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Google on PSP

Martyn Williams | June 17, 2008
Sony will add Google searches to the menu of its PlayStation Portable with a new firmware update available soon, it said today.

TOKYO, 17 JUNE 2008 Google is heading to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and will have a place on the handheld's Cross Media Bar (XMB) menu, Sony said today.

It will appear when users upgrade their PSPs to the version 4 firmware, which will be available "soon," according to Eric Lempel, director of the PlayStation Network, who was posting on Sony's PlayStation Blog.

"This new upgrade replicates the Google Internet search experience, delivering the same search results that you'd get at And with a search history recall of 20 items, Web searches couldn't be easier," he wrote.

Google will appear in the network section of the XMB. Also new in the version 4 firmware will be the ability to change viewing speed when playing back videos from Memory Stick cards.

Sony has regularly offered updates to the firmware of the PSP since it was launched and through such updates has added a host of new features. Previous updates have added features such as a Web browser and support for a wider range of video formats.


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