We all know by now that the 2.40 update for the PS3 is going to contain the highly-anticipated XMB feature. However, sending messages without exiting your game can't be the only big thing included, right? Hit the jump for a rundown of features that will be accessible without leaving your game.
- In-game XMB (a quick tap of the PS button brings it up)
- View game-specific trophies
- Time / date display
- Send text messages to PSN users on your friends list
- Access accessory settings, such as Bluetooth pairing and voice changer
- View and manage downloads
- Quits game directly from an icon under the "Game" section of the XMB
- Search the web using the Google Search option under "Network" (similar to the latest PSP firmware)
- Launch directly into another game from the one you're currently playing
- Play music tracks stored on the HDD in games that support this feature
- Access a new on-screen music player interface (when listening to your own tracks in supported titles)
Of course, we're still not exactly sure when this big update is going to drop. According to Sony it will be “very soon.” We'll let you know once we have a solid confirmation of a date.