PS3 Firmware Update Coming in September

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PS3 Firmware Update Coming in September

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Version 3.0 of the PlayStation 3's firmware update will make its debut on September 1, and while it doesn't drastically change the way the system works, it brings a few new features to the table.

Sony certainly isn't reinventing the wheel when it comes to the 3.0 firmware update for the PS3. This is far from a total rehaul for the system in the fashion of Microsoft's New Xbox Experience - it's just a few tweaks and additions that should hopefully make the experience more enjoyable and elegant.

"First, you'll notice some cosmetic changes to the design of the XMB (Xross Media Bar)," Sony's Eric Lempel said. "We've enhanced the look and feel of the XMB so that it's easier and even more intuitive to use. We've also added network improvements and personalization options to help enhance your PS3 experience."

New features include a "What's New" section that replaces the Information Board with a stylish interactive display of PlayStation-related content, a Status Indicator that shows you basic info (friends online, messages, etc) on the top right of the screen, a redesigned Friends List, new ways to display Trophies and the arrival of "dynamic custom themes and avatars," which will come in normal and premium varieties.

Premium, huh? That sounds expensive. In the demo Lempel gives over at the PlayStation blog, he shows off a neat LittleBigPlanet premium theme that replaces all the XMB icons with LBP-style ones and has a Sackboy running in the background. It looked nice, and it would be nice if this kind of thing was free, but it's probably not.

"It's kind of another category within premium things, so it's another level," Lempel told G4TV. "We've got some themes today that can do some limited functionality, these gives the developer a great deal of tools to make them really exciting and do a lot with them."

Same goes for premium avatars, though they probably won't have any real "premium" functionality. Instead, some avatars will cost money depending on whether or it's attached to an IP or it cost money to make, so, like, a Nathan Drake avatar might be a premium and require you to pay. It doesn't seem like it's totally set in stone yet, but paying for a Nathan Drake user icon? I think I'll pass.

3.0 will hit on September 1, the same date as the PS3 Slim.

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Since when did business become about copying what everyone else is doing? It looks basically the same as the NXE.

No wonder the Wii is owning this generation.

Some of that sounds nice, like the friends list redesign etc. I am, however, always wary of the phrase " more intuitive" from a big company. I really don't have that much of a problem with the way the UI is right now, so I hope they don't change it too much.

Joshimodo:
Since when did business become about copying what everyone else is doing? It looks basically the same as the NXE.

No wonder the Wii is owning this generation.

... It's not that big of a change, they just moved the bar to the side. Seriously.

I'm not sure about this whole 'premium' idea.... how much does it actually cost to make an avatar? not much I'm guessing, but they'll probably still charge something daft like £0.99...

Themes I can understand a bit more work going into, with animation and all that, but again, I can envisage them being stupidly overpriced.

and the store idea, while making it easier to find what you're looking for (which isn't really hard, even now), makes it all a bit more cluttered.

Joshimodo:
It looks basically the same as the NXE.

actually it would be the other way around, since the XMB came out first and secondly that looks nothing like the nxe at all

i think some of the features in it are darn cool, like showing what DLC is available for the game you have selected, and of course the animated premium themes, i'd actually pay for those instead of the ones they have now

Onmi:

... It's not that big of a change, they just moved the bar to the side. Seriously.

actually no that's the PSN link on your XMB, i'm pretty sure it still goes across the middle

cleverlymadeup:
that looks nothing like the nxe at all

Except for:

cleverlymadeup:

i think some of the features in it are darn cool, like showing what DLC is available for the game you have selected, and of course the animated premium themes, i'd actually pay for those instead of the ones they have now

Since NXE doesn't have that...Oh, wait.

Not to mention they flipped the XMB (so it's now like the NXE), then added chunky, rounded boxes.

Sony and Microsoft are like the bickering boy and girl in school who copy each other due to having a crush on each other.

If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

What the hell is a Xross and how are you supposed to pronounce it? Zross? Exross? Crossross?

Seems good. Huh, Premium. I guess it is a good thing I always keep a few dollers in my PSN Store wallet.

Doesn't the Slim come out at 9/11

Onmi:

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

Hey you have to go with that you're given, and in this case you were given *snerks* text chat.

Also as much as you can keep counter-raging about it the fact remains that some people really do want total backwards compatibility like the PS2 had with the PS1. When you remove a highly lauded feature from one generation to the next, people tend to be put out just a tad.

Oh good, we haven't had an update for a while, and hmmm... new trophy displays, this could be a good thing.

AceDiamond:

Onmi:

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

Hey you have to go with that you're given, and in this case you were given *snerks* text chat.

Well we have it IN-Game I just want it ALL THE TIME (Voice Chat I mean) Although I got a keyboard for ease of use, I wonder how many Keyboards my 360 can use *Intermission* alright none. It is however great for cooking steak!

Ace don't make me punch you in the ovaries.

Onmi:

AceDiamond:

Onmi:

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

Hey you have to go with that you're given, and in this case you were given *snerks* text chat.

Well we have it IN-Game I just want it ALL THE TIME (Voice Chat I mean) Although I got a keyboard for ease of use, I wonder how many Keyboards my 360 can use *Intermission* alright none. It is however great for cooking steak!

Ace don't make me punch you in the ovaries.

Wait... there is a voice chat feature, i have talked to my friend with video chat, BTW if u dont hav a camera, it is just voice chat with a blank background, And my 60g playes ps2 games fine

Even if u have some special problem with the video chat option without video, i have played flash games on the browser with a keyboard, im sure you could just go through a website with mikes, or just talk on a private ingame room. I dont see the problem you have here

Chameliondude:

Onmi:

AceDiamond:

Onmi:

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

Hey you have to go with that you're given, and in this case you were given *snerks* text chat.

Well we have it IN-Game I just want it ALL THE TIME (Voice Chat I mean) Although I got a keyboard for ease of use, I wonder how many Keyboards my 360 can use *Intermission* alright none. It is however great for cooking steak!

Ace don't make me punch you in the ovaries.

Wait... there is a voice chat feature, i have talked to my friend with video chat, BTW if u dont hav a camera, it is just voice chat with a blank background, And my 60g playes ps2 games fine

Even if u have some special problem with the video chat option without video, i have played flash games on the browser with a keyboard, im sure you could just go through a website with mikes, or just talk on a private ingame room. I dont see the problem you have here

I just want to turn on the game use my bluetooth headset and run one app to have voice chat on everything, browser, PSN store, while playing single player games. Basically something like Skype... but I did not know about the Video Chat feature, can you have it while playing games?

Wow, well that looks interesting.

Cross Game chat is what I want. It's the only cookie that MS dangles over Sony users with a malicious grin on their face. It's the best thing to happen to gaming since the analog stick.... okay, maybe it's not THAT good, but it is nice. It's about the only reason I subscribe to XBL.

ps2 emulation would be nice too, but I own a 60gb, so it's no sweat off my ass.

Ooooo... It looks pretty. I can't wait to get it installed.

Joshimodo:

cleverlymadeup:
that looks nothing like the nxe at all

Except for:

cleverlymadeup:

i think some of the features in it are darn cool, like showing what DLC is available for the game you have selected, and of course the animated premium themes, i'd actually pay for those instead of the ones they have now

Since NXE doesn't have that...Oh, wait.

Not to mention they flipped the XMB (so it's now like the NXE), then added chunky, rounded boxes.

Sony and Microsoft are like the bickering boy and girl in school who copy each other due to having a crush on each other.

wrong again

for one that's exactly how the XMB looks now, it's just the position of the icon crossbar is pushed more over to the left in the picture, tho it could be the way they cropped it

secondly the nxe does NOT show the available dlc inline with the game you're playing, you have to go into the marketplace for that

the view you are actually seeing is the info board icon, that has been changed around a bit more to give it an icon rather than a pull down menu

so once again you're wrong

No backwards compability?
Dissapointing.

Best firmware update of all time.

I'm glad they're finally overhauling the information board. I found it useless and annoying, and switched it off aftrer a day. It should be used as some sort of news ticker, but I'm glad they're getting some use from it. Also stop going on about copying we haven't seen it in action, and Microsoft knicked ideas for the NXE.

Jamash:
What the hell is a Xross and how are you supposed to pronounce it? Zross? Exross? Crossross?

it's pronounced "Cross" for some reason. Maybe CMB doesn't look as cool.

Onmi:

Chameliondude:

Onmi:

AceDiamond:

Onmi:

dommyuk:
If only they'd add something I'm interested in...like a good PS2 emulator >.>

*Grabs headphones and wraps them around your neck squeezing* Personally I would prefer a voice chat feature rather let them perfect PS2 emulation so that I don't have to go "how do I shot web?"

Hey you have to go with that you're given, and in this case you were given *snerks* text chat.

Well we have it IN-Game I just want it ALL THE TIME (Voice Chat I mean) Although I got a keyboard for ease of use, I wonder how many Keyboards my 360 can use *Intermission* alright none. It is however great for cooking steak!

Ace don't make me punch you in the ovaries.

Wait... there is a voice chat feature, i have talked to my friend with video chat, BTW if u dont hav a camera, it is just voice chat with a blank background, And my 60g playes ps2 games fine

Even if u have some special problem with the video chat option without video, i have played flash games on the browser with a keyboard, im sure you could just go through a website with mikes, or just talk on a private ingame room. I dont see the problem you have here

I just want to turn on the game use my bluetooth headset and run one app to have voice chat on everything, browser, PSN store, while playing single player games. Basically something like Skype... but I did not know about the Video Chat feature, can you have it while playing games?

The update is nice and all but I agree, cross EVERYTHING chat is what I really want. Yes, you can set up a 6 or 8 person chat session but you have to exit it if you want to do something else like access the store or start a game. It's kind of annoying.

Here's my question Sony, does it make the darn thing faster? When Microsoft updates their UI it was so it would load and download faster. The PS3 is so freaking slow I went on an hour walk and came back to see my download (which was 14% completed) was now only 23% completed, this was for a demo that wasn't even 1 Gig! Make your "Powerful" system run better not look better.

It actually looks pretty cool.

But I'd never spend money on it.

Still no cross game voice chat? Dissapointing, but still sounds decent.

SMOKEMNHALO2001:
Here's my question Sony, does it make the darn thing faster? When Microsoft updates their UI it was so it would load and download faster. The PS3 is so freaking slow I went on an hour walk and came back to see my download (which was 14% completed) was now only 23% completed, this was for a demo that wasn't even 1 Gig! Make your "Powerful" system run better not look better.

that doesn't have anything to do with the software.

Toty54:

SMOKEMNHALO2001:
Here's my question Sony, does it make the darn thing faster? When Microsoft updates their UI it was so it would load and download faster. The PS3 is so freaking slow I went on an hour walk and came back to see my download (which was 14% completed) was now only 23% completed, this was for a demo that wasn't even 1 Gig! Make your "Powerful" system run better not look better.

that doesn't have anything to do with the software.

Not true, it has everything to do with the hardware and the software, they both work at the same time. If the hardware is powerful (a la PS3) than the software should run smooth and work pretty fast, updates can and has fixed these problems with not only the 360 but computers as well.

i was dreading this, only just got used the this one...but a nre way to view trophies is indead needed

i also like the new social options as i found the curent ones abit lacking...so its good news! yay

So basically:
New PS3. Nothing particularly shiny. Boring.
New PS3 firmware. Nothing particularly shiny. Boring.

At least they're consistent!

I love new features and updates.
Feels like my PS3 is evolving.

Im curious about the "new ways to display trophies and friends" and the premium themes/avatars. Still two weeks away though, so I'll hold my excitement until the night before.

SMOKEMNHALO2001:

Toty54:

SMOKEMNHALO2001:
Here's my question Sony, does it make the darn thing faster? When Microsoft updates their UI it was so it would load and download faster. The PS3 is so freaking slow I went on an hour walk and came back to see my download (which was 14% completed) was now only 23% completed, this was for a demo that wasn't even 1 Gig! Make your "Powerful" system run better not look better.

that doesn't have anything to do with the software.

Not true, it has everything to do with the hardware and the software, they both work at the same time. If the hardware is powerful (a la PS3) than the software should run smooth and work pretty fast, updates can and has fixed these problems with not only the 360 but computers as well.

I was referring to the download speed, which indeed can be sped up by implementing new software, has nothing to do with the fact that you're PS3 was downloading so slowly.

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