yes, the PS3 does need some more of its own. The earth one is great, but some others would be nice too.


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+ Korlithiel on July 13th, 2008 at 5:57 pm said:

I’ll keep this short, as it seems suggesting too many features means getting your post entirely ignored.

Most people wanted new visualizations only AFTER we get the ability to make playlists from our PSP’s and be able to manage them. This is a basic feature for almost all mp3’s on the market, and the PSP community could really use this.

Only other feature directly related to this I would like to see, is that it remembers your settings. I have come to enjoy listening to my music with it set to random and find it to be enjoyable that LightMP3 does this by default. Then again, maybe this would take up too much room in the flash as it is clear there are big ideas for the firmware and limited space in which to realize them in.


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+ Goaliegeek on July 13th, 2008 at 6:13 pm said:

Good. I’d rather have updated flash for the browser and a faster working Internet Radio player


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+ Thetruefiziks on July 13th, 2008 at 6:17 pm said:

@28 kenji

many people posted about ps1 titles and I believe sony said these WEREN’T a priority, understandably


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+ RyuSagara on July 13th, 2008 at 6:20 pm said:

There needs to be more PS1 titles on the PS Store we only have 22 and some of it are not really worth downloading. If you look at japan PS Store they already have over 100 PS1 games on it and still growing. So what taking so long in bring out more PS1 titles for the store?


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+ kenji on July 13th, 2008 at 6:33 pm said:

@35 Thetruefiziks

Thanks I didn’t know that, that’s pretty upsetting to know oh well less money for me to spend on the PSN I guess.


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+ Phoenix8387 on July 13th, 2008 at 6:43 pm said:

‘among other features’ you say?
Such a tease! :p


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+ nabokovfan87 on July 13th, 2008 at 6:45 pm said:

how about some new things as in when i push the music button on my psp instead of jazz, unique, etc… why not add a few more of those, even a custom one?!!!????!!!???!!?!?!?!?!?!!??


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+ Plastic Grapes on July 13th, 2008 at 6:46 pm said:

Solution for people complaining about PS1 titles: Switch firmwares, rip your PS1 games, convert them, play them. Problem solved. All the PS1 games you want (Legally obtained, of course) for about an hours worth of work

I dont see why people still hope on Sony for this stuff to happen


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+ serendipiddy on July 13th, 2008 at 6:55 pm said:

Yea!
I’ve been waiting patiently for some new Visualisations.. Thanks guys!

I agree with #1 too.. the ps3 has less visualisations than the psp!!?!?!

Would you be able to release some program that would let us make our own themes..? That would be awesome!!

Not tryna put pressure on you’s to release another firmware for the ps3.. just saying that if you’re looking for something to spruce up a bug-fix patch, some visuals on the ps3 would be pretty cool.

Cheers!!


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+ kenji on July 13th, 2008 at 6:55 pm said:

Find some PS1 games is difficult

SCEJ puts up PS1 games routine without issue and gets all the same firmwares as us, so it just makes SCEA look lazy

Wii and 360 put titles up[ on their Virtual Console and XBLA damn quick. So knowing what other companies can do why can’t I expect more of Sony. There is no reason they can’t get moving on this.


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+ kenji on July 13th, 2008 at 6:56 pm said:

also adding google search instead of putting up PS1 titles is just foolish.


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+ mendezgato on July 13th, 2008 at 7:02 pm said:

wow that’s funny we recently had one but hey keep’em coming lol


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+ agony on July 13th, 2008 at 7:13 pm said:

ogg vorbis support would be nice


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+ WHAT on July 13th, 2008 at 7:14 pm said:

Eric, someone told me that you are actually an elf. They said when you do the fw update videos, you stand on a box. They pointed out your ears as evidence. Just want to let you know I don’t believe them. All hail Eric, king of the little people. (if true) ;)


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+ shrimpdude on July 13th, 2008 at 7:18 pm said:

Please God, let this be more than just stupid visualizers!

Are we getting on the fly playlists, playlists that work across folders and shuffling that works across folders? That would be rad.


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+ T_Tokyo on July 13th, 2008 at 7:18 pm said:

OMG Thank you so much!!! Please Keep adding more music visuals in the future.

Oh and like the other people on here said, can you add more to the PS3 as well…give my HD TV a reason to look good.


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+ Nitrowolf2 on July 13th, 2008 at 7:26 pm said:

ah jeff i think we need more visuel (sorry if i spelt that wrong) player for the PS3. Its not one of those things were it needs to be added right away it would just be nice to add more in future PS3 update. Or if its possible have them downloadable from PSN store for free.

Aircards, Sprint mobile Aircards any possible way to make the PS3 adapable to it?


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+ L on July 13th, 2008 at 7:29 pm said:

Thanks for another update! All I really want for the PSP is,
Updated web browser!
PSN for the PSP
divx support
Also, is there anyway to sign in here with the PS3? Cuz whenever I try to my PS3 just freezes. :(


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