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RUMOR: Features of PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.00

Chalk this one up to the rumor bin for the time being, but an allegedly reputable poster on the PlatStation boards has published the full list of features that Sony will be dropping on us come PlayStation 3's firmware update 2.0 in the very near future. The member, who goes by the name "Leah", cites Sony's press site as a source, even though the press site doesn't feature the content in question. So, while this "news" looks very intriguing...have grains of salt at your disposal.

Some of the highlight features include custom wallpapers, the ability to access the cross media bar (XMB) during gameplay, PlayStation and PlayStation 2 settings, theme settings, and more. Take a look at the list below, and stay posted for the actual confirmation from Sony.

The PLAYSTATIONŽ3 system software version 2.00 update includes the following:

* Users
o You can now password-protect user accounts.

* Settings
o [Dynamic Normalizer] has been added as an option under [Sound Settings].
o [Energy Saver] has been added as an option.
o [Equalizer] has been added as a feature under [Music Settings].
o [Full] has been added as an option for [DVD Wide Display] under [BD / DVD Settings].
o [Photo Settings] has been added as an option.
o [PS / PS2 Settings] has been added as an option.
o [RSS Channel Settings] has been added as an option.
o [Sample Rate] has been added to [Audio CD Import] under [Music Settings].
o [Screen Saver] has been expanded under [Display Settings].
o The method of selecting an output resolution has been changed in [Video Output Settings] under [Display Settings].
o [Theme Settings] has been added as an option.
o [Zero Unused Disk Space] has been added as an option under [System Settings] > [Format Utility].

* Photo
o Additional slideshows have been added.
o [Photo Effects] have been added as a feature.
o Wallpaper feature has been added.
o [Zoom] has been added as a feature.

* Music
o Additional visualizations have been added.
o CD information can now be entered.
o Three-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature.

* Video
o Files can now be played sequentially.
o Three-speed fast forward and fast reverse has been added as a feature.
o 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
o Support for PLAYSTATIONŽ3 format software titles has been expanded.
o XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) is now accessible during gameplay.

* Network
o [RSS Channel] has been added as a feature.

* Friends
o You can now have multiple chat sessions.
o You can now select an image to use as your Avatar from [Photo].

* Other
o Date & Time is now shown when the PS button is pressed.
o File sorting has been changed.
o [Help] has been added as a feature.
o Playability status with the PS3™ system has changed for some PlayStationŽ and PlayStationŽ2 format titles.
To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles.
o [Secure Delete] has been added as an option.
o Some PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork features have been revised

5/13/2007 Arnold Katayev

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