So you’ve updated the system software on your Xbox 360, Wii and PS3. What about your handheld console? Sure, the Nintendo DS may not have that capability, but the same cannot be said about the PlayStation Portable (PSP). Just like the three major consoles of this generation, the PSP also needs the occasional software update. But how do you go about getting them? One of two different ways: using a wireless internet connection or a home computer.
Regardless of which option you choose there are a few things that you’ll need to do first:
• Connect the PSP’s AC adaptor and plug it into an outlet • Find a Memory Stick Duo card with at least 22MB of free space
Once that’s been done, simply follow the steps below to perform an update using the wireless internet connection option:
1) Insert the Memory Stick Duo card into the PSP 2) Enable the PSP’s WLAN settings 3) From the PSP’s XMB home menu, select the “Settings” option 4) Choose “Network Update” 5) The PSP will automatically search for new updates and prompt you to install them if any are found 6) If a newer version is available, press “X” again to download the update 7) Additional on-screen instructions may appear at this point, so follow them as necessary 8) Once installation is complete and the PSP restarts, make sure that the update was successful by checking system software version under “System Settings” in the “Settings” menu
The computer update method, however, requires a few extra steps. Much like the PS3, PSP’s require a specific file structure on their memory cards in order to recognize update files. Make sure that your Memory Stick Duo card has the following files: Memory Stick Duo > PSP > GAME > UPDATE. Remember that “PSP,” “GAME,” and “UPDATE” need to be all uppercase letters! Next, download and save the latest update data as “EBOOT.PBP” in the “UPDATE” folder on the storage device. Insert the flash drive into the PSP system and follow these steps:
1) From the PSP’s XMB home menu, selecting the “Game” option 2) Choose “Memory Stick” from the next menu 3) Press “X” to begin the update 4) Once the update is complete, make sure that it was successful by double-checking the system software version (“System Information”) under “System Settings” in the “Settings” menu