and a quote from another source:Details from Phil Harrison- Sony Computer Worldwide Studios
Keynote at GDC March 7th 2007:
Firmware update available on the 8th for North America/Japan and Asia. European PS3's will be preloaded with this latest update.
Features of this latest firmware include:
More refined PS Store frontend
Playstation Network integrity enhanced
Wallpapers from pictures
Ability to change background colours
Sony Connect Store for music and movies added to the PS Store. Hundreds of trailers/full films/song videos and mps3's available for download.
Playstation Card option in PS Store enabled.
Playstation Lifestyle- Similar to my space/youtube. User generated content and experiences are the key.
Removal of Emotion Engine chips in PS3's in NA and Japan to follow in April. Reason for this is to reduce costs and focus on enhanced opportunities via software. Benefits include the ability to upscale selected PSone/PS2 games to 1080i/720p.
Lots of development talk.
Release dates for key games. Warhawk in June/July 2007. Heavenly Sword delayed. Killzone and MGS4 in late 2007.
New content on PS Store available on the 8th:
Tekken 6 trailer
Lair demo & trailer
Rainbow Six Vegas demo
EA: Skate trailer
Battlefield Bad Company trailer
Virtua Fighter 5 demo
Virtua Tennis 3 demo & trailer
GRAW 2: trailer
Mortal Kombat 2 game
Killzone demo for May.
More details. Stay tuned on the 7th.
I can't confirm if this is true or not, but many sites have been mentioning this.The 2007 Game Developers’ Conference is less than a week away, and many eyes are on Sony for what is supposed to be a significant announcement planned for the event. GDC Director Jamil Moledina is appears to be privy to the keynote topics, and said to GameDaily last week that Sony will be delivering news that would make PlayStation 3 owners very happy.
Gaming blog Kotaku has posted what could be the subject of Sony’s massive announcement: PlayStation Home. According to the rumor-filled story, the PlayStation 3 will soon be getting its own version of “Mii avatars” and “Xbox 360 achievements.” As a new requirement for all future PS3 titles, each game will feature its own virtual room, where users “will receive items with which to adorn the room that are specific to the game,” as part of an achievement system.
The anonymous source also says that Sony is bringing social networking concepts to the console in a manner that should be similar to MySpace. Voice and text chat, along with video are to be some of the new features.
Another source from the Neoseeker forums mirrors some of the information found in the Kotaku story. According to forum member “DevelopersHeart,” Phil Harrison will be delivering a keynote at GDC to announce a new firmware update that will be available on March 8 that will include new features such as a more refined PS Store frontend, Connect Store support for movie and music downloads, and wallpaper options. A social networking feature, similar to MySpace and YouTube, is also mentioned, except that it is named by the message author as being called “PlayStation Lifestyle” rather than “PlayStation Home.”
On the topic of name, Sony Computer Entertainment has recently registered the trademark for “PlayStation Home,” defining it as an “electronic games services provided by means of the Internet,” for the “creation and development of virtual and interactive images and environments,” and “introduction and social networking services, namely introducing electronic game players to others.” The trademark description certainly lends credence to the rumors.
Also said in the post by “DevelopersHeart” is that the Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chip will be removed in North American and Japanese consoles in April, unifying the two territory’s machines with the European spec.
What I'm most excited about is the Sony Connect Store, Lair Demo, Rainbow Six Demo, Warhawk Demo, Virtua Fighter 5 demo, Virtua Tennis 3 Demo, and the Killzone demo in May. Now THIS is gonna be SWEET!!!!!