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The new PlayStation 3 firmware update is upon us and PSU has the latest details of all the updates. Note that the update isn't available yet for download, that these are just the details of what is to come. The new features/changes are as follows:


Users

- You can now password-protect user accounts.


Settings

- [Dynamic Normalizer] has been added as an option under [Sound Settings].

- [Energy Saver] has been added as an option.

- [Equalizer] has been added as a feature under [Music Settings].

- [Full] has been added as an option for [DVD Wide Display] under [BD / DVD Settings].

- [Photo Settings] has been added as an option.

- [PS / PS2 Settings] has been added as an option.

- [RSS Channel Settings] has been added as an option.

- [Sample Rate] has been added to [Audio CD Import] under [Music Settings].

- [Screen Saver] has been expanded under [Display Settings].

- The method of selecting an output resolution has been changed in [Video Output Settings] under [Display Settings].

- [Theme Settings] has been added as an option.

- [Zero Unused Disk Space] has been added as an option under [System Settings] > [Format Utility].


Photo

- Additional slideshow effects have been added.

- [Photo Effects] have been added as a feature.

- Wallpaper feature has been added.

- [Zoom] has been added as a feature.


Music

- Additional visualization effects have been added.

- CD information can now be entered.

- Three-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature.


Video

- Files can now be played sequentially.

- Three-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature.

- You can now select [Zoom] under [Screen Mode] when playing video files saved on the hard disk or storage media.*.

*An appropriate USB adapter (not included) is required to use storage media with some models.


Game

- Support for PlayStation 3 format software titles has been expanded.

- XMB (XrossMediaBar) is now accessible during gameplay.


Network

- [RSS Channel] has been added as a feature.


Friends

- You can now have multiple chat sessions.

- You can now select an image to use as your Avatar from [Photo].


Other

- Date and Time is now shown when the PS button is pressed.

- File sorting has been changed.

- [Help] has been added as a feature.

- Playability status with the PS3 system has changed for some PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 format titles.

To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles.


- [Secure Delete] has been added as an option.

- Some PlayStation Network features have been revised


Source: Official PlayStation Press Center (log in required)

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Is it true that the PS3 will not pass through DTS-MA (besides core) and Dolby True HD with the Hdmi?

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- XMB (XrossMediaBar) is now accessible during gameplay.

Took them a while as it should have been there in the first place like the 360.


EDIT: It would be nice for 720p Blu-Ray playback but not having it from the start annoys people.
 

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I sure hope they fix the BTB and WTW clipping issues anyway (even if it is not a new feature).


*sigh* looks like gotta wait for 3.0 firmware to get that DTS HD MA and 1080p24 support.


Ironic that Sony is still going all out to promote the BluRay playback capabilities of the PS3 in their latest ad blitz!
 

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"Support for PlayStation 3 format software titles has been expanded"


That's handy then! I still rate the PS3 as a blu-ray player, it does a lovely job of 24p -> 60p. Video levels (below black, above white) when playing blu-ray would be nice, as would 24p output and upscaling. It's a shame they didn't include any of that for v2.0. Perhaps this list isn't conclusive, here's hoping.
 

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Looks like a good list. I'm encouraged by the amount of things fixed. As much as some people here are groaning about the 1080p/24 and DTS-MA, etc., I believe this update will please the gaming community quite a bit. There are several annoyances of mine that are being fixed with this update.


Hopefully, future updates will contain this much content. I also imagine that some of the A/V type updates people here want will take longer to implement because they are more complicated to do.
 
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