As most of you know by now there have been a bunch of new firmware 3.00 pictures flying across the interweb. Some say they’re fake, some say they’re real. I’m here just to point out some discrepancies I’ve spotted.
Here’s one of the first pics. The original poster says that this is a scan from the March issue of PlayStation Magazine. One thing to note is that the music icon is gone. On current PSPs the music icon is located between the photo and movie icons.
Here is two more that poped up afterwards. Notice how the top picture has wavy lines in the background and the bottom one doesn’t. I can’t think of any explanation for this. In 2.00 if you set a background the wavy lines weren’t visible. Plus, the icons look metallic.
Here is one of a set of pictures that I just found yesterday. It looks pretty real at first glance but closer examination reveals that the style of the music and movie icons looks different. On top of that, it’s missing at least four of the icons from the picture in the magazine scan. Another thing to note is the “console security” icon. I find it hard to believe that Sony would put that there of all places. AND another thing I noticed is that the wavy lines seem to be more prominent.
Here’s another picture from the aforementioned set of pictures. Notice you can see the words “internet browser” at the top, we shouldn’t be able to see that. When an item isn’t selected the title isn’t supposed to be visible.
And finally, here are another two pictures from the set. Two different MAC adresses. Some may argue that this person might have had access to two 3.00 PSPs. That may be so possible, this person must be very lucky to have two 3.00 PSPs. Although, this just most likely means that these are pics from a development version of the PSP firmware. Sony probably has many test versions of the firmware in the works, but that doesn’t mean any of the functionality will make it into production
So what does this all mean? Well, it means that some of these pictures are probably fake. They are all slightly different from each other. Pic 1 and 2 were questionable because of the wavy lines in one of them. The final set looked questionable as well since it was missing icons present in the other pictures and were missing a few internet icons. At the moment, the magazine scan seems to be the most reliable shot not only because it comes from a reputable magazine, but also because it has the least amount of evidence against it. If I had to say which one was the most reliable, it would be the magazine scan.