The new firmware for PS3 hit Japan today, and you can expect it to go live worldwide tomorrow
. This next firmware brings a plethora of new feature that PS3 members have been crying for. Features include customization options for the wallpaper in the cross media bar (XMB) and fonts. Another interesting feature comes in the form of Home Chat - users can attach a USB keyboard and chat with friends. Playback quality of music CDs also get a level up with a output frequency options.
The other features include:
* Games on the XMB can now be sorted
* Inclusion of "eject disk" on the option menu
* BD/DVD setting now provides an option for 24Hz output over HDMI
* CD music output also has new options for output frequency: 44.1, 88.2, and 176.4 kHz
* Output settings will be available for PSOne and PS2 games.
* Bookmarks can now be added
* Browser Security will be added to the tools of the PS3 internet browser
* Video settings can be changed in-game
* Music settings now include "Bit Mapping"
* Emoticons and avatars are included in the chat, avatars move in reaction to audio in AV chat
* AVCHD type animated pictures can be saved from Memory Sticks