Sony and Microsoft update respective game console firmware

Late last night, Sony and Microsoft pushed out releases for their respective game consoles. Firmware v2.70 for the PlayStation 3 adds text chat support for up to 16 players while in and out of gameplay and you can be in up to three chat rooms at once! A few other additions are included.

Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)

* Sort your friends via their online status
* Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)

Video delivery service on PlayStation Store

* Video files you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store can be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback – so you can clear up space on your hard drive and then restore the video anytime in the future
* Videos you’ve purchased for PSP (PlayStation Portable) system can now be transferred to PS3 for playback

Microsoft also pushed out a firmware update for the Xbox 360, but Major Nelson says there are no new features. However, the update should fix “interruption issues” experienced by some XBL users during a handful of games. That’s seriously it.