Definitely not a hoax this time folks. honest!
Okay, so we (read: Gordon) got suckered (”meeoooow – Gordon”) by the rumour mill last time firmware 2.0 was allegedly released for the PS3, but this time the news comes from Sony itself and it isn’t the 1st of April for months yet. Unfortunately while the previously rumoured 2.0 update was being put forward as something of a min-revolution for the PS3, this version isn’t.
There is still, for example, no in-game main-menu access, which is just silly, no facility for multiple chat windows and no password protecting of user logins. What we do have though, is the ability to have a scrolling news bar which, currently, pulls from a Sony RSS feed until a later update allows any feed to be used. One utterly useless feature, which I still love, is the ability to use custom themes for the XMB, such as the one pictured. You’ll need a Windows PC to make the themes in Sony’s software suite though.
Less inspiring insofar as I cannot believe it has taken a year since launch to make it onto the console, are custom music playlists – and you can sort tracks by year when browsing! Last but not least, is the ability to use the PS3’s Remote Play facility to turn the console on (surprise, surprise) remotely using your PSP. It may sound gimmicky, but if you regularly leave your PS3 on all day so you can access it in lunch breaks or similar then the energy savings and reduced risk of overheating your machine might be welcome. Anyhow, if you happen to like using any online features you’ll have this update forced upon you whether you want it or not next time you log into the PlayStation Network.
PlayStation 3 UK.