269w ago - Per Grace Chen (Senior Manager, PLAYSTATION Store) today:
Hi everyone, as Eric mentioned in his post yesterday, we wanted to give you a live demo of the PSP's direct access to PlayStation Store, which will be coming with the 5.00 firmware update.
Now whenever your PSP is connected to the Internet over WiFi, you'll be able to download and enjoy the latest games, demos and trailers on the go without needing to sync up to your PS3 or PC. Here's a brief walk-through of what you'll experience.
On a related note, the PS3 firmware update (2.50) will add Flash Player 9 support to the PS3 Web browser, so you'll be able to actually watch this video (and all of our blog videos) on your PS3 once the firmware goes live!
In addition, I want to point out that the PlayStation Network is scheduled to be unavailable in North America today from 11AM to 4PM PST due to essential maintenance work.
269w ago - Slated for release tomorrow, PlayStation 3's upcoming 2.50 firmware includes support for Flash 9 via the console's Web browser alongside various changes.
Eurogamer has also been told that you'll be able to see optional EXIF (exchangeable image file format) information while viewing photos.
And finally for the things that weren't mentioned yesterday, the Y and Z and Q and A keys have been remapped for the German on-screen keyboard. Gut.
Things we already knew about Firmware 2.5:
• Pads and the PS3 itself now have tweakable power-save settings for turning off after a period of inactivity.
• You can tell the PS3 to power down once it's finished downloading or installing content.
• In-game screenshots can be taken in compatible games.
• It enables high-quality mode for the official PS3 Bluetooth headset.
• The Trophy interface has been improved, so you can see you and your friends' progress more easily.
• Friends now have their last login time listed.
• Videos now have a scene search feature.
• There's a button on the PlayStation Store frontpage for redeeming codes.
269w ago - 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 Joystiq 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...
269w ago - According to Community Team Leader Elixor's announcement on the French Official PlayStation Community (linked above), the Playstation Network has maintenance scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2008).
It will be down from Tuesday October 14 at 21:00 to Wednesday October 15 at 02:00.
To quote: Hello all,
A maintenance PLAYSTATION Network is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2008).
Start: Tuesday October 14 at 21:00
End: Wednesday October 15 at 02:00
During this maintenance you can not connect to PLAYSTATION Network.
If you are connected before you should be able to play online without problem.