November 10, 2006 - Earlier on in the day, we posted a news story stating that retail units needed to be updated to System software version 1.10 to connect to the Internet. Well, we've now got details about what the software update provided to the retail unit directly from the official Japanese PlayStation 3 website, and it's not just Internet connectivity. 1.10 is actually important for connecting to the PlayStation Network itself, ostensibly providing the missing links for systems to tie into the online service on launch day. It also provides support for single type entering using the European language onscreen keyboard.
This corresponds to a number of increased keyboards that will be supported under the Accessory Settings tab. The Display Settings also received two new tweaks: the ability to set the system's screensaver after five minutes of non-use, and the ability to turn a cross color reduction filter on or off. Music Settings received two adjustments as well. First is the option to change the output frequency of an audio CD to either 44.1 or 48 kHz. The second one includes support for the ATRAC format when you're importing a disc to the PS3 hard drive. Videos for the PS3 have been augmented now, with the option to watch footage from a disc or from the hard drive in Full mode during playback.
There were some curious additions to the network options for the system itself as well. For one thing, 1.10 is supposed to allow you to save animated images and music directly to the hard drive. We tried downloading items before (which we listed in a previous article) and didn't have any luck with that. Hopefully we'll be able to get to the bottom of what can and can't be downloaded to the drive in the future. If you're browsing in Chinese, you can now use complex or simple characters to navigate the web. What's more, if you're confused about specific aspects of your system, you can launch the online instruction manuals, which brings you to a user's guide for the PS3. 1.10 also provided support for downloadable content via the PlayStation Store for PS3 software, which could be anything from future firmware updates to demos of games.
PSP network support is included for the PS3, though we're not sure if this is specifically tied into the Remote Play feature or if it has something to do with downloading original PS1 games from the PlayStation Store to be played on the portable unit. However, Sony Japan does mention that a PSP would need to run System 3.00 to take advantage of these features. Looks like there could be an update coming in the near future.
Finally, 1.10 modifies how the hard drive capacity of the PS3 is calculated, and according to one translation of the site, renews how backwards compatibility of PS1 and PS2 games are handled. We're not entirely sure what that means, but that's what we got from the site. We'll have details on any further system upgrades as they're released.
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!