Finally, Sony has broken the silence on the anticipated PS3 2.0 firmware update, but it's not the revolution we all hoped for.
The big new feature is the Remote Start up, which we all knew about already. Here's the official line from Sony: "Version 2.00 features the ability to turn a PS3 system on and off remotely, using a PSP system via the Remote Play function, allowing for a truly mobile partnership between the two systems."
Sony adds: "Building on the success and potential of the Remote Play functionality, Version 2.00 will cement the partnership between PS3 and PSP and create a truly global experience. With the ability to turn your PS3 on and off from Wi-fi connection, there is now the opportunity to listen to the music, look at the photos and watch the videos saved on the PS3 Hard Disk Drive, anywhere in the world."
Media functionality within the console has also been slightly improved. No, there's still no DivX support, but you can make playlists for your tunes.
"Version 2.00 allows for the creation of personalised playlists in both the music and photo sections," explains Sony, adding: "This simple-to-use function gives users an opportunity to create unlimited music playlists for all occasions, as well as sharing favourite photos in glorious high definition."
We were all hoping for the ability to view the XMB during gameplay. Not happening. But you can customise the colour and brightness.
"Continuing with the idea of a personalised PS3, Version 2.00 allows for customisation of the XMB menu screen. Change the colour and brightness with the greatest of ease or have something completely different by setting a custom theme."
Sony says there's also the potential for new backgrounds to appear on PSN, for users to jazz up their PS3's front-end.
And there's more. "A host of other enhancements includes the addition of an Information Board on XMB to keep people up to date on the latest PlayStation news, the inclusion of a new PSN category and logo for easier navigation and Trend Micro Web Security, a free, state of the art internet security system, designed to give parents peace of mind."
That means no more high-def porn for you young ones. Sorry.
Ah well, maybe we'll get the much-needed in-game message menus in FW 2.10...