Hidden Feature In Firmware Update 3.00: Echo Canceller
Okay, so there are a few issues that came along with firmware update 3.00 for the PlayStation 3 - which Sony swears they are currently addressing - but there may be a very helpful feature you missed...
So you know how certain microphones don't have the best feedback in the world, and we sometimes have to deal with that annoying echo when on the Network with our headsets? Well, Sony has apparently found a very simple cure: as noted by GOONL!NE, update 3.00 has given us what is known as the super-duper "Echo Canceller." Under Settings, go to Accessory Settings and then select Audio Device Settings; from there, go to your headset, hit Triangle, and you'll see that very useful option (provided it works effectively, of course). Now, it'll be interesting to see how users respond to this; we've often heard about - and experienced - the frustrating echo problem, so to be able to erase the problem with a simple button press is a definite bonus. Furthermore, it seems there are other "hidden features" in this update and if you're wondering why Sony didn't include them in the official rundown...well, we don't know why they'd keep it secret, either. Maybe they just want us to hunt 'em down.
Oh, and we'll keep you up to date on Sony's efforts to fix a few of the issues that the latest firmware update has caused. They've already said they're on top of it, so hopefully, a fix-it patch will be forthcoming (even though there's no evidence to believe the problems are too widespread).
9/6/2009 9:40:39 PM John Shepard