Feeds

Sony clocks up PSP processor by 25%

Hidden firmware update feature

Intelligent flash storage arrays

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.

To download the Sony PSP firmware 3.50 upgrade, please click here.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.