Firmware 2.7?

Wow.  So, a Gametrailers poster who openly admits to being completely wrong about something fairly Sony-specific (see his sig) now has an ‘insider’ at Sony R&D, where they apparently make Firmware updates.  And nuclear weapons.  And monkeys with 3 heads.  Anyway, said insider has furnished the aforementioned poster with a likely list of updates we’ll see in Firmware 2.7.

If you don’t want your  brain fried by the responses over at Gametrailers, here’s the meat of the post:

Friends List:
– Voice Messaging is now available as an alternative to text after selecting a user on the friends list. Voice message recordings are capped at 30 seconds.
– Home Integration: Saved Playstation Home avatar photos can be selected as photo ID for Gamer Card/Friends List.
– Trophy number and Gamer Level are listed under Friend names for quick reference.

Gamer Card & Trophies:
– Gamer Card layout has been changed to more closely resemble the Playstation Store aesthetic.
– Past Trophy information can be viewed in detail by selecting “Recent Trophy History” option.
– Newly aquired trophies auto-sync in the background
– Server infrastructure for Trophies has been optimized. Resulting in faster retrieval time for Gamer Card and Trophy information.

In-Game XMB:
– Loading time for In-Game XMB has been drastically reduced, resulting in a more seemless in-game experience.
– “Theme settings” options while in-game is now available, allowing custom themes to be applied to the In-Game XMB.
– Internet Browser can now be accessed while in-game.
– Voice messaging and voice chat options can be used while in-game.
– Options that cannot be used in the XMB during game sessions are grayed out (but still selectable) to eliminate user accessibility confusion.

Misc:
– Other slight UI tweaks and enhancements.

So, the web browser that doesn’t have enough bloody RAM to run when there’s no game playing is now going to magically just ‘appear’ on the XMB when in-game, huh?  Still, it’s about time the Trophies auto-synced, if there’s something a Firmware update needs it’s the fixing of those damned Trophies – but it’s the ‘slight UI tweaks’ that I’m interested in the most.

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