a processor speed limit from the hardware, boosting the handheld games
console's clock speed from 266MHz to 333MHz, an increase of over 25
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
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
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.
Download the Version 3.50 upgrade here.
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