updated 05:25 pm EST, Tue December 2, 2008
Sony outs 2.53 PS3 update
One week after initial reports of the 2.53 update to the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console, the software has launched and brings with it full-screen Flash video playback capabilities. Users who use their gaming console to often access YouTube or Hulu video services can now select full-screen options along with a 480p mode in Hulu that ups the quality of the content considerably, especially when using an HDTV.
The update seems to have teething issues, however, as at least one report has found that that Hulu playback is more fluid on a notebook PC in comparison. Manually zooming in on the Hulu screen resulted in full-screen playback on par with the laptop.
YouTube playback was otherwise erroneous, as two clips in a test have played back without video, while the third worked as it should have. Exiting the browser have resulted in a frozen PS3 interface, necessitating a reboot. We at Electronista tried viewing YouTube videos after the latest update, but experienced no such issues.
PS3s with the 2.53 system update will turn off controllers or the system itself after extended idle periods, better handle native PS3 software and get a new account creation screen.