The brand new PS3 firmware, due to hit sometime tomorrow (US) will allow you to view your earned PS Vita trophies on your Playstation 3 console – one of the requested features by users of both consoles. The trophy icon has also been given a new place under the Playstation Network tab rather than the Game tab.

Unfortunately, the firmware also removes one of the popular items available on the Playstation 3, Folding@Home. This service allowed PS3 users to contribute their PS3’s processing power towards research to fight conditions and cancers. It was used by a large number of PS3 users, so I imagine they won’t be happy to see it leave their consoles.

It will become available on Wednesday in EU and tomorrow in the US, according to the relevant PS Blogs. We leave you now with a message from the lead researcher from Folding@Home regarding PS3 users’ help towards the project:

“The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs.”

“We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier Folding@home simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease.”

“The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).”