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New PS3 1.90 firmware update is now available in Japan

Gaming blog Kotaku is reporting that a 1.90 firmware upgrade is available to Japanese PS3 owners.

Emoticons are part of the 1.90 firmware upgrade. Game Watch

Thanks to Kotaku, word is out that a new 1.90 firmware upgrade is now available for download to PS3 owners in Japan. Based on an initial post from the Japanese site, Game Watch, the following features/tweaks are part of the update:

-- Ability to rearrange games on the XMB

-- Option menu now includes "eject disk"

-- Press triangle to eject games/CDs/movies in the XMB

-- XMB backgrounds

-- Change the folder classification

-- Emoticons

-- Change CD output to 44.1/88.2/176.4kHz

-- Force 24Hz output for Blu-ray over HDMI

-- Change PS3 video settings in-game

-- "Bit Mapping" in the "Music Setting"

-- Save AVCHD type animations from a Memory Stick

-- Change settings like upscaling while playing PS and PS2 games

-- Add bookmarks

-- Web browser security function in the browser's tool section

-- Avatar moves during audio visual chat

While there's nothing too wow here, every little improvement counts. Gizmodo, which also linked to the Kotaku post, notes, "Seriously, though, all the small menu tweaks are a step in the right direction, with the first hint of customization we've seen on the platform yet. Plus, we're looking forward to doing some serious testing of in-game video quality now that it's easier to swap settings and you can toggle upscaling. But we're most excited because this puts us closer to firmware 2.0, which we're guessing will be announced at Leipzig next month and be a pretty big deal. Look for firmware 1.9 stateside soon."