Sony has confirmed that a brand new PlayStation 3 firmware update will be available later today, taking the system’s software up to version 4.20 and adding a few minor updates to its feature list.
The PlayStation 3 has been around for quite some time and Sony has always tried to increase its array of features by making many firmware updates.
As has been the case with previous firmware versions, the newest 4.20 software update brings just a few incremental things to the PS3, including “a few minor updates in order to strengthen functionality and improve your overall experience,” according to Sony.
First up, there is a change to the PlayStation 3’s power-save mode, which is now set by default to kick in after 1 hour of inactivity. This can be adjusted from the console’s menu setting.
PS3 owners who also have the Wireless Stereo Headset will notice further adjustments to the new sidetone feature that was introduced by update 4.10
“System software update (v4.20) will improve “sidetone” audio performance by giving you the option to select one out of five levels for microphone audio or give you the option to turn this feature off completely.”
More good news for those with the stereo headset, as Sony has also implemented a new feature when watching movies on the PS3.
“For those of you who use the “Wireless Stereo Headset “to watch Blu-ray or DVD movies on your PS3 system, this system software update will also enable virtual surround sound functionality giving you a superior audio experience.”
Last but not least, the management of save game data has also been improved, as players can now select multiple save files and delete or copy them as a group.
The new firmware update is expected to be launched later today in both North America and Europe.