updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed October 15, 2008
PSP Store Update Live
Sony today rolled out planned firmware updates for its PlayStation lineup that add a pair of essential features. The PSP 5.0 update adds PlayStation Store access and represents the first time that users can buy and download games and content directly from the handheld itself; the account is also unified with that of the PS3. The revision further adds support for TV output for PlayStation games, a QWERTY keyboard for entering text, and a sleep timer for those using the PSP as a makeshift bedside radio.
The company has also introduced PS3 2.5, which adds Flash 9 video support to the console's web browser, better voice chat that includes support for the official SOCOM Bluetooth headset, and an auto-shutdown feature that, like an earlier Xbox 360 update, lets users force the PS3 to run in a low-power mode until it finishes downloads. It also introduces the option of taking screen snapshots and a general power saving mode.
Both updates are free and live in most areas that carry Sony's game systems.