Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) announced today the availability of the latest version of the PS3 firmware 2.00.
Usually Sony Japan announces a new firmware for the PS3 first, this time Sony Europe issued a late afternoon press-release about the new major Sony PS3 firmware 2.0 that will be launched tomorrow. The feature highlight of the firmware 2.0 is the ability to turn a PS3 system on and off remotely, using a Sony PSP. With the ability to turn your PS3 on and off from Wi-fi connections, there is now the opportunity to listen to the music, look at the photos and watch the videos saved on the PS3 Hard Disk Drive from anywhere in the world - quite nice!
Other features of the firmware 2.0 for the PS3 are personalized playlists in both the music and photo sections, customization of the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu screen and the addition of an Information Board on XMB to keep people up to date on the latest PlayStation news.
See some screenshots of firmware 2.0 on the Sony Three Speech site.