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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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+ Jeeves_Tremor on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

“Link directly to the Playstation Network video store”

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. You announce all these wonderful features for the PSN, including the video store…In a region that cannot use the video store.

We are all waiting, some more patiently than others.

Sincerely,

Your “Friends” in Canada and EU.


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+ Takashy87 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

This has to be the word FW update ever. No one was asking for any of those features…

The only good thing about it are the animated backgrounds… and Sony most probably will ask us for our money to get them…

Plus.. I don’t need to see my avatar with the size of a pixel in the upper left corner.. I know how it looks because I chosen it.. nor do I need to see that I have new messages… I already know that from the pup up MGS that tells me that I received a MSG..

Nor do I need or want to see the PSN Store in all those menus..

And I most definetly don’t want to see those news when I turn on my Ps3.. all I wanna see are my games and preferably the game that I have just inserted the disc …

Screw this FW update… I wish that I could just use the FW that I am now using… but I will be forced to update only because they don’t let use play online w/o the latest FW.. which is awful in this case… :(


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+ mywhitenoise on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

new avatars should be free, we’ve waited almost 3 years.


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+ BlooodyCow on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

@153 Darth-Krayt
If you are goingto b1tch about something, then get your facts straight. Xbox live used Peer-to-peer network connection, that why there is lags on there and not a love of games above 16 players online. 80% of all PS3 online games uses dedicated Servers or have extremely amazing network codes.


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+ KingBroly on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

Of all the leaked information, only one piece of info hasn’t come to pass yet.


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+ bk7894 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

awesome update and [DELETED] u sony now i have to buy another ps3

[DELETED] uuuu


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+ samuraix98 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:43 am said:

There better be a way to Stop this Whats New BS. Hopefully a way to at least adjust this section to not pop up on start up and such. I’m in to the themes and moving but the avatars, Really? Ill never change from my pine cone, its all me baby. All I know is that the start up information and menus better be adjustable.


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+ TakiFuGu on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

I expected so much more. We still don’t have new Avatars nor can we use our PS Eye photos as Avatars. We still have to wait after the 3.0 FW update. -.-
Good try but, you guys are over looking the important features us PS3 owners are asking for.

PS3 Slim, Sony’s worse kept secret!


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+ NiavlysUS on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

It looks neat! Except maybe for the box with the info in the upper right corner, it could use a bit more design maybe?

A nice addition to the “What’s New” menu would be RSS Feeds! I think it something easy and quick to load!? I really wish rSS Feeds would be integrated somehow!

Thanks for your good work guys!


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+ mikelaw19 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

update is disappointing, didn’t address what we wanted, still waiting for in game voice chat


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+ Gothdom on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

P.S.: x-game chat is not easy to implement correctly. Imagine all the cheating that would be done in games, like Socom.

Just sayin’…


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+ Tooevil_BR on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

where is the retrocompatibility?


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+ Pinhead_x on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

Premium avatars? really?
way to milk us Sony.. ridiculous.


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+ mywhitenoise on August 18th, 2009 at 10:44 am said:

I really dont want to see the PS Store logo in every category, it was fine in the PSN section. Hopefully I have an option to remove it.


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+ ixnine on August 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

Will there be an option to view the classic version of the XMB, like not having the status bar in the top-right corner or something like that? :/


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+ Tyler_stewart on August 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

THATS IT?


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+ daxter831 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

this looks great! but my only question is whether or not there are in-game themes coming out in firmware 3.00? i would be so happy if you guys incorporated this feature within the new update. Thanks for reading!


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+ StrongerThanYou on August 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

Woah so where is cross game chat or something urgh forget it


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+ jipmg on August 18th, 2009 at 10:45 am said:

Awsome update


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+ jayrockslife on August 18th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Nice update, but no cross game voice chat yet =[.

hopefully they updated the loading speed of the in-game xmb. its so slow.


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+ Trancepticon on August 18th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

I never had any trouble knowing where I am on the XMB…

Could we get “features” to turn some of this new stuff off? Things like the ticker and I’m still waiting for the “turn off trophy messages”.

I think I can live with the start on “What’s new section”…

The whole reason why I loved the XMB in the first place was because it wasn’t filled with advertisement and cluttered windows. You are disturbing my peace, my serenity, my tranquility…


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+ TwinDad on August 18th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Preimum avatars. It seems to be the way Sony is heading. Pay themes and Pay avatars. But the PSN is still free. Yea?!?


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+ spine119 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Awesome stuff. Thank god we have new avatars. For those complaining about PS2 bc you should have gotten a ps3 with backward compatibility. I have the old 80 gb with bc and I’ve used it only for God of War and SW Battlefront 2.


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+ Patrickosan on August 18th, 2009 at 10:46 am said:

Nothing special. For real, is that it?
For now Xbox dashboard is way better…
And You dont even want to compare with them from what I see…
Just some dynamic themes…shame


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+ beta55 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

Interested.
Impressed.
But regardless, I expected more.
Clan friend list? Didn’t see it.


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+ chriscowboyd on August 18th, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

When will the ps3 be able to access nested folders like the psp can?

Will we still have to beg for custom soundtrax or will they ever be made mandatory for all ps3 games?

When will the ps3 be able to upscale ps3 games to 1080p like it can do with ps2/ps1 games?

Will the ps3 ever get system wide cross game invites?


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+ kingmuscle on August 18th, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

lol, nice!!! ps3 slim confirmed!!!! you guys rule


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+ Rude_Sparthan on August 18th, 2009 at 10:47 am said:

..oh dammit dammiiiiiiit PRIVATE VOICE CHAAAAAAAAT..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dammit!!! say anything!!!!


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+ KSPRAYDAD on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

So…why the heck was PSN down today? Nothing announced at Gamescon should affect PSN in North America.


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+ computerwis5 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

Nice new looks, but it would really be nice if you added some features such as cross game chat and PS2 BC.


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+ yea_mon93 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

woot woot!!


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+ krae_man on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

Screw you Sony if Canada gets a Video button and no video store.


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+ Ac3theone on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

now this is very nice


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+ DonnyG on August 18th, 2009 at 10:48 am said:

That LBP theme is off the hook. Good work today Sony! I’ve already got a 60GB but I’m going to get a slim at the new price point. PSPGo is looking more apealing but that price is still killing it for me.


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+ marcindpol on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

honestly that is [DELETED]!

where is ceoss game invites, voice chat etc.,??????


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+ NewYork214 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Looks great cant wait.

heres some suggestions.

1. Gameplay/video audio though Bluetooth HeadPHONES not headset.

2. voice messages. but i know your working on this one already


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+ CartmanLand on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

This sounds like an okay update, some features that are finally being added to improve on the gaming experience. The moving themes look great. I just wanted cross-game chat and bc with ps2 titles, hopefully these two features will be next firmware update 3.10, maybe?


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+ Menchi on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Where on earth is Cross-Game voice chat? Seriously, it is easily one of the most, if not the most, requested features for -any- PS3 owner.

It is simply that wanted, and Sony consistently ignores the demand for it.

These updates are nice, but if you’ve been going on near a year without adding some crucial features, it really begs the question, why?


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+ ironduck12345678 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Ok, some good things many needless and some not so good things.

1. Movin themes= great

2.Store icon everywere= Bad, unneeded

3.Whats new thing=good

4. premium avatrasy= wtf? Stupid idea, i want to use my own

5.WhERE IS THE VOICE CHAT! Realy guys this is the most important feature, every small game service has it (steam,XBL,XWL, Xfire…) but you cant do it?

realy right now, i cant ee it ever happening in the PS3 Lifecycle


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+ tatsuyakai on August 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am said:

Personally, i’m dissapointed, i mean i wasn’t expecting ps2 B/C to return with this, but i at least expected it to be addressed by sony today, wow, this firmware is vanilla at best.


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+ marcindpol on August 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

honestly that is crap!

where is cross game invites, voice chat etc.,??????

everyone was expecting those features to come along witch 3.0 update!!!


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+ kingzetta on August 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

I want my home avatar on the xmb


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+ frazevedo on August 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

where is the cross game chat, skype, cross game invatation and ps2 backwards??? Cool stuff laid out, but the basic stuff needs improovement. most of people are pissed!!! do something!


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+ Enforcer_X on August 18th, 2009 at 10:50 am said:

Looks VERY cool!
Will there be a new Theme Tool to create these themes?

Also to hell with the “What’s New” and “Info Board” just make it an RSS feed reader and include some PS feeds.

Thanks for 3.00!


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+ EPRaider08 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

Awesome, can’t wait for this.


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+ hermes200 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

How about an API to access the trophy and profile information? I would like to have the possibility to create realtime gamertags or access to that information in other ways…


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+ MACS_PAIN on August 18th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

Very nice! Too bad my PS3 is broken right now. I’m waiting for the box so I can have you guys fix it. Kinda cool though, because when I get it back I’ll have to update, then it’ll be like I got a brand new one.

Maybe in the next update cross game chat (unless it’s secretly in 3.0)? And the ability to delete the trophies from games you didn’t like.


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+ Erniejpan on August 18th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

BTW can you costumize the PSN section with a different icon? cause it kinda stands out and kills the theme cause it doesnt match.


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+ slack_1 on August 18th, 2009 at 10:51 am said:

yeah this is great but i still wanted backwards compatibility. *sighs*


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+ stinkey on August 18th, 2009 at 10:52 am said:

This is the new PS3 experience LOL. Great update. I think it look so cool and it really represents the SONY brand better than before. SONY is known for sleek easy to use posh looking devices and thats the PS3 and now it’s the UI as well.


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