New PSP firmware update adds Google to XMB

by: Chuck -
Sony just released a new update for the PSP that adds Google search directly to the XMB as well as speeding up the playing of videos when you play them off a Memory stick. I'm also guessing this will also force you to re-hack your PSP if you're running your own custom ROM.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) will be available this week. PSP system will be upgraded to firmware 4.00, which adds the Google™ search engine directly to the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) user interface, making Web searches easier and more convenient on PSP.

The Google search engine will be accessible under the XMB’s “Network” category through a new “Internet Search” icon. The new feature will deliver the same Google search results as when searching on www.google.com. The functionality also has an input history recall of up to 20 items for more efficient browsing. Working with Google to offer its superior search technology demonstrates SCEA’s commitment to further enhance the mobile entertainment experience on PSP system.

How it works

· Download and install the 4.00 firmware upgrade to the PSP system.

· While on the XMB, click on Network, then Internet Search and input keywords; or while in the PSP Internet Browser, press the HOME button and begin a New Search. PSP system needs to be connected to the Internet (through a wireless access point or Wi-Fi hotspot)*.

Additional updates in the 4.00 system software update include the ability to change viewing speed during playback of videos stored on a Memory Stick PRO Duo™; this allows you to watch a video quickly, or slow it down to listen carefully to dialogue.

Further details and instructions on how to update the PSP system software are available at http://www.us.playstation.com/PSP/About/SystemUpdate. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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