New PS3 features hit Europe tomorrow

Sony’s Three Speech blog has confirmed that the latest PS3 firmware update, 1.90, is now available in Japan, and will hit Europe tomorrow (July 24th).

Chief amongst the new features is the ability to display custom backgrounds on the machine’s XMB, or dashboard, and the fact that the machine’s video and scaling settings are now available either in-game or when watching a movie.

The features in full:

• Ability to rearrange games on the XMB
• Option menu now includes eject disk”
• Press triangle to eject games/CDs/movies in the XMB
• XMB backgrounds
• Change the folder classification
• Emoticons
• Change CD output to 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz
• Force 24Hz output for Blu-ray over HDMI
• Change PS3 video settings in-game
• Bit Mapping” in the Music Setting”
• Save AVCHD type animations from a Memory Stick
• Change settings like upscaling while playing PS and PS2 games
• Add bookmarks
• Web browser security function in the browser’s tool section
• Avatar moves during audio visual chat

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