PS3 2.0 firmware update released

Sony’s latest update to the PS3’s on-board firmware, version 2.0, is now live and available to download, and brings with it a host of new functions – though not the expected ability to access the XMB whilst playing games.

The biggest new feature is the new Remote Start Up, which allows PSP owners to turn on their PS3 from afar and access content stored on the machine’s hard drive. A statement from Sony explains: "Firmware 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 HDD anywhere in the world."

Other tweaks include the ability to make playlists for both your MP3s and your pictures, enhanced Trend Web Micro Security for parental control and a new Information Board that updates itself with PlayStation-related news.

And whilst the XMB is still not accessible in-game, the XMB screen itself is now more customisable, with the ability to change colour or set a custom theme.

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