PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.80 Hidden Change

Strange how Sony never releases a full change log. found out one new thing.

The first change comes via the new Text Chat feature that launched with the last upgrade. Instead of a meagre 32 character limit for each line of text, you can now type – wait for it – 64 whole characters on every line!

Good that it includes more characters, anyone else find any “hidden” features?

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  1. #1 by Blackstaffer on June 25th, 2009

    I find it odd that this is a .x release instead of a .x.y release. There’s nothing here to justify it.

  2. #2 by Paranoimia on June 25th, 2009

    Apparently there’s speculation that this update is more for developers than users, possibly laying the groundwork for features that we won’t see just yet.

  3. #3 by Tosh on June 25th, 2009 [ 1127 Points ]

    Jim at NeoGAF said this:

    It has at least one thing in it that people will want.
    But the feature won’t be immediately useful.

    He still hasn’t said anymore about that. So you may be right Paranoimia.

  4. #4 by Kenneth Harris on June 25th, 2009

    yea I found this entire update odd…its the first update that I noticed as being optional…is that just me…but being optional with very little features…why release it at all. And will the contents (no matter how measely they are…receive the same update in the future if I don’t download it today??

  5. #5 by tomtom on June 29th, 2009

    i imagine it would have all the new changes in it for the developers to be able to easily utilise the motion controller that we’ll be hearing more about at the upcoming conference

  6. #6 by jerryhat on June 29th, 2009 [ 1595 Points ]

    I’ve noticed that 2.80 has started recognising my normal dualshock3 as controller 1 again, rather than the controller 3 it had become due to being in a GH:Metallica dongle thing and having a buzz quiz thingy in usb2.

    Whether this was really 2.80, the effect of doing an update, or something I’m being stupid about I don’t know.

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