1, Sometimes downloading firmware updates via PSN can be really slow and can't use the system while it downloads.
2, Downloading on PC, you can use a multi-threaded downloader like FDM and download at a fast speed.
3, Archiving the PS3 Firmware packages - can't do this if you download on PS3!
I have tried to check if there is any feature worth getting excited about and I think there are some nice gimmicks but of which I am remotely interested. I am hoping per chance the browser will be faster or have improved navigation and also have the ability to play flash videos directly outside the browser. Then I will notice some difference.
For those who are in Europe or America there are some services that have become available; here in South Africa and I think in Australia our wait for the playTV if ever it will come has been forever and even some of these services such as Vidzone may never get to our shores!
Shame they couldn't include the Bravia Sync feature in the firmware for the fat PS3 would have loved that with my new 46inch Bravia panel!
damn them - i might have to actually sell my original 60gb and get a slim.
(Then again, i'm not THAT bothered!)
updated to 3.01 just recently as it seems they improved media playback from within the browser.
prior to 3.01 you could only fast forward up to x20 or x30 and the scene selection was disabled.
pls someone with 3.00 or less try scene selection on a vid opened in the browser (not downloaded).
it's not some killer feature, but since I use my local webserver rather then a media server it comes in quite handy.