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Rumour: PS3 to offer "Completely New System" in Firmware 3.0

Stop the presses!

According to awesome game-nerd site VG247, we Playstation 3 owners have got a treat in store for us, coming down the bits-and-bytes pipes before the holidays. Their super-secret sources deep in the bowels of Sony have revealed to them that we’re going to get a firmware update to version 3.0 that will amount to a having a completely new gaming/media machine. A radical PS3 operating system redesign. Awesome!

Here’s what they have to say:

    “The before-rumoured reputation system will be included. We were told that, “A reputation system in which users will be able to evaluate each other will be provided for… game applications.

    “There will be a new API available to so the user can… allow users and also obtain users’ reputation.”

    A “grief reporting system” will be included in the update, allowing gamers to take screens of offensive players and submit them to Sony. Apparently this is going to be similar to the LBP system, and is likely to include a text input.

    Firmware 3.0 will allow patches will be downloaded in the background, meaning you’ll no longer have to sit staring at the screen while Random Shooter updates itself with a 500Mb fix.

    There’s more. Simultaneous HDMI and digital optical outputting will be included in the release, a move likely to bring big smiles to the audio heads in the crowd.”

Apparently there’s a lot more that they won’t talk about right now. Ok. This is all cool and the notion of having a drastic system overhaul is always fun but man, all I really want from my PS3 that I’m not getting right now is the ability to play MKV files. That damn Matroska AVI container is killing me! C’mon, Sony! Get working on bringing us THAT!


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