While we may be slightly dubious publishing news of a firmware that hasn’t been formally announced by Sony after the last time we succumbed to the allure, this time we know the update to be genuine, as gaming site Kotaku reports it has already hit Japan and the official US PS3 blog has now released some details officially.
So what has Sony shoehorned into its console this time? Well starting with the cool, but not really useful, is the ability to eject discs from the XMB menu either from the context menu, or by pressing triangle with the disc selected. Good is the option to change up-scaling and similar settings from within PSOne and PS2 games, and likewise the ability to change video settings from within any game. Far more elegant than the current method which requires exiting to the menu to do this. The last feature worth mentioning is the addition of 'emoticons' to the virtual keyboard. For all the other details, check out the links below.
All this comes after reports that PS3 sales are up after the recent price-cuts, with figures ranging from a 135 to 161 per cent increase depending on where you look. Hopefully Sony itself will furnish us with that information soon. Still, the question I wish to have answered is can Sony really justify claims that people prefer added value to price cuts?
All that remains is for me to sit at my PS3 waiting for the update to hit so that I can keep you posted. All in the interests of reporting the news as it happens of course.