Should I upgrade my Sony PSP firmware?
You seem to be on top of all this stuff, Dave, so tell me: should I upgrade the firmware on my Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) to the latest 2.60 release from Sony, or should I stick with 1.50? I'm not entirely clear of the tradeoffs.
This is a question that I see a lot, actually. Sony already has a reputation of being in the forefront of the war over digital rights management (e.g., technological solutions that ensure illegal copies of music, games and videos aren't playable or viewable) and so it should be no surprise that the price you pay for upgrading your firmware in the Sony PSP is that you have less and less ability to hack, experiment or exploit the capabilities of your handheld unit.
On the other hand, there's no question that the last few firmware releases from Sony have added a raft of fabulous and invaluable new features and capabilities, not the least of which is a surprisingly full-featured Web browser.
For example, when Sony released firmware 2.0, here's what was added to the PSP's capabilities:
Then, in October 2005, Sony released firmware 2.50, which added:
The most recent firmware release as of this writing is 2.60, which builds on the previous list and now includes:
I realize that this is confusing. In fact, I'm still running with firmware 2.50 even though the newer release is available. Nothing added is sufficiently compelling to make me upgrade as of yet.
Fortunately, there's a splendid comparison table of Sony PSP firmware that University at Buffalo PhD student Kevin Lim has produced that will give you yet another perspective on this matter: RSS: Should We Upgrade?
This is a long, involved answer. I hope it's helpful.
When you are ready to upgrade your firmware, realize that there are two ways you can do so, as detailed in these two articles:
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