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PS3 Firmware 1.90 released. July 26, 2007

Posted by stvchang in gaming news, PS3.
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For those of you that have a PS3, Sony have released the lastest firmware update for it, Version 1.90, which includes the following features/system updates (from the Playstation Blog):-

  • Customization of the XMB wallpaper with your photos, whichi is one of the top three requests submitted to the blog’s contact form. When viewing a photo, simply bring up the options screen by pressing the triangle button and selecting “set as wallpaper” from the options displayed. Additionally, you can now change the order of the games displayed under the game icon on the XMB.
  • Another new feature focuses on added communication elements: When you’re sending messages to friends on PLAYSTATION Network, you can now use emoticons. These new bunch of emoticons can be easily accessed from the virtual keyboard. Also, another cool addition is, when an avatar is displayed during voice/video chat, the avatar will move in response to audio.
  • On the more technical side, you can now play AVCHD videos saved on a Memory Stick or digital video camera, and the added ability to upscale audio CD output from your PS3. Now, there are two requirements for this feature: the device you’re outputting to must support a sampling frequency of 88.2 kHz or 176.4 kHz, and your PS3 must be connected to that device with an HDMI cable or digital optical cable.
  • You can now eject discs using your controller by selecting “Eject Disc” in the options menu after you push the PS button. Several other minor options will be included in 1.90 including a few new display options that will allow you to adjust your display while playing PlayStation, PlayStation2 and Blu-ray movies (1080p 24Hz HDMI output!!).
  • Of the new features, the best has to be the ability to play AVCHD videos from the memory stick, essentially you can view your HD recorded video directly from the PS3 itself without the need to transfer to DVD media. Next up is the ability to output your blu-ray movie to 1080p 24Hz signals, improving the details and the refresh rate of the screen to remove potential jaggies and motion blur.

    Now go and point your PS3 to the PSN for the latest firmware download.

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