PS3 firmware update on Friday

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.

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