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PS3 Firmware (v2.70) Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Apr 01, 2009 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hi everyone, we’re adding some great new features with the next PS3 firmware update (v2.70) that will continue to enhance your connected experience on the PS3. The 2.70 update brings a new Text Chat feature that enables you to communicate online with your PlayStation Network friends. Now, you’ll be able to chat with up to 15 online friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or other compatible keyboard peripherals. Not only can you chat with your friends instantly, but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games and even participate in up to three chat rooms at once.

In addition to Text Chat, we’ve added a few more enhancements:

Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)

  • Sort your friends via their online status
  • Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)

Video delivery service on PlayStation Store

  • Video files you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store can be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback – so you can clear up space on your hard drive and then restore the video anytime in the future
  • Videos you’ve purchased for PSP (PlayStation Portable) system can now be transferred to PS3 for playback

For a quick preview of Text Chat and some of the other 2.70 features, check out this video:

The 2.70 update will be released soon, and as always, we look forward to reading your feedback.

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+ Roverxk9 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:03 pm said:

Finally!


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+ RGS-14 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:05 pm said:

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Zhi13 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:07 pm said:

nice!!!


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+ ShadyDa1NOnly on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

Wait what about in game chat? That what i really want. I will like to play Fallout 3 and still talk to my friends as they play Call Of Duty 4 or 5 i dont be useing the text alot=\.


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+ starBlinky01 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

wow amazing. You guys sure picked a funny day to announce all this amazing news


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+ Blkant on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

Brilliant!!! Keep up the great work guys :)


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+ jBat17 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

april fools.. to those xbots.. haha PSN > XBL officially


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+ KUSHman666 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

awesome cross game chat soon i presume ;-)


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+ Fersis on April 1st, 2009 at 5:08 pm said:

Awesome, that chat feature… im gonna love it. :)


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+ MainEv3nt_69 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:09 pm said:

comon why would anyone want text chat over VOICE chat


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+ Wollan on April 1st, 2009 at 5:10 pm said:

Will the latest chat messages be displayed via a notifier in the top right?


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+ avi_66 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:10 pm said:

Is this all we are getting or any more other exciting features?


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+ Roverxk9 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:10 pm said:

Man, I thought it was cross game voice chat….I’m a little sad now…Still good updates though. Just not what I was hoping for.


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+ onisat on April 1st, 2009 at 5:11 pm said:

thanks for the info, keep up the good work.


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+ patsu on April 1st, 2009 at 5:11 pm said:

W00t w00t !!!


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+ White-Sharingan on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

when can we send other files such as MP3 via PSN?

i mean the general size of songs are 4mb.


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+ Crzypenguin on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

AMAZING!!!!!


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+ Crzypenguin on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

AMAZING!!!!!


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+ Crzypenguin on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

AMAZING!!!!!


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+ BlindMango on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

now THIS is a big announcement you promised! If this is an April Fools, I would get pissed. Not all as rumored to be but Im loving the new text chat features.


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+ WiZeGuY on April 1st, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

OMG FINNALY!! you have my love!


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+ ExPresident on April 1st, 2009 at 5:13 pm said:

Ok can we chat while in game or voice messages? I don’t care about cross game chat but I’d like to have a chat open during a game since KZ2 only allows the 4 people per squad.

Hopefully there’s more that weren’t mentioned in the video on list, although I doubt there is.

Thanks for the update tho, something is better than nothing.


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+ jBat17 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm said:

@10


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+ Midgetguy on April 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm said:

AWESOME! lol Now we don’t have to hear anybody complaining about this update anymore!

Anyways, this update is BRILLIANT! I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you SONY!

Today is a GREAT day for Sony fans…

Xi was cool today…
A new Update…
A new Jak and Daxter game announced…

I’m lovin’ being a Playstation fan! Every single day there’s a ton of new things to look forward to!


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+ mdd34 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm said:

This isnt April Fools is it?? lol…

Anyway, looks like a great update. Looking forward to it!


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+ wizeguy22 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm said:

this is pretty cool news, im liking the backup feature for videos the most, now i can purchase videos with out being afraid of losing them..


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+ Delriach on April 1st, 2009 at 5:14 pm said:

sounds good.


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+ Dayhalk on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Hopefully next will be personal audio chats, so that we can stay in touch with friends even if we switch games or something.


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+ ATOMS11 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Yes ! keep it coming.


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+ lowrider007 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Cross gamer voice chat………


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+ S3NTRY93 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Very awesome new chat feature. Up to 3 rooms with 16 people in each? Sweet. But why didn’t you guys just merge the voice/video chat with the text chat? I would love to have 5 other buddies in a chat, some have mics and others don’t, so it would be cool to have a ‘lobby’ where text chat as well as voice chat could be done in-game. Perhaps for the future.

Thanks guys, can’t wait.


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+ Trey630 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

AWESOME u guys better not be pulling my leg now. u would be toying with my emotions lol


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+ starBlinky01 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

voice chat would be nice. I prefer like a voice mail+video mail type thing much more over this, not that this isnt nice, but it would be so crazy to actually have voice or video mail. I’ve never even seen anything like that before, so I think it would be a perfect thing for PS to have.

Also you know how it says ‘you have received a new message’

when you start a chat with a friend, the friend should get a message that says ‘youve been invited to a chat with so and so’ or something. Because if it says its just a ‘message’ then most people wont bother opening it until their gaming session has died down, if I know its an instant text chat, ill accept sooner and my friend wont have to wait as long for my acception.


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+ coppi6976 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

Keep it up guys, great update when will hit?


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+ VI_timmy on April 1st, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

lmfao im sure alot of people are gonna be pissed that were expaecting that the next update is automatically gonna be huge and amazing with pages of stuff lol.

good update though hopfully the list has a lil bit more than the vid shws


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+ jBat17 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

@10 pc gamers prefer text chat.. voice would be nice but this will do.. this would be perfect for me when sacred 2 comes out.


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+ niall077 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

in-game Text chatroom.. really?

WHERE THE HECK IS IN GAME VOICE CHAT?

I hope the firmwire guys arent getting payed by update because this one wasnt worth releaseing


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+ ThePieManOfDeath on April 1st, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

Wait, can I transfer movies from my PS3 to my PSP?


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+ Lemm on April 1st, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

Ugh….

So, no party voice chat and/or voice messages.

This is getting ridiculous. How long is it going to take Sony to develop something that was standard in the 360 since day 1?


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+ ChaseHammerJ on April 1st, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

awesome. im so glad that the ps3 can be updated at so much ease.

i remember getting new system firmware for ps2….what a hastle.

:) Keep it going


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+ Magic25 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:18 pm said:

So.


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+ acerazer1 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:19 pm said:

Thanks for the update once again Eric. Looking forward to trying out the text chat


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+ KentoMaiku on April 1st, 2009 at 5:19 pm said:

what happend to the voice chat Eric!!


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+ skynidas on April 1st, 2009 at 5:19 pm said:

AWESOME GUYS!!!

The text chat is a really nice idea, and I see this as a step forward to enable in game voice chat.

Thanks for all your efforts.


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+ Delriach on April 1st, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

Hopefully there will be an update for the copy protected save file issue. This needs to be resolved.


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+ mdd34 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

@37 – Dude the PSN has come a long way in just a year. This time last year you couldnt even access in-game XMB. I’m sure it’s a little more complex than you think… not to mention these updates are FREE. So I dont think you can complain.

Keep up the good work, Eric.


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+ stormtooper on April 1st, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

so eric can we:

back up current things on the hard drive, like tv shows, then delete them off the hard drive, and still be able to access the videos through that external device?

Also, can we have 3 chat rooms with 16 players each or 16 all together?

Thanks for the info on 2.70, and this is heading in the right direction.


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+ Jeigh on April 1st, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

Sweetness. There’s only one thing I’d like to have fixed up before I’m entirely satisfied: the indicator bar at the top right of the screen is overlapped by the controller battery gauge, and I’d really like for there to be a ‘new message indicator’ type thing. Just like a little picture of a letter and a number to indicate how many.

More games using in-game music is obviously something I want, but that’s not really an issue with firmware as I understand it.

My sincerest thanks to the people behind this update.


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+ SKeRJ on April 1st, 2009 at 5:21 pm said:

I’m hoping the Text Chat is an April Fools joke, does anyone realize how cumbersome it is to do that with a controller based console? Otherwise good job, can we get video folders/playlists some time soon?


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+ iComet on April 1st, 2009 at 5:22 pm said:

About time!
THANK YOU, SONY! EXCELLENT JOB… :)


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