Sony Playstation Portable 2.0 firmware available in U.S. on Aug. 12

by Todd Ogasawara

The wait for the Sony PSP 2.0 firmware in the U.S. is nearly over. According to Macworld, we should see it hit our shores on Aug. 12.

Macworld: Sony to release PSP 2.0 firmware update Aug. 12

Here's a summary of the new features:

  • H.264-encoded video playback (in addition to MPEG4)
  • Ability to download video clips over WiFi (but no service for U.S. customers yet. The service is limited to Japan)
  • Use any image stored on a Memory Stick Pro Duo as a desktop image
  • Web browser using built-in 802.11b WiFi capability
  • WPA-PSK security (in addition to WEP)
  • Transfer images (but not video or audio files) wirelessly to another PSP

Any information about when Sony will provide a WiFi video download service outside of Japan? Let us know.