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Background downloading while playing games CONFIRMED!

Though there were some pretty legitimate rumors to the contrary, our good friends at 1up have unearthed an official confirmation on what we've all been keeping our fingers crossed for. Background dowloading is indeed alive and well in the upcoming firmware update:

"Up to 6 pieces of content from the PlayStation store can be queued up for download while the user enjoys other functions of the PS3 system, including playing games, browsing the web, using media functions including photo browsing, video and music playback. Progress of downloads can be easily tracked under a new Download Management menu under the XBM's network icon."
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1.6 is turning out to be the PS3's biggest and best update so far. Keep it coming, Sony.

[Via 1up. Thanks Hiroken.]

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1. As sad as I am to say this, I'm betting this is a typo by SCEE. I guess we'll find out for sure come Thursday. Either way I'm excited!

-Colin

Posted at 12:10AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Colin

2. I spoke too soon!

IGN was contacted by Sony and confirmed it!

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/774/774165p1.html

Woot!

-Colin

Posted at 12:15AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Colin

3. Very nice. It's great to see that Europe is going to get a system that's hitting the ground running. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how this launch goes for them.

Posted at 12:49AM on Mar 21st 2007 by mccomber

4. You could've posted this info two days earlier ...

http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2007/03/19/the-ps3-firmware-updates-keep-on-coming/#c4042539

Sayonara mina-san ^_^

Posted at 12:50AM on Mar 21st 2007 by AL7AIR

5. YAY! for auto start option!
that alone makes me happy. :)

nice job about the bg d/ling though.

Posted at 2:03AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Ripcord83

6. will the european PS3 ship with this?

Posted at 3:09AM on Mar 21st 2007 by joel

7. Wow Awesome...only 1 and half years behind 360 now. Why did Sony rush so many damn things with this console?

Posted at 3:19AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Raein

8. Joel:
No, but it will be available for download on day one (okay so they gotta do ONE download the hard way). It's part of the big software emulation update they're getting.

Raein:
Actually, Microsoft didn't add Background downloading until the June 6th, 2006 update. That means that Sony actually added the functionality almost 3 months earlier in the product cycle than Microsoft did. And only 9 months after microsoft did historically. Not a year and a half. ;)

-Colin

Posted at 4:03AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Colin

9. "Wow Awesome...only 1 and half years behind 360 now. Why did Sony rush so many damn things with this console?"

What's funny is 360 still lacks some features PS3 has (like looking up CD data ONLINE, copying save games/MP3s/Videos to and from USB devices and STANDARD flash cards, etc. a backup/restore data feature, LINUX, acting as a media SERVER rather than an extender, a webbrowser, animated thumbnails, selecting the codec and bit rate to rip music too, the list goes on) hell they only let you play videos off CD/USB/PC what, a week before PS3 launched? A feature PS3 came with (Yes you can play videos off your PC)

Why was the 360 rushed?

Posted at 4:07AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Extinction

10. Does anyone know what time exactly the update comes out? Ed? Anyone at PS3 Fanboy? Anyoneee? I almost creamed my pants (lol, not really) when it was allegedly coming out on 3/8.

Posted at 4:52AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Luigi

11. YAY!

Background and qeueing.. this is going to be a good update.. and its not even 2.0!

Posted at 5:35AM on Mar 21st 2007 by humpty

12. @"7. Wow Awesome...only 1 and half years behind 360 now. Why did Sony rush so many damn things with this console?

Posted at 3:19AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Raein"

@"9. "Wow Awesome...only 1 and half years behind 360 now. Why did Sony rush so many damn things with this console?"

What's funny is 360 still lacks some features PS3 has (like looking up CD data ONLINE, copying save games/MP3s/Videos to and from USB devices and STANDARD flash cards, etc. a backup/restore data feature, LINUX, acting as a media SERVER rather than an extender, a webbrowser, animated thumbnails, selecting the codec and bit rate to rip music too, the list goes on) hell they only let you play videos off CD/USB/PC what, a week before PS3 launched? A feature PS3 came with (Yes you can play videos off your PC)

Why was the 360 rushed?

Posted at 4:07AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Extinction"

Shut up guys, seriously. Anyway, I remember when this feature came available for 360 and it really kicked ass. It was like taking a ball and chain off the system or something, lol. You know since the PS3 has a bigger ethernet port (per say) maybe you can still download during online play too (unlike the 360) who knows?

Posted at 9:51AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Virtua Fanboy

13. i dont think im going to download this update or any future ones because it is going to disable the emotion engine chip, which means instead of being able to play 99% of PS2 games perfectly I can only play 72% of games, some of which have "noticeable issues" (TMB which I still play).

Ill only download a future update if it has a HD upscaler for PS1/PS2 games and DVD movies.

Posted at 10:17AM on Mar 21st 2007 by gutter2d

14. Why is this "CONFIRMED" and "dug up"?

It was in the freaking press release from Sony yesterday...no 'digging' necessary:

See press release below for details of the compatibility site and 1.60 Firmware upgrade:

European PLAYSTATION 3 Compatibility Site Launches Early

Firmware upgrade at launch to implement connectivity to Folding@home, background downloading and internet browser enhancements

London, 20 March 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today launched the web site that will allow prospective PLAYSTATION®3 owners to see which of their PlayStation®2 titles are playable on the new European PS 3 hardware model.

The web site at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc lists those titles from the portfolio of PS2 titles available in the SCEE PAL territories that are playable on PS3.

“Our engineers have been working overtime, and have succeeded in delivering a significant number of playable PS2 titles for the European launch”, said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “We will be adding additional titles to this list in future firmware upgrades, but as we have made clear before, in the future our resources will be increasingly focused on developing new services and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, rather than on delivering PS2 backwards compatibility.”

New owners of a European PS3 will need to install the latest firmware upgrade to play the PS2 titles listed on the web site. The upgrade will be available at launch from midnight on 22nd March through the PLAYSTATION®Network, from www.PlayStation.com or, for those unable to access the internet, on a disc obtained from local Customer Services.

The latest system software upgrade (Version 1.60) will deliver features such as Folding@home connectivity, background downloading of content from the PLAYSTATION®Store, support for Bluetooth® keyboards and mice, and an optional full QWERTY on-screen keyboard for text entry.

The Folding@home project allows PS3 owners to connect to Stanford University’s Folding@home program, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and many cancers. Using the power of the Cell Broadband Engine™, PS3 system can perform computer simulations for the Folding@home program ten times faster than your average home PC. Once PS3 system is updated to version 1.60, users can easily sign up to join the Folding@home program by clicking on the appropriate logo on the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) under the Network icon. Then, when the PS3 system is left on and reaches idle mode, it will automatically begin a simulation and, once completed, send information back to a central computer(*1). Additional details about Folding@home are available at http://www.scei.co.jp/folding/en/.

Firmware Version 1.60 also delivers a more convenient process for downloading content to the PS3 from the PLAYSTATION Store. Up to 6 pieces of content from the PlayStation store can be queued up for download while the user enjoys other functions of the PS3 system, including playing games, browsing the web, using media functions including photo browsing, video and music playback. Progress of downloads can be easily tracked under a new Download Management menu under the XMB’s Network icon(2).

Posted at 10:22AM on Mar 21st 2007 by Yah...itsaPS3..sowhat

15. gutter2d,

I don't see anywhere in any of hte press releases or press articles that the emotion chip will be disabled in North America. Where did you get this?

Posted at 11:21AM on Mar 21st 2007 by James

16. But does it work for EVERY game(PS1/2, DL titles) and will it work on US consoles? Hopefully we'll find out tomorrow! ;)

Posted at 11:25AM on Mar 21st 2007 by aka Bitter

17. Now the real question is what kind of effect background downloading will have on online play. But I guess that answer will come in time.

Posted at 12:43PM on Mar 21st 2007 by RatBoy

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Posted at 12:47PM on Mar 21st 2007 by CJ

19. @12 bigger ethernet port? wha?

Posted at 12:48PM on Mar 21st 2007 by Tyler

20. @19 - he is refering to the PS3 being equiped with a gigabit lan ether port

Posted at 2:32PM on Mar 21st 2007 by mookmookie

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