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Firmware (v2.35) Coming Soon

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on May 14, 2008 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

I just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up that a PS3 firmware update (v2.35) will be released shortly. This is a relatively minor update to improve stability of some PS3 titles.

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220 Comments

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+ mikesee on May 14th, 2008 at 8:55 pm said:

Good evening, you always tell us “(to improve stability) of some PS3 titles.” Why do you never tell us what these ps3 titles are? I truly believe there is no point telling us what the update do since anyways we do not know really what games are concerned.


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+ FruitySkills on May 14th, 2008 at 8:56 pm said:

Every time I see a blog post in the PS Blog that says “PSN Update coming soon…” Then I know that soon is very soon like by in a few hours or the next day…Been noticing that lately with I think all the “PSN update coming soon…” posts…lol


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+ darkedgex on May 14th, 2008 at 9:02 pm said:

In the firmware wishlist this time:

* Please add video playlists, may not sound useful, but it’d be nice.
* The ever present Matroska/MKV container support request.
* The always fun Quicktime MOV container support request (you guys already do AVC and AAC decoding which is what a lot of MOV files contain, Sorenson would be nice, but it’s not a requisite of adding container support).

For bonus points, adding DVD-Audio support would be totally awesome. I know you guys are hung up on Super Audio CD (and it’s great, don’t get me wrong), but this is one format war that you’ll never really win (and even if you did, it’s sort of useless at this point since most folks seem content with MP3).

Anyways… As others have said, more info on what, **exactly**, this firmware update does would be fabulous.


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+ DankandSticky on May 14th, 2008 at 9:05 pm said:

i dont know why this wouldnt just fix everyones gta problems…. sheesh i feel bad for them


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+ ghamdikh1 on May 14th, 2008 at 9:05 pm said:

@Eric Lempel
Can you at least say what this update fix.


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+ jonabbey on May 14th, 2008 at 9:07 pm said:

Whenever Sony launches a surprise update to ‘improve stability’, with no further details, I always read that to mean that Sony found a security hole and they want to get it patched as soon as possible.

If this is the case, I doubt they’d ever reveal what they actually fixed.


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+ kalilaoboi on May 14th, 2008 at 9:09 pm said:

can u guys at sony add a firmware that enables u to use ur external usb harddrive as a backup hdd…im running out of gigz and need more really soon. especially if all these upcoming games are required for u to install atleast 3 gigabytes of hdd space. i use my ps3 to the fullest and only have 10 gigabytes out of 60. please consider this and help me out, because i use my ps3 for almost everything to game demos, music storage, picture storage and videos/movies. thanxz!!


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+ chasegamez on May 14th, 2008 at 9:14 pm said:

i have custom soundtrack working on my psp
with all games
whats so hard not adding this to the ps3


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+ Kukuk on May 14th, 2008 at 9:18 pm said:

Is there any plan to fix PS1 games on the 40GB PS3 model?

Some of my favorite PS1 games have major problems playing, and it’s kind of disappointing. Notable games are Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Cross.


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+ solidjavier on May 14th, 2008 at 9:30 pm said:

Playstation Network Mexico


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+ enewtabie on May 14th, 2008 at 9:32 pm said:

@49
November open beta..Thats what they were shooting for at Playstation Day(SCEE)


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+ TERRYLO on May 14th, 2008 at 9:33 pm said:

I HAD TO GET MY PS3 REPAIRED BACAUSE GTA 4 FROZE ON MY PS3 MANY TIMES & EVENTUALLY KILLED THE BLU RAY DRIVE,BECAUSE OF THAT I’M UNABLE TO PLAY ANY GAMES ON IT OR WATCH DVD’S.I SURE HOPE THIS FIRMWARE FIXES THE GTA 4 CRASHING & FREEZING ISSUE….IF NOT,IM AFRAID THE PLAY GTA 4 WHEN MY PS3 GETS FIXED….ALOT OF PS3 USERS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AS MINE…THIS FIRMWARE BETTER FIX THIS GTA 4 CRASHING ISSUE.


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+ chapsy1983 on May 14th, 2008 at 9:33 pm said:

hey, just wondering if you guys plan on fixing the way that PS2 games are displayed on screen in a future patch.
whenever I play one it always goes into a window in the center of the screen. the worst is the movies in FFXII. having an inch plus of black space on each side of my screen is rather annoying.(note: I’ve already tried adjusting picture settings and nothing helps)
also, MKV support would be nice in a future update.
tl;dr – fix ps2 emulation, add .mkv support for maximum win.


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+ TERRYLO on May 14th, 2008 at 9:43 pm said:

TO NUMBER 57….KALILAOBOI…YOU NEED TO FORMAT YOUR EXTERNAL USB HARDDRIVE TO FAT 32.YOUR EXTERNAL USB HARDDRIVE FILE SYSTEM IS MOST LIKELY NTFS,YOU NEED TO FORMAT IT FAT 32 IN ORDER FOR YOUR PS3 TO RECOGNISE IT.
JUST LIKE A USB FLASH DRIVE WOULD READ WHEN CONNECTED TO YOUR PS3,YOUR EXTERAL USB HARDDRIVE WOULD DO THE SAME IF FORMATTED TO FAT 32.


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+ serversurfer on May 14th, 2008 at 9:43 pm said:

@57
You can already backup your internal drive to an external USB drive, like if you want to swap out the internal drive to upgrade it, or just for the sake of safety.

If you’re just looking for additional storage, then media (movies, music, etc.) can be moved to a USB drive, but game installs, saves, etc., must be stored on the internal drive.


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+ Sancho45 on May 14th, 2008 at 9:43 pm said:

I just turned on the PS3 and had a notification of the new firmware update so I hop in the blog super excited to see the new features to read “A minor update to improve stability on some PS3 titles.” All of my ps3 titles work wonderfully. I have the 60 gig and dont get game freezes on GTA except occasionally on online play since the patch. Before that it would freeze if I hadn’t connected to the internet prior to starting the game but that also stopped after the patch. Nice job Sony but please do clarify what games this or any future update are giving stability to. Thanks for reading our comments.


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+ Haseebish on May 14th, 2008 at 9:44 pm said:

Can you guys really not implement the in game XMB because of a patient from another software/hardware company of is it just a bloody rumor?


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+ ComradePie on May 14th, 2008 at 9:49 pm said:

Probably a rumor. There is a reason for the wait; most likely to spike holiday ’08-’09 unit sales. Yes… We the tried and true are becoming the victims of a marketing ploy. In-Game XMB is the ONLY thing that we need for the P3 to blow the Oliver-Twist-Box right out of the pond… Can’t Sony see that?


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+ DIsmael85 on May 14th, 2008 at 9:56 pm said:

To bad my PS3 died on my the other day, so I guess I wont be getting this update till I get it back from Sony. I dont know if it was it being a 60GB or GTA 4 that did it in, but oh well, they promised me another 60GB so Im happy. I hope this update improves games like GTA 4 with the freezes and stuff.


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+ clintonmeade40 on May 14th, 2008 at 9:59 pm said:

Are we ever going to get an in-game XMB so we can chat without leaving the game and play music that’s on our media server that’s linked to our ps3 or our hdd while playing a game. I’m like alot of people, I’m starting to doubt whether or not Home is going to come AT ALL. Also when will we get Accomplishments (Achievements, or w/e) I’m hoping to have things to add even more replayability to MGS4 and other ps3 games!.


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+ TERRYLO on May 14th, 2008 at 10:01 pm said:

@ 69…I FEEL FOR YOU,MY PS3 DIED ALSO.IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME TILL I GET IT BACK.I HOPE FIRMWARE 2.35 DOES SOMETHING TO FIX GTA 4 FROM CRASHING.BECAUSE WHEN MY PS3 RETURNS FROM REPAIRS & I PLAY GTA 4 AGAIN & IT CRASHES AGAIN.IM GONNA GO F**KING CRAZY!!!!


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+ skaterricky on May 14th, 2008 at 10:22 pm said:

Well this will be on Topic since is has to do with updating!

Can WE get Skype on PS3 :D
that would be a total cool feature! at least for a message type of ability!
(Most of the time it sucks sending text like messages back in forth are time consuming! I spend at least 30 mins messageing my friends!

PLEASE HERE ME OUT (everyone)!!

Thanks Ricky,


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+ nmc75 on May 14th, 2008 at 10:23 pm said:

Can anyone who has had “Offline Game Play Issues” in GTA4 post-GTA4 patch tell us what solution Sony offered after they “confirmed some information”? Inquiring minds want to know! I have a 60gb launch PS3 and I am somewhat dreading the rumors out there. Facts only, please.


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+ ICKBANKS on May 14th, 2008 at 10:23 pm said:

hey i tried downloading the v2.35 but it stops at 59%. what the hell i tried several times and every time it stops at 59% and goes into error. my hook ups are fine what the hell.


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+ themule on May 14th, 2008 at 10:41 pm said:

man, has it taken a WHILE to make considerable upgrades happening for the PS3 interface/XMB/etc. I don’t want to be a jerk, but why is it taking so long? Is your team no big enough, not funded enough, not capable enough?? C’mon, there are people programing stuff like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Resistance 2 and you can’t get it together for the core system software? Seriously people, geeeeez.


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+ GaminCajun on May 14th, 2008 at 10:45 pm said:

Currently installing v2.35. Hope this goes well. I’ll be pi$$ed if it hoses my system.


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+ GaminCajun on May 14th, 2008 at 10:50 pm said:

Whew!! I got scared for a second. At 49% of install, the system rebooted, but, fortunately, it came up fine. Guess I’ll have to dig to see what has changed, since there’s no details on this update.


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+ BledAngelShadow on May 14th, 2008 at 11:09 pm said:

This update is a joke right? I mean seriously, am I being punked? Not only is there no update informations, BUT… BUT… the BLOG posted mentioning it gives NO information… why do I get the feeling this is spyware?.. :’(


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+ cmargary on May 14th, 2008 at 11:19 pm said:

@78
Maybe it’s just to fix a security hole because if this isn’t for GTA then for what? it’s really weird.


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+ Krispow on May 14th, 2008 at 11:27 pm said:

Hi Eric…

First off, many thanks for the continued updates you provide for us here on the PlayStation.Blog — please know that I appreciate the information you provide us here!

If you have a spare moment, I was hoping you could address one specific aspect of XMB functionality — the “Game Date Utility” found under the “Games” section.

The “Game Data Utility” has much potential, but it is essentially useless in its current form. While this utility provides us with a listing of games for which Add-On data exists (via downloads), it is impossible to examine the folder contents to see which Add-Ons we have obtained. Currently, the only option we are given is the ability to see how much hard drive space an Add-On folder is using.

For example, my “Game Date Utility” shows that I have a FOLKLORE folder. But I have no way of listing — or otherwise finding out — what specific Add-On Data exists within this folder. Do I have the Holiday Add-On? Which individual mission Add-On Packs/Bundles do I have… or still need to purchase?

Further, there is currently no way of deleting individual Add-Ons from these folders. For example, if I wanted to remove an unwanted RIDGE RACER 7 Decal, I would have to first delete my entire RIDGE RACER 7 “Game Data Utility” folder — and then re-download all the other Add-Ons I wanted to keep.

Nor is there any way of listing, examining or deleting Add-On Data via other sections of the current XMB / PS3 firmware. As I’m sure most gamers are aware, a certain other competing console has had these functions integrated into their firmware since day one… back in 2002 when their first console iteration was released.

In this regard, I would like to formally request that Sony address the deficiencies with the “Game Data Utility” and expand its functions accordingly, or to provide us with an alternative method of listing, examing and deleting such downloaded Add-On game data.

Many thanks in advance for your consideration of this upgrade.

On a side note, is there any single designated area where consumers can request an XMB or firmware features, or report bugs or deficiency issues? Or should we just rely on posting here in the comments sections in the hopes that our requests/reports might be seen? Once again, thanks for all your help.

Best regards to all,
Jeff Krispow


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+ JamesL007 on May 14th, 2008 at 11:29 pm said:

I have never had a problem with the Stability on any game, I hope this update adds something for us, maybe a clock feature you can turn on sometimes I forget the time without a clock in my room.

I hope this update adds more video codecs so I can enjoy all my videos. Still loving the Divx and XVID codecs too thanks guys.


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+ Forbidden_Darkness on May 14th, 2008 at 11:33 pm said:

before i update my ps3, id like to know what the firmware does. theres no point in me updating my ps3 with something i have no clue what it is. shouldnt we, your consumers, know what the update actually does before we actually install it?


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+ mobiletone on May 14th, 2008 at 11:47 pm said:

i’d like to know what SONY and R* are going to do about the consoles that GTA killed the blu-ray drive in that are not under guaranty anymore, and are hence useless for anything expect for stuff downloaded to the harddrive.

do we really need a class action lawsuit?


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+ wocyob on May 14th, 2008 at 11:48 pm said:

i agree with Krispow
i would love to have the option to check/delete some add ons i have with out deleting the whole file


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+ spunkenhimer on May 14th, 2008 at 11:53 pm said:

Currently my copy of GTA4 Plays really well on my original 60Gb ps3…then i’m gonna do the update and find that GTA4 will crash on me like it does for everyone else. Thats what happened to me and vice city stories when i bought that then did the firmware update. I was distraught. Anyways I just hope that don’t happen again.


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+ Reqo on May 15th, 2008 at 12:03 am said:

Sony.. You promised us to stop all the over flooding of the updates!!

Why don’t you just release one big update in the summer and one in christmas?!

By releasing this darn useless updates often they get buggy and then get more updates to fix the bugs..

Why don’t you just give us something we really ask for!?

Release firmwares, as I said, in the summer and winter!


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+ hovrak on May 15th, 2008 at 12:06 am said:

please add access to your friends list while in game… of course in game xmb would be ok to :) quitting out to send a msg is annoying specially with the long load times.


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+ sneedo on May 15th, 2008 at 12:13 am said:

@Reqo

Although this update doesn’t do anything noticeable, it’s here for a reason, I for one get excited when I see firmware updates, if you want seasonal updates then you know where you can turn to.

Shut up and play.


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+ Panajev2001a on May 15th, 2008 at 12:23 am said:

Hi,

is there a chance that in the future FW updates can be “pre-loaded” meaning downloaded in background a few days before they need to go live so that more and more PS3 users can have the FW updated already downloaded on their PS3 just needing to be integrity checked (to avoid installing a corrupted FW) and installed ?

Also, when will PSN Store icons be cached across PSN Store Sessions (open the store –> open a folder –> Download and Cache the Icons … if you close the store and repeat the “open the store –> open a folder” part it will have to re-download and cache the icons) ?

Thanks for delivering FW updates to us as soon as they are ready instead of doing only 2 big updates a year like a certain competitor of yours does…


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+ cmargary on May 15th, 2008 at 12:37 am said:

@86

One in summer and one in christmas like the other console? are you craaaaaazy?!, I like better if there’s something to show up,let’s give it to our customers… anyway this kind of updates it’s better to be in another mayor update.

Another note, I thinks it will be weird if something big like in game message or video store in summer will be just 2.4 since we have now 2.35 ;)


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+ cmargary on May 15th, 2008 at 12:42 am said:

OK… sorry to write again… this will be the last one tonight… too bad we don’t have a edit button here. Since this is an update and one of the rumors is the trophies in the PS3, well, just go to this site and look for the 4th key feature

http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/Games/PixelJunk_Eden


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+ heisert on May 15th, 2008 at 12:45 am said:

-plz add more friendslots!
-better flash support (browser)


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+ Mekuro Gear Solid on May 15th, 2008 at 1:09 am said:

Okay i was so excited for this update n it seems really minor not like it matters to much i can wait for the inca gold treasure <,<;; like im waitin mgs4 to sneak out! but seriosly what is this for help ps3 game playback could this seriosly have something to do with Orange Box perhaps!? so i can finaly get the game fkukn EA and all the other Ubisoft w/e makin bad ports to PS3… is more a thing of the past these days prolly would have bought pirates 3 lol just for the uber johhny depp dread lock physics n whatnot.. lol also i was deaply saddened to see FEAR and Orange box especially though i could play half life on my damn pc but im a console gamer CMON VALVE N SONY FIX THIS!! anyways… im sleep deprived n wana know whats on this bloody update lol


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+ mtadz07 on May 15th, 2008 at 1:43 am said:

First let me say I absolutely love the PS3 console. I have been a die hard fan since the first Playstation.

However I am curious why a “minor” update takes 20 minute to download just %50. Also the detail in what the update contains is a bit vague. If it is a security issue there is no reason to not be up front about it. Perhaps a bit more detail could be given in the future.


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+ heisert on May 15th, 2008 at 1:53 am said:

Plz fix High stakes poker on the vegas strip!
I know every1′s well into GTA4 at the mo but its nice to have a break on the poker. But no one can get on it since about 10pm last nights anyone know whats going on with it? It keeps saying unable to connect with stats server.


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+ Ali_D on May 15th, 2008 at 2:19 am said:

@kalilaoboi

You can connect your external usb harddrive i have u need to format the hard drive to fat32 or the ps3 wont see it. you can format it by using xps disk management but that will only format 32GB if you want to format a really big harddrive say 60GB then you can use CompuApps SwissKnife V3 however xp cant read a harddrive format to fat32 over the 32GB so only the ps3 can see and use the harddrive good if you want to have a back up of your harddrive or need more space

http://www.compuapps.com/download/swissknife/swissknife.htm


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+ markstew on May 15th, 2008 at 2:56 am said:

would be funny if sony released the geek filled log :D

do it do it :p
confusing people is funny ;)


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+ markstew on May 15th, 2008 at 3:05 am said:

PLEASE ad a backup function just for save-games!!!
it’s bloody annoying having to back-up every single file, while having 20+ files.


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+ OddyOh on May 15th, 2008 at 3:07 am said:

Please add release notes for any fixes, Sony. We just want to know, and every other piece of software I use has them. We know you have a changelog, put that up, even if it’s just on the blog somewhere.

Does this update fix the rubbish frame rates in EA Sports titles? Doubt it. Fortunately, I long ago sold my Tiger Woods and NHL 08, can’t believe I got anything for them.

Anyway, please release the release notes!


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