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Firmware (v2.36) coming soon, (v2.40) to include trophies, in-game XMB

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Jun 17, 2008 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

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+ zeta72 on June 24th, 2008 at 1:26 pm said:

Awesome! Ive always wanted XBL ingame! Uh i mean XMB..
Oh well I guess theres nothing wrong with having both.


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+ NarooN on June 24th, 2008 at 2:39 pm said:

Hey guys, I found out the release date:

“Sometime after Duke Nukem: Forever gets released”


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+ ali_cdaman on June 24th, 2008 at 3:30 pm said:

Come on!! where are these details???! and a release date???!


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+ Lightlippy on June 24th, 2008 at 4:55 pm said:

I feel like being alive!!!! I love you sony. THANK YOU ERIC!!!


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+ Lightlippy on June 24th, 2008 at 5:16 pm said:

EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ XD9 on June 24th, 2008 at 9:10 pm said:

eventually you will all realize that begging and pleading do you no good…Eric Lempel ignores EVERYONE!!!…once the post is up he wont touch it ever again so please stop asking for details cuz your not getting any!!!!!


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+ YORIKAMY on June 25th, 2008 at 1:45 am said:

moi se que voudrais c’est que le java scripte soit a jour car je ne peu allais sur veoh.com ou wat tv , avant je pouvais !! je suis pas le seul a le vouloir !


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+ jollygood21 on June 25th, 2008 at 7:11 am said:

I am certainly grateful for the news that this update is coming, but I think we all surmised that it was. The official word however does put our pounding hearts to rest, but is that really a good thing? Sony please give us some info on this, there is nothing wrong with giving us a heads up on what’s coming, it keeps us interested. So many people I know are saying they don’t even care anymore and….I am getting there too.


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+ rccola06 on June 25th, 2008 at 9:26 am said:

we where off line for about 6 hours yesterday and everyone thought for shore that this ment the unvailing of the update 3.40, so really… we’ve been waiting Please just let us know when will the update become a working thing on our PS3′s.


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+ nathan321456 on June 25th, 2008 at 11:24 am said:

take a look at ps3fanboy.com and take a look at the features in 2.40 its awsome, and then take a look at this- http://www.flickr.com/photos/26383125@N06/2609483777/ nothing like a little treat while we wait!!!!


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+ HokageSey on June 25th, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

Hopefully they’ll give us a “release date” on v2.40 at E3. Also, for most of the speculation out there they said “Summer” will see the light of v2.40. That could mean, next summer, the summer after…etc. But then again Summer can mean Winter where as Spring is Fall where *Home* takes place. Finally, maybe Sony will sit back on there “Exclusive” lineup of games this year and forget about v2.40.

(NOTE: I quote release date, because its a process where they give a date where they give the ACTUAL release date)


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+ sjspunisher on June 25th, 2008 at 1:34 pm said:

It will come out at E3


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+ Pohlio on June 25th, 2008 at 1:39 pm said:

@typeF (wtf is with comments jumping???) i just had an awsome head shot on crossfire. i was behind cover i jumped up saw a guy jumped up again and got a perfect head shot.(i could only see him if i jumped)


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+ rccola06 on June 26th, 2008 at 7:50 am said:

(sjspunisher-June 25th, 2008 at 1:34 pm)
(It will come out at E3)

Now if you could tell us Sjspunisher where you got this info. from,i would say that wouldn’t make any sence, considering the fact that when they usually release info on a new Firmware on this BLOG it’s due to come out within the first two weeks…now this was posted June 17, and Today is the 26th. Assuming that what ive just said is accurate than it should be out within the next five days I Would think the latest possable…UM…July 1st……………….
Im Pretty sure thought that they’ve got plenty of othere stuff to release at E3 by the way E3 premeires July 14 and goes to the 17th.


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+ sjspunisher on June 26th, 2008 at 7:58 am said:

Well go to Gamespot.com and look at the news bar and it is a rumor but it is likely.


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+ tretle on June 26th, 2008 at 8:50 am said:

@710 Thats a mockup created by a fan. He made it quite clear it was a mockup when he posted it too.


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+ Seanscythe2 on June 26th, 2008 at 9:20 am said:

Why no update on the fact we can now have 100 friends on the friends list?


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+ rccola06 on June 26th, 2008 at 2:58 pm said:

Well I was Wrong…and when im Wrong i admit it, and according to (Kotaku) the Update is due for release around E3…it’s said to be a leaked Rumor and a rumor is a rumor But thats exactly What the Original Speculations Were when they first started to talk about this new 2.4 Firmware…With E3 being three weeks away my Question is by the time we finally get it wil it not be such a big deal anymore or with it already taking this long is the anticipation DEAD?………………. v.2.40…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
THINK ABOUT IT, BLOG POSTED JUNE17
anticipated Release Date…JULY15!


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+ Pohlio on June 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm said:

ok a month diffrence. so????


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+ Wolfbon on June 26th, 2008 at 6:34 pm said:

So? Ill tell you why so Pohlio. It would mean that sony built up anticipation for an entire month before releasing the firmware!Whats the point in waiting till E3 and making a big deal out of something that should already be implemented in the first place? If this is truelly the case (and I may stand alone on this opinion) I would have rather delt with 2.40 info just being a “Rumor” and then sony simply confirm the actual firmware 2 or 3 days before it releases. Then we get the infamous “You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly” Yeah… Shortly as in A WHOLE FREAKEN MONTH!!!

As far as im concerned the only true confirmation that we can stick to is that 2.40 is definetly coming this summer.


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+ thatsmartguywiththefro on June 26th, 2008 at 6:58 pm said:

personally I don’t think there’s that much of a reason to announce it at E3. All the people who want it already know about it and will download it as soon as it is available. And there really isn’t any reason to make a big deal about it to the whole world when this is something the competition already has. Anybody see what the advantage to announcing it at E3?Cause I don’t.


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+ Wolfbon on June 26th, 2008 at 7:24 pm said:

Sadly it may truelly be the case… Look at this

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=191641


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+ rccola06 on June 27th, 2008 at 7:07 am said:

Well let us all hope that we really don’t have to wait another month…but On the other side where the green grass Grows(cough…)At least we’ll be getting downloadable movies “soon”…UM…SOON?…
it looks like big plans on the horizon….2010…LOL…………………
18 MORE DAYS>>>>>AND THE COUNT DOWN BEGINS.


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+ HokageSey on June 27th, 2008 at 7:18 am said:

Another thing to look forward to is that, there will be a video walkthrough this monday (from a neogaf insider) on v2.40.
So maybe the firmware will co-release with it that week.

Alongside that, that E3 sh*t is complete bogus, they can’t make money off displaying XMB. Rather they would introduce a presentation of the PSN Video store.


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+ rccola06 on June 27th, 2008 at 7:25 am said:

Good Point…Didn’t think of it that way but that makes a whole lot more sence than the E3 Thing, I agree. Will the walktrough be available for download on our PS3′s?


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+ IceColdKilla44 on June 27th, 2008 at 11:36 am said:

this supposed list of features for v2.40 is looking good.
hey Eric, can you answer some things for us Playstation owners?

http://www.gametrailers.com/bonusround.php?ep=6&pt=2

will we be getting all of the features you mentioned in that interview i just linked to?

specifically cross-game invites, in-game messaging, custom soundtracks, and cross game text/voice/video messaging? an achievement system?

and will we have a cool gamercard profile that shows our trophies and info and stuff?

thanks! i hope we wont have to wait too long for these features to come!


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+ IceColdKilla44 on June 27th, 2008 at 11:36 am said:

http://www.gametrailers.com/bonusround.php?ep=6&pt=2

hope we get all those features promised!


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+ HokageSey on June 27th, 2008 at 12:06 pm said:

The walkthrough will most likely be done by Grace Chen and will follow through as the playstation store revamp (we had before) with an online video guide.


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+ rccola06 on June 27th, 2008 at 2:43 pm said:

Hey Mr.Lempel this is way off topic well not really it has to do with the PS3,…and i’m not real sure if you know this info. or what but do you know when (Little Big Planet) comes out?

Anyone know when this game comes out…….

(To Mr.Lempel, Sorry if i offend you by calling you Mr.Lemple I Just Though It
Was a little more Respectful……….)


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+ beasta25 on June 27th, 2008 at 9:16 pm said:

I hope that there’s multiple sigh in and gamer cards, but not only that, but i hope that the trophie system is deep and rich just like in the rumors describes. Good job sony!and thank you eric for the post it made my day.


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+ NinjaRob187 on June 28th, 2008 at 7:38 am said:

All the new features sound great !!! Any idea when/if Sony plans to send out a firmware update to play ps2 games on the 40 gig models ?


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+ thatsmartguywiththefro on June 28th, 2008 at 12:39 pm said:

@rccola06
At the moment Little Big Planet is scheduled to be released this October.


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+ rccola06 on June 28th, 2008 at 12:53 pm said:

Thanks Man, i appreciate the response would you know when a demo might be available?


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+ Pohlio on June 28th, 2008 at 5:31 pm said:

LBP releases in october


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+ Pohlio on June 28th, 2008 at 5:40 pm said:

no day noted.


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+ bubbagump22 on June 28th, 2008 at 7:24 pm said:

eric when will we be able to listen to music via the pse while we play a game cuase im tired of draging my stero to living


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+ LSMJGO on June 28th, 2008 at 7:50 pm said:

finally i can listan to my music and still play my games


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+ Pohlio on June 29th, 2008 at 8:29 am said:

@wolfbon: well ya id rather have it confirmend like that. but when they did do it v2.36 came out, id expect to wait at least a month for another up date.


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+ Alpha2 on June 29th, 2008 at 8:30 am said:

Just want to say that if we do get the trophy support soon. please make sure there is a way for the system to know whether or not the save was generated on that particular system, otherwise you WILL see people exploit trophies by using other people’s save data. I DONT want to see save data locked away inside the system so that you cant transfer them (this would annoy many many people) but at the very least it should be impossible to gain rewards for other people’s actions.


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+ rccola06 on June 29th, 2008 at 10:10 am said:

I’ve got a little prediction for the release of some stuff, as well you all might but I0 was just viewing a video from early 2007 on playstation “HOME” and as they said it was anticipated for release FALL 07 as we all know unless your stuck in the past its way past fall 2007, I was noticing the implemented trophie system and how it all worked…this trophie system is said to be on this next Firmware 2.40, now the release date for this is next month sometime during E3 so they say now to the point, I beleive that in this release of firmware, that no less than a couple of days later should “HOME” come out, Now this is just a prediction but I hope this to be true…and does anybody know anything about this new system chip that PS3 is supposed to be releasing in the new systems, its suposed to be an updated Graphics Chip?…I wonder if this will effect the way the games are produced and how they will work on the previous PS3 Graphic chips…?


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+ thatsmartguywiththefro on June 29th, 2008 at 1:38 pm said:

@rccola06 if and when a particular demo for a game comes out it’s usually earlier that month or a the previous month. so if there’s a demo expect it around September.

as for the Home release, open beta will be out Fall ’08, as of the April press release. and they’re opening the closed beta a little more this summer.

By E3 you should know everything there is about upcoming releases.

Hope that helps.


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+ rccola06 on June 29th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

@741-thatsmartguywiththefro
whats your PSN screen name?
so i can send ytou a friend invite mine is
ironicaly rccola06…


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+ Pohlio on June 29th, 2008 at 8:09 pm said:

@alpha2
well thats y we want to be able to transfer our accounts to other systems but like only or game data mabye not our music/videos b/c i know i dont want to wait 45min to upload my account to another system.(murderous glares at 360)


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+ SgtBeavis52891 on June 29th, 2008 at 10:35 pm said:

so when is this supposed to be commin out?


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+ firesoul on June 29th, 2008 at 10:39 pm said:

How come even with 2.36 update, Naruto Ultimate Ninja 3 still can’t play on the PS3?


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+ r1hannaluva on June 30th, 2008 at 2:34 am said:

thanks Eric at least you guys are competing the 360 now as they have the in game music compatibility i was wondering “why didn’t they copy 360 and put in game XMB and in game music compatibility.

cheers


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+ sjspunisher on June 30th, 2008 at 9:00 am said:

Update is this Wednesday 2.4


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+ Pohlio on June 30th, 2008 at 7:30 pm said:

well hannaluva even thought the 360 is “copying”(stealing) the wii’s & ps3′s ideas/system functions these 2 fine japanese companies aren’t going to be major [DELETED] and steal right from the 360. they’d like to make it 4 them selfs so its not stealing.


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+ Pohlio on June 30th, 2008 at 7:37 pm said:

Fk! ok hanaluva my last post didnt want to go throught so i dont wana type it all again. the PS3(& wii) arn’t run by major fags who steal from other companies.(im guessing u havent seen the 360 updates)(there basicaly all rip offs from ps3 and wii)


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+ AlexDaGreatest on July 1st, 2008 at 10:23 am said:

They should allow the trophie system to work with Battlefield Bad Company!!! There are alot of trophies, medals, patches, etc…


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