Earlier today (June 26, 2009) VG247 posted a story regarding PS3 firmware update 3.0, stating that it would be released before Christmas and that the system will be getting a huge overhaul.
Among the features listed were a reputation system that would give players the ability to evaluate other players in games and a grief reporting system. The grief reporting system was said to allow screenshots to be taken of players displaying offensive activities and the option to report them to Sony.
Background downloads for game patches was also mentioned as an addition to the update. Instead of having to wait for a patch to download we would be able to continue playing the game until the patch completes.
The last feature was said to provide simultaneous HDMI and digital optical audio outputs for those who just can’t get enough of the audio side of things.
When asked about these features by IGN Sony responded in a less than positive way. The director of SCEA product publicity Jennifer Clark said these rumors are in no way true and are based on wild speculation.