PS3 Firmware Update 3.21 Boasts Hidden Fixes?
As many of you probably already know, firmware update 3.21 for the PlayStation 3 removes the ability to install other OSs, like Linux.
We doubt many of our readers care much about this but there may be a few hidden features that are worth mentioning. First of all, we should remind you that update 3.21 is mandatory, which means you're going to have to download it if you wish to gain access to the PSN. Secondly, if you already have Linux on your console...well, we have no idea what happens. Thirdly, according to TheSixthAxis, a couple little features may make this update all the more worthwhile. Citing a Japanese PlayStation site, there's the possibility that we'll now get better playback for PS1 classics downloaded from the Store; i.e., better overall functionality. This is actually quite likely and we wouldn't be surprised if it applied to physical PlayStation media as well. PS1 games have never played perfectly on the PS3 (we've often experienced sound and music drop-outs, for instance), so it'd be an appreciated boost. Furthermore, it seems the security of MP4 video playback has been increased, which would remove some of the vulnerabilities.
No, we don't see anything about cross-game chat or PS2 b/c so it's hardly earth-shattering news. But it's always good to have all the information concerning mandatory updates, right?
4/1/2010 10:26:36 AM Ben Dutka