Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Is the PSP an iPod killer?

Is the Sony PSP the iPod killer that everyone has been looking for? That's a question that's been sitting in my edit queue for a good part of this month...

Last Saturday Russell Beattie posted about the Firmware 2.0 upgrade which includes a web browser, and as soon as it was released in Japan he snagged a copy and upgraded. Looks like it works fine on US PSP's. Although if you're interested in running home brewed software you shouldn't upgrade, as most of the PSP hacks only work on PSP's running version 1.5 of the firmware or older...

I mentioned the PSP web server a couple of weeks, well for those people still running verison 1.5 or below, someone has written both an FTP server and a VNC client. There seems to be quite a community growing up around the Sony PSP and it's a shame Sony refuse to recognise that and open the platform up for "unofficial" development. Despite being a fairly closed shop Apple in recent years have benefited a great deal from opening up their platform.

Interestingly MAKE magazine has a link to a mass storage hack for the PSP and a video showing you how to go about hacking your PSP.

With the introduction of the firmware upgrade, which includes a web browser amongst its improvements, Sony have probably killed the Nokia 770 dead in the water. The PSP does everything the new Nokia 770 does, and more, but the iPod, time will tell...

Update: C.K. Sample has a good summary of the changes Sony have made in the new firmware revision...