Yep you heard right! Version 1.7.1 of Hoard - Olde Irish Edition features a couple new features (That's a lot of features in the same sentence, you're gettin' a good deal). One of these is, honestly, updated and refined XMB cover art. The other, probably most obvious change lies in the music. I have added a sort of virtual stereo effect to all the music tracks. This makes them sound much more approachable to the human ear and also smooths out a lot of the punchy repetition that some of you might have noticed was an ever-present musical enemy in version 1.7a.
Over time the repetition in each song's melody got annoying, at least for me. Every note seemed to be hammered out sequentially, and after ten minutes or so it began to detract from each song's personality. Now however, after lots of work, the music flows together seamlessly. I'm quite proud of how it worked out! Those who do not like the changes might want to stick with version 1.7a instead of 1.7.1, or possibly keep an old copy of 1.7a and prepare a new copy of 1.7.1 to switch between games at will. The smoothing effects are very noticeable in the XMB menu music. And if you really want to hear the new ear candy, you may want to listen through headphones or high quality earbuds. Well, I think that about covers everything. That's about all the changes for now. Enjoy!
NOTE: This description will be subject to update once I get all these words to actually work together.
PSP XMB Cover Art Screenshot: