Was that too harsh? Maybe. There are some welcome features. Here's the complete 2.00 breakdown:
- Remote Start - Energy savings: no need to leave your PS3 on all day while you periodically access it with your PSP during coffee breaks.
- Information Board - Scrolling headlines, handpicked by Sony for Sony. (Thankfully, you can disable the ticker until a later update, when Sony plans to let you import your own RSS feeds.)
- Themes - Create. Share. Love. Ain't that what community is all about? [Joystiq's pick for 'Best New Feature'; customize backgrounds, icons and fonts with companion PC software; supported by PlayStation.com and PlayStation Store.]
- XMB Color Selector - Take control of the mood.
- Music & Photo Playlists - But no Music-Photo playlists.
- Additional Sorting Options - Now you can sort your music ... (ready for this?) ... by year!
- DualShock 3 support - A "last-gen" feature renewed (without a US release date).
- PLAYSTATION Network XMB group - Attention: PlayStation Store has moved to a new icon.
- Canon printer support - 'Cause even game consoles need to print things.
Optimists (like PS3 Fanboy) argue that 2.00 installs "the framework for a much meatier PS3 experience" with a host of new components that will eventually
lead to polished entertainment. But we say Sony dropped the ball again and for a second straight straight holiday season has failed to make a play. (Just imagine where PS3 would be without Insomniac scoring down the stretch.) At this point, it's not a win Sony should be shooting for, it's a tie. More so than a wowing new feature, Sony needs to deliver parity. It's 2007, why can't we send a frickin' message to a buddy from a game's pause menu?
Where's our in-game XMB access?
Music playlists is just not the feature we're looking for a year into PS3's life cycle. And still we wait.