SCEA to Deliver Unmatched Gaming and Entertainment Options at Home

October 13, 2008

SCEA to Deliver Unmatched Gaming
and Entertainment Options at Home or On-The-Go With Newest PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP
Features

Through Upcoming Firmware
Updates, PS3 Gameplay Will Evolve with Advanced Voice Chat Features and In-game
Screenshot Capture, While Downloading Games for PSP System Will Be Easier Than
Ever with Direct Access to PlayStation Store over Wi-Fi

Sony Computer Entertainment America
(SCEA) today announced details of the next PLAYSTATION 3  and PSP 
system software updates, adding new features to both platforms to benefit
consumers. PS3 firmware update (v. 2.50) will include the implementation of
advanced voice chat features for the PS3 Official Bluetooth(R) Headset, the
ability to capture screenshots in-game with supporting titles in the future, and
enhancements to make the PlayStation Trophy interface more intuitive. PSP
firmware update (v. 5.00) will add direct access to PlayStation Store on PSP,
enabling consumers to browse the store and download games whenever they’re at a
Wi-Fi hotspot. Both system software updates will be released this month.

"These firmware updates keep both
PS3 and PSP in lockstep with consumer expectations for gaming and entertainment,
particularly the ability to download PSP games on-the-go, which is a
functionality we know consumers can’t wait to get their hands on," said Peter
Dille, senior vice president of marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. "As we
approach our second anniversary with PLAYSTATION 3, it’s remarkable to look back
at how much the system has evolved and improved, including its critical link to
PSP that effectively extends these entertainment capabilities beyond the home."

PLAYSTATION 3 Firmware 2.50
Update

Building upon the foundation set by
previous firmware upgrades, the 2.50 system software update will refine existing
features while also adding new functionality. The update will deliver exclusive
options to support SCEA’s Official Bluetooth Headset, as previously announced,
such as an on-screen indicator that shows volume, battery charge, and mute
functions, as well as a High Quality (HQ) mode, which utilizes advanced wireless
technologies and the Headset’s dual-microphone design to enable clear and
wide-band wireless voice communication with PS3 system. HQ mode greatly improves
the voice chat experience in multi-player titles such as SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs
Confrontation, which will be bundled with the Headset when it launches at retail
this week.

To further strengthen the gameplay
experience on PS3 system, the firmware update will add an in-game screenshot
capture tool, laying the groundwork for developers to add capture and sharing
options to their games and allowing players to immortalize their favorite gaming
moments and share them with friends. Titles that support the feature are
expected to be announced in the future.

The 2.50 update also will enhance
the user interface for PlayStation Trophies. When players acquire a Trophy, the
in-game notification will now include the specific Trophy icon created by the
developer, while more intuitive options for comparing Trophies with friends have
been added, including an icon to represent the Trophy level. The Trophy system
will continue to expand through future firmware updates, catering to the PS3
community and the competitive nature of the more than 12 million registered
PlayStation Network users worldwide.

Other new features delivered through
PS3 firmware 2.50 will include:

  • Video — A video scene search
    functionality will provide thumbnails to help you find a particular scene in a
    video more easily.

  • Information Board — The
    Information Board will be able to include direct links to PlayStation Store,
    making it easier for PS3 owners to download content that they read about on
    the Information Board.

  • Power save — PS3 owners will have
    the option to automatically shut-off their console or controllers after
    pre-selected periods of inactivity.

PSP Firmware 5.00 Update

As demonstrated at the Tokyo Game
Show last week, the PSP firmware 5.00 update will add direct PlayStation Store
access to the system, eliminating the need for PSP to be connected to a PC or
PS3 to download content. PSP owners will be able to download games, demos,
trailers, and other game-related content anytime and anywhere that their PSP
system is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. This functionality delivers on
the portable promise of PSP, making the device even more compelling for gaming
and entertainment on-the-go.

Additional enhancements delivered
through PSP firmware 5.00 will include:

  • On-screen keyboard — A full-size,
    QWERTY on-screen keyboard will be added to make text entry during Web browsing
    easier and more convenient.

  • Sleep timer — During music
    playback, a sleep timer will enable users to shut off their PSP system after a
    specified amount of time.

  • Video-out — The PSP-2000’s
    video-out feature will be able to display classic PlayStation(R) format titles
    at the full-screen size of the TV that the PSP is connected to; the feature
    also will support interlace displays.

About PS3 and PSP System Software
Updates

PS3 and PSP systems were designed to
continually evolve with regular system software updates that deliver new
features. There’s no additional investment required from consumers, who simply
update their systems and can immediately enjoy the benefits of the added
functionality. This process lengthens the lifecycle of PS3 and PSP, and
consumers no longer have to worry about their hardware becoming outdated or
missing out on exciting new capabilities. SCEA will continue to release system
software updates on an ongoing basis. For further details and instructions on
how to update the PS3 and PSP system software, please visit us.playstation.com.