PS3 System Update 1.60 Launches

As planned for earlier in the week, Sony has today released software version 1.60 for the PS3, and it is clearly the most significant system update yet. The major new feature is the long-awaited download manager, which allows for download queuing and background downloading while you play games and perform other tasks (though certain system tasks, like playing a Blu-ray disc or DVD or playing games online, will temporarily stop the downloading). PS3 owners have been wanting this from day one (myself included), so it’s great to finally have the functionality.

PS3 Download Manager
Other prominent features added to the PS3 with this patch include a new full-sized keyboard text entry system, precision zoom and resolution settings for web browsing, support for remote play via an access point to enable the PSP to interact with the 20GB PS3 model, and the release of the Folding@home program, a special computing project run by Stanford University that gives you the opportunity to help in the study and research of medical treatments for deadly diseases if you choose to opt in.
Keyboard Folding@home
A bunch of other minor updates have also been added today, but for the full details point your browser over to Sony’s PS3 update page.

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