Sony has released a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 that adds a number of new features that used to be exclusive only to (paying) PlayStation Plus customers. The new firmware update, 4.50, should be waiting for you the next time you turn on your PS3. New features include auto download features for system updates and game purchases; new privacy settings for your trophies (allows you to hide them if you want); and improved data transfers that make moving content to and from your PS3 and PSP and Vita systems a lot easier.
Eric Lempel VP, Sony Network Entertainment, said on the PlayStation Blog that the new auto download features for system updates and SEN online store purchases also allows you to set a two hour time interval for your PS3 to turn on from standby mode and check for updates as well as content to be automatically downloaded.
"Any purchases made in the SEN online store before your designated time will automatically start downloading during that interval," he wrote. "For example, if your Automatic Update time is set for 10AM-12PM, and you purchase a game while you’re away from your PS3 via the SEN online store (at work or school via PC or maybe on your daily commute via iOS or Android) at 9:30AM, the content you purchased will start downloading while you’re away. This adds convenience and will help you get into your games quicker, so you can start playing when you return home."
You can find out more about the 4.50 update here.