PS3 Firmware 2.10 Shows In-Game XMB Potential.
PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.10 was released yesterday for US gamers and it has a couple of new bells and whistles. DivX playback, a voice changer, and WMV playback are now supported.
The voice changer in particular is interesting to me. Not because I want to mask my voice, but because this demonstrates that there’s enough untapped horsepower in the system to implement new features to run while a game is running. We’re waiting patiently for in-game XMB messaging, and this is a step that shows it could be technically feasible.
+ DivX playback has been implemented with a few restrictions — 2GB or smaller files, DivX 3.11 and copy-protected DivX files unsupported.
+ A voice changer is now available to tweak the pitch of whatever voice input device you’re using up or down. Beware online gamers, chipmunks abound at the high end!
+ VC-1 (Windows Media Video?) playback is now available. It must be enabled via the menu, but unless I was looking at the wrong thing the PS3 told me that was already done — perhaps enabling it on my PSP when it got WMV support a while back is remembered by the PSN?
+ Blu-ray support has been augmented to version 1.1. I’m guessing this keeps the PS3 as the most powerful and flexible Blu-ray player around. This adds a Blu-ray related utility under the video section of the XMB.
+ A new bitmapping type 3 setting is available under music. An audiophile somewhere is happy.
Source: PlayStation Universe.