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PSP Firmware (v5.02) Coming Soon

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

Just a quick update, we’ll be making PSP firmware update 5.02 available shortly. This update improves system software stability during use of some features, including the PlayStation Store.

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zombiefriend said:

November 18th, 6:08 pm

rly? the store works fine for me though : l

Jayceon_Kidd said:

November 18th, 6:15 pm

aw man I hate updating it takes so long

linuxguru said:

November 18th, 6:20 pm

Dont be a whiner #2.

Korlithiel said:

November 18th, 6:20 pm

Are you sure this is to fix stability? I mean, unless by stability you mean adding the video section of the store to the PSP then I can’t see why this would be needed.

Then again, maybe this is to test something that runs in the background or to better stop custom firmware users from purchasing things from Sony…which is a lame reason for most people to be forced to update.

crystalx3d said:

November 18th, 6:21 pm

PSN friends list plz. With text message capability. And maybe even voice message capability if you want to make me really happy.

StalkingSilence said:

November 18th, 6:22 pm

Thanks for the *shady* release notes. But at least it’s a heads up!

StalkingSilence said:

November 18th, 6:23 pm

Text RSS reader to commemorate the release of PSBlog v1.5?

ronaldhw said:

November 18th, 6:25 pm

I hope this will fix game issue that I have with current firmware. (Can’t play one of my Japanese game in my Aussie PSP since firmware 5, freeze after logo screen)

crystalx3d said:

November 18th, 6:27 pm

I’d like to be able to log into psp multiplayer games with my PSN ID just like with the PS3. One unified user ID. Could this be done with future psp games?

jcasanova said:

November 18th, 6:27 pm

i wish there was background downloads on the psp store too!!

Campbell said:

November 18th, 6:30 pm

Wil this fix the playstation life freezing when you enter it?

Campbell said:

November 18th, 6:31 pm

Will this fix the playstation life freezing when you enter it?

H3AVY F1R3 said:

November 18th, 6:36 pm

There is no possible way this is to make way for Home righhhtt……..???

H3AVY F1R3 said:

November 18th, 6:37 pm

o crap that says PSP firmware lol mybad

crystalx3d said:

November 18th, 6:39 pm

@10 That would be nice but there’s probably not enough ram to handle that on the psp.

@11 Uh.. life is a PS3 feature. You mean the store?

Let’s get some more interactivity between psp and ps3 games! Sort of like what they’re doing with the resistance games. Even better, ps3 games that have special psp minigames that can be transfered and run from the memorystick to help achieve some goal in the larger game when you’re away from the ps3.

Jayceon_Kidd said:

November 18th, 6:39 pm

oops I misread this I thought it said ps3 nevermind psp updates don’t take long

shrimpdude said:

November 18th, 6:42 pm

Still not fixing the music playlisting/shuffling across subfolders bugs?

wavesln said:

November 18th, 6:43 pm

Stability is good. Me likes stability.

triple_lei said:

November 18th, 7:00 pm

I wonder if this fixes the “a recording delay has occurred” bug when recording with the PSP camera. I doubt it, though…

shystie1 said:

November 18th, 7:04 pm

I love updates! Keep them coming.

Do you love updates?

killquick said:

November 18th, 7:05 pm

In game music would be nice like what rockstar did with grand theft auto and atari did with crazy taxi.

Aaron said:

November 18th, 7:06 pm

SWEET! I love firmware updates! :)

Jeigh said:

November 18th, 7:13 pm

Hm, I’ve long wondered about these “stability” updates, but as long as it doesn’t crash my PSP I really don’t care- I don’t dabble in things that violate the EULA anyway.

Wheels86 said:

November 18th, 7:16 pm

Awesome thanks for the heads up guys this will hopefully make the store run smoother for me

guitarman01 said:

November 18th, 7:16 pm

please fix the music section for the psp to be able to put tracks in order.

thanks it would be much much appreciaited!


lakaihigh said:

November 18th, 7:27 pm

sounds good to me. thanks for the heads up eric!


FeaturePreacher said:

November 18th, 7:33 pm

I think software stability has something to with the ad hoc party beta currently going on in Japan.

benzboi92 said:

November 18th, 7:37 pm


PSP firmware updates don’t take nearly as long as PS3 updates. The updates are only 30MB, dude…not long at all with a decent connection.

FeaturePreacher said:

November 18th, 7:48 pm

Hey Eric,

Will multiple data album editing, video playlists, 10-120x audio playback, and .5-2x video playback be in the next ps3 firmware arriving next week? Also, remember, remind the firmware developers in Japan not to fear redesigning the in-game xmb to make space for making in-game access to music and in-game screenshots system wide features. Don’t worry about those who may disagree with this since they are doormats who will accept anything Sony does.

BlackTooth93 said:

November 18th, 7:54 pm

could you be more specific? otherwise i’ll just stick to 5.00

jazzyrider said:

November 18th, 8:10 pm

i’ve used the store once i think and didn’t see any problems. oh well.

i know someone will mention it but will a f/w update help those with interlacing on the new model?

tushioh said:

November 18th, 9:06 pm

what about the firmware update for ps3 to fix the 80022D11?! I can’t sync my trophies and I’m not alone. I can’t get any LBP trophies, or PAIN and others. Please patch ps3 to enable us to sync trophies.

Jman8 said:

November 18th, 9:07 pm

bd to go?!

Jayceon_Kidd said:

November 18th, 9:22 pm

read 16 >.>

ghamdikh1 said:

November 18th, 9:54 pm

good job Eric and keep the good work.

hijaker77 said:

November 18th, 9:59 pm

I’m sick of my PSP.. I don’t buy the games anymore, I just lost interest and they are too expensive. I just use it for music now and I don’t take it out often because the GLARE is a pain in natural light.

BulletToothTony said:

November 18th, 10:25 pm

hey Eric all ps3 owners want in-game music.. your video for update 2.42 was very deceiving making people think we were gonna get in game music.. so far no dev has used this feature and i don’t see i reason why they will..

please add this feature, you guys say you listen to us the consumers.. i hope is true

ftwrthtx said:

November 18th, 10:41 pm

Thanks for the heads up

NG4 The Karate Kid said:

November 18th, 10:45 pm

Eric, please update the PS3 firmware with the following enhancements!!!


1) Alert sound for in game messaging (I miss so many messages because I never know when I receive them! Please use the same trophy alert sound. How can we not have a sound alert for this, AOL and YAHOO even had this in there start up years!

2) Allow me to create an Icon for movies I purchase off the the Playstation Store. I would like to BUY movies but I won’t because I cannot create an Icon for them

3) Please display my current trophy level next to my Icon. That way all my friends can easily see what level Im at, VS syncing. They shouldn’t have to go searching for my level!

4) Please either add more PSN Icons. (I cannot believe that there is not a SACKBOY ICON YET!!!!

5) Last, please add in game XMB for watching Blu-Ray Movies!

Eric I am counting on you to fight to get these features added to the firmware. I am going to send letters every week, I am going to call, I am going to leave comments everyday, until these features are added. I am counting on you please don’t let me down!

pick-e said:

November 18th, 11:19 pm

Will this new firmware grant Sony the ability to give the PSP Store good updates each week? :p

FeaturePreacher said:

November 18th, 11:53 pm


The interlacing issue on the psp-3000 is a hardware issue. Read this:

FeaturePreacher said:

November 18th, 11:59 pm


In-game music has been used by the developers PixelJunk, London Studio in Wipeout HD, Rockstar in Midnight Club LA, SCEA in Warhawk, the developers of Super Stardust HD, the developers of Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket Powered Battle Cars, and there are probably a few more. But it would be nice if this was a system wide feature.

C-h-a-o-s said:

November 19th, 12:01 am

SCREEN SHOT feature please a program able to take screens of anything on our screen, not just games that support the feature like on the PS3.


FeaturePreacher said:

November 19th, 12:03 am


The resources of SCEA are limited. They are probably quite busy with HOME coming out next week. Perhaps there will be more psp store content coming once HOME is out and perhaps once the holidays have past.

TebgDoran said:

November 19th, 5:43 am

^ Actually, the thought had crossed my mind that they were prepping the release of something new for Thursday, noticed a bug during testing, and had to drop a firmware update Wednesday to correct it.

The “day-before” scenario also works if they were prepping something big – say, MGS or something, wink wink – and want to bolster security to minimize piracy with a firmware update beforehand.

With the tone set by the last few weeks, I’m not getting my hopes up, but for one thing – it has to get better sometime, right?

Oh well. I can dream.

jqtaxpayer said:

November 19th, 6:03 am

So I take it Home won’t be released before Xbox rolls out the ideas they pilfered from it in a week or two?

Wow… some people over there must really be kicking themselves now.


November 19th, 6:45 am

Maybe you should test more the updates before releasing, to aviod making v.01 of lots of PSP / PS3 firmwares

maluraq said:

November 19th, 7:12 am

Hey, spammers, SHUT UP please!

And quit speaking for all of us.

This is about PSP firmware updates, but for the record, NO I don’t want in-game XMB music for all games. I want good mood music in most of my games that is designed to work with the flow of the game.

Playing random tracks in the background is what my stereo system is for.

I only play my own tracks in arcade games like HVB and SSHD but go figure, those both have custom soundtrack support already.

maluraq said:

November 19th, 7:12 am

… as for Home vs. XBox, the 3D avatars on the XBox are nothing like Home, and are more an imitation of the Nintendo Mii concept than anything Sony’s doing.

PirateThom said:

November 19th, 7:31 am


Sadly, it doesn’t really work that way.

You can spend all the time in the world testing, but you’re always going to be limited to the number of units you can test on.

It could work perfectly under ever condition on these units, but once it’s released to the public, the number of variables increases so the number of issues also increases, especially for devices as sophisticated as a PSP or PS3, but I’ve had a router and MP3 player completely die after firmware updates.

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