Sony has announced that it will release a firmware update, v2.7, to owners of its PSP game handheld in Japan starting on April 25. The update includes long-awaited support for Macromedia Flash 6 for the PSP web browser, and the company has announced that Flash Player 6 is also included with the update.
Once enabled, the addition of Flash 6 support makes the PSP a much more viable web browser, allowing users to visit websites that use embedded Flash content, which were previously unreadable on the game handheld.
The update will also include additional support for Apple's AAC music format, the preferred file format for Apple's iTunes
software (although it is believed that protected AAC files will still only be compatible with Apple's iPod), as well as the ability to save podcasts directly to the PSP's memory stick. Some menu items have been reorganized as a result of this latest update as well. Finally, the update allows users to select both Simplified and Traditional Chinese as the PSP's native language.
This update is expected to be released in other regions as well, although no release date has been announced at this time. The previous update
, to Version 2.6 in November 2005, added features including WMA support and an RSS channel.