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Sony Releases v2.81 PSP Firmware

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2006 @ 4:50 p.m. PDT

Sony has released a new v2.81 update for its PSP firmware, available in Japan, Europe and North America, adding the ability to download video and images through RSS, AAC support with the .3gp extension, and various other tweaks. A new World Tour Soccer 06 demo is now also available for download. Support for the playback of content stored in [MUSIC], [PICTURE] and [VIDEO] folders at the root level of Memory Stick Duo media.

PSP systems with system software version 2.80 or earlier do not correctly recognize high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™ with more than 4 GB of free (recordable) memory space.

System software version 2.81 includes the following:

You can now download video and image content under [RSS Channel].
You can now register devices via a wireless LAN access point under [LocationFree™ Player].

* For more information on LocationFree Base Station products, visit
The following game demo is available for download.

Download page for World Tour Soccer 06 demo:

To download directly to a PSPĀ® system, go to using your system's Internet browser. Select here to view download instructions.

To download using a PC, select here to view download instructions.

You can now play AAC files with the .3gp file extension.

[Automatic] has been added as an option under [Network Settings] > [Infrastructure Mode].

Support for the playback of content stored in [MUSIC], [PICTURE] and [VIDEO] folders at the root level of Memory Stick Duo™ media has been added.
New for 2.81: A patch has been added to address a security vulnerability in the system software.

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