Despite the rumors swirling around that the next version of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) will be announced on January 27th, Sony has announced on their official blog that they're not forgetting about the current generation of PSP out there in the wild. Unfortunately, Sony's being pretty tight-lipped about the update, providing a bare minimum of information on their site to announce the firmware update.
Roku has pushed out the latest firmware update for its Netflix streamers, with 2.9-b1509 bringing 1080p HD support to the older Roku XR STBs and various other Hulu optimizations that affect all models. Hulu streams should now start playing quicker, and be more resilient to higher-latency networks.
While those looking for an eReading device that features a colored version, rather than the more "traditional" e-ink display, have found some solace in the NOOKcolor, for all those adopters who picked up the original NOOK, it's time you get a decent upgrade to your firmware version. Not too long after the official launch of the color version, the e-ink touting NOOK has just been granted version 1.5 of its software, which brings plenty of improvements to the eReader.
If you've already got your Roku set-top box, and you're happy with it, then you've probably been wanting an update to the User Interface for a little while now. Perhaps not a major one, but one that that at least made it look a little prettier, and added a few details. That time has finally arrived, as Roku has begun to push out the Roku 2.8 firmware update this morning.
Sony has pushed out a new firmware update for its NEX-3 and NEX-5 interchangeable lens cameras, v.03, which among other things adds autofocus support for the company's A-mount lenses. That allows NEX owners to use 14 different A-mount models, though they'll also need the LA-EA1 adapter. Meanwhile there's also aperture priority when shooting in HD video mode.
If you have a PlayStation 3, then you've probably updated your home video game console to the latest and greatest firmware version from Sony. If you're not already taking advantage of the 3D support for Blu-ray discs, or looking forward to looking at 3D panoramic photos, then perhaps you've been kicked in the shin with the latest update. Consumers are beginning to report that the update to version 3.50 has caused some USB peripherals to lose their functionality, including many "counterfeit" PS3 controllers.
Samsung and AT&T have pushed out a firmware update for the Samsung Captivate, the carrier's version of the Galaxy S, which addresses the GPS issues some users have reported. The new software - which will be delivered as an OTA update, and should show up on all Captivate handsets in service within the next few weeks - also consists of several other bugfixes and improvements.
It hasn't even been a month since Amazon publicly released the Kindle's update to v3.0.1, but now it seems that the company is already in the preview stage for its next big update. The previous update brought with it a few stable fixes to help improvement, as well as on-device account creation. And, while it was listed as going Over the Air (OTA) "in the next few weeks," that's not stopping Amazon from moving on ahead with development.
Sony has confirmed that the PS3 Blu-ray 3D update is on track for release on September 21, as part of the upcoming v3.50 firmware upgrade. Although stereoscopic 3D gaming is already supported on the PS3 - and indeed has been since v3.30 - the console has so far been unable to play stereoscopic film content from discs.
Looks like Amazon were satisfied with just 24hrs public testing of their beta v3.0.1 Kindle firmware for the third-gen ereader, since they've now begun distributing it generally. Currently available to download, and set to go out as an OTA update "in the coming weeks", Kindle firmware v3.0.1 promises various unspecified "performance improvements" together with the ability to set up a new Amazon account directly from the Kindle itself.