As many of you remember, Sony announced a new firmaware at GamesCom that would introduce a plethora of new features. The firmware was set for a September 1, 2009, but it looks like the good folks at Sony have made it go live a day early. Hopefully we will be able to see the first batch of animated themes this Thursday with the PlayStation Store update.
It seems that the opening screen and music has changed, and Sony is going with the new PS3 logo. The layout of everything is very sharp and beautiful. I am impressed by the new look and feel of the xmb.