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PS3 Update To Allow Background Downloading

The firmware updates for both the PSP and PS3 have been consistent and well-implemented, but there is much work left to be done. And when we hear news about significant alterations/upgrades coming via a future update, we just have to let everybody know. The next firmware update for the PS3, 1.6, is due out in March, and we've learned one very nifty feature it will include...

The update should address one of the biggest issues PS3 owners have had with the PlayStation Store and the download system. Right now, if we download a demo or trailer or whatever from the Store, we can't do anything else during the download. This may not irritate everyone, but it's in contrast to the Xbox 360, which allows background downloading. Thanks to a recent Game Informer interview with Sony's Phil Harrison, this is going to change with Update 1.6.

"The only thing I can talk about is that background downloading will be part of the 1.6 upgrade. There’s a bunch of other stuff, but Kawanishi-san would kill me if I was to reveal all of the details."

And what's even more interesting is that last statement. What else could they be planning for the 1.6 firmware update? What is so earth-shattering that Kawanishi-san would "kill" Harrison if he let it slip? Hmm...

2/10/2007 Ben Dutka

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