Sony Computer Entertainment America has launched the first major update to the PlayStation Portable's built-in software, with the web browser and other new functions that appeared in Japan a few weeks ago finally appearing in North America.
The version 2.0 firmware is available for download now by users of North American PSPs, and patches a number of security holes as well as adding web browsing functions, wireless picture sharing, desktop backgrounds and new supported media formats.
Crucially, the update closes the loophole in earlier versions of the software which allowed users to copy pirated games to memory sticks and play them from there, as well as playing emulators and other homebrew applications.
Users of North American PSP consoles have been able to download the Japanese update if they wish, but SCEA has advised strongly against this, suggesting that American customers should wait for the official American update.
However, the outward functionality included in both updates is exactly the same, although some sources have suggested that the American build of the firmware is actually slightly more secure than the original Japanese build. European PSP hardware is set to ship with the version 2.0 firmware from launch on September 1st.