New PlayStation 3 Firmware Adds Photo Gallery, Smile Sorting, More DivX Support

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Your PlayStation 3 is about to graduate to version 2.60, as new firmware for the console is coming soon (read: actually really soon). What's it add? New multimedia features and "guest access."

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That guest access is limited to the PlayStation Store, designed for those fearful of joining the 17 million-strong PlayStation Network. Yes, you can now browse the PlayStation Store without an account! Hooray!

Potentially more exciting are new multimedia features, including support for DivX 3.11 encoding and a new Photo Gallery application. The Photo Gallery itself is a 100 MB download, according to PlayStation Network Operations director Eric Lempell, and will give PS3 owners new ways to sort, display and manage their pictures.

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Video of the thing in action can be seen at the official U.S. PlayStation blog.

Upcoming PS3 Firmware (v2.60) Update [PlayStation.blog]

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CitizenInsane27 (The Monster Inside Me Wants to Eat Nickels)

I'm interested in the new features. DivX support can only improve, so that's nice, but this new photo viewer (optional) download is really neat to me. I do, like a few people, store photos on my PS3. I'm interested to see how functional this app is, and frankly I love Sony's multimedia ambitions with the PS3. There are a ton of people that still scowl at them for focusing on this kind of thing instead of matching their competition feature for feature, but I disagree, respectfully. I'd rather have each of them be their own machine, filled with unique feature sets not available on anything else, it's what separates the rift between the systems and makes each one totally worth owning.

To your "I'm still waiting for cross game chat on PS3" I raise you a "I'm still waiting for internet browsing on 360". That is all.