Last week Nintendo DSi owner is Japan and Europe could update their DSi to firmware 1.4 (will come to US in the fallUS August 3rd). The biggest news is that you now can upload pictures taken with the Nintendo DSi to your Facebook account. Pretty cool. It’s also blocking all flashcards. You can read more on Nintendo.co.uk.
To update the DSi firmware, go to System Settings and choose System Update (on page 4).
The Facebook integration with the Nintendo DSi Camera is one feature of a new system update for the Nintendo DSi, which also includes other improvements to the technical features of the console. This update is accessed by performing a system update in the System Settings of the Nintendo DSi, which will automatically upgrade the console’s firmware to version 1.4.
The exciting new Facebook integration with the Nintendo DSi Camera allows you to send photos directly to your Facebook stream, where they will be shared with friends and stored in an Album on your profile. A Facebook logo will then appear in the album section of the camera, and a Facebook icon will now be present above your picture. Tap this to immediately connect online to your Facebook account and upload your picture.
The Xbox 360 Dashboard will get a new update on August 11, and will have some new features. You could apply for an early preview and some at Joystiq.com got one and made a video of the new update. I wasn’t able to apply this time since I’m on holiday, but August is not that far away.
In a not too distance future, PSP will get a new firmware update to v5.5. This looks like it will be a very good update. Here is the update from blog.us.playstation.com:
The firmware update will introduce an Information Board on the PSP system’s XMB (XrossMediaBar) interface. Those of you who have a PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) may be familiar with this feature, which displays news and updates from the world of PlayStation in a scrolling ticker in the upper right-hand corner of your TV screen. Now you’ll be able to read up-to-date information about upcoming games, new content available on PlayStation Store, and other news right on your PSP whenever you’re at a wireless Internet hotspot.
In addition, we’ll be adding a few more enhancements with the 5.50 update:
Memory Stick improvements – You’ll be able to create and access sub-folders on your Memory Stick PRO Duo for music, videos and photos. Separately, the available space required to download a file from PlayStation Store to your Memory Stick has been reduced significantly.
Internet search for games directly from the XMB – You’ll be able to easily search the Internet for information about your PSP games. Select the icon for the game, hit the Triangle button, and then select [Internet Search] from the options menu to get search results based on the game title. This feature was added to PS3 with the recent 2.70 update.
Trend Micro trial – PSP’s Internet browser is a great tool for checking out your favorite Web sites on the go, and we’re teaming up with the Internet security experts at Trend Micro to make the Web browsing experience safer and more secure. With the 5.50 update, you’ll have the option to access a free trial of two Trend Micro services:
Trend Micro Web Security uses Web reputation technology to block PSP owners from accidentally visiting a Web site that may contain malicious content designed to steal personal information and confidential data.
Trend Micro Kids’ Safety uses URL filtering technology to prevent children from accessing Web sites that feature inappropriate content.
MajorNelson have told the world that a system update for Xbox 360 is now available. No new features but a fix only, and I quote:
This update addresses interruption issues that some Xbox LIVE users may have experienced when playing a limited number of Xbox 360 games.
And PlayStation3 got its firmware updates to v2.70. Playstation.blog have this to say about the new update:
In addition to Text Chat, we’ve added a few more enhancements:
Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)
Sort your friends via their online status
Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)
Video delivery service on PlayStation Store
Video files you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store can be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback – so you can clear up space on your hard drive and then restore the video anytime in the future
Videos you’ve purchased for PSP (PlayStation Portable) system can now be transferred to PS3 for playback
They’ve also put up a video preview of the firmware.
Earlier this week, Nintendo Wii got a long waited firmware update to v4.0. This update will let you use SD memory cards as storage (well you could do that before too) and launch game from the memorycard.
This is what the news said on the Wii Shop Channel:
If you feel that you need more space to store your Wii Channels and Virtual Console and WiiWare titles, then we have the solution for you!
Following the latest Wii Menu update, you can now not only save your Wii Shop Channel downloaded software on an SD Card but also launch them directly from your Sd Card!
With an Sd Card instered, you can now access your stored content via the newly added SD Card Menu, which is acceddible from the main Wii Menu.
The new Wii Menu update also includes support for high capacity SDHC Cards – giving you even more space to store your collected Channels and games!
I made a small YouTube video of this update.
Also new this week, was the introduction of Virtual Console Arcade at the Game Developers Conference (aka GDC).
This is what the Wii Shop Channel had to say:
Instead of insertin coins, each game feature virtual credits that you can add at will. In some games you can also access a special menu to change settings such as game diffculty or number of lives.
Our Virtual Console Arcade line-up begins with four favourites from Namco Bandai and Tecmo (Gaplus, Mappy, The Tower of Dracula and Starforce) and other big-name publishers will also be bringing their wares to the Wii Shop Channel in the future, so watch this space!
Satoru Iwata held Nintendo’s GDC 2009 keynote today, well covered by Joystiq.com. There some great new from that keynote. The most waited for is a firmware update for Nintendo Wii which let you use an SD-card as storage to download to or launch software from. Firmware version is 4.0 and is available now.
Nintendo also announced Virtual Console Arcade which let you download old arcade games. Four games are available today: Gaplus (Namco Bandai), Mappy (Namco Bandai), The Tower Of Druaga (Namco Bandai) and Starforce (Tecmo). Space Harrier (Sega) and Solvalou (Namco Bandai) will be available later.
Apple have released info on what new features and update that will come in version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. I’m not a iPhone user and will probably never be (but you never say never), but I think that some of the features should have been there from the start.
Some feature of the iPhone OS 3.0 taken from Engadget:
Peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth for gaming and other info-swapping
Developers can now build apps that call out to Google Maps, and can also finally bring Apple-blessed turn-by-turn to the phone
Cut, copy and paste
MMS, along with forward and delete for multiple messages
Unlocked Bluetooth functionality on 2G iPod touch
A2DP stereo Bluetooth
Landscape view available for Mail, Text and Notes
YouTube account support
Engadget have also so kindly made a video walkthrough of the new firmware which you can watch in the embeded video bellow.