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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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+ KadotsuUS on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

The implemantation of the chat enviroment must have been a lot of work. I really hope this is kind of a beta for adding the same for voice chat.


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

Text chat is a great addition, it would be great if a small bar (with 2 or 3 lines) appear in the bottom with the chat (similar to the regular conversations in home). Voice chat should be next.

Add a feature to organize friends in albums, just like the gamelist (or like groups on msn messenger).

Also, please let the PS2 compatibility return, even Kaz Hirai said it was a huge disservice to the fans if the PS3 were not backwards compatible… but now he changed his mind :(


103

+ smokey_vols on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

So many great posts today on the Blog. I wasn’t expecting anything but junk since it’s April Fools, but this day has turned out great for the Playstation. New Jak and Daxter, free Qore episode, and new firmware :)


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+ xxnike629xx on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

When are we getting backwards compatibility for PS2 games from a firmware update or like a software download?

>_<


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+ andXyetXnotXwant on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

Well the in game chat is a cool idea as it should drastically decrease the loading time for chatting with a friend while online since we do technically already have this option.

What I would like to know is if in game chat is going to be available or is an option in the future?


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+ giddymoo on April 1st, 2009 at 5:39 pm said:

atleast we can have ingame chat, lets hope for ingame VOICE chat next update


107

+ Matsuiichi on April 1st, 2009 at 5:40 pm said:

I think that the in-game text chat is a great addition and a decent alternative to cross-game voice chat. For all you naysayers on this, seriously, just give them time, implementing such a feature like cross-game voice chat isn’t easy.

Great update overall. It adresses the huge video issues that some people have, and the text chat is great. I’m glad to see even more functionality added to an already very functional console. :)

But, I’m wondering, could you tell any of us what kind of future additions you are working on for firmware? A lot of us would love to hear from the firmware developers via the blog, too…that would be great!

Keep up the good work!


108

+ The_Punisher111 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm said:

I think i soiled myslef
After 3 months the long waited 2.70 IS HERE!!!
I LOVE SONY!!!


109

+ Scorpion5679 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm said:

Hopefully there will be more stuff is in this update!


110

+ SWIFTYSNAKE on April 1st, 2009 at 5:41 pm said:

cross game chat, the one thing we have been asking for since jump and still nothing. and in game text chat is useless.


112

+ CrystalX3D on April 1st, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

A question to you Canadians: can’t you guys just use a USA proxy or something to access the video store? I think if you have a router running DD-WRT you can use a proxy. Just a thought…


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+ LN_MEXWARRIOR on April 1st, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

Where is CROSS GAME CHAT??????????????? Is this an april fools joke!?!?!?!??????????????

SONY YOU’RE FAILING….


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+ andXyetXnotXwant on April 1st, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

Also is it 15 people in each chat room up to four rooms or is it 15 people all together but up to four rooms.

oh and what is the limit for a chat room if it is the later


115

+ emjayx on April 1st, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

Make an option where if you press the PS button it goes straight into the chat so we won’t have t keep clicking it would be better. :)


116

+ JordanBoi123 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

booooooooo
where is my in game voice chat sony you are starting to get on the wrong side of me another pointless update.


117

+ VenomXv on April 1st, 2009 at 5:43 pm said:

Wow, excellent job Sony. Text chat feature is AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Sweet we got chat rooms on PSN!!!


118

+ R3co on April 1st, 2009 at 5:43 pm said:

LAME, what a waste of time

Where is cross game VOICE chat? Voice MSG’s?

Wow, this is seriously underwhelming news.


119

+ VIP_MVP_18 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:43 pm said:

Wheres that dude, Jakinov, I believe, that said “I wanna work in the same building as Eric Lempel so I can bug him all day to implement these new PSN features”? Geez


120

+ superaktieboy on April 1st, 2009 at 5:43 pm said:

awesome :) thank you for yet another great firmware update :) i don’t regret buying my PS3 :)


121

+ HazeDG13 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

Can we PLEASE get an increase to the amount of friends we can have? I hate deleting people.

Nice update. Keep ‘em coming.


122

+ Destiny89 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

thats really nice.. thanks guys :D


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+ DirtyDee on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

Not that I will use any of these features, and I doubt I will use any future features, good job Sony.

Slowly but surely erasing every reason to complain about what the system doesn’t have.


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+ Korlithiel on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

So this means we should see a new PSP update soon, I hope. Been waiting for one for sometime, even before that last (pointless) security update.

Hope it is at least as good as this PS3 update sounds, since the little information in this doesn’t sound very impressive.


125

+ Enigma777 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

Thats it? All this wait for that?!?! Epic fail SONY, EPIC FAIL!


126

+ JOEKILLA on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

I am saying though

did you notice VOICE CHAT was there?

why he didn’t speak on that?.

I get the feeling he wanted to fool people>

THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE WITH REALITY ON

IT?.

Meaning IT HAS IN GAME VOICE CHAT + PLUS MORE

STUFF but he just picked CHAT and that other lame feature he said here but when we get it
for real we will be shocked.


127

+ peevmyster on April 1st, 2009 at 5:44 pm said:

Boooo… in game VOICE chat… like i want to text chat…. gimme a break. Anything to sell more perifials huh sony. How bout ingame voice chat to sell some more official mics…


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+ Destiny89 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

also i agree with #120


129

+ PatriotEyez27 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

Thanks for the update Eric.

PlayStation Network is finally growing into something special.


130

+ norm01 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

OH MY GAWD.. BIG THANKS for listening to the PlayStation community regarding the ability to backup PlayStation Store video purchases onto a backup drive to be able to be played back on the PS3. This issue kept me from buying any more movies and shows, and was one of the items we have strongly communicated on in this blog. It is very heartening to know that you guys have listened. I will definitely be buying more movies and TV shows now!!!


131

+ An4564 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

can i voice chat in game to or is it only for the text chat? if its only text then that sucks
but the update still looks cool


132

+ NeoRaidenX on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

Eric Lempel.

REQUEST: Is there any chance you can bring back the XMB whilst playing a video? Ever since firmware 2.5 I believe it paused the video when you hit the PS button. I enjoyed watching a video in the background while sending a message to a friend. That would be great if you can bring it back.


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+ SoYoung on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

Sorry to say this because I know you work hard on this but what a bad Firmware update. Not Voice chat cross game is a big fail. And since Canada and the rest of the world dont have access to the videostore the rest of the mininaml feature available is just usesless.

Versy sad about FW 2,70. I realy hoped this time around we will have the cross-game voice chat..


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+ andXyetXnotXwant on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

sorry three rooms


135

+ chaosgrid on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

text chat???

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

:: sigh ::


136

+ ShadowTalyis on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

thats a bummer if thats all the update has i was looking more forward to some of the other rumored features does this post show all the updates or just the biggest one?


137

+ MudMonkey13 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

meh.


138

+ Gily on April 1st, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

Roll on Firmware v3.00

Eric, do an video for fixing this issue

http://i44.tinypic.com/25ptjj8.jpg


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+ Draicus on April 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm said:

Good stuff, definitely a step in the right direction.


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+ GravityRi4n on April 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm said:

Thanks for the update guys! keep up the great work. Looking forward to this and the awesome store update tomorrow. this week is amazing, please don’t let all these complaints get you down, you are are doing an awesome job! have a good weekend!


141

+ Stoffinator on April 1st, 2009 at 5:47 pm said:

Text chat? Couldn’t you of held off until voice chat was available?


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+ Stinkinmushroom on April 1st, 2009 at 5:48 pm said:

THE VIDEO STORE FOR EUROPE…

IN 2012?


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+ Edd on April 1st, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

it’s cool but how is it much different from what we already had? you could send messages cross game before… voice chat was better because then you could game and talk to your friends and when you quit the game you could maintain communication, this way you still have to pause the game to communicate, the only difference between this and what we previously had is it’s in IM form


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+ inveigle on April 1st, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

Nice little feature! :)


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+ haran_elessar on April 1st, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

funny how Eric bought Spiderman 2 and not Spiderman 3…that’s because he knows Spiderman 3 suuuucksss LOL

anyway…nice update…I will surely use the chat feature. I’m always writing new messages to my friends when playing street fighter 2 HD but it takes too much time….here the conversation will be all in one place…pretty handy.


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+ Neil on April 1st, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

HELL YES! Cross game text chat is better than nothing!

Now, I would like to use our Home avatars as our PSN avatars…


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+ gigakain on April 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm said:

I was one of the ones yelling the loudest before we had in game XMB. When that was delivered I was satisfied. :) Now Sony keeps making the PS3 better with these great firmware updates . I would just like to say Thank You Sony!

P.S. to those sad that voice chat wasnt included just chill. Im sure it will come and text chat is really cool it means no more message tag back and forth with your friends which is a pain sometimes.


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+ Enigma777 on April 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm said:

@126: My thoughts exactly. This just seemed like a push to sell more chatpads…


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+ x3AM on April 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm said:

Cool…BUT PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PUT
IN GAME VOICE CHAT IN THE NEXT FIRMWARE!!!

I CANT BELIEVE YOU SPENT ALL THIS TIME ON A CROSS GAME TEXT CHAT WHEN ALMOST NO ONE
HAS A KEYBOARD FOR THEIR PS3, AND ON TOP OF THAT ITS GONNA BE HARD AS HELL TO TEXT WHEN YOURE GETTING SHOT IN THE FACE ON KILLZONE2.


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+ DMPrince on April 1st, 2009 at 5:50 pm said:

lame. Text chat? what’s next you’ll advise us to buy the crappy Chat Pad too? where’s the voice chat feature instead?! Who are you listening to that wanted text chat instead?!


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