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PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.00) Update

Eric Lempel's Avatar + Posted by Eric Lempel on Aug 18, 2009 // VP, Sony Network Entertainment

Hi everyone, PlayStation 3 (PS3) firmware update (v3.00) adds a number of great new features that we’re excited to share with you. The latest update incorporates changes that improve navigation on your PS3. First, you’ll notice some cosmetic changes to the design of the XMB (Xross Media Bar). We’ve enhanced the look and feel of the XMB so that it’s easier and even more intuitive to use. We’ve also added network improvements and personalization options to help enhance your PS3 experience.

Additional highlights from update 3.00 include:

  • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
  • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
  • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
  • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
  • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
  • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.

To get a preview of what’s coming in update 3.00, check out the video below:

We’re looking forward to releasing firmware update 3.00 soon. As always, we appreciate your feedback.

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+ Ftwrthtx on August 18th, 2009 at 10:06 am said:

Very nice


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+ StargamerX on August 18th, 2009 at 10:06 am said:

Nice!


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+ Hsanrb on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

Will the ability to disable trophy support be in a later firmware?

All the social aspects like quick access to # of friends online and message display sounds great. Scrolling ticker might not be worthwhile… depends if the rate of speed is adjustable.


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+ Direxnipe on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

NICE!!! i’ve been wanting that message indicator. sounds great.


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+ Rumbanana on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

INSANE! This is awesome. Great work Sony!


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

The clock is fixed! yay! :D


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+ Lemondish on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

Announced recently? I literally JUST read the live bloggin update from the eu playstation blog and this was posted. Talk about quick ;)


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+ ArPhaXad124 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

WOOOT!!!


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+ radman123 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

yes finnaly


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+ Luillin on August 18th, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

YAY! Thanks for the update, I’ll be watching it when the live blog finishes.


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+ tearsofash on August 18th, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

Clock fix!!!


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+ DaRkS1LeNc3 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

FRIKIN AWESOME UPDATE!!!!


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+ FlareSkull on August 18th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Awesome!!!! when will we get the hall of fame on HOME and 3D trophies???


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+ Revolutionary on August 18th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Premium Avatars, guys? Really?


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+ Hiorik on August 18th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

yeah! great sony!


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+ LokeSTL on August 18th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Nice, but where the heck is PS2 Backwards Compatibility? Get off your butts and make this happen!


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+ almighty-slayer on August 18th, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

BLOODY HELL you were on the ball with tat Eric


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+ Jack-Bauer-89 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

Battery meter moved – thats all i need. EPIC WIN!


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+ toology01 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

Not very compelling. BC for PS2 games? Party chat? Nice bells and whistles additions guys but would prefer these two things above all and is the only thing setting you apart from the competition. Still love you though :)


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+ sNsKid on August 18th, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

I can’t wait to try it out.


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+ CRONIC_GAMER on August 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

I told myself I wouldn’t cry…..I’ll go watch the notebook now.


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+ TRIX_BOL on August 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

OMG, Awesome!!!

Thank you Eric, I hope we keep getting more of this GREAT features. This was what we were talking about. YES!


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+ megs1120 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

Neato!


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+ Easyfan on August 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

Cross game chat?


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+ PirateKitty on August 18th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

So cool!


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+ StalkingSilence on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

Hooray!!


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+ Cwalat on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

Wow!


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+ busychild909 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

where is the update to make my PS3 BC! id even pay for that one!?

but some nice changes overall :)


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+ DARK_JAK_911 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

Cross game chat?


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+ Gamin_GURU on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

cool


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+ redtailman on August 18th, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

that isn’t anything special just a bunch of bells and whistles


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+ SonicTHP on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

Mostly looking good.

Please please please let there be an option to allow the system to start up and default to the game section of the XMB instead of forcing you into the What’s New section. That is one of my biggest pet peeves about the “other” service and I’d like to at least have the option to control where my system starts.


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+ DONNYxMC on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

sweeeeet


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+ niall077 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

“taps foot waiting for cross game chat”


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+ BlooodyCow on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

This is the best update since the 2.4 update and that was over a year ago.


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+ Lionel_Hutz on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

Wow…this was put up pretty fast considering the announcement was just a few minutes ago.


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+ Kenshin71 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

All those changes seem pretty cosmetic and don’t seem to address many requests made by the community eg. cross game voice chat.


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+ ivedoneyourmom on August 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

What does soon mean? September 1st?


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+ Kchow23 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Yes finally! :)


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+ Darnell0216 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Released soon as in tonight riiiiiiiight!?!?!?


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+ chaosatom on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

You guys didn’t wasted time. It was planned from the getgo. :)


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+ BlooodyCow on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Now here is my feedback.
Where is the updates that we gamers care about? You know, in-game chat?


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+ TiranKenja on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

So we are “soon” at version 3 and, unless you guys decided it was not worth mentioning, we still do not have cross game chat (XGC?)…


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+ Hellman on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

When is this updating coming?


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+ NativeCain on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Now it just seems a bit cluttered with everything everywhere now.
Hope I’m wrong though…


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+ depward on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Awesome LBP theme..


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+ RubMyDucky on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

This is an awesome firmware update, Eric. Congrats and thanks for continuing to make the PS3 even better!

Although I’d like to see trophy support for older games like The Godfather and Heavily Sword. :)


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+ Vash_Nightmare on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Love you guys
awesome update looking forward to it


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+ Maverick2006 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Party room, cross game voice chat? Please implement these features.


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+ Jeigh on August 18th, 2009 at 10:15 am said:

Hahahaha!! Yes!! You know what made my day about this (if I’m not including the rumor that may or may not be true)? Personalization, Friends List and Status Indicator!! HAHA! You guys rock! You’ve earned your R&R tonight, no doubt. =D


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