PS3 Software Update v.4.00 unmentioned changes

By Jamie Pert - Nov 30, 2011

Recently we told you all about the lack of exciting changes which firmware update 4.00 brought to the PlayStation 3. Our readers were disappointed by this to say the least, however there are some other changes which have been spotted by the guys over at JustPushStart.

Now before you get too excited we must point out that there isn’t anything which will blow your socks off, in fact most of the changes relate to preparing the PS3 for the PlayStation Vita release.

Ever since the “great PlayStation Network outage of 2011” took place Sony has taken security more seriously than ever before, this new firmware update allows you to further enhance privacy settings so that you can choose whether you want to receive a friend request or friend message from someone you don’t know (this will also affect your profile on the Vita). Another thing to mention is that when you start-up your PS3 after applying the update there will be a new health warning, gamers with epilepsy should pay attention to this.

As mentioned in our previous post you will be able to back up Vita data with your newly updated PS3, however we can also confirm that by going into System Settings you will be able to delete the backup data. Whilst we are talking about the Vita we can also mention the fact that if you buy PS Vita applications on the PlayStation Store they will show up on the XMB under Game Menu. Fans of the PSP’s Remote Play feature will be glad to here that the update prepared the PS3 for Remote Play for PS Vita (available via Remote Play Settings).

Two very minor changes include the ability to now choose the UK English language option and a new PS Plus icon which has been added to the XMB.

Have you spotted any other unannounced changes?

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  • Most Blu-rays have at least some special features that are only in SD.
    Especially older films. Previously, the PS3 would just output them in SD
    (usually 480p or similar), and let the TV do the scaling. Now, the PS3 will do
    it (and if your TV has a crap scalar, it’ll look far better now).