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Firmware 1.90 is now available in North America

Firmware 1.90 has hit North America earlier than expected and is now available to download onto your shiny PS3s. The firmware update brings with it one of the most frequently requested features for the PS3 -- custom backgrounds. Also added is the ability to arrange game titles in the XMB and the ability to change video options without leaving the movie. The wallpaper feature and the ability to access scaling and video options while watching a movie are huge pluses in particular and showcase Sony's continued efforts to increase the usability and feature set of the PS3.

Here is the full list of updates in Firmware 1.90:
  • A wallpaper feature has been added. You can now select a photo to display as the XMB background.
  • You can now use emoticons in messages under [Friends]
  • Support for text entry in simplified Chinese characters has been added.
  • You can now select traditional Chinese characters as a text entry method.
Also included (but not listed in the install process):
  • You can now sort games in the XMB via Creation date from the top, from the bottom, and by format.
  • You can now also modify almost all video options while watching a DVD/Blu-ray.
  • The ability to eject a disc via the Triangle menu.
  • You no longer have to plug in your controller to update. Thanks BK! (I knew I wasn't hallucinating!)
Considering Sony's track record, the update probably added even more functionality. Consider it an Easter egg hunt, find all the changes you can!

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1. great now I need some PS3 friends so I can use the emoticons, anyone want to add Snoopdoug

Posted at 12:00AM on Jul 24th 2007 by doug

2. Please oh please have an improved browser. All I want is to be able to listen to Pandora while I surf the web.

Posted at 12:00AM on Jul 24th 2007 by pizzanerd

3. the emoticons SUCK!!!

overall...a good update. now i gotta get a hi-res shot of Old Snake to put as my background.

Posted at 12:01AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Justin


Posted at 12:20AM on Jul 24th 2007 by BK

5. ....Why is it that Sony thinks their time is better spent giving us emoticons and wallpapers than giving us xvid decoding, folder hierarchies, upscaling of PS3 games etc?


Maybe 2.0 will give us a feature worth getting excited about.

Posted at 12:21AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Stef Geiger


Posted at 12:21AM on Jul 24th 2007 by bruce


Posted at 12:24AM on Jul 24th 2007 by BK

8. Oh cool. After the installation, I got a black screen and an unresponsive PS3 that the controllers can't even sync to.

Wonder if I just bricked my PS3.

Posted at 12:24AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Stef Geiger

9. There are some cool 1080p wallpapers here:

Darker images work better than the lighter ones.. "rubik" is a very good one .. you can use your PS3 browser to download them right on your ps3 hdd.

Im loving it!

Posted at 12:26AM on Jul 24th 2007 by humpty

10. This is a total piece of horse ass.

I get the choice to either keep my games in exactly the order they are now, put them in reverse, or put my PS1 downloads at the very end. How exciting. I'm usually able to see through the criticisms and speak to the good about the things the PS3 has to offer, but this is pretty damn underwhelming. The best feature so far is that I no longer have to use my product differentiating touch sensitive power and eject buttons ever again. Wait, how is that a good thing?

Maybe all the good firmware updates are spoiling me...

Posted at 12:29AM on Jul 24th 2007 by upz

11. can i store more porn my ps3 now?

Posted at 12:30AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Chris

12. Stef, I'm right there with you. All I wanted was a folder to put my demos in. Instead I get to send sad emoticons to my friends.

Humpty, I pulled a couple off InterfaceLift myself. One hell of a site. Reminds me of my Planet Earth BDs.

Posted at 12:33AM on Jul 24th 2007 by upz

13. Is it just me, or is there not actually any ability to change PS3 video settings in-game for PS3 games?

Rainbow Six, for example, is totally broken on PS3 if you have a 1080p display - you have to suffer through Ubi's horrible upscaling job rather than just get the game in optimal 720p.

I know, i know - i can change my video settings EVERY time I play Rainbow Six to switch into 720p mode.

Because I really want to do that...

Posted at 12:37AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Simple Panda

14. Alright, so my PS3 wasn't bricked.

Another great source for backgrounds is though Ryan Bliss hasn't made any 16:9 1080x1920 images.... yet.

Posted at 12:37AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Stef Geiger

15. ... we want background music.

but i really applaud FINALLY enabling custom backgrounds.
Leah Dizon now makes my PS3s video output as sexy as the machine itself.

but seriously, custom music!!!
and better file organization.

Posted at 12:43AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Alex

16. @ simple panda...

i believe i read in the release notes that it only works for PSone and PS2 games.

Posted at 12:45AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Justin

17. something is weird. i dont see how i can make emoticons. i tried sending text like :) but they just appear as :). how did u all make ur emoticons in ur messages?

Posted at 12:45AM on Jul 24th 2007 by James

18. that options thing in the lower-right is annoying, but the backgrounds feature rocks!

Posted at 12:52AM on Jul 24th 2007 by jfunker

19. @16 That really sucks. Hopefully, Ubi will release a patch for Rainbow that fails over to 720p if it's available, no matter what.

1080p in Rainbow Six Vegas is -ugly- as sin. Like a PS2 game.

Of course, the lack of FSAA in Vegas is already ugly, so it's worse on worse.

Posted at 12:52AM on Jul 24th 2007 by Simple Panda

20. The 24 fps playback of Blu-Ray disks is in there.

Posted at 12:54AM on Jul 24th 2007 by GRT

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