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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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+ Ftwrthtx on April 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

Thanks for the info


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+ GAT305 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

STOP CRYING ABOUT VOICE CHAT AND WATCH THE VIDEO AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION… MY GOD PEOPLE OPEN YOUR EYES THE OPTION IS THERE! THEY DO THIS MOST OF THE TIME AND DEMO THE LESSER FEATURES WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE LEARN?


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+ riptiny2293 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

at 26 secs, he said “text chat or audio/video chat.” is the audio chat cross game too, like the text?


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+ guyaneseromeo on April 1st, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

MKV support would be nice.


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+ Fahrbot on April 1st, 2009 at 6:07 pm said:

Speaking from the video this appears to be the lamest update yet. The text chat is not easy to access. Notifications of what people have typed is unknown (video doesn’t show anything). The only thing this update basically does is give you the ability to text more than one person at a time, but not easily. I could see this feature being useful if it overlayed in the corner on top of the game your currently playing or was visible instantly when pushing the PS button.

And for Pete’s sake fix the clock/battery meter!!! Right now it looks unpolished and unprofessional. How have they overlooked this bug in so many revisions.


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+ Dave18901 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:07 pm said:

Um… will there be cross game voice chat? If not then how long are we going to have to wait!? seriously, I dont feel like stopping my online game to send a message in the form of a chat room!


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+ commedieu on April 1st, 2009 at 6:07 pm said:

IN GAME TEXT chat???????????????????????????

Lol, i swear to god sony is on the fail bus..

yes, while im playing a game.. im going to have a usb keyboard, or the gamepad on my lap.. to have an entire conversation with someone via text..

this is retarded. just copy xbl for christs sake.


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+ Ragart on April 1st, 2009 at 6:07 pm said:

Happy April Fool’s Day! Or so I hope… If not, the so long-awaited 2.70 firmware update seems to be totally useless for me. I already have the chance to order my contacts by status and as Video Store isn’t up yet in Europe I have no need of backing up my purchased videos. Let’s not talk about text chat… Yeah, okay, thank you for everything, as we are paying nothing for it, but reality is that I find this update definitely useless.

And, er, what happened to that login in two different accounts at the same time thing?


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+ Strange__Brew on April 1st, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

I don’t think enough people have said VOICE CHAT yet … so I would like to be one of the very few who want to see VOICE CHAT !

A sound notification when you get a message would also be a nice thing to see added. Make it sound different than the trophy sound.

Thanks for the update by the way.


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+ KSPRAYDAD on April 1st, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

@197…Eric is just REALLY tiny!

:P

Much love Eric…you’re doing a fine job.


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+ linebeginstoblur on April 1st, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

This better not be a joke like the Jak and Daxter thing was.


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+ MEsoJD on April 1st, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

WAIT WAIT HOLD ON…

IM JUST SAYING IT MIGHT BE A STRETCH but it is April Fools.

Cmon do you think they don’t know what we really want???

This could very be the best April Fools today.

Arent these Updates normally on Thursdays.

GIVE ME SOME CUSTOM AVATAR FUNCTION AND IN GAME VOICE CHAT


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+ Log316 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:09 pm said:

PLAYSTATION VIDEO NETWORK FOR CANADA!!! … -soon, please…


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+ nandosupes on April 1st, 2009 at 6:09 pm said:

nice job Eric,this is what I’m talking about
great update!!!.the PS3 gets more versatile every time


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+ KazeEternal on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

Well text chat is a start, at least that much is there. However Eric where is that emulator for PS2 games? What about In Game XMB for PS2/1 Titles for us 60 gig owners? Where is the nose hair trimmer application under the games menu on the XMB?


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+ Devils1stBorn on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

LOL…text chat is lame…cross game audio chat!!! Let’s go…and PLEASE…can you guys stop encouraging these lame updates…the backup feature is cool…but there is only about 2 people on this planet that care to do a IM chat while constantly pausing their game.

I smell something fishy…I think this XMB doesn’t work well with cross game chat…this is why it has not been added…


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+ pm85 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

meh, i guess were taking slow steps, all right, but as im sure you know not exactly what everyone was hoping for


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+ Hidalgator on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

from 152 @#166

Come’on mister right guy, stop sucking up this people.

We all now PlayStation 3 is capable of everything I said, and without a doubt it would be a great push to the LAST console on this generation’s race.

Even more, we all know Sony should pay more attention to us, their loyal fans and consumers. Whoever denies it is not watching the full picture.

(BTW, in the case it didn’t got clear enough, I’m thankful for this update).


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+ saiyanknight87 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

c’mon sony i know you all are trying your best but we need voice chat to dominate the features of the 360 like seriously though, and we need a price drop all these high hopes from the GDC and I figured, Sony was on the right track to take over this year we got to do better sony I really want you all to win but it’s like sometimes you don’t hear you’re own consumers like you all just turn a head away from us.


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+ bigdaddykraven on April 1st, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

I can see the text chat being useful for clans etc, but really I was hoping for cross game voice chat…maybe it’ll be an April Fools and we’ll get that too?

The backup video feature is awesome, too bad I purchase movies in disk format or rent them from the store only.


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+ BrunoM on April 1st, 2009 at 6:11 pm said:

Hey sup guys .. dont get me wrong first of but i love ANY update but come on chat room ??? i got that on my ps3 already i dont need to chat with 15 people (and as you all mai know no one will)

and WHAT A HECK in game chat room how can i be playing a game and chat at the same time if i got to press the ps button ? thats the same as going to the friends user and send him a msg .. im sorry but if these is the reall update (only saying that because today is April 1st) then these is the first update i can tell you guys is bad and a reall let down .. i fell sorry about it !! what about CCT guys ?


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+ whitwhit on April 1st, 2009 at 6:11 pm said:

meh my only question is that will in game chat allow ppl to cheat in other multplayer since they could hide and text a strategy than resume games


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+ eRocdaKing on April 1st, 2009 at 6:11 pm said:

why


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on April 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm said:

The video purchase back up is a step in the right direction, you should tie it to your PSN and allow unlimited download of purchased content on up to 5 active machines, like the games DRM, that would be ideal.


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+ Hyperguy20 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:12 pm said:

Looking ok, was expecting more though

Like new avatars. The current ones are over 2 years old. When will you finally update this?

It’s actually rediculous now


226

+ Saiks on April 1st, 2009 at 6:13 pm said:

Are you guys serious… This weak ass update. It took you all this while to come up with this? Disappointing


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+ KazeEternal on April 1st, 2009 at 6:13 pm said:

@207
Dual logins was in firmware 2.60, Developers have to patch their games to use the feature.

Resistance 2: Insomniac last week patched their game for dual/multi login and my friend and I have been using it ever since.


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+ CrimsonFox13 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:13 pm said:

Wow! I was actually wanting a chat room similar to this! Thank you, this will really come in handy for me in the future! Honestly, more handy for me than in-game voice chatting. Note: I said for me. >.>


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+ Saiks on April 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm said:

Seriously, you guys don’t need to work for us. straight up BS


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+ TheHater2 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:15 pm said:

The text chap is fricken useless. It basically the same as just sending a message when you are playing different games.


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+ lcmnick on April 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm said:

Nearly two months for a text feature…?

I get the impression that this is no April fool…

If MGS4 and God of War 3 were not on PS3, it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t need one.

Here’s hoping Sony’s efforts to start focusing on software start showing some real fruition soon, because Microsoft (perhaps unsurprisingly) is absolutely killing Sony with its software on the 360.

In spite of all the problems MS had with RRoD et al, people still love the 360 and its features; I reckon if the PS3 had had rampant hardware failure, people would’ve switched over to the 360 much quicker than people with 360 failures are moving over to the PS3.

Seriously Sony, battery still covering the clock after all this time?

It’s crazy.


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+ BrunoM on April 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm said:

i dont know guys but these is not an april fools joke is kinda of a let down …

i cant be playing online and TEXT CHATING WITH PEOPLE what a heck but background voice chat would work i mean what a heck ?

these text chat thing dosent work some how i look at my ps3 and i dont thing TXT chat come on !!!! wtf ?


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+ XKILLER44 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

They better have a firmware with good features soon, I finally thought sony was going to do something good


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+ superballa123 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

I have seen the option of voice chat in the video but he didn’t use it. So my question is does voice chat work if you are actually playing in game or do you have to leave the in game XMB up all the time?


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+ Vagrant_1 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

Should of been voice chat, who wants to text while in a game? I’ll take it but it should of been str8 up voice


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+ S-E-G on April 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

well i guess we’ll be getting the features we really want when ps4 comes out, how long has ps3 been out now? 3 years? you guy’s can’t be listening to what your users really want because i really don’t know of anyone who asked for a party text chat, witch is a feature i doubt i will use, who has time to type a message while playing a game? this feature does not make sense, anyway, thanks but keep trying.


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+ gema11981 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:18 pm said:

thanks but it would be nice if we could do the same thing with voice chat !! please !!


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+ ak47warries on April 1st, 2009 at 6:18 pm said:

That looks viscous,but I’m still hoping on a video and music updates.


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+ kiraburu on April 1st, 2009 at 6:18 pm said:

Please, compatibility with .mkv files-.-


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+ GamerMoney on April 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm said:

lmao oh man lol voice chat isnt necessary guys lol hell even txt chat isn’t needed lol all these features are a bonus so be happy


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+ Legend02 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm said:

good to here.


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+ EternalMovement on April 1st, 2009 at 6:19 pm said:

Quite a nice update.

A step in the right direction.

I just hope Cross Game Chat comes out on the next update :(

Full control over our save games is needed.

Too many games have locked game saves stopping us from backing them up unless you do the full backup option which takes a good while.

I know its not firmware related but can you please help in getting more avatars added for us to choose from Eric?
Surely even you must get sick of seeing the same ones everywhere! :(

Thanks.


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+ Ragart on April 1st, 2009 at 6:20 pm said:

@KazeEternal (#226):

Nice then. As I’ve never had the chance to try it in any game and because of “2.70 including it” speculation in media I didn’t know it was already up. Thanks, mate.


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+ Insomnia999 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm said:

I want voice chat not text chat. You should have included this in a future update with voice chat in-game.

You should have bundled more in a update than this.

I appreciate it but would have liked more.


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+ Enigma777 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm said:

@221: I don’t see how that would be cheating…


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+ D-Bone4Life on April 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm said:

sounds nice finally a update! Eric, What about a voice text chat? (voice to text)


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+ LokeSTL on April 1st, 2009 at 6:21 pm said:

1) PS2 BC

2a) Reverse remote play or allow PSP games to play through the PS3 when in USB Mode. Upscale and upconvert the games and allow play through the wireless DualShock/Sixaxis.

2b) Should be easy enough to fully emulate PSP games on the PS3. Why not allow us to play PSP games that we download from the PS Store on our PS3s. Upscale and upconvert with the added benefit of playing through the wireless DualShock/Sixaxis.

3) Catch up with Japan’s PSN. We gonna get those PSone titles anytime soon?


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+ jimfear on April 1st, 2009 at 6:22 pm said:

Not bad for an update but … the video updates are useles for us (canadian people) since we dont have the ps video store :(


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+ Devils1stBorn on April 1st, 2009 at 6:22 pm said:

Poor Eric Lempel…I know it’s hard keeping a straight face delivering these lame updates…


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+ DJnal05 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:24 pm said:

Guys!!!

First of all it free… they got text chat… may be in future voice will get in… I am really happy that i can back up movies now… that means ill actually buy it…

I am not a fanboy… I have the xbox360 and ps3… i dont know i am liking ps3 better…

one thing i really like about ps3 is their game line up… they are evenly spaced out… gives me enuf time play games and make money!!

keep up the good work guys… I am glad i bought ps3 =)


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