Well well well, the rumor mill has turned again. These firmware rumors are second only to price drop rumors in annoyance, IMO. It's all fine and dandy to speculate on what Sony's going to do, but seriously I think we all need to calm down on these topics and just let everything happen when it happens. We get excited about things we WANT to see happen, so people come up with rumors that feed off of that, and articles get posted, then people get disappointed when it doesn't happen like the rumor said. Here's what I have to say about this:
1. Sony will ALWAYS deny rumors. This is pretty much a policy every company holds, because they don't want anything "secret" getting out. Conversely, just because they deny something doesn't mean it's real or unreal because they will deny both. Therefore, don't pay too much attention to Sony denying anything.
2. I doubt Sony's going to overhaul their OS/GUI. It would be cool if they did, but I just don't see it happening. This is not based on any evidence, it just seems that Sony releases their updates in little bits without any big revelations.
3. All that being said, Sony does need to add some features that users (and I) have been clamoring for, namely:
a. In-game chat
b. Background patch downloading
c. More visualizations
d. Support for standard playlist formats (.m3u) and no cap on locally made playlists
e. A more robust PSN experience, including this "reputation" system, to make their internet experience more appealing in comparison to X-Box Live
And finally, the big one.......
f. FREAKING PS2 SUPPORT.... seriously there is no reason this can't be added since the most recent iteration is software emulation. I'm so pissed I waited until I could afford a PS3 with the understanding I could play PS2 games (I never owned a PS2) and it was REMOVED. I know I could buy a used PS2, but it's the principle that matters. They shouldn't have removed the feature to begin with. If nothing else they need to make it a paid download add-on if money is the issue. I know I would pay for it.