Sony: Next Firmware Won’t Be Like The Rumours Say

PC World (the US version, mind) are running a two part interview with SCEA’s Eric Lempel on the subject of PS3 firmware updates, rumours and the XMB.  The key sections are those discussing 2.80 the rumoured 3.00 update that was apparently heading for a late 2009 release.  “We’ve released a bunch of firmware updates to date, and we’ll continue to do that,” he says. “We’re aiming to release them quarterly, and sometimes there are a lot of great consumer features in them, and other times they’re just updates to help things behind the scenes.”

“I should say that a lot of times when we do these updates, there’s a ton of stuff in them for our developers, and consumers don’t see the benefits of those until they play some of those games that come out later on.”

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“I think it’s important to know, a lot of people wonder why we do these updates when it just says something about security enhancements or that playability of software will be better. Actually, behind the scenes, there are reams of documents sometimes with improvements for developers, where they can take advantage of a bunch of new tools, or new ways to allocate memory, or other ways to improve performance,” he alludes.  “You’ll definitely see another firmware update this year, but it won’t be like what the rumors say… Just in terms of that rumor, it’s not the case.”

He briefly touches on the optional 2.80 firmware too. “You know, we very much thought about that,” he says, “and actually with 2.8 we implemented something that we didn’t talk a lot about. We actually gave consumers the option to update… With 2.8 it was an option. Users didn’t have to update when we released it, and actually weren’t prompted to do so, because there wasn’t any consumer-specific functionality. I’d say a majority of consumers out there who just wait to get hit by these updates didn’t even know about it. They might still not know about it.”

You can read the full interview here.

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