Last Friday, Brian Crecente over at Kotaku put up a story speaking of a rumor — sent to him by “an informed UK reader” — regarding version 2.0 of the PS3’s system software. According to the internet matlock/source, the update will hit tomorrow, October 30th, and it will contain the following additions:
• PS3 power control through PSP Remote Play • new PSN category in XMB • new PlayTV category in XMB (SCEE only) • music & photo playlists • content groupings for Video & Game tabs • custom XMB themes (one will be included; others will be available for purchase) • Trend Micro™ Web Security for the PS3’s browser (parental lock that will initially be free, but will eventually cost money)
Like Brian, I doubt that the date is accurate, considering that v1.94 is just now being released on the Ratchet & Clank game discs. You’d think that they’d have one or two more minor updates (like, say, v1.96 and v1.98) between now and v2.0. Anyway, frankly — if this is the actual content of the much-ballyhooed v2.0 update — I’m extremely disappointed. This is the kind of minor stuff I’d expect to see in an interstitial update (you know, one that looked like x.xx), not a major software revision. Plus, this only includes two things that PS3 owners have wanted for a while now: playlists and the ability to group content in the Video and Game XMB tabs. Everyone just assumed that v2.0 would include the one huge thing that everyone’s been clamoring for: in-game XMB access. But perhaps they’re delaying that until they launch Home? Who knows...but either way, I don’t see how this could possibly constitute a major software update. I mean, if anything, in case in-game XMB access isn’t quite ready yet, they should just call this v1.9x...because everyone’s expecting that feature to be a part of v2.0. What do you guys think?