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PS3 Interface: Up Close And Personal

One of the most important aspects of a console is its interface system, and Sony has officially unveiled the Cross Media Bar (XMB) interface for the PS3. They gave us a sneak peak at the Tokyo Game Show, but now weíve got an up-close-and-personal look at all the details. You can also visit the Japanese site here.

But considering you donít likely speak or read Japanese, hereís the breakdown for your viewing pleasure.


  • Add new user


  • Setting Update
  • System Settings
  • Sound Settings
  • BD/DVD Settings
  • Date and time Settings
  • Security Settings
  • Music Settings
  • Accessory Settings
  • Network Settings
  • Chat Settings
  • Display Settings


  • Folder


  • Super Audio CD
  • Music CD
  • Folder


  • BD-ROM / BD-R / BD-RE
  • DVD Video / DVD-VR / DVD+VR / AVCHD
  • Folder


  • Game Data Management
  • Memory Card Management (PS/PS2)
  • Save Data Management
  • PlayStation 3 Game Disk


  • Remote Play
  • Internet Browser
  • PlayStation Store


  • Friend Registration
  • Players With Whom You've Played
  • Message Box

Obviously, most of these icons are pretty clear, but there are a few notes of interest. First of all, much like the 360, the PS3 will allow multiple user account on a single console, and youíll select the user when you start Ďer up. Something else that might catch your eye is the System Update option, which PSP players will probably recognize. This is utilized to update the systemís firmware with features and defenses against piracy, but we donít yet know exactly how Sony will perform these updates.

Youíll head on over to the PlayStation Store to purchase special downloadable content (cars and tracks for Gran Turismo HD, for example), although the final steps in the e-business shop preparation havenít been concluded. Finally, weíve got the nifty Remote Play option. This will allow you to view PS3 video on your PSP via Wi-Fi, believe it or not. However, details surrounding Remote Play are a little hazy at this time; we donít know if this is just for video footage or if games will actually be playable through the feature. The Japanese game site, Impress Watch, has reported that Remote Play will be immediately available on the 60GB PS3, and might be available on the 20GB if you purchase a Wi-Fi adapter.

More to come soon.

10/3/2006 Ben Dutka

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