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Getting free wi-fi at Starbucks

PSP owners should be familiar with Starbucks. For months, PSP owners were able to get free internet access at Starbucks throughout the country thanks to a deal between Sony and T-Mobile. Now that Starbucks has switched to AT&T as their wi-fi provider, how will PSP owners get free wi-fi on their systems?

Simple. Go to Starbucks. By registering any gift card on (they go low as $5), PSP owners can get free internet access on their PSP systems. The catch? It's only limited to two hours a day, and you have to use your card in some way (buy something, or add value to it) at least once every 30 days. For portable internet browsing on the go, these restrictions are pretty generous.

Once connected, PSP is able to browse the internet at quite a respectable speed. There is one glaring flaw, though. You won't be able to use the free wi-fi for anything but internet browsing. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear online gaming will work at a Starbucks wi-fi spot.

T-Mobile offers free wi-fi with latest update

Reluctant to update your PSP to the latest firmware? You may want to reconsider. The latest firmware offers PSP users the ability to access T-Mobile's wi-fi service for free. T-Mobile HotSpots can be found at over 8,000 locations across the US, and can be found in Starbucks, Borders, FedEx Kinko's, Hyatt, Red Roof Inns, Sofitel and Novotel Hotels, and select airports. Now, you'll be able to frag friends through Infrastructure almost anywhere in the US ... for free! How sweet is that?

I went to a Starbucks to test it out, and found the process is quite easy:

  1. Bring your PSP® system to a location that provides a T-Mobile HotSpot. (Refer to the T-Mobile HotSpot U.S. Location Map.)
  2. Select (Network Settings) under (Settings).
  3. Select [Infrastructure Mode].
  4. Select [New Connection].
  5. Select [Use Wireless Hotspot].
  6. Select the T-Mobile HotSpot icon.
  7. If you have an existing T-Mobile HotSpot account, select [Enter User Credentials].
    Enter your user ID and password, and then press the right button.
    If you do not have an account, select [Use Promotional Access] to sign up for a complimentary six-month T-Mobile HotSpot account. (To qualify for this promotional access, you must authenticate your PSP® system to the T-Mobile HotSpot network prior to March 28, 2008.)
  8. Check the contents of the settings list.
  9. Save the settings.
[Via PlayStation]

Xlink Kai turns Ad-Hoc into Infrastructure

It's been a long time coming, but internet tunneling for PSP seems to finally be in full-swing. With Xlink Kai, and a compatible Wi-Fi adapter, you'll be able to play Ad-Hoc games, like Monster Hunter, online. Watch Impress was able to squeeze in 2500 people into a Monster Hunter Portable 2nd game room. All that's needed is: an Xlink Kai account (which is currently free) and a compatible Wi-Fi adapter, such as the PCI Gamering XII, which includes the appropriate drivers.

When booting up a game in Ad-Hoc mode, it will make other Xlink Kai users appear as if they're in the same room as you. With Xlink, so many of the PSP multiplayer games that fans have been collecting won't feel so lonely anymore.

[Thanks, Steve! Via gearfuse]

New Metal Gear Portable Ops trailer and details

As we promised earlier, a new trailer for the upcoming PSP-exclusive Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops was revealed today at the Games Convention in Germany. As you know, Naked Snake no longer works alone in this mission, which takes place six years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3. You'll have to choose your allies wisely, and strategically coordinate with them. According to Gamespot, you can even switch control between your four allies by pressing a button. Fans will be giddy to know that the original voice cast is back, including David Hayter who called the script for Portable Ops the best one yet. Also revealed was the downloadable characters feature: you can access different wi-fi points around the world and have characters (either from the story or randomly generated) appear in your game. Wow. How the GPS feature of the game will work hasn't been revealed yet, but let's not forget the game will be appearing at TGS.

Once you're done watching the trailer, visit our sister site Joystiq for some more hands-on impressions and a crazy motherload of screenshots.

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