Guess what was deep in the latest PS3 firmware update

With the latest Playstation 3 firmware update the main purpose was for 3D gaming. However deep within that firmware was reportedly code to allow Facebook to be more deeply integrated into the console.

Facebook is somewhat limited at the moment as it uses a console as a proxy, so it can access your data and show you who else is on both Facebook and the console, but most of the abilities are little more than a less sophisticated version of what you seen on your computer.

The new integration code will allow Facebook  to access your information, and Sony would be able to incorporate that information into a game you are playing. According to a report by Forbes this integration will make games seem like they are tailored to the individual player.

For example, a gamer might be playing against a friend online in a game of basketball. If both people are on Facebook, both characters in the game might actually look like the real life people. You might also be playing a single player game, and rather than running down a hallway filled with random paintings, those paintings might be of your friends and family. It might also go further than that, and on games like Guitar Hero, the track list might be tailored to you based on the songs and bands you like on Facebook.

The integration could also connect gamers across Facebook, rather than through online lobbies and friends lists, making searching for games on a bigger plain.

We could see the effects of this integration as soon as next year.

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