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PS3 firmware update on Friday

1.6 available from day one.

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Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer this morning that firmware version 1.6 will be available for PlayStation 3 when the console launches across Europe on Friday.

However, the hardware won't ship with the update, so you'll have to download it from the PlayStation Network when you get home. If you're lucky enough to survive roaming gangs of PS3-hungry thugs, that is.

The new version includes lots of meaty new features, like increased backwards compatibility, background downloading, full-size keyboard support and web browser tweaks.

You'll also now be able to use your PSP remotely with the PS3, globally connecting using Wi-Fi hotspots, rather than having to be directly connected to the console.

Also bundled is the Folding@home application, which aims to clue you in on protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cystic fibrosis and various cancers.

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