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Features of Firmware 3.60

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Joystiq got their hands on a pre-production PSP Slim & Light and had this to report about the installed, but as yet, unreleased PSP System Software Version 3.60. The bad news is that they confirm these features are not compatible with the original PSP model, although they are unsure how the firmware will work with older units when released.


UMD Cache is used to increase the load speeds of games. As revealed earlier, the cache is added RAM found in the redesigned system.


USB Charge allows players to charge their PSP battery by connecting their systems via USB. Previously, the system would drain power when stuck in USB mode.


Connected Display Settings contains the settings for the new video-out feature. Within the display settings, PSP owners can change the type of TV that's connected, and settings for screensavers. We connected a PSP to a TV and were impressed by the results: UMD movies look fantastic, but games will be bordered. PSP games are rendered at 480x272, progressive scan only. Because it's output at 480x272, there will be black borders all around the image when playing on the television.


Check out the original article at Joystiq for images.


Bad news for us current PSP users, huh? But games at progressive scan only? I wonder how that will work. I for one don't own any TVs that can display progressive frames right now.

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