updated 09:35 am EDT, Tue March 20, 2007
PS3 1.6 Update Official
Sony today confirmed that it would release its anticipated 1.6 PlayStation 3 Update on Thursday, adding some of the most heavily requested features to the recent game console. Background downloading is one of the most important changes, the company says. As with an update last year to the Xbox 360, the PS3 can now download games, movies, and other content in the background, queuing up as many as six files while browsing the web or playing media through the main console interface. Owners will also have the option of running Folding@home on idle systems, using the specialized Cell CPU to help solve protein folding problems roughly 20-30 times faster than a normal PC.
Other major changes slated to go live include Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support with a more advanced on-screen keyboard for those who use only the gamepad; a Remote Play feature for 20GB PS3 owners who want to stream media to the PSP handheld over a local Wi-Fi network without the 60GB console's built-in wireless; and the ability to set the Web browser's resolution independently from the TV. The 1.6 upgrade should be a free download when it becomes available on March 22nd.