- Wallpaper - Now you can ditch the standard PSP background in favor of your own custom wallpaper. Just pick a photo from your memory stick to set as a wallpaper, and the PSP will convert it to the new background image. Afterwards, you can delete the photo if you want, as the PSP saves the background independently from the original file. You can always switch back by disabling the backgrounds in the System Settings menu ... or by replacing the image w/ a new Wallpaper.
For the record, if you want to design your own wallpapers, the PSP's standard resolution is 480x272.
- Themes - Tired of waiting until the first of the month for a new color scheme on your PSP? Now you can pick your favorite theme to use. That's right, Ray ... you can keep your PSP pink all year long.
- Photo Sending - Share your favorite pics or wallpapers with your friends by beaming them to friends over an ad hoc connection.
- Photo Formats - And speaking of photos, the PSP now supports not only JPGs, but also TIFF, GIF, and BMP files
- Audio/Video Formats - I'm clumping a lot of these updates together. With the 2.0 update, the PSP has added support for PCM WAVE files, MP4 AAC audio, MP4 video playback (without all the odd conversion requirements), and improved support for ATRAC3plus files.
- Additional Playback Features - These include a Jump feature, A/B Repeat, 4:3 Picture Mode, and Audio Change features
- Korean Language - Kinda self-explanatory there
There are also a bunch of standard security fixes and such, which I won't worry about listing right now. I will say though that after playing around with the new features, I'll probably be using my PSP for a whole lot more now. Sony definitely did a good job with this update.
As I said, I'm not sure when everything will be available in the States, but one of the default bookmarks on the browser is a PSP-specific page from Sony. The opening page allows you to choose your region from Europe, North America, Japan, and South Korea ... however, as of 6:00p EST, only the Japan and South Korea options were available.
It's also interesting to note that in Japan, Sony will be rolling out a service for the PSP which will allow PSP owners to download trailers and such to their PSPs for free, with an ultimate plan to allow users to download half-hour TV shows for a small fee.
And for those of you as impatient as me, the Japanese update works fine on American PSPs, and does NOT affect region-encoding for UMD movies. Basically, if you're willing to sort out the download and installation instructions to get the update on your Memory Stick, the rest is easy and painless (and in English). Just make sure the encoding on your web browser is set to Western (ISO-8859-1). It should be that way by default, but set it again just in case.
Let me know if any of you get the update, and what you think of it as well.