Before the month's end, a few updates we missed are from earlier this month as follows:

Lili-Chan has updated to PS3 Theme Builder v2.3 followed by PS3 Theme Builder v2.3a (changelogs below). He also released PS3 Xross Media Simulator v1.0 recently.

In related news, A.R.K. has updated to PS3 Theme Creator v1.7 (FW 2.4 Patch) which includes support for 2.4 FW Themes, and gets patch-updated to PS3 Theme Creator v1.6.

PS3 Theme Builder v2.3a Changelog:

- Sounds Effects will now work in conjunction with the new icons.
- Fixed a bug that was causing some themes to fail to compile
- Bundled the Xross Media Simulator into the application. The Xross Media Simulator replaces the existing 'Test Drive' Functionality.

I have also made the first release of Xross Media Simulator. This can be downloaded as part of the PS3 Theme Builder or it can downloaded as a standalone application. This tool allows you to preview theme in 720p resolution. It supports previewing uncompiled XML themes, or compiled P3T files.

PS3 Theme Builder v2.3 Changelog:

- Added support for new Icons released in firmware 2.4
- Fixed several bugs
- Removed "Created Using PS3 Theme Builder Tag"

Important Note: Sound is not supported in combination with the new icons. If you add one of the new icons, your theme will save and compile without sounds.

However, if you do not use any of the new icons, then you can still create themes that contain sounds. More PlayStation 3 News...