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PlayStation Portable System Software is the official, updatable firmware for the PlayStation Portable. Updates add new functionality as well as security patches to prevent homebrew applications being run on the system. Updates can be obtained in four ways:

  • Direct download to the PSP over Wi-Fi. This can be performed by choosing [Settings], [System Update] from the XMB.
  • Download to a PC, then transfer to the PSP via a USB cable or Memory Stick.
  • Included on the UMD of some games. These games may not run with earlier firmware than the version on their UMD.
  • Download from a PS3 to a PSP system via USB cable. (Japanese version only)

While system software updates can be used with consoles from any region, Sony recommends only downloading system software updates released for the region corresponding to the system's place of purchase. System software updates have added various features including a web browser, Adobe flash support, additional codecs for images, audio, and video, PlayStation 3 connectivity, as well as patches against several security exploits, vulnerabilities, and execution of homebrew programs.[1] If the power supply is lost while writing to or updating the system software, the console will no longer be able to boot unless the system is booted from a different source such as a battery in service mode where it can be restored.

The latest reported firmware version shipping pre-installed on new PSPs is 5.50[2], which was released (as of April 21, 2009).  The latest version of the system software is 6.20 (as of November 18, 2009).



VersionDate Released[3]Description
6.20[4]November 18, 2009
  • The 'Archer MaClean's Mercury Exploit' was silently patched
  • The importing of playlists from the Media Go application is now supported under [Video].
  • The importing of playlists from the PlayStation 3 system or the Media Go application is now supported under [Photo].
  • The [TV] category has been integrated into the new [Extras] category in the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu.
  • [Digital Comics] reader added under [Extras].
  • Wireless LAN LED no longer flashes when online
  • Some enhancements were added for Media Go
  • Required version to run:
6.10[5][6]September 30, 2009
  • SensMe Channels added
  • Playlist support has been added for playlists imported from Media Go
  • Some enhancements were added for Media Go
  • [Update] has been added to the list of options for games.
  • Bluetooth Tethering for Internet Access.File:PSPGOMODELNUMBER.gif
  • The [Standard] option for [Display Panel Close Options] has been changed.File:PSPGOMODELNUMBER.gif
  • [Memory Stick] has been added as a save destination for content downloaded from PlayStation Store.File:PSPGOMODELNUMBER.gif
  • The Dial-Up Networking profile has been added as one of the supported Bluetooth profiles.File:PSPGOMODELNUMBER.gif
  • Required version to run:
6.00[7]September 10, 2009
  • New colors have been added to the XMB.File:PSPSLIMMODELNUMBER.gifFile:PSPBRITEMODELNUMBER.gifFile:PSPGOMODELNUMBER.gif
  • A security patch has been added.
  • Under [System Update], you can now choose how to update the system software.
  • Games can now be grouped and displayed in folder based on their expire date under [Game].
  • The battery icon now animates differently while charging.
  • The PS1 emulator has been updated.
  • When highlighting a background under [Theme Settings] in [Background], the PSP automatically changes the background for a preview
  • Required version to run:
5.70[10]October 1, 2009

This firmware is only available pre-installed on new PSP-N1000 (PSPgo) models and cannot be downloaded.[11][12]

  • [Network Update] has been renamed to [System Update].
  • [Your Birth Date] option has been added to [System Settings].
  • [Bluetooth Device Settings] has been added to the [Settings] menu.
  • [Display Panel Close Option] has been added to [System Settings].
  • Calendar has been added to the [Display Panel Close Option] screensaver setting.
  • [System Settings] icon has been redesigned.
5.55[13]UMD Only

Currently available only through select UMD games, including:Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Tales of VS., Armored Core 3 Portable,Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days, Dissidia: Final Fantasy (Europe version), MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, Colin McRae: Dirt 2, AFL Challenge, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Rugby League Challenge, Gran Turismo, Macross Ultimate Frontier, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, and others.

  • Unknown changes
5.51[14]June 11, 2009
  • System software stability during use of some features has been improved.
  • 5.03-5.05 ChickHEN kernel-level exploit silently patched.
  • Patched 5.50 gamesave exploit for Need for Speed Underground (US) and Monster Hunter Freedom (JPN)
5.50[15]April 20, 2009
  • [Information Board] has been added
  • Memory Stick improvements
    • Sub-folder support has been added for music, videos, and photos
    • Space required to download a file from PlayStation Store to your Memory Stick has been reduced significantly.
  • [Internet Search] for games directly from the XMB has been added
  • An [Internet Search] icon has been added within the web browser
  • Trend Micro trial has been added for the Web Browser.
    • Trend Micro Web Security
    • Trend Micro Kids’ Safety
  • The new TIFF exploit by MaTiAz has been patched.
  • You can now access the Playstation Store even if you do not have an account.
  • An option to sign-in automatically is now available on the Playstation store sign-in screen.
  • [Download All] has been added as an option when purchasing multiple items from the store.
  • Removal of Go!Messenger under Network (European versions only)
  • Consumption capacity calculation problem with download contents for The Idolm@ster has been fixed.[16]
5.05[17]February 19, 2009

Provided only with the Japanese release of The Idolm@ster

  • Rumored changes relating to The Idolm@ster:
    • In-game PlayStation Store interface—it is said that The Idolm@ster is the first title that has this interface[18].
    • Support for PlayStation Home rewards added—rumor spread from the false report by some websites that prizes in PlayStation Home resulted from player in-game accomplishments from The Idolm@ster.[19]
5.03[20]January 19, 2009
  • System software stability during use of some features has been improved.
  • Patches the Gripshift buffer overflow exploit via modified game save data.[21]
  • Support for Premium Themes has been added.[citation needed]
5.02[22]November 20, 2008
  • System software stability including the use of the Playstation(R) Store has been improved.

Japanese PSP-2000 and PSP-3000 only feature:

  • One-segment TV channel list for Takada, Nigata and Koga, Shiga has been updated.
5.01[23]October 21, 2008
  • Fixes a bug in the PlayStation Store with 8GB and 16GB Memory Sticks, causing the system to display "Not Enough Space" while downloading content.
5.00[24][25]October 15, 2008

First "universal" firmware version for the original PSP-1000, PSP-2000 PSP Slim & Lite and PSP-3000 series

  • [PlayStation Network] has been added as a category on the XMB
  • [PlayStation Store] has been added under [PlayStation Network] menu
  • [Account Management] has been added under [PlayStation Network] menu
  • Sleep Timer Function for [Music]
  • [USB Auto-Connect] Feature added for PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 under [System Settings]
  • A new full-screen keyboard; press [Select] when the On-Screen Keyboard is displayed.
  • A new redesigned XMB Background [Original] added as an option under [Theme Settings]
  • A new video format is supported (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) Video Main Profile (AVC CABAC) in 640 x 480 pixels)
  • [Title Display] feature added under [Video Settings]
  • [Backlight Auto-Off] has been added as an option under [Power Save Settings]
  • Screen capture has been added as a feature within games and the internet browser (this is up to the game developer or the web site developer to support though).
  • PlayStation format software can now be output in full-screen size on a connected device, even if it doesn't have progressive input capability. Still PSP format software can't be output on device doesn't have progressive input capabilityFile:PSPSLIMMODELNUMBER.gif
4.21December 5, 2008

Only available pre-installed on the initial release of the black Rachet & Clank Entertainment Pack PSP-3000 series in North America and possibly some later production units of the Silver R&C Bundle in North America and other colors and regions worldwide.

4.20[26]October 14, 2008

No update to this firmware was ever made available. This firmware was only available pre-installed on the initial release of the PSP-3000 series

  • [USB auto-connect] feature in [System Settings] under [Settings]

PSP 3000-only features:

  • [Flicker Reduction] under the [Connected Display] menu in [Settings].
  • [Noise Reduction] under the [Connected Display] menu in [Settings].
  • [Color Space] under the [System Settings] menu in [Settings].
4.05[27]July 13, 2008
  • Added new visualization effect under [Music].
  • Added support for viewing rentals and purchased videos downloaded from the [PlayStation Store] (temporarily US version only)

Japanese Slim-only features:

  • Up to 8 programs may now be scheduled for record using the One-segment TV Tuner
  • You may now set up a whole series of programs to record using the One-segment TV Tuner
  • You may now record TV using the One-segment TV Tuner without having to also watch it
4.01[28]June 25, 2008
  • Display of search results under [Internet Search] has been improved for certain languages.
  • Playback of video content under [Video] has been improved for certain file types.
4.00[29]June 18, 2008
  • [Internet Search] has been added as a feature under [Network]
  • Functionality allowing for altered playing speeds under [Video]
  • Added Subtitle support for UMD Movies under [Video]
3.96June 3, 2008

Provided only with the North American version of Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2

  • Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded.
3.95April 8, 2008
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded.
  • Downloaded PlayStation game controls can now be further customized.
  • The method for turning the PS3 off using [Remote Play] has been altered.
3.93March 18, 2008
  • The Internet Radio feature has been expanded.

Slim-only features:

  • Skype feature has been added under Network. (Japanese version only)
3.90January 29, 2008
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded.
  • Support for the Go!Messenger service (under [Network]). (European version only)[30]

Slim-only features:

  • Skype feature has been added under Network. (Excluding Japanese version)
3.80December 17, 2007
  • Streaming internet radio player
  • Added new music visualization effect
  • Video scene search
  • RSS now supports OPML and pictures
  • PlayStation Spot now available at BB Mobile Point (Japanese version only)
  • Added ability to play PlayStation games from disc or hard drive via Remote Play with the PlayStation 3 system

Slim-only features:

  • One-segment broadcasting recordings (Japanese version only)
3.73November 29, 2007

Initial release for a revision of the Slim & Lite with TA-085 v2 motherboard.

  • Improved system stability by fixing problems where the UMD drive would occasionally suspend and then fail to reload data.
3.72October 30, 2007
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
  • Remote Start now available under Remote Play. Remote Start requires a PlayStation 3 system with system software version 2.00.
3.71September 13, 2007
  • Revisions to strengthen security have been added.
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
  • A correction has been made to the settings for some regions (i.e., the PlayStation Spot icon was removed for regions other than Japan)
3.70September 11, 2007

First "universal" firmware version for both the original PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 PSP Slim & Lite series

  • Custom themes
  • Support has been added for assigning buttons in [Remote Play]
  • A scene search feature has been added under [Video]
  • Sequential playback is now supported under [Video]
  • Simultaneous playback of content under [Music] and [Photo] is now supported
  • PlayStation Spot icon added under [Network] for regions other than Japan
  • Video bitrate limit raised to 2Mbit/s from 768kbit/s
3.60September 10, 2007

No update to this firmware was ever made available. This firmware was only available pre-installed on the initial release of the PSP Slim & Lite with TA-085 motherboard.

Slim-only features:

  • TV output added
  • Support for the 1-Seg Tuner (Japanese version only)
  • UMD cache support
  • USB Charge option
  • Additional color themes for XMB
3.52July 24, 2007
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
3.51June 29, 2007
  • Illuminati exploit has been patched.
3.50May 31, 2007
  • Allows Remote Play to be used via an internet connection.
  • "RSS Channel Guide" has been added as a feature under "RSS Channel".[31]
  • CPU speed limit removed, allowing CPU to run at 333 MHz rather than 266 MHz.[32]
3.40April 20, 2007
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.[citation needed].
  • "Certificate Utility" option erased. (Can still be accessed by pressing triangle on the selected game)
  • Saved data from PlayStation format software can be used on both PSP and PS3 systems.[33]
3.30March 28, 2007
  • Support for thumbnail images within RSS channel and in video folder.
  • MPEG-4/H.264 support for 720×480, 352×480, and 480×272 (native resolution).
  • "Wireless Hotspot" added (6 months of free T-Mobile Hotspot wireless internet access was added for US users)[34]
3.11February 8, 2007
  • Added:
    • Reset option for PlayStation Network games.
    • "Portable TV" menu under "Network". (Japanese version only)[35]
3.10January 30, 2007
  • Added:
    • Dynamic normalizer.
    • Conserve memory option.
    • [PlayStationSpot] menu under [Network]. (Japanese version only)
  • Secret patching of sceRegOpenRegistry and GTA exploits.
3.03December 20, 2006
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
  • Added:
    • Support for taking photos and videos using the camera.
3.02December 6, 2006
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
3.01November 22, 2006
  • Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded.
3.00November 21, 2006
  • Support for:
  • Added a music visualizer.
2.82October 26, 2006
  • Revisions to strengthen security have been added.
2.81September 7, 2006
  • Support for memory sticks with a capacity greater than 4GB.
  • Security update to fix libtiff exploit.
2.80July 27, 2006
  • Support for Video RSS feeds.
  • Update for LocationFree Player to support AVC video codec.
  • Secret patching of sceKernelLoadExec bug, but opening sceRegOpenRegistry exploit.
2.71May 30, 2006
  • Support to download Game Demos from the Internet Browser.
2.70April 25, 2006
  • Support for Adobe Flash Player (Version 6).
2.60November 29, 2005
  • Support for Audio RSS feeds.
2.50October 13, 2005
  • Network
    • LocationFree Player added.
    • [Auto-Select] and [Unicode (UTF-8)] added to the browser.
    • Settings for [Text Size] and [Display Mode] and the input history of online forms accessed can now saved in the browser.
  • Video
    • Copyright-protected video can now be played.
  • Settings
    • [Set via Internet] has been added to [Date and Time] in [Date & Time Settings].
    • [WPA-PSK (AES)] has been added as a security method under [Network Settings].
  • Other
    • Korean input mode has been added to the on-screen keyboard.
2.01October 3, 2005
2.00September 1, 2005

Initial UK release (with included update disc)

  • [Network] (added in this release)
    • [Internet Browser] added.
  • Video
    • 4:3 Screen Mode has been added (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo media).
    • Go To feature has been added (for UMDVIDEO and UMDMUSIC).
    • A-B Repeat feature has been added (for UMDVIDEO, UMDMUSIC and video saved on Memory Stick Duo media).
    • Audio options have been added (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo media).
    • MP4 (AVC) has been added as a playable file format (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo media).
  • Music
    • The combination of SonicStage version 3.2 (or later) and PSP system software 2.00 (or later) has made it possible for music files in ATRAC3 plus format to be transferred to a Memory Stick PRO Duo
    • MP4 (the audio codec for MP4 format audio files is MPEG-4 AAC) and WAV (Linear PCM) have been added as playable file formats (for music saved on Memory Stick Duo media).
  • Photo
    • Wallpaper feature has been added.
    • Image transfer feature has been added.
    • TIFF, GIF, PNG and BMP have been added as viewable file formats.
  • Settings
    • Korean has been added as a system language in [System Settings].
    • [Character Set] has been added in [System Settings].
    • [Theme Settings] has been added.
    • [Internet Browser Start Control] has been added as a security mode in [Security Settings].
    • WPA-PSK (TKIP) has been added as a security mode in [Network Settings].
    • Web address shortcut feature has been added as an input mode for the on-screen keyboard.
1.52June 15, 2005

Initial UK release

  • Revisions to strengthen security have been added.
  • Support for UMD music.
1.51May 18, 2005
  • Security update to patch "KXploit" exploit
1.50March 24, 2005

Initial North American release

  • Support for:
    • content authorization.
    • new video codecs.
    • multiple languages.
1.00December 12, 2004

Initial Japanese release

  • Original release
  • No content authorization system.

Custom firmware

For a list of custom firmware versions, please visit Custom Firmware available for PSP

Some developers have developed custom firmware versions (CFW), which allow extra functionality to the user that was limited by Sony in the original firmware (OFW) such as custom icons, fonts, XMB waves, Sounds, etc on the XMB and run different applications such as emulators, games, and media players. Most notably however is the lack of security patches found in official firmware, allowing home brew developers to run code on later versions of PSP firmware. Custom firmware also allows users to run images of official UMD games and PSN content such as Playstation originals.

See also


  1. "Sony releases anti-piracy PSP update". The Inquirer. 2005-10-03. http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=26662. 
  2. "Official Firmware". PSP Wiki. 2009-07-11. http://alek.dark-alex.org/pspwiki/index.php/Official_Firmware. 
  3. Update History
  4. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/11/psp-firmware-v6-20-update/
  5. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/09/psp-firmware-update-v6-10/
  6. http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/SystemUpdates/PSP/PSP_610_update.html
  7. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/09/psp-firmware-v6-00-update/
  8. http://thesnakesoup.org/?section=announcements&content=index&t=3464
  9. http://pspupdates.qj.net/Gran-Turismo-PSP-requires-OFW-6-00/pg/49/aid/134492
  10. http://forums.mformature.net/showthread.php?t=5401&page=2
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHqx3FAUxrw
  12. http://www.sonyinsider.com/2009/09/22/hands-on-with-the-psp-go-check-it-out-wednesday-at-sonystyle/
  13. http://pspupdates.qj.net/PSP-FW-5-55-spotted-in-Japan-Expo/pg/49/aid/132757
  14. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/06/10/psp-firmware-v551-update/
  15. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v5.50 Update". http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/04/20/psp-firmware-v550-update/. 
  16. http://www.jp.playstation.com/psn/store/mediamanager/infoimas.html
  17. "PSP Firmware 5.05 released, available on UMD only". http://playstation.joystiq.com/2009/02/19/psp-firmware-5-05-released-available-on-umd-only/. 
  18. http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/20090107/imas.htm
  19. http://www.gpara.com/article/cms_show.php?c_id=11699&c_num=14
  20. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v5.03 Update". http://uk.playstation.com/help-support/psp/system-software/detail/item139250/Update-features-%28ver-5-03%29/. 
  21. [1]
  22. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v5.02 Update". http://uk.playstation.com/help-support/psp/system-software/detail/item131634/Update-features-(ver-5-02)/. 
  23. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v5.01 Update". http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/10/21/psp-playstation-portable-v501-update/. 
  24. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/10/13/firmware-updates-ps3-v250-psp-v500/
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  27. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.05 Update". http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/07/13/psp-playstation-portable-v405-update/. 
  28. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.01 Update". http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/06/24/psp-playstation-portable-v401-update/. 
  29. "PSP (PlayStation Portable) v4.00 Update". http://blog.us.playstation.com/2008/06/16/psp-playstation-portable-v400-update/. 
  30. "BT Go!Messenger website". http://gomessenger.bt.com/. 
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