If you've been anxiously awaiting the next significant firmware update for the PlayStation 3, your wait is over.
SCEA has announced the details for update 2.70, and it includes a bunch of new features "that enhance how PS3 users communicate and interact with their online friends." We don't have an exact release date but we know it'll be "available soon," and we'll receive a brand new Text Chat option for use on the PSN. Furthermore, the Friends list will get a bit of an upgrade on the Cross Media Bar (XMB), and we'll also see "improvements to the video delivery service on the PlayStation Store." If you wish to chat, you can use the Wireless Keypad, the on-screen keyboard, or any compatible keyboard peripherals. You will have access to up to three chat rooms at once, and each room will be able to hold up to 16 people. And yes, you will be able to access text chat while playing a PS3 game, so that's very cool.
As for the Friends list, you will now be able to sort your Friends by online status, and larger files can be attached to messages; they'll upgrade the limit from 1MB to 3MB. Lastly, the aforementioned upgrade to the video delivery service will let you back up purchased files on an external storage device; you'll be able to watch them after they've been restored to the PS3's internal hard drive. Oh, and any videos you bought for the PSP can also be played on the PS3 now. For a full video walkthrough, visit the official PlayStation blog .