That 2.5 firmware I spoke of is now live. You can check out some of the features included in this update in that post. So after that 7 hour maintenance today, we get to see the fruits of Sony’s labor.
Oh, and SCEA forgot to mention that firmware 2.5 also updated the Flash player to version 9 and thus enables the web browser to display the latest Flash content with less fuss! Hurrah!