GameDrift reports on a mole who listened in on Sony’s Phil Harrison rehearsing for his GDC speech this week, in which he’s expected to announce a swathe of new features that’ll be in the PS3’s next firmware update on March 8th.
Most exciting is PlayStation Lifestyle, which brings social networking and user-generated content to PS3, making the most of its connectivity. The source also claims Sony will announce that Sony Connect is being added to the PlayStation Store, allowing PS3 owners to buy music and movies through the store.
Other stuff: the PlayStation Store will be given a makeover, Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming out in late 2007, and from April Sony will be whipping its Emotion Engine chip out of PS3s in the US and Japan.
Is all this true? Who knows. But it’s certainly fun speculating about it. These things often work like Chinese Whispers though, with every blog that reports the rumour adding in something inaccurate or made-up.
Which reminds me, apparently Phil’s going to announce the PSP-Phone at GDC too. It’s got Wi-Fi and GPS inside, external surround sound speakers, and turns into a robot if you press X sixteen times while booting it up. Really.