PS3 Firmware 3.0: "A Huge Overhaul"
Firmware updates were very frequent in the early days of the PlayStation 3's life, but they've slowed down since. Even so, there have been several huge ones - including the update that brought Trophies - and another significant improvement may hit before Christmas.
According to VG247, firmware update 3.0 will usher in "a completely new system" for the PS3. This evidently "huge overhaul" will feature the oft-rumored reputation system, which is described as a system that lets users "evaluate each other" in "game applications." There will also be a new API available so users can obtain other users' reputation, and a "grief reporting system" will be implemented as well. This will let you take screenshots of the offending player in question and submit it to Sony, which is kinda cool for all you virtual police officers out there. And as if that's not enough, there's more...
You will be able to download patches in the background, and simultaneous HDMI and digital optical outputting will be included. The latter is sweet and the former is helpful, although not entirely necessary. Most patches don't take long, but some do, and at least you'll now have the option of catching up on your e-mail or perusing the Store if you don't want to watch that boring download bar. All we know about update 3.0's launch estimate is that it's slated for a "pre-Christmas" release, so we'll keep our eyes open for something more exact.
6/26/2009 Ben Dutka