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PS3 Firmware 2.50





Ghengis
So the new PS3 firmware dropped yesterday here in the USA, and WOW are there a lot of new features. I had a handful of little pet peeves about the way the PS3 worked, and it feels like out of nowhere they fixed them all.

The biggest news is probably the upgrade to Flash Player 9 -- hello YouTube and Hulu! Though, I'm having problems with Hulu. Some videos stutter (and they keep stuttering even if I pause playback and give it extra time to buffer, which makes me think it's the player's fault, not my net connection).

They also included auto-off for both controllers and the console, one of the few things I liked better about my 360 than my PS3.

There's an option under Video Settings now that lets you set it up so videos will play the way audio always has -- that is, when one video finishes, go to the next "track" (item in the folder). This is *awesome*, because sometimes I want to put on short TV clips for my kid, and I don't want to have to pick up the controller every 7 minutes to start the next one. This might be related to the only net negative I noticed -- now, hitting the PS button while watching a video pauses the video when the menu comes up. A mild annoyance, if that.

The last update I noticed is a new "scene search" for videos. This is also very clever. Just hit Square while watching a video, and it will pause. A bar shows at the bottom of the screen with snapshots spaced every minute. Right and left navigate to the frame shown in the snapshot, while up and down change the spacing -- something like 5 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. It certainly makes commercial skipping easier.


There's so much content there, I'm surprised they didn't consider it a full version-number upgrade. Has anybody else noticed changes in this version I didn't catch?
sebbe44
Life with Ps3?
It's just a new name, but still Wink
enygmasoft
sebbe44 wrote:
Life with Ps3?
It's just a new name, but still Wink


yes it is just a new name but it matters. I have always had a bug using my netgear wireless router using WPA encrytion wirelessly, I am forced to setup the far less secure WEP. I have no problems whatsever on the WII using WPA or on my PC, so the router is all properly working. The PS3 is nice enough to detect the WPA network, but after attempting to connect it errors out. I was hoping the update would fix this issue, but I was wrong,
Ghengis
Just to clarify: does your WPA problem have anything to do with "Life With PS3"? I think you meant to have a paragraph break in there.

Do other people with your router have trouble with the PS3? I haven't got any experience with PS3 WiFi because I have a 20 gig.
Kelcey
They added a "screenshot feature." What's the catch? No games currently support it.
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