Firmware 2.70 brings chat, big files, media backup and status sorting – Updated
Prescience aside, we’re just glad to see 2.70 finally raising its murky head from the Sea of Speculation so the wild predictions about its content can stop.
Fans of chat, sorting, huge attachments and media backup should prepare for a giddy frenzy.
The rest of you, and we’re thinking this is the majority, look away now. There’s nothing to see here.
As always, the ever-dapper Eric Lempel has materialised over at the official PS blog with a video guide explaining just what is in store for 2.70 upgraders. We’ve embedded the video for your convenience below, but for those of you that shun the devilry of moving media format, here’s the highlights in reliable textual format.
You can now sort your friends by their online status – which is handy if you have a veritable brigade of hanger-ons that are proving unruly under the confines of traditional alphabetical sorting. You can also now send these friends files of 3MB in size. Handy if … well, handy if the 1MB limit was historically troublesome for you.
Video purchased for PSP can now be transferred to your PS3 for playback. Also, any video you’ve snagged off the PlayStation Store can now be backed up to an external device and restored to your PS3 if the need ever arises. We’re sure those of you who are finding space an issue will welcome this feature.
Leaving the best ’til last. Real-time text chat is now available with your PSN friends. Eric says it best by stating:
Chat feature that enables you to communicate online with your PlayStation Network friends. Now, youâ€™ll be able to chat with up to 15 online friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or other compatible keyboard peripherals. Not only can you chat with your friends instantly, but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games and even participate in up to three chat rooms at once.
That’s it. Not the paradigm shift some people were expecting. It also never fails to amuse us just what people believe may actually feature in a firmware update. The best rumour we heard was “Full backwards compatibility and your PS3 can interface with your Sony Kettleâ„¢ and make you coffee.”
Speaking of coffee …
Update: Our friends over at The Sixth Axis have noticed some other tweaks. Trophy comparison is now a lot faster and, rather than a shameful “0%” next to someone’s trophy haul, it now shows “-” if they actually don’t actually own the game in question.
An “estimated time remaining” counter is also present showing how much time you have to make a sandwich as your downloads wing their way to you from across the “internets”.
Finally, there’s scrollable windows in the Store now? Amazing what they can do with technology these days.