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Rumor: Firmware 5.0 = PS Store, new RSS, screen capture

It wasn't too long ago that firmware 4.0 (and higher) dropped on our laps, and we're already hearing about the next major revision to hit the handheld: the big five-o. The word on the street (and by street we mean French website PSPGen) is that firmware 5.0 is currently in the hands of an unknown French dev studio and it will include several key features such as that direct-to-PS Store functionality we've heard so much about.

Other features like a revamped RSS reader would (*gasp*) be able to read text files. The inclusion of a screen capture tool echoes another rumor which is also said to be available in the upcoming PS3 Firmware 2.5. Regarding this, parallel development for screen grabs does seem to make a whole lot of sense.

[Via PSPWorld]

Download this Favre-Jets cover for Madden 09

Yeah, we all know the story -- Brett Favre pulling a fast one out of retirement and signing up with the Jets. While football fans may have been ecstatic over the news, it was a move that left Maddenites with an outdated cover for Madden NFL 09. However, not wanting fans to remain disappointed, EA has a backup play to counter Favre's surprise blitz.

If you head on over to EA's website, you can download a free, brand new cover for Madden 09 which features Favre sporting a Jets uniform. The covers are high quality PDFs, so you just have to make sure you have a good printer and some glossy paper to make the cover look legit. Might want to stop by Kinkos for that. Download the cover and replace it with the old one if you so desire.

[Thanks WhiteSpy!]

Street Fighter Alpha hits PSN this Thursday

Most of us know that there are so few PS One titles on the North American PS Store and we're all wondering when the next wave of PS One games would be coming. While this isn't particularly a 'wave' per se (insert Hadouken jokes here), it is quite a powerful title with a lot of influence in the fighting-genre arena. We're talking about Street Fighter Alpha -- the first one. It was a title that prequeled the main Street Fighter series, fleshing out some of the world warriors' back stories.

If you missed it back in the day, then your chance to give the classic a try is coming. This Thursday, during the weekly scheduled PS Store update, Street Fighter Alpha will be available for download onto your PSP or your PS3. Capcom hasn't officially revealed the price yet, but we imagine it shouldn't be much different from other PS One classics.

[Thanks Eduardo!]

Download the Secret Agent Clank fan pack

PSU members had a chance to show off their artistic side by crafting some posters for the PSP-exclusive Secret Agent Clank. The developers at High Impact and Sony took a look at their creations, and chose their favorite ones. The best entries were bundled into a Fan Pack, which includes all sorts of avatars, PSP themes and wallpapers for fans to enjoy.

Secret Agent Clank
fan pack

Download (2.74MB)

North American PSN PC-Store special E3 update

Couldn't get enough of Sony's press conference? Then perhaps you'd like to download the trailers to most of the notable game that were on display today? You can download off the PC store trailers for PSP games like Resistance: Retribution, Buzz PSP, ... and, uh, that looks to be about it on that list down below. The rest appear to be all PS3 games. No matter. If for some reason you can't download the Resistance trailer, or just simply don't want to, you can always watch that very same trailer embedded above.

Video Content:

  • Resistance: Retribution
  • Buzz PSP
  • God of War III
  • Killzone 2
  • MotorStorm Pacific Rift
  • Xam'd Lost Memories
  • Ratchet & Clank Quest for Booty
  • PixelJunk Eden
  • Siren Blood Curse
  • PAIN Amusement Park
  • Gran Turismo TV

Play Infinite Loop on your computer

Want to give the upcoming PSP game, Infinite Loop, a try? Well, you can on your computer through a brand new Flash demo. Watch out! The game is primarily a text adventure game ... in Japanese. Unlike you're proficient in nihongo, you probably won't get much benefit from the demo. Give it a try here. (Note: There is no load screen. You will simply wait a very long time for the demo to download.)

For something everyone can enjoy, you can also download the new Infinite Loop theme for your PSP. It features cute anime girls and ... well, bread. Download it here and install it on your PSP in the folder PSP/THEME.

Monster Hunter 2nd G gets even more downloadable content

It's quickly becoming one of those games whose life gets extended further and further thanks to downloadable content, but we're not complaining because Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G deserves it. Their latest downloadable quest is going up tomorrow. It's called "Challenge Quest 05" and allows hunters to get dressed up in chef outfits (muffin hats and all) and battle against some Dosfango for slabs of meat. Look for this content tomorrow and let us know if you found it most scrumptious!

[via PSPHyper]

Six PS1 games hit Japanese PSN

Several PS1 games have hit the Japanese PSN today. Six in total, actually. One of them was the previously announced Metal Gear Solid. It's a pretty diverse set of games, here's the full list:

  • Atelier Elie
  • Crash Bash (aka Crash Bandicoot Carnival)
  • Dezaemon Kids!
  • Master of Monsters: Disciples of Gaia
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Pro Mahjong Kiwame Plus II

That makes: one tactical espionage thriller in MGS, one RPG in Atelier Elie, a strategy adventure in Master of Monsters, Mahjong Plus II speaks for itself, Crash Bash is a party game, and Dezaemon Kids! is some sort of art title for children. Pretty nice list; however, MGS is top dog this week.

Four new PSN games for Japan

It took forever to translate the names of these new Japanese PSN games, but we finally got them. Recently hitting the PlayStation Network over in the land of the rising sun are four PlayStation classics: Ide Yosuke no Mahjong Kyoshitsu, Baroque Syndrome, Wai Wai Bowling, and Um Jammer Lammy.

Three out of the four games were not released outside Japan; the only one that was seen in the west was Um Jammer Lammy -- a rhythm game spin-off of PaRappa the Rapper. The Ide Yosuke game is yet another Mahjong game, while Wai Wai Bowling is, um, bowling. Lastly, Baroque Syndrome is a prequel to the PS1 RPG Baroque (which is also available on the PSN, at the same time ported to the PS2).

While there's really only one or two titles that are worth getting on that list, it still is quite annoying that the Japanese PS1 game library is way better than ours. When will our library start flooding with more and more PS1 games?

American PC Store updates for February 14th

Not a bad week for PC Store content. The American store gets the same two demos as the Europeans have along with a full PSP game, Twisted Metal: Head-On. No doubt a timed cash-in considering the PS2 port was recently released. Here's the full release list:
  • MLB 08 The Show demo (free)
  • Patapon demo (free)
  • Twisted Metal: Head-On full game ($14.99)
  • Twisted Metal: Head-On Behind the Scenes video 3 (free)
  • Twisted Metal: Head-On Behind the Scenes video 4 (free)
  • Twisted Metal: Head-On PSP Wallpaper (free)
Have you started downloading the Patapon demo yet? Why not! Get it started.

Umihara Kawase playable in Flash demo

What is Umihara Kawase? It's a platformer "starring a nineteen year old Japanese school girl of the same name, who has somehow become lost in a world of mutated salt-water and fresh-water creatures." And it's coming to PSP.

Considering a release stateside is unlikely, you can try out the Bionic Commando-styled gameplay by playing the online Flash demo. Use the NUMPAD to move around, and press Enter when you want to swing around. If you enjoy it, you may want to consider importing it.

[Via PSPHyper]

Patapon wallpapers for you to adore

Click for high-resolution image.

In celebration of Patapon's upcoming release, we decided to give you a wallpaper to use on your PS3, PC and/or PSP. Choose the resolution that fits you best.

1024x768 | 1280x800 | 1280x960 | 1440x900 | 1440x1050 | 1600x1200 | 1680x1050 | 1920x1200 | 2560x1600 | PS3 (1080p) | PSP

Celebrate Star Ocean's debut with new themes

Square Enix is offering two new themes for your PSP, in celebration of today's release of the PSP-exclusive remake: Star Ocean: The First Departure. Not only is the game available today, but a new limited edition version of the system. Will the Japanese gaming populace flock to it just as they did the Crisis Core bundle? We'll wait and see.

To download the themes, click the following links:
Star Ocean First Departure official theme 1
Star Ocean First Departure official theme 2

Save it to PSP/THEME on your Memory Stick. Then, go to Settings -> Theme Settings to change your system's theme.

[Via PSPHyper]

Media Manager software now free to download

Sony is offering their PSP Media Manager software ... FOR FREE. This nifty bit of code allows you to easily transfer files, such as photos, music and videos to your PSP. Most readers of PSP Fanboy should already know how to use PSP's file system, but for those that are new to the system, this is a definite must-have. You'll have to download the program from the Japanese site, but rest assured -- as Kotaku found out, the program will run in English.

A Pro version is also available for those that want more. Who thinks that Sony should bundle this kind of software with every PSP? We certainly do. Sony should make it easy to get the most out of their hardware.

The official Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida theme

We love this brand new official theme created for the anti-hero RPG, Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida. The retro pixelated look for the icons are great, and a lot of character to the standard PSP XMB. A wallpaper is also included with the theme, but we wanted to focus on the great pixel design.

To download the theme, click here. To install it to your PSP, connect your PSP via USB. Then, go to the PSP folder. Create a THEME sub-folder and copy the file there.

[Via PSPHyper]

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