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PSP Firmware (v5.50) Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Apr 20, 2009 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hi everyone, the next system software update (v5.50) for PSP (PlayStation Portable) will be available soon, and I wanted to provide you all with a preview of some of the key features.

The firmware update will introduce an Information Board on the PSP system’s XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface. Those of you who have a PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) may be familiar with this feature, which displays news and updates from the world of PlayStation in a scrolling ticker in the upper right-hand corner of your TV screen. Now you’ll be able to read up-to-date information about upcoming games, new content available on PlayStation Store, and other news right on your PSP whenever you’re at a wireless Internet hotspot.

In addition, we’ll be adding a few more enhancements with the 5.50 update:

  • Memory Stick improvements – You’ll be able to create and access sub-folders on your Memory Stick PRO Duo for music, videos and photos. Separately, the available space required to download a file from PlayStation Store to your Memory Stick has been reduced significantly.
  • Internet search for games directly from the XMB – You’ll be able to easily search the Internet for information about your PSP games. Select the icon for the game, hit the Triangle button, and then select [Internet Search] from the options menu to get search results based on the game title. This feature was added to PS3 with the recent 2.70 update.
  • Trend Micro trial – PSP’s Internet browser is a great tool for checking out your favorite Web sites on the go, and we’re teaming up with the Internet security experts at Trend Micro to make the Web browsing experience safer and more secure. With the 5.50 update, you’ll have the option to access a free trial of two Trend Micro services:
    1. Trend Micro Web Security uses Web reputation technology to block PSP owners from accidentally visiting a Web site that may contain malicious content designed to steal personal information and confidential data.
      Trend Micro Kids’ Safety uses URL filtering technology to prevent children from accessing Web sites that feature inappropriate content.

We look forward to reading your feedback.

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+ dm_wiles on April 25th, 2009 at 9:59 am said:

Could we have widgets on the psp please
Cheers


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+ fireburn528 on April 25th, 2009 at 11:35 am said:

Hehe, installing right now!


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+ slavano on April 25th, 2009 at 2:24 pm said:

playstation should come out with a firmware that people can record with the mic.


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+ luiseo12 on April 25th, 2009 at 4:28 pm said:

I was waiting for this update


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+ Minidouglas89 on April 25th, 2009 at 10:09 pm said:

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if all the info on an upcoming PSP this year are just rumours or if they are actually true? Thanks


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+ LookingForKids on April 26th, 2009 at 2:43 pm said:

PSP needs friends list like the ps3 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


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+ infinitypark002 on April 27th, 2009 at 2:47 am said:

Can the Subfolder feature work on the PSP Fat? Because i installed 5.50 on my PSP FAT. Please can someone help?


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+ infinitypark002 on April 27th, 2009 at 2:47 am said:

How do i make it work? Subfolder feature.


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+ MohammedIbrahim on April 27th, 2009 at 9:58 am said:

how do u put the new software of the psp on ur psp


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+ RikuSpirit on April 27th, 2009 at 3:09 pm said:

where’s the freaking gps dang it? we don’t want your lame *ss updates, only a fraction of it is good, the rest is just pathetic. “safer kid browsing”? seriously?.. and remove the damn memory limitation when using the internet browser!


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+ RikuSpirit on April 27th, 2009 at 3:12 pm said:

and don’t give me no damn smiley face with my post, I’m not happy >=[


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+ LookingForKids on May 2nd, 2009 at 1:27 pm said:

wheres the friends list feature ???? come on eric make real features not things we dont need wtf/??


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+ skexsis on May 3rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm said:

Where the HECK is the Go!Video and Go!Explore for the PSP?! I have been waiting for the video camera and the GPS for the PSP and have not seen or heard anything about it since it’s launch in Europe. That is why I bought the thing. Games and Movies selection is getting too weak for me.


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+ LookingForKids on May 5th, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

why does it say that my playstation account is suspended ???????help>>>….>>>>>. what did you do sony]]]]]] Eric help


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+ LookingForKids on May 5th, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

noooooooo why would my account get suspended just because of my name ?????????? my name is just for a joke i’m not a pedo if i was a pedo i wouldn’t have that as my name /????/


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+ RichardCo187 on May 7th, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

I’ve downloaded it today, Hope the new update gives you friends


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+ IcEcReAm_KiLleR on May 14th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

make the psp able 2 watch videos on the bowers like youtube PLEASE


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+ louis_one on June 29th, 2009 at 3:25 pm said:

exploit founded on need for speed and monster hunter who can load a modified 5.03gen-a for hen, byebye 5.50 hello 5.51… xD


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+ louis_one on June 29th, 2009 at 3:27 pm said:

vive le 5.50gen-b!


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