Ever since the introduction of the PlayStation Network, I have been complaining about the PSP's inability to support its use. Well it looks like Sony is finally going to make me eat crow, as they announced full PSN integration into the newest PSP firmware update.
Details on PSP firmware 5.0 had been lacking, but http://www.joystiq.com/2008/10/13/sony-reveals-ps3-firmware-2-5-psp-firmware-5-0-details/ was able to get hands-on time with the newest update while attending the Tokyo Game Show:
"PSP firmware 5.0 ushers in the PS Store for PSP. With the exception of a separate video storefront, it is functionally identical to the PS3's PS store, including the option to enter PSN Card numbers and voucher codes from within. The final content categories are still being finalized, but the build we tried featured sections for downloadable games, UMD Legacy games, themes, video, and music. SCEA isn't saying whether it plans to offer digital releases all future UMD-based games day-and-date via the service like SCE Japan is.
The rest of the PSP updates are fairly low-key. PlayStation Network now has its own spot on the PSP XMB, just as it does on PS3. (This is where the PS Store lives.) There's now a sleep timer function for music playback and a new XMB background theme - basically a two-tone version of the standard "plasma" effect - is available.
We tried out the latest firmware on a PSP-3000 and were impressed by the soon-to-be-released handheld's refresh rate, low-glare screen, better contrast ratio, and imperceptible ghosting."
I am amazed that it has taken this long for the PSN to come to the PSP. This may be just what the PSP needs to compete with the Nintendo's DSi. I can't wait to see what happens when Sony gets their full game download service amped up. As a huge PSP supporter, I am excited to see what the future holds. How about you? More PlayStation 3 News...