Sony delays regional PSP upgrade

In response to rising occurrences of users playing pirated games on its PlayStation Portable (PSP) device, Sony has announced an operating system (OS) upgrade that adds anti-hack capabilities and additional features.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 18, 2005

In response to rising occurrences of users playing pirated games on its PlayStation Portable (PSP) device, Sony has announced an operating system (OS) upgrade that adds anti-hack capabilities and additional features. The OS upgrade closes the loop-hole that lets PSP users downgrade to earlier firmware versions that can then be hacked to play pirated games. Some of these versions were recently found to contain a new PSP trojan (Trojan.PSPBrick). Although this OS upgrade is now available in Japan and North America however, it won’t be available in this region until early next year. In effect, this means that some Middle East PSP users can currently download one of the several downgrade hacks, which may contain the dangerous trojan. According to Sony Gulf, the PSP system upgrade will most likely be available here in February 2006, whereas Japanese and North American users have had access to the it since the 13th of October. Besides acting as an anti-hack fix, Sony’s latest upgrade lets users stream video content to their PSPs over a Wi-Fi network. The update also allows owners to play copyrighted movies saved on Memory Stick Duo memory. Windows Middle East recommends that regional PSP users only download updates or OS upgrades from Sony's official web site.

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