Although it is still some time away (Super_Secretpredicts PS3 Firmware 3.0 won't be out during the summer, but before the holidays) the folks at VG247 (linked above) have uncovered some additional details on it.
To quote: The software upgrade has been described to us as "a huge overhaul", and was compared to NXE "in some respects".
The before-rumored reputation system will be included. We were told that, "A reputation system in which users will be able to evaluate each other will be provided for... game applications.
"There will be a new API available to so the user can... allow users and also obtain users' reputation."
A "grief reporting system" will be included in the update, allowing gamers to take screens of offensive players and submit them to Sony. Apparently this is going to be similar to the LBP system, and is likely to include a text input.
Firmware 3.0 will allow patches will be downloaded in the background, meaning you'll no longer have to sit staring at the screen while Random Shooter updates itself with a 500Mb fix.
There's more. Simultaneous HDMI and digital optical outputting will be included in the release, a move likely to bring big smiles to the audio heads in the crowd.
Of course for the time being, these are just rumored features that are subject to change... but still interesting none the less if true!
If the rumours are true this update will definately be giving fans what they've wanted for a while. FW 2.0 update was disappointing but 3.0 should be good, i'm excited about background game patches, its so annoying!
Yes previously and currently, audio can only be over one, not both.. (simulatenously). It was something to do with the specifications of HDMI 1.2/1.3 or something. But they obviously found a way around.
Hopefully this is true, along with other 3.0 rumours, such as cross game voice chat etc.. if it is, that would be great.
Heres another thing, do you think that the official Sony PLaystation 3 Firmware 3.0 would only be released once sony has finished finding a way to restore FULL PS2 Backwards Compatibility for the New 80GB, 40GB, 160GB models ? Thats maybe the idea.