It has been recently annouced over on the official PlayStation Blog that another small firmware update is coming within the “next few days”. This update promises to address additional playback of AVC H.264/MPEG-4 files…
“Hey everyone, you told us you wanted to hear about updates a few days in advance, so here’s a quick heads up that we have a PS3 firmware update in the works. Scheduled for release in the next few days, firmware 1.82 is an update that enables the playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4) files. As most of you know, these are high quality files that you’ll now be able to play on your PS3. Hopefully this update is moving us closer to the audio playback features many of you commented about in my post the other week. We’re continuing to evaluate and improve things across the board, including PS2 software compatibility. I’ll chime in here quickly with an update once the firmware is live and ready. Thanks for all of your support and feedback, keep it coming!”
Here at Console Monster, we would prefer to see AVI playback and more LIVE’esk features within the XMB. Lets hope there is more than just AVC support and some PS2 compatibility updates under the hood. It is good to see consistent updates coming from the Sony camp, we will have to wait some more until the next major 1.90/2.0 release swings by, maybe during E3 perhaps? We’ll keep you posted on this new firmware release here on Console Monster.
Update: The 1.82 firmware has now been released.