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PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.20 available now

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There’s a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 hitting today – and instead of just being one of the many that just keeps you from playing games for a while this one actually adds some useful new features.

The new update brings with it a slew of enhancements for those of you using stereo wireless headsets (including support for the new official Sony one), allowing you to fiddle with volume controls (hooray for sidetone adjustments!) – as well as enable virtual surround when you’re playing Blu-rays. The update also enables timed auto-shutdown settings and makes copying multiple saved games easier; a boon to anyone who’s ever considered backing up the PS3’s hard drive. another, unpublished change is one that affects the PS3’s browser; though it’s still based on Flash 9, it’ll now only ask you to allow plugins once per session instead of for every single instance. I can honestly say I don’t use my console browsers at all, so it’s something I wouldn’t even notice. It’s available right now. Here’s the list of changes according to GAF, most of which have been confirmed by the PS Blog.

  • Wireless Stereo Headset
  • When the wireless stereo headset (CECHYA-0080) is connected, you can now adjust the sidetone level for microphone audio. Select [Sidetone] under (Settings) > (Accessory Settings) > [Audio Device Settings].
  • Off: Disable microphone audio from the headset
  • 1-5: Enable microphone audio from the headset
  • Auto Off
  • You can now set the amount of time until the system automatically turns off. Under (Settings) > (Power Save Settings) > [System Auto-Off] you will be able amend the time for [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and for [Game/Other Features]:
  • Video/TV/Music/Photo – After 1 Hour, After 2 Hours, After 3 Hours, After 4 Hours, After 5 Hours, Off
  • Game/Other Features – After 1 Hour, After 2 Hours, After 3 Hours, After 4 Hours, After 5 Hours, Off
  • If you enabled [System Auto-Off] in system software prior to version 4.20, the selected time will be set for both [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and [Game/Other Features].
  • The default settings are [After 4 Hours] for [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and [After 1 Hour] for [Game/Other Features].
  • Save Game Selection
  • Under (Games) > (Saved Data Utility (PS3™), you can now select multiple saved data items, and then either delete or copy them as a group.
  • You cannot use [Copy Multiple] to select data that is copy-protected.
  • Some saved data cannot be copied.
  • The upper right corner of the screen displays: the number of saved data items that are selected, the total number of saved data items and the total file size of the saved data items that are selected.

Last Updated: June 26, 2012

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