Firmware 2.43 Enables Advanced Downloading For Prologue?
A few days ago, firmware update 2.43 for the PlayStation 3 arrived right under our noses. Those outside of Japan weren't prompted to download it because, as SCEA informed us, it's a "Japanese specific" update. However, if you wish to manually download the update under "System Update" on your system, you are certainly free to do so.
Rumors have been spreading regarding the actual purpose of firmware 2.43, although we have heard from several reliable sources it was implemented for the purpose of the Japanese Video Store. But at the same time, another rumor is circulating: supposedly, it has enabled "Advanced Downloading" for Gran Turismo 5: Prologue. It started with a member at the official PlayStation message boards, and now others are claiming the same thing: after downloading firmware 2.43, you are suddenly given the option to "Disable Advanced Downloading" when you start up Prologue. We've heard this feature was coming, but we had no idea when...is it finally here? Basically Advanced Downloading is kinda what it sounds like; it allows for peer-to-peer content trading for faster downloads of GT-TV purchases. This is most similar to the Beta P2P mechanic installed with Metal Gear Online.
So if any of you out there have already downloaded update 2.43 and also own Prologue, boot up the game to see what happens. If the option is there, please tell us all about it, and in that same vein, let us know what other small changes you may notice due to the new firmware.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
9/18/2008 Ben Dutka