PS3 Firmware 2.60 Adds New Photo Gallery

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And the PS3 gets better again. Firmware 2.60 will be released tomorrow and will add Photo Gallery, guest PSN store access and a new Dixv update. Here’s the skinny:

PS3 Firmware Update 2.60 Adds Photo Gallery Application

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced details of the next
system software update (v. 2.60) for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), which includes
several new features designed to enhance the PS3 system’s entertainment
functionality. The system software update 2.60 will become available on January
21and deliver a new Photo Gallery application, enabling consumers to better organize
and view their photos stored on PS3 system. Other new features include DivX 3.11
video support and PlayStation®Store guest browsing.

Through the Photo Gallery application, it will be easier than ever for users to sort
through and enjoy their photo collections stored on their PS3 systems. Digital
photos can be organized in groups according to various criteria, including the
camera used to take the photos, the event date and time, colors in the photos, as
well as the number, ages, or facial expressions of the people pictured. Once their
photos are grouped, consumers can then search and view them using the grouping
categories and create slideshows set to music, displaying specific photo playlists
or photos pulled from grouped categories.

In addition to the Photo Gallery, firmware 2.60 provides guest access to PlayStation
Store, enabling non-PlayStation®Network members to browse the storefront’s
downloadable content, including games, game trailers, and demos, along with more
than 4,200 movies and TV shows.

The system software update 2.60 will also upgrade PS3 system’s video
capability to support DivX 3.11 media files. Videos in DivX format continue to be
popular due to the ability to compress large video files, while maintaining
relatively high visual quality.

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