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PS3 Firmware (v2.80) Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Jun 23, 2009 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hello, I just wanted to provide everyone with a head’s up that the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update (v2.80) will be coming soon. The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.

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+ normaJEAN777 on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:56 pm said:

lol


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+ Sereal_Killer on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:57 pm said:

gah i hate these.
i dont mind that they are improving playback of games but atleast provide us with more info on what exactly is being im proved or what games are most likely affected by this.


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+ almighty-slayer on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:58 pm said:

I agree that they should list the full release notes. These are what people go on these blogs for. We’re interested in that sort of thing >.<


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+ BK-GAMER on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:58 pm said:

But honestly this is lame, we deserve something new on PS3 after waiting for so long and investing REAL MONEY on ps home on virtual ITEMS!!! SERIOSLY!


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+ SyphonFilter- on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

Hey Eric is it true that this update makes the xmb/trophy syn quicker?


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+ CitizenInsane27 on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm said:

You know, I had this big old post ready to roll and then the site went down so I got nothing from it. Didn’t even cache the thing like your “site is down” page said it should.

Anyways. to anyone that will listen. STOP WITH THESE UPDATES. Stop with them now, or package them all together in one big update 3 times a year like 360 does. I’ve had my PS3 since launch and I am more than disappointed that you guys have had NO progress in streamlining your firmware updates. They are still erratic and mostly useless. This whole “improves playback quality” crap is useless to us as consumers when we aren’t even told what titles it’s for?! Does that make sense to anyone at Sony? Really, I’d love to know! Because it seems that our time is worth nothing to you people.

Having to update our firmware for things like this seems like a compromise we shouldn’t have to make. If it improves the playback quality of some games, why not tell us which ones or not issue the update at all? It seems stupid to keep doing this when we aren’t being told why we must waste a half hour of our lives updating our systems a couple times a month! It’s pointless and I would like more details or a reform of policy.


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+ BK-GAMER on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

We need something big next time as we are investing so much on PS HOME on virtual items and all we get is nothing after waiting for so long!


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+ madhi19 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

Look to me just like an head up post. With more details to follow when the update will be release a few days or hours from now.


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+ SyphonFilter- on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:00 pm said:

Hey Eric is it true that this update improves the speed of the xmb and trophy syncing?


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+ animeboy413 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

Sony price drop on PS3 please


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+ iComet on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

WE NEED MORE INFORMATION!
THIS UPDATE FAILS…
I don’t want to wait another 3 months until we get cross-game voice chat, faster xmb and trophy synchronization, more avatars, better looking XMB like our user-created content, home avatar integration w/ user profiles, etc.
COME ON!!!! T_T


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+ Liamario on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

Ohhhh i’m so excited. I’m not sure what I’m excited about though. Seriously though, why bother


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+ atreyu_- on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

STILL WAITING FOR REAL CUSTOM MUSIC,the XBOX 1 could do it acrossed all games why can’t my $600 dollar PS3? It’s a JOKE if I can’t use it in games I want to use it in. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A XBOX 360.


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+ SyphonFilter- on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

Also Eric hopefully you guys are working on getting chatting through ingame and game invites because i know re5 has it so it can be done as a whole for PSN.


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+ DeathroW22 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

We know there is something more to this.. stability only firmware releases have never been x.x0 updates (ie 2.80) but have usually been x.xx (ie 2.72).


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+ G-Bentley on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

OOOMMMMMBGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!

We want new features not crappyyy playback

Ps3: Playback
Xbox: Facebook, Twitter, Sky T.V

What is wrong with sony, do they not care?

:@


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+ tetsou9shima on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

lets make it even more vague and just post

Firmware v2.80
changes = wouldn’t you like to know


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+ jipmg on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

Is this all?


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+ Zero86-Sk on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

please fix the text chat word censouring please


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+ POLYERGOS on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

Guys look at the previous post. Apparently the PSN Team is hoping that the new server will hold up this time after the pounding it took when Diamonon posted that stuff about Bionic Commando.

I suggest you post “THIS IS BULLS**T” over and over to test out the new server.

:)


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+ mikedo2007 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

I hope the next firmware allow me to backup all my thing to an external USB hard drive. I have a 500 GB USB hard drive, and it doesn’t seem to allow me to back it up. Also, can we take down the activation for the console and handheld. It’s not actually working, my first PS3 was broken (no XMB menu, and the HDD could be corrupted), I got a new PS3 but the problem I can’t activate the video part of the PS3 and say “you have to deactivate the video from the other PS3(as in my first broken PS3)”, can we take that down too.


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+ jipmg on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

You can already access facebook and twitter via the PSN browser


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+ POLYERGOS on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

“THIS IS BULLS**T”


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+ Nero-_-25 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

Did you guys at least add avatars? If not You guys suck. It took 2-3 years to get psn cards, how much longer do we need to wait for nhew avatars. Again you guys are terrible


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+ the_miyamoto on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:05 pm said:

Could have used some more details, but whatever. It’s usually pretty apparent what is new and what’s not, and I’m sure people will be posting the new features shortly after the FW is released.


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+ BlooodyCow on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

What does this update do exactly? You are wasting our time with these updates that do nothing for media users or us gamers. The last update for the PS3 causes nothing but problems for me along with several of my friends on the PSN. We keep getting these errors when we try to send a message with a question mark at the end of a question. We also have many problems signing into the PSN at times and ruin many of our gaming nights during the week and weekends. Why hasn’t the signing ins error message been address so far because I know for a fact that many users on the forums has complain about this issues and still no response from you guys.
“The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.”
What PS3 format software has improved exactly? You can at least give up a list of the software that is affect by this update. These pointless updates should not be mandatory useless you are using the software that is affect by these updates. I do not feel like updating my PS3 with a firmware that might cause more problems that what it is intended to fix. However, I am being force to update if I want access to the PSN store and to play online games such as Killzone 2 with my friends.


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+ Tr3p1dat10n on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

So in other words, it’s a scavenger hunt for us to find the new features that are there, but aren’t exactly note worthy. Yay!


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+ Nero-_-25 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

Sony if you forgot the PS3 main feature is gaming, so concentrate on that. My goodness


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+ PirateThom on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

These “minor” updates are important, even if they don’t really have anything of real value to us.

The PS3 only has a limited amount of memory that it can dedicate to the OS, these updates allow them to reduce that so they can add more features and improve the speed of the XMB in-game. With enough improvements to the OS, they can add things we do want.

Sony aren’t just making these updates for a bit of a laugh and to annoy us.


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+ Delriach on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

Speaking of backups…

There should be an option in the backup utility that allows us to backup saves specifically. The current backup ability we have takes everything we have. If you have a lot of games installed like I do, and have purchased a lot of games like I have, then this setup is very unuser friendly.

If I select backup, I should be able to choose “Save Data Utility only”. That would be greatness.


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+ Top-Bandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

1) A different notification box, the one we have now is unappealing to the eye. It just blobs up there. Its black and white, ugly, no fancy animation, no color or anything.
2) When I wanna check the time on my ps3, I press the PS button to find a have to wait for the battery notification to disappear. It would be nice if you can move it or something.
3) Universal game invites through the XMB.
4) It would be nice if I can see not only what games my friends are playing but what level of the game, game mode, map (ect.) they’re playing on.
5) I wish the notification box could move around instead of always being in the right hand corner all the time. Sometimes in certain games it over laps the HUD when you need it the most.
6) When someone is watching a movie or playing a ps1 game they should list it under my friends list. They don’t have to say what kind of movie it is just like “watching blu ray movie” you know.
7) Some kind of party system similar to Xbox Live would be nice.


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+ tirminyl on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

All-

If you take a look at Sony’s previous firmware updates you should know by now that they do not use the standard versioning number system so I would not expect some massive update on 3.0. Your massive update could be 2.9…so stop listening to rumor sites. Also, when looking through previous firmware updates, they seem to happy around similar time frames. I expect another early to mid July with a pause until September. Let’s see if that happens.

I do wish there was a full change log available regarding the updates.

Feature request: How about performing silent patching? Implement a system in which if a users PS3 is connected to the internet it uses a low powered connection to background download the firmware update. When you are ready for it to go live, flip the switch and when the user boots their machine they are presented with the option to install without the need to download the firmware because it has already been preloaded onto their machine. Implement this same feature with PS3 game updates.


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+ iComet on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

WE NEED FACEBOOK AND PANDORA INTERNET RADIO, PARTNER UP WITH APPLE OR BLOCKBUSTER, GET NIKE AND OTHER RETAILERS IN PS HOME, VIDZONE FOR NORTH AMERICA, COME ON, WE WANT FEATURES AND NOT LIKE B.S. PHOTO GALLERY


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+ norm01 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

“The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.”

Cool, I’ll whip out my copy of Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire and see if it’s more fun and easier to control.

:P


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+ Top-Bandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

8) I know a lot of you guys are asking for cross game chat, personally I don’t see what the big deal is, but it would go great with the party feature so I’ll put it on my list just because I think it’s bound to happen eventually since so many people want it.
Oh and another thing, about our trophy collection…Over time I have rented and borrowed games from friends. Well after im done with the game I return them and whatever and im left with a bunch of games in my trophy collection that I don’t play and or I don’t plan to buy. I wish there was a way to delete games from your trophy collection but keep your trophies plus not hinder your level progress


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+ Neil on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

Need new avatars – preferably the ones used in Home.


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+ Nero-_-25 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

Eric Lempel should be fired if his in charge of this firmware updates.


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+ Zaiah777 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

Heres what i think, 1st of all, they havent givin out any details yet, only 1 detail and they only said it would be coming soon… i’m guessing tomorrow since usually they always have an update the day after the blog post on it… also i heard from a rumour it will come out Wednesday. 2ndly i think that other rumour about the facebook like user intereface where we get feed on our friends on psn have to do with all the psn issues most of us are having like me…

Once the update is released, my PSN better work how it was b4 about a week ago, cuz now i am having issues when i play games, it disconnects me! Anyways, i’m believe i am right about this… but who really knows.


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+ Blackxino on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

sorry we don’t care about demos and XBM update anymore.

All we care about now is the Playstation Cloud:)

Think you’re so smart eh? trying to make us all forget by announcing that the next firmware update is coming soon.


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+ King0fHearts2007 on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

Is this the update that we will be able to take pictures or screen captures?


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+ seeyousoon on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

I hope the Arabic language include with this update .


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+ Pulseman on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

What’s going on Sony? Why are you so cryptic with your Firmware updates lately? Hah?

No matter how minor or technical your fixes are, we, the users, still need to know the new fixes.

Next time, please don’t post it here if you don’t want to share more details with us because I find it a little bit insulting.


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+ mastrofallz on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

Thank you for that eye opening informative look at the firmware.


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+ Top-Bandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

8) I know a lot of you guys are asking for cross game chat, personally I don’t see what the big deal is, but it would go great with the party feature so I’ll put it on my list just because I think it’s bound to happen eventually since so many people want it.


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+ mastrofallz on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

thank you for that eye opening informative look at the firmware


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+ Top-Bandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm said:

Oh and another thing, about our trophy collection…Over time I have rented and borrowed games from friends. Well after im done with the game I return them and whatever and im left with a bunch of games in my trophy collection that I don’t play and or I don’t plan to buy. I wish there was a way to delete games from your trophy collection but keep your trophies plus not hinder your level progress


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+ Maguss on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

Well this is a disappointment I guess, although I wasn’t really expecting much.


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+ BlooodyCow on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:11 pm said:

PS3 firmware team fail as usually. I honestly do not know why Sony still have these people employed because they are doing a very terrible job with these updates.

@78 PirateThom
Many of us get that. However, when we are not aware of the software that is affect by these updates, we get extremely annoyed at them because it is wasting our time. We as consumer have a right to know what exactly this firmware do for the product we purchase.


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+ iExile on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

When the hell are we getting new avatars? Dude they haven’t changed AT ALL in nearly 2 years. This is just sad.


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+ RICKDOEZ on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

The playback quality of some PLAYSTATION 3 format software has been improved.
WTF uselessness i really don’t know why i should care but maybe this could help..lol
anyway just give me my g.o.w 3 and im good ;)


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