New PSP Firmware 2.01 Available

Last week the PSP Firmware 2.0 was cracked and Sony was quick to announce that they would fight any attempts to reverse engineering their product would have immediate actions. Today Sony launched a new system update (V2.01). It disables any homebrew code to run as well as firmware downgrades, meaning no piracy at all.

[tags]PSP, Firmware, Homebrew[/tags]

PSP Virus

I saw this coming…

Warning: Fake Patcher Bricks Your PSP!!

With all those exploits and firmware downgrades released last week I thought that someone would craft a virus for the PSP soon.

[tags]PSP, Virus[/tags]

PSP Mac Wallpaper

PSP Apple Wallpaper

I found this great PSP Mac OS X like wallpaper. It looks really good on the PSP screen.

[tags]PSP, Apple, Wallpaper[/tags]

Mea Culpa

In the last few days, I’ve been away from my usual “routine”. My after hours have been taken by a small giant named Sony Playstation Portable, or PSP as you wish.

You can describe it in a short sentence: It’s incredible! You have to play with it to believe. Forget all the photos, all the reviews, everything you have been told. PSP is more than a console, it’s a full featured portable media center, the “walkman” of the 21st century.

I’m not an early adopter, meaning I tend to wait and see how new technology behave months after being launched to public. I love to try new tech but when it comes to investments I’m very careful.

If you keep an eye on my blog, you know I was tempted to get an iPod, mainly to replace my broken Creative Jukebox 3… Being able to carry all your music library is great, but something made me “look” to the PSP.

I never understood all the hype with small media players, like the nano or the shuffle, all they can offer is portability, and ranging from 1GB to 4GB… not much compared to 20GB, so the 20GB iPod was my main target, WAS until I tried a PSP. I felt the same tingling feeling I had when I got my first Gameboy back in the 90’s. I’ve changed my mind in a snap, the power of a PSP is awesome. You got to see the LCD screen to understand what I’m saying, it’s so clear, better than much portable dvd players around.

I had to rethink it all again. Being able to play games, music, videos and photos in a huge screen was much more than the iPod could offer me and it was cheaper. So, after some thinking I made my mind and I got one (actually my girlfriend helped saying that my mind was made and asked me what was I waiting for).

Fnac had only a few games, so I grabbed Wipeout Pure (hoping that the old Wipeout spirits could return after the flop that Wipeout Fusion was) and a UMD movie to experience the PSP movie features. I got Steamboy, an Anime title from the director of Akira.

I got home, unpacked and powered the beast with the demo UMD that comes bundled with. It asked me to upgrade my firmware to 2.0, and so I did. After the firmware was upgraded it was time to check the demos. Music clips, Spiderman 2 trailer and trailers from the launch games. Once again the image was superb, the Spiderman trailer has better quality than the .mov available from the movie site.

But enough from the demo UMD. Wipeout Pure was calling, I popped in the UMD and it was bliss! The graphics, the video, the techno tracks, it was all there… Then it came to the game itself. My God, the 3D is so fluid, the playability was back from the old Wipeout days.

After a few races, I played the “hack the PSP” game. I’ve explored all the menus, all the settings, configured it to connect to my wireless router (and it failed using WPA encryption, had to use WEP) and surf time was up!

The PSP browser is great, with some cool features like resizing modes, and you can even use a mouse like pointer with the analog stick… Sony had it all planned.

I’ll have to end this post, it’s getting to damn big, but not before saying something:

If you are planning to buy a PSP, do it! If you aren’t then think about it seriously. You won’t be disappointed.

[tags]PSP, iPod, Wipeout Pure, Steamboy, consoles[/tags]

Weekend Full

Well, this weekend was “different”…
Friday I forgot my two cell phones at the office and didn’t go back to get them, meaning no phone calls for me since friday night. I tought that I was going to feel a little bit “naked” but no, everything went fine. Guess I’m not depending from my mobiles as much as I tought. I’m glad I kept a Moleskine with a few phone numbers just in case, and that helped alot.

I spent the weekend at my girlfriend’s house meaning, no technology whatsoever, no blogging, no surfing… just checked my mail and that’s it, a peacfull weekend without almost any tech. I had alot of time to think about the PSP vs iPod issue… and I made my mind. The reasons I’ll explain in another post along with a small review of my new… PSP!

I dropped down on FNAC and got a PSP, Wipeout Pure and Steamboy (UMD movie). When I arrived home, I updated the PSP firmware to 2.0, charged the battery and played Wipeout. I’m speechless… I made the right choice. Now I’m going to configure it to access my SMS router and surf the net with all the confort of… my bed 😀 (after I watch Steamboy that is).

Stay tuned for the review and some photos.

[tags]PSP, Playstation, iPod, Wipeout Pure, Steamboy[/tags]