PSP Firmware Contains Secret 25% Processor Speed Bump

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PSP Firmware Contains Secret 25% Processor Speed Bump

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Sony has pulled off a covert PSP firmware release that secretly removes
a processor speed limit from the hardware, boosting the handheld games
console's clock speed from 266MHz to 333MHz, an increase of over 25
per cent.

Firmware version 3.50 was initially released at the end of May, but only
now has the update's impact on the processor speed emerged. Sony's
original release notes blurb says nothing about it.

Instead, the official PSP website says PSP Firmware 3.50 will now allow
users to connect their PSPs to a PS3 and browse through an RSS channel
guide.

However, incessant online rumours about the firmware update removing
the processor speed limit finally led Sony Computer Entertainment
America (SCEA) to confirm this week that the cap can be removed with
the upgrade, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

SCEA doesn't appear to have confirmed much else about the PSP's
clocking speed. But reports suggest that the 25 per cent processing boost
will only apply to PSP games currently in production, enabling them to
take advantage of a higher frame rate. This may affect battery life
though.

SCEA hasn't confirmed what prompted it to allow users to remove the
processor's clock cap. But many PSP fans are speculating the move could
be based on a potential redesign of the PSP, which may include a brighter
screen, slimmer profile and - crucially - a longer battery life.

PSPs are still selling strongly in the US. Sales figures from market
watcher NPD showed that Sony's US PSP sales jumped 20.7 per cent
during May to 221,000 units, compared to April.

Source

Download the Version 3.50 upgrade here.

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http://uk.playstation.com/help-support/psp/guides/detail/item66119/Update-features-(ver-3-50)/

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Post by logicaL »

This has been rumored for a long time and I'm glad they've finally (offically) released it (its been available on custom firmwares for a while now.) Just today they upgraded it again to 3.51 to fix a hack that allows for custom firmwares to be installed

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3.30 OE-A FTW
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Compact-mac wrote:3.30 OE-A FTW
What 3.30 OE-A has that 3.40 OE-A doesn't?

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Oh, 2.40's out! I should upgrade soon!
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FiFi wrote:
Compact-mac wrote:3.30 OE-A FTW
What 3.30 OE-A has that 3.40 OE-A doesn't?
I think they have mostly the same features, I don't think there were any major additions to it. 3.30 OE-A2 has been updated a bit more by Dark Alex however. Personally I can't wait until I get my PSP back, runnin (evenutally) 3.50 OE-A thanks to the new Lumines exploit.

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Post by ZSS9393 »

Hopefully Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 will run better now that the PSP's 333MHz. Wait...Great, now my iMac won't even outrun a handheld video game system. It's time for me to upgrade.
But it will be very hard to get rid of this iMac. I have a lot of memories with this thing.
Anyway, I'll have to upgrade my PSP, I can't wait until someone hacks this so it can run homebrew stuff.
http://ubuntu.com
^Ubuntu 8. New installer. Why the heck didn't they do this years ago?

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ZSS9393 wrote:Hopefully Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 will run better now that the PSP's 333MHz. Wait...Great, now my iMac won't even outrun a handheld video game system. It's time for me to upgrade.
But it will be very hard to get rid of this iMac. I have a lot of memories with this thing.
Anyway, I'll have to upgrade my PSP, I can't wait until someone hacks this so it can run homebrew stuff.
3.50 has been hacked already, don't upgrade to 3.51

All you need is a copy of Lumines (any US/UK version) just goto http://www.noobz.eu to find out about it all

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Post by asiekierka »

Well... We could do it long ago with custom firmwares.
AND:
console's clock speed from 266MHz to 333MHz, an increase of over 25 percent.
It wasn't 266mhz. it was 222mhz before. 222mhz->333mhz gives a 33% boost, or 111mhz.
A modchip can even overclock the PSP to 366mhz. (but it's hella not safe)
And also, PSP still runs at 222mhz while using Wi-Fi.
It should run at 266mhz AT LEAST.

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