Sony will consider RSS text feeds for PSP

Sony will consider adding support for text content served through RSS to its PSP should users demand it, the company said Wednesday.

If enough customers ask for it, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) may add support for text content served via an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming console, the company said Wednesday.

A day earlier, SCEI released its latest firmware update which added an RSS reader to the PSP, but the software only works with audio content such as podcasts. Adding text support would allow users to follow updates to blogs or receive the growing number of RSS feeds from commercial organizations, such as news and auction sites.

SCEI will consider adding compatibility for RSS text feeds should users request it, said Nanako Kato, a spokeswoman for SCEI in Tokyo.

The support for podcasts allows users to stream audio content to the PSP. The system supports feeds compatible with RSS 2.0 and encoded in the MP3 or AAC (MPEG4) formats.

The firmware update also added support for Windows Media Audio files, direct download of copy-protected content through the PSP's Web browser, and Chinese-language character encoding.

The update is available via the PSP's network update function or from SCEI's Web site. It takes the PSP firmware to version 2.60. It can be found on the Web via the Your PSP site at http://www.yourpsp.com.

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