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Rumor: firmware 1.90 features customized soundtracks?

We're sure there's a more glorified term for the feature other than "customized soundtracks" but we don't feel like using any lavish vocabulary right now. This is coming from a picture supposedly taken at E3, pardon our resizing policy and click the link to see the original, where the PS3's where supposedly running a very different version of the firmware we've currently got. The difference? For starters, the "Select Music" option. It seems all those people crying to stick their own music into a game might get that chance, even if it's just a looping playlist of whatever they want.

Second, the "Adjust Screen Settings" doesn't ring any bells. Could there be resolution-switching on-the-go now, instead of exiting the game back to the XMB? What happened to the assigning of memory card slots? Perhaps these features are specific to what era of PlayStation game you play? As in, slot assignments appear only if a PS One or PS2 game are present?

This is all conjecture, of course, since the picture hasn't been proven real. Some people do have a lot of time on their hands and really enjoy Photoshop, but to mock a picture of bright, blurry text? It's a tough call, since it has been a while for a firmware update. What do you guys think? Is this for real or for bogus?

[Thanks, SpiderMikey!]

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Posted at 12:18PM on Jul 20th 2007 by RPG

2. Itlooks i hope it not because i really want to listen to some music while playing games.

Posted at 12:29PM on Jul 20th 2007 by ShadowBlade

3. Could be Warhawk - first title to support custom music tracks.

Posted at 12:30PM on Jul 20th 2007 by bombos

4. It looks fake, but i hope it not because i really want to listen to some musicwhile playing games.

Posted at 12:31PM on Jul 20th 2007 by ShadowBlade

5. Could be real. i hope it is though cause i need to be a racing game for my ps3 cause my crappy 360 game me the red rings even though i would be playing ngs sigma on ps3 anyway guess it dont matter just wanted to mention it. EVERYBODY HIT ME UP ON THE PSN PSN ID IS BEGXFORXMERCY

Posted at 12:32PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Mr. Nevelo S.


Posted at 12:32PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Mr. Nevelo S.

7. Hm. Maybe "Adjust screen settings" would also let you constrain the image so that people can get rid of that bloody overscan. Yes, it's s CRT only issue, but an issue nonetheless. I'm tired of playing games like NFS with the HUD only half visible. Warhawk lets you do this in-game, and man it's nice.

Posted at 12:33PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Stef Geiger

8. Maybe you should cut down on the caffeine, Mr. Nevelo S.

Posted at 12:34PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Stef Geiger

9. @stef yea sorry i just had a sod

Posted at 12:39PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Mr. Nevelo S.

10. real depending on what game this is from ;)

Posted at 12:53PM on Jul 20th 2007 by whackMushrooms

11. Finally my dreams has been answered

Posted at 12:59PM on Jul 20th 2007 by ekbigpimping

12. I want .avi video support, well with the divx or xvid codec. If sony rolls that out I'll be one happy happy camper. Mpeg just isnt doing it for me, I want to put all my movies on my ps3 and make it a true media center.

Posted at 12:59PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Josh

13. Just a question

Could you have custom playlists on PS2 that you could listen in game?

(I didn't own a PS2 so I don't know)

Posted at 1:04PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Andy

14. oh and this is not a firmware update .. its an ingame option like the manuals on the ps1 games.

Posted at 1:04PM on Jul 20th 2007 by whackMushrooms

15. Features I want:

Clock on the screen when you press home

Something to track how many hours you play a certain game(just for curiousity sake)

Thats all. The rest of the features I can live without

Posted at 1:14PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Andy

16. Uh, no, it IS a firmware update. 1.90 is higher than the current version. Therefore it'd be a firmware UPDATE. The feature of having custom soundtracks would only be achievable after a firmware update. What the hell are you talking about?

Posted at 1:14PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Stef Geiger

17. isnt it likely that all of the PS3s at E3 were 2.0....with home installed on them and everything?

Posted at 1:16PM on Jul 20th 2007 by Steve

18. @Josh,

You don't have a PC that you can install Tversity on and stream movies and stuff to your PS3?

Or do you just want them local for whatever reason?

Posted at 2:06PM on Jul 20th 2007 by miglaugh

19. am 100% with you Josh, my PS3 isnt a complete media center without divx support, 80% of the video you find on the net are avi

add that:
custom music in game
a better file system (pictures, music, video), make it look like on a PC

but the most important of all:
make games!!!

Posted at 2:23PM on Jul 20th 2007 by coplice

20. yeah stef you know more than everyone here .. where on that screenshot does it say firmware 1.9 huh? or can you read black on black? this being 1.9 is speculation .. i say its not its just an in game feature for wipeoutHD or another PSN game that allows for custom soundtracks .. thats my speculation .. i hate you.

Posted at 2:34PM on Jul 20th 2007 by whackMushrooms

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