An upcoming system update to bring the PlayStation 3 firmware to version 1.6 will give users the ability to download files from the PlayStation Network in the background. Currently, PlayStation 3 owners must halt all activity in order to download content: any attempt at another operation on the console will cancel the download, which is non-resumable. Needless to say, users will greatly appreciate this new feature which seems like it should have been available right from the start.
Another recently announced feature to be included in the 1.60 update is the introduction of Folding@home functionality, giving owners of a PS3 the opportunity to use their new game system to help find real-life cures to diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis and many cancers. Version 1.60 will improve Web browsing by allowing zooming and new resolution settings for easier surfing, plus a full-sized keyboard on-screen for more convenient text entry. Sony is also adding a software feature so that the WiFi-less PS3 variant will be able to connect with the PSP for Remote Play. The timing of the new firmware closely coincides with the launch of the European launch of PS3.
News source: DailyTech