PS3 Firmware Update 2.60 Announced
Come to think of it, it has been a while since the last PlayStation 3 firmware update. Remember back in 2007, when the updates came on a monthly basis for a while? Well, anyway, another one is coming soon.
As announced over at the official PlayStation blog (check out the unveiling video), firmware update v2.60 isn't far off, and it's designed to "enhance the system's media capabilities." First up is a new Photo Gallery application, which is a definite upgrade: we'll get a new suite of tools for sorting through our photo collections; the pictures we have can be separated out into special groups according to criteria. So if you want to organize your collection by date or even something more specific like "number, ages or facial expressions," you can do so. Once you're done doing that, you can set up a cool slideshow - set to music! - and create photo playlists. This application will have to be installed separately from the XMB after the firmware update has been downloaded, though, so don't forget that little detail. In addition, v2.60 features:
- Guest access to PlayStation Store This enables non-PlayStation Network members to browse through the storefront to check out the latest games, demos, videos, etc.
- DivX 3.11 support Videos in this format can now be played on PS3.
When Sony said they intended to make the PS3 a fully functional and capable multimedia machine, they weren't exaggerating. And just think, there are many more years of updates to come...
1/20/2009 Ben Dutka