PS3 Update 1.10 Information
We learned earlier in the week that the PS3 needed to be updated to software version 1.10 in order to connect to the Internet, but now a few more details have surfaced regarding the update.
Apparently, 1.10 is necessary to connect to the PlayStation Network, which provides any missing links for systems to tap into the online service. The Display Settings get an upgrade from 1.10 as well: the ability to set up the console's screensaver, and the ability to turn a cross-color reduction filter on and off. Finally, the Music Settings get updated; first is the new option to alter the output frequency of an audio CD to either 44.1 or 48kHz. The second adjustment provides support for ATRAC format when importing a disc to the PS3 hard drive.
But perhaps most interesting of all are the network changes 1.10 provides for the system itself. Evidently, the update lets users save animated images and music directly to the hard drive; downloading items without this update proves troublesome. But if you're at all perplexed about how things work on your fancy new PS3, you can check out an online instruction manual which lets you read the PS3 users guide. And lastly, 1.10 offered support for downloadable content via the PlayStation Store.
And lastly, 1.10 alters how the hard drive capacity of the PS3 is calculated, and might actually change how the system handles backwards compatibility. I guess we'll only figure this stuff out when we go hands-on, but for the time being, it's good to know exactly what that launch day update gives you.
11/11/2006 Ben Dutka