thanks to pspguides.net Do you need to update your Firmware, do you know how? Should you upgrade, or is it a case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it?". In our PSP Firmware Guide we explain exactly how to do it, why you should do it (or not as the case may be), and we also document each and every PSP firmware upgrade along the way. What is a firmware upgrade? Upgrading PSP firmware is like flashing the bios in your computer, it's a one way official upgrade route. The upgrade can fix issues, or offer new features and involves installing a file on your PSP which will then carry out the upgrade process. Sony have been updating the firmware for the PSP on a regular basis. Usually this involves adding a few new features, like a web browser. In truth it is also a running battle with the homebrew community. Homebrew is unofficial community produced software that adds new functionality to your PSP, or let's you play a huge range of old games through emulators, on your PSP. Homebrew is not supported by Sony though, and everytime a new Firmware version is released, the homebrew community work to deliver a hack to work around the protection the new Firmware offers. Whether or not PSP owners decide to use homebrew is a personal choice. If you want to keep your PSP "official" and fully supported, you probably will not want to go the homebrew route. That being the case, follow our guide and make sure your firmware is at the latest version and enjoy a stable, fully supported PSP. Am I up to date? The first thing you'll need to do is establish if you are already up to date with your PSP. You can check your current version by following these steps... Settings > System Settings > System Information This will reveal the current Firmware version of your PSP. Now you need to check for the leatest version. The latest version can always be downloaded from Playstation.com Assuming you now need to upgrade, you have several options on how to achieve this. Upgrading with the manual download. You can download the upgrade from the official website, transfer it to your PSP's memory card by USB cable, and then run it from the Saved Data Utility in the Game menu. You can also download regional updates from yourpsp.com in the downloads section. The file is called EBOOT.PBP and can be around 20Mb in size. Transfer this file to the UPDATE folder which is in the GAME folder on your PSP's memory card. If there is no Update folder, create one. Once installed navigate to the GAME menu and select the Memory Stick option and activate the update. Your PSP will re-start then prompt you to Start the process. Accept the following User Agreement and the process will begin. Depending on the size of the update, the process will be complete in a few minutes. A progress bar shows how things are going. Once it is complete you will be prompted to restart your PSP in order to enable the new features. Upgrading via UMD. New games often come with the latest PSP Firmware on them. You can simply choose the upgrade option from the Game menu if this is the case. Upgrading from the internet. If you have your PSP connected to the internet by wi-fi you can upgrade by using the Network Update option on your PSP's Settings menu.