updated 01:10 pm EST, Wed January 24, 2007
PS3 Update Adds E-Pay
Sony today updated the PlayStation 3's system software to 1.5, bringing with it a slew of key changes. Foremost of these is an addition for that adds Edy wireless payments; intended primarily for Japanese users, the Edy system (pictured) revolves around a USB adapter that scans prepaid cards, allowing its owner to buy games and media from the online PlayStation Store without entering sensitive credit card information.
More universally relevant is better video support for older PlayStation 1 and 2 games, according to Sony: where earlier games that ran in interlaced mode would frequently display visual glitches on HDTV sets, the 1.5 update forces these games into a fixed display mode, ensuring that they display as they would on the previous consoles. Other fixes are said to include support for an image associated with a user ID, better wireless support, and an option to use Korean keyboards. The update should be available immediately.