Thursday, July 21, 2005

PSP New 2.0 Update Soon

A number of sites are reporting that PSP is getting a new update. 2.0 which will include what I think is the holy grail for PSP users, a built in web browser.

Concerns I have, and I hope they are addressed, are bookmarks...why, because without a keyboard and because of the really lousy PSP way of entering text, book marks are going to be crucial to making it a pleasant experience. I also hope they have a homepage feature.

If it does not allow bookmarks, then the ability to set a home page or even better to have a html. file as a home page on the PSP itself, would allow users to have a page of links to key sites to make browsing much easier.

My second concern is the buffering the PSP does on pictures. One of the reasons I purchased the PSP was to view comics. The problem I have found and verified with several others is that after viewing a number of oversized scanned pages, the PSP, which initially views the page blurred and clears it up as you move about it, at some point after viewing a number of pages, does not clear up. Having to exit the picture viewer all the way and then go back in to continue reading is distracting from the immersion factor. (Sidenote: the PSP needs to organize pages using standard ordering rather than creation date, which has forced me to resave many of my scans again just to get them to display in proper order on the PSP, arghhhh)

Finally I think and have stated before that an integrated PDF viewer, or even more importantly an ebook reader would open up the PSP to an even wider audience. They need to think complete media entertainment machine. (If they don't release one, would love for a developer to come up with a UMD version).

I still dream that at some point we will be able to purchase UMD burners, not to copy software, but to put pictures, video, music (and in the future PDF and ebook) content on.

I know that many homebrew apps will be killed by the update. It seems that Sony should acknowledge the need for some kind of cheap, multi-game setups. Or a developer. I do not see any reason why someone could not develop a UMD based app, that plays older games from the same disk only limiting it to being used for what is paid for only. At the capacity of UMD's you could fit substantial amounts of older ROMS on a single disk.

Think about old software catalogs that could be updated/converted and played on the PSP (it would be nice to see the games not just ported over, but not reworked, but maybe re-optimzed to work better on the PSP. I really don't think that this would hurt new game sales. And if the original license holders would accept modest fees, it would be a way for everyone to make money with a modest investment as the homebrew community has already done a lot of the work...


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