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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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+ spectrum2008 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:38 pm said:

this is seriously an unforgettable day:
April fools day OR best ever ps3 news!
SERIUSLY!!!!


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+ PointBlank771 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:39 pm said:

So weak, sooooooo weak!!!! Who the hell wants to stop playing a game to text a friend. I pray to the GOD above this is some April Fool’s B.S.


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+ JAc_THe_RIppER on April 1st, 2009 at 6:39 pm said:

” “””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.”


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+ mafecto on April 1st, 2009 at 6:39 pm said:

“and as always, we look forward to reading your feedback”

that’s the april fools joke right there.


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+ bravo9zero on April 1st, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

Great update Sony :)

But I’ve got too say, I don’t think the text chat will be very useful while playing a game,
Having to press the PS button, then click on the chat, will be “inconvenient” and slow.

Take a note out of the PC’s book,
where you just type on your keyboard In game
And the messages appear on the bottom of the screen with their ID beside It. (Only people In your ps3 chat can see It though)

There’s my feedback ;)


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+ aquastorm on April 1st, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

Is there anyone that works at Sony that isn’t a complete moron? How could anyone at that corporation think that text chat rooms while in a game was a good idea?


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+ Baka_Zaru on April 1st, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

I know it’s a free service, and I know that we should be thankful that we’re getting updates at ALL, but I mean, when you give us the ability to TEXT chat cross-game, why is it we can’t VOICE chat cross game?

Playing a FPS and TEXT chatting will get you killed quicker than quick, even under the best circumstances. We NEED cross-game VOICE chat…you did it with the text, now do it with the voice, please.


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+ Gitaroo on April 1st, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

this is a joke right? Everyone has been asking for cross game chat for ages and still doing this outdated text chat garbage. Cross game voice private chat is the MOST WANTED function that everyone has been asking for ages and they rather spend time to upgrade on garbage functions. And the damn clock and battery thing better be fix.


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+ LpSquall on April 1st, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

Also as requested and posted numerous times. Eric, please fix battery icon on the top right hand corner. Can you believe this problem has been going on now for like 3 firmware updates?

This is a huge design problem. Imagine if I make a website with two buttons on top of each other? Extremely unprofessional.


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+ Enigma777 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm said:

@JacTheRipper: Its obvious that you’re looking for some attention, you poor little kid. Don’t feed the troll ppl… just point and laugh at him!


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+ DylanWhite86 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm said:

Yes, text chat is chatting with your friends instantly, notice how the messages pop up INSTANTLY? You can do this IN GAME and have 3 CHAT ROOMS AT ONCE.

Reading is fun no?


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+ MEsoJD on April 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm said:

This has to be a joke


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+ JAc_THe_RIppER on April 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm said:

@ DylanWhite86

READ IT AGAIN!! ” NOT ONLY YOU CAN CHAT WITH YOUR FRIENDS INSTANTLY!!! but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games”


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+ GamerMoney on April 1st, 2009 at 6:42 pm said:

@mckelvanator2000

killzone 2 has in game music but only works online


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+ gooch-getta on April 1st, 2009 at 6:42 pm said:

voice messages? Video messages? Upgraded XMB? In game chat? Cross game invite system? Faster simplier in game xmb? Better player card?

Sad update for this long of waiting.


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+ DylanWhite86 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:42 pm said:

Wow Jac, you really are a friggin idiot.


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+ richboy96 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:43 pm said:

Sony you have now officially gained back my respect the ps2 was the best of its gen now this is the best of its gen all we need is B/C for all ps3s and th3 ps3 will be elite


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+ phinnv8 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:43 pm said:

All you stupid fanboys can STFU and stop kissing Sony’s ass. In game text chat is STUPID. Whoever thought of it at Sony should be fired immediately. Why the hell would i want to stop playing a game I’m in the middle of to goto a chat window and try and type with a controller???

CROSS GAME VOICE CHAT WHERE IS IT????

APRIL FOOLS JOKE IS ON US


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+ Malpractice on April 1st, 2009 at 6:43 pm said:

Yes, finally we get cross-game voi-

…Oh. Well that’s cool I guess. Completely and utterly pointless, but neato.


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+ JAc_THe_RIppER on April 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm said:

@ DylanWhite86

dude y would he repeat the same thing in one sentence


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+ JM_Slabs on April 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm said:

Yup. Still waiting on Cross game VOICE chat and a new friends list interface. Cool idea for the text chat room… April Fools.


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+ Bluprintz on April 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm said:

@ jac, i’m sorry you are getting frustrated, but i too believe that you are mistaken.


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+ KwietStorm on April 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm said:

yawn


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+ StrykerIsland on April 1st, 2009 at 6:44 pm said:

How on Earth does this post have a 4.27 out of 5.00 rating?


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+ Mobius_124 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:45 pm said:

JAc_THe_RIppER

WE DONT WANT PRIVATE TEXT CHAT, WE WANT PRIVATE VOICE CHAT.

what am i going to do with this, text chat while im “AFK” because Im talking to you?


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+ BoobooJones on April 1st, 2009 at 6:45 pm said:

I don’t know why everyones so mad. You should be thankful. Sony NEVER said 2.7 was true nor did they say that 2.70 would have all these features.


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+ EnterpriseE on April 1st, 2009 at 6:45 pm said:

You guys are the most whiniest bunch of people i have ever heard off. I mean you gotta start somewhere? I mean with this update I won’t have to go thru the hassle to find what room my friends are in . We will get In-game Chat soon enough. Just be patient.

First off all what made yall think that this update was going to be the update of in-game chat? Seriously find me a quote or something from Sony that said this update contains such a thing?


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+ EL_Distructo on April 1st, 2009 at 6:45 pm said:

Can you back up any purchased movies and TV shows when i back up the ps3 as a whole?? or do i have to back up the movies and tv shows separately from the regular ps3 back utility?


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+ ruffneckc on April 1st, 2009 at 6:45 pm said:

Eric,

Thanks for the effort, however, please look into other things such as more avatar options and if you cannot get voice chat going – what about voice messages?

Thanks.


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+ LiQuiZoN on April 1st, 2009 at 6:46 pm said:

Its great to see things moving… but in all seriousness i’m pretty dissapointed and i own thousands upon thousands of dollars of SONY products. They just move slow, guess I gotta get use to it :(

Still Its nice, but definetly more pressing features to get in.


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+ FailedEXE on April 1st, 2009 at 6:46 pm said:

Sorry Sony, but the community has spoken. We have been screaming for IN-GAME CROSS VOICE CHAT! Texting is only good for those that do not have a headset.

For the love of god, stop adding features we have not requested and listen to our feedback for once!

Voice Chat is the number 1 prioritey feature above anything else we want.


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+ Lethal_Visionz on April 1st, 2009 at 6:46 pm said:

what a horrible update, this is the best you could come up with?, seriously?!..i knew the rumored list was way too good to be true but this is downright depressing. wake me up when you add features people care about.

i dont enjoy sending my friends text messages as it is and now your gonna allow us to open chat rooms?!..is this AOL or PS3?!.


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+ Tagan55 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:47 pm said:

thank you so much for text chat!! my chat always lags when i do video/audio so now it may be useful seeing as i have the ps3 keypad


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+ GamerMoney on April 1st, 2009 at 6:47 pm said:

why oh why does everyon think that sony needs to add in-game voice chat…IT’S A N ACCESSORY…useful, yes…a must, NO


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+ picante on April 1st, 2009 at 6:48 pm said:

I think jac the ripper is right watch the video again and its say voice chat but the sonny rep went straight to text chat so lets just pray to god its there included


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+ StrykerIsland on April 1st, 2009 at 6:49 pm said:

@ 338

You do realize you can already send text messages… right?


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+ phinnv8 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:49 pm said:

YOU LOOK FORWARD TO OUR FEEDBACK???

THEN LOOK FORWARD TO US BEING PISSSSSSED OFF AT THIS COMPLETE CRAP FIRMWARE UPDATE UNLESS IT HAS CROSS GAME VOICE CHAT!!@#!#!@#!@

F U SONY


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+ Cesarcsrf on April 1st, 2009 at 6:49 pm said:

!??!!? wtf seriously is this it ? no in-game voice chat ? cross game invites ? nothing ?? epic fail sony,.


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+ Joshis1 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

I kinda have to agree with some of the people here. Although I’m sure many people will love being able to text each other in-game (which we can already do with messages), most people don’t care for it it seems.
Most people want voice chat. I know my brother prefers the 360 over the PS3 (shun the nonbeliever!) at the moment JUST because he can talk with his buddies in game. Oh, and because of Netflix…

I guess what I’m really trying to say is that all of us want to be able to talk to people in game, not text. I’m sorry, Sony, but you get a failing grade on this update from me.

B3YOND!


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+ Gumbydunzeeto on April 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

Why would I want video delivery when there’s Blu-Ray?


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+ Drackir on April 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

Thanks Sony.


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+ phinnv8 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

PRIVATE CROSS GAME VOICE CHAT
REVAMPED FASTER XMB IN GAMES

[DELETED]


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+ RogueCommando on April 1st, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

that leaked firmware info was way crazy. it was too good to be true. although this is a step in the right direction


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+ StrykerIsland on April 1st, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

@ 340

No. They’ve simply modified the current option to “Start a New Chat” which currently, is a video-only option.

Now, you have to select if you want a video or text chat room, but that’s while in the XMB.

When you are in a game, if you choose that video option, it’ll boot you right out of the game, as it does now.

If that feature was in there, don’t you think he would be promoting the hell out of it?


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+ sumpunk on April 1st, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

meh.
its ok i guess. i really thought you guys would do more with this update. like others have said “cross game voice chat”!!
yeah lets go into kz2 and text chat!? as we do that we’ve all been killed. great idea LOL
you really havent added anything that we cant already do… i can already text ppl. oh well i spose its back to the xbox to play gears 2 and chat to my friends who are playing different games than me :-P

thanx anyway guys. keep trying, you’ll get there 1 day i’m sure of it.
this news is about as good as the ps2 price drop hahahaha its garbage and anyone who thinks otherwise has their head in the sand as a typical fanboy. i used to be a HC sony fan but now i have just lost all interest. sony are just too slow to react to the needs and wants of the consumers. ditch the ps2! yeah its still selling but if you got rid of that old piece of junk the ps3 might start selling and at least try and compete with the opposition.


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+ LiQuiZoN on April 1st, 2009 at 6:51 pm said:

I watch the video again… If the voice chat also works in game, I will send you a dozen chocolate chip cookies and a bottle of ginger ale.


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+ sumpunk on April 1st, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

the ps3 exclusives are way better than the 360′s but that doesnt sell systems completely. giving people what they want sells systems. the more “usefull/wanted/needed” features you pour into it the more people will talk positively about it. what does positive feedback do? thats right, it sells!!!!!!!


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+ Joshis1 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

@ picante

I believe the only thing clicking on the voice chat does is send you to the old chat room thing. Sadly enough, I don’t think you can do anything else…


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+ superballa123 on April 1st, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

@250

The article didn’t specify if you can use voice chat while actually playing the game.

“Not only can you chat with your friends instantly”

For all I know voice chat may can only be used if the in game xmb is up. And if that’s the case then feature is practically useless. You should be able to use voice chat while playing the game because putting up the in game xmb the whole time your using voice chat just sucks. He should have used voice chat in the video because if everyone wanted to text, people wouldn’t be asking for voice chat. So you READ the description again because that quote can mean two different things.


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+ Havoc_Maker on April 1st, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

SONY PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!! FOR THE SAKE US OF GAMERS SAVE US THE GRIEF!

JUST GIVE US A DAMN WORD NOW! IS VOICE CHAT BEING WORKED ON? YES OR NO?!

EVERYTHING WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU JUST TOLD US SO WE WOULD KNOW!!

PLEASE!

ALL WE ASK!

PLEASE!

all we ask.. not too much to ask.. /cry


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