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PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.00) Update Imminent

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by on Aug 31, 2009 // SVP, PlayStation Network

UPDATE: The PS3 Firmware (v3.00) update is now live. You can use this update to upgrade your system software to version 3.00.

Just in time for the official launch of the 120 GB PlayStation 3, PS3 Firmware (v3.00) will be available shortly. As detailed during gamescom 09, 3.00 will introduce a number of great features, including “What’s New,” a redesigned status indicator and Friends List, and support for new avatars and dynamic themes.

We look forward to your feedback once the update goes live.

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+ Thraxen on September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 am said:


IMO the friend and message indicators are good things. Useful information to have without the need to scroll over to the friend list. The ticker and box outline need to go.


+ Sponge-worthy on September 1st, 2009 at 9:19 am said:

“We look forward to your feedback once the update goes live”

Careful what you wish for :D On another note, I posted my thoughts several pages back, but it was last night when the site was having trouble, so it duplicated a number of times. Apologies to the board.

Thumbs down on the Fisher-Price interface.


+ kenyankidd on September 1st, 2009 at 9:20 am said:

i’m on the internet and playing music form my XMB as we speak. Maybe it only works since i have the 80gb model


+ PsyTruck on September 1st, 2009 at 9:22 am said:

Over 1400 comments and not one comment from a Sony representative. Is something being done?


+ octus on September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

i like it for the most part, but i would like the option to turn the ticker or whats new off.

i dont mind the friends list look. but i do think that the store icons everwhere make you look desperate for a sale. one icon is enough.


+ depward on September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

Text is bigger on my TV (Samsung HD 32 inch) after the update. Not a big deal. Friends list looks a little weird.


+ idiealot on September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

@1426 lol epic fail.

Ok seriously tho its ugly. I sure hope someone decides to fix this. I feel like either:
1: I should move my tv and couch back so my eyes can adjust to the all up in your face font and icons

2: make my theme silver to somehow blend in the redesigned friends list

I am going to try both because, this new setup is terrible.


+ Mosh_Pit on September 1st, 2009 at 9:23 am said:

near means when?


+ Mosh_Pit on September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 am said:

And us canadians wants movies in the PS store… cause for now the PS3 “Does NOT do it all” …


+ SharkRocket7 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:25 am said:

@1427 FTW


+ cizot67 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 am said:



+ malikglass on September 1st, 2009 at 9:26 am said:

I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while now and it is finally coming :D


+ Quixote on September 1st, 2009 at 9:27 am said:

I would very much like to hear Sony’s Feedback to User Feedback…


+ Takehaniyasubiko on September 1st, 2009 at 9:27 am said:


Don’t act childishly. Consumers are not pleased, many consumers are furious because of the graphical changes, so don’t act as if nothing happened.


+ SharkRocket7 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 am said:

@1428 FTW


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:28 am said:

Way to go there guys err gals, way to mess the carp out of the xmb. Is it now the barbie ps3? glitter for our xmb? is this real or am I still asleep. This is the absolute worst looking interface for any piece of tech I have ever owned. Why do you constantly try to piss all of us off? Whose Daughter came up with the sparkle idea? Fire that person… Please release a patch that lets one revert back to the old XMB. We all LOVED that one….


+ YourHeroJed on September 1st, 2009 at 9:29 am said:

Set your output frequency to 48.1 kHz, and you can browse and listen again. I dig most of what was done in this update.


+ jekay919 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:29 am said:

Okay, we can have 2 audio output, why not 2 video output?
That will help people like me to record with a capture card and play in HD.


+ BlackHalo91 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:30 am said:

Awesome update! icons are a bit big though.


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:30 am said:

Off to play on my new 360, atleast its interface is not as garish as my ps3’s….

for shame Sony for shame…..


+ SharkRocket7 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:30 am said:

The numbers for each post are getting messed up. But I think this was genius…

idiealot | September 1st, 2009 at 9:18 am

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+ jimmyfoxhound on September 1st, 2009 at 9:31 am said:

After I watched the preview for FW 3.0 I immediately unhooked my PS3 from the internet. There was no way I was going to let these clowns turn my beautiful playstation into their own little push marketing/advertising machine.


+ CanadianDstroyer on September 1st, 2009 at 9:31 am said:

They should at least give the chance to select between the new rubbish and the old one…

For the phat ones, the PlayStation 3 splash at starting a game, the orchestra sound when booting the console…

Why Sony, why???? T_T

BTW we want Cross-game-chat and overall in-game custom soundtracks.


+ thegadgetdude on September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

Only problem so far is the iplayer link hasn’t come up for me. Where it should be on the xmb it isn’t there, don;t know wether this is because sony replaced my ps3 under warrenty with a PS3 that serial number ends in 04 which i heard means it is a european model rather than a UK one.

I’m in the UK and it works fine through the browser, so it would be nice to get it working. Apart from the there are some good points and bad points from the new update.

Some bits look cluttered now like the friends list, but my main concern is getting the iplayer/TV xmb link on.


+ Onna76_NL on September 1st, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

I only miss the PLAYSTATION 3 logo when starting up the game and the sound. All game consoles had / has that, so I don’t know why that had to be removed. Oh well, it ain’t much of a big deal.

Oh and my browser is freezing, especially with NChartz eh.. VGChartz, ehe. Gives an error in javascript and I need to reboost my console.


+ Onna76_NL on September 1st, 2009 at 9:47 am said:

@SOOPERGOOMAN187 you can turn the sparkles off!! Just go to System Settings > Theme > apply the Classic one, there done… no more sparkles for your manly eyes :-P

Whoa… ! The LBP theme changes when the day passes. I’d like to see it when its really getting dark here in Holland in a few hours hehe.


+ explosive78 on September 1st, 2009 at 9:57 am said:

make a dynamic theme with rolling clouds and thunder in the background for god of war.


+ Rude_Sparthan on September 1st, 2009 at 9:59 am said:

..the perfect article……..


+ Neil on September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 am said:

I like the new update. I’ve read online how people hate the larger font but I find it easier to read everything now (and I have a 1080p samsung), especially when typing messages. The animating themes are awesome too of course. I imagine that you guys will eventually fill up the grey friend boxes on with info such as Trophies, status, presence text, etc at some point. I do miss the little jingle when starting up a game but not the extra time it took to load it.

I hope to see more news and info update on the What’s New section. If you guys have “play game X with famous person Y” then you should advertise it there.

And lastly, I really want to use my Home avatar on my the XMB.


+ DoGHILLReD on September 1st, 2009 at 10:01 am said:

If i go back to Xbox360 is your falt.

Can you put cross gamechat.
So yea do something about it


+ kazukifafner on September 1st, 2009 at 10:02 am said:

Nice update! The new theme is beautiful!


+ nicodesu on September 1st, 2009 at 10:05 am said:

I can’t say I’m excited over this update. I’m quite disappointed in fact. I sure hope it improves the operating system’s performance, because I can’t say I’m happy about the user interface.


+ BurningChimaera on September 1st, 2009 at 10:06 am said:

My biggest problem with this update, and it is a major one:
There is a shortcut to the video store in the video menu, but whenever I select it, I get a mocking notification about how I can’t access it in my region.


+ ChocoDK on September 1st, 2009 at 10:07 am said:

I miss the “ding” when you start up a PS3 game and it says “PLAYSTATION 3” Why don’t you just update it with a “PS3” instead and keep the ding of the intro screen?

I also find the grey behind the friends list to be very ugly but the amount of time to check someones profile now has been improved a lot.

The PSN Store where the icons load under the “Games” category takes years to load and the “Whats New” icon isn’t nice looking.

The blur effect when you choose a folder helps to read the white text and same when you read a message and click you have that black screen. Although I don’t think that cursor thing at the end should be on there.

I am dissapointed with the update overall even though there is some improvments. Furthermore, I will miss the ding when you start a PS3 game.


+ SolidOki on September 1st, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

I agree with ChocoDK


+ TruRage on September 1st, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Dynamic Theme –
I love the new dynamic themes. It’s Fresh, Its exciting and I can only imagine what 1st party/3rd Party devs will come up with next. Great Idea. Nothing like this on the market.

News Ticker (or whatever) –
I think the news ticker up on the right hand corner needs to be redesigned. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why you are doing it and its great. But, perhaps make it more sleek and rounded?? Instead of a box outline? Looks like you guys ran outta time and said “OK how do we make this stand out???”

Friends List –
Holy Moly Joly….What happened here? Sony, I think you know you screwed up here, so I’m thinkin’ you have a plan. I know it has to do with “Dynamic Avatars” so that leaves me to conclude that this grey’d ugly box will be replace to whatever dynamic avatar we pick out. So, This whole grey box issue could be a default templete to awesome animated goodness. But If I’m wrong, at least fix the friend list. Its….just…wrong

Start up logo –

Game Boot Logo –

Fonts –
Be nice if we can change the font and size.


+ TruRage on September 1st, 2009 at 10:09 am said:


And to everyone else –
It seems like X.0 firmware updates set up the groundwork for later versions. They introduce new features in every X.0 update, only to expand on it in later firmwares. Remember 2.0?? It was bleh…but with 2.5 came out, it was “omg yay! in game xmb” So, this is only the beginning…I expect more soon…

Overall, I think this is a great change in terms of making the XMB stylish and unique.


+ Reule on September 1st, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

Not sure if my post went through but I’ll add to the comments of “I don’t like the friend’s list look” and “the font is big, give us an option”. Everything else is okay to me but the friend’s list and the font is pretty ugly.


+ packy17 on September 1st, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

I like most of what’s new… but a few things need to be addressed.

1. Let us change the text size back… It just looks bad in 1080p.

2. If you’re going to put the Store icons under Video and Game, then there is no need to keep another Store icon under Network.

3. I’m just going to assume that those infamous “gray boxes” in the Friends List are eventually going to hold some kind of information. While that’s all well and good, we should still have the ability to change the color. Even a transparent gray would look better than what’s on there now.

4. Don’t make me start on the “What’s New” icon. While I’m one of the few who has absolutely no problem with this… I just want the ability for it to start where it left off last time.

Other than that, all looks good. I don’t mind the new startup or even the lack of chimes when starting a game. But those 4 things are major annoyances in my eyes, especially number 1. Pleaseeeeeeeeee address this.


+ Roverxk9 on September 1st, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

Nice update – nothing too exciting feature wise, but I do like the changes. Rather than complaining about the grey friends list, maybe lets try to understand why it looks the way it does. To me it looks like they are preparing some sort of “background” to go on there. Maybe more functional (shows stats) or maybe more graphical. I’m guessing the latter and then they could give out free backgrounds + charge for premium ones. Just my thoughts.

Great job Sony, the release was relatively smooth, I just hope whatever is holding up cross game chat gets resolved one day.


+ SolidOki on September 1st, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

-_- dont tell me we can only have one comment on this blog!!! come on Sony but i hate the new update get rid of it or make a setting options to go back to our old one as soon as possible.


+ Cerberus_Hunter on September 1st, 2009 at 10:12 am said:

I would like the option to customize the XMB icons(add or remove etc). If Sony like the PS store Icon so much why not let us open the PS store while playing games?

The gray bars on the friend list looks ugly…but i understand why it was made so don’t remove it.

Need to do more game enchanting things and less with the PSN adds. *cough*skype*cough*

More communication with the guys who make this updates would have avoided all the hateful comments above.

And where the hell are all the “tons of new” avatars? do we have to pay for them?

That is all…for now.


+ DANO69 on September 1st, 2009 at 10:13 am said:



+ Onna76_NL on September 1st, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

@DoGHILLReD Excuse me?! You’re going back to the Xbox 360 only because you don’t like an update? So you didn’t buy a PS3 for all those amazing games that are about to release but you only bought it to look at the Cross Media Bar right?


+ daascender on September 1st, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

Great update!


+ Tman_Slice on September 1st, 2009 at 10:15 am said:

I own a 40″ Bravia TV.
All of the updates are great!
I can comfortably sit down 6′ away from my TV and navigate the XMB without squinting.
Keep up the great work.


+ Onna76_NL on September 1st, 2009 at 10:15 am said:

@Roverxk9, indeed, instead of throwing out a can of complaints “think” first before you “act”. Sorry for my many replies here, but I have no moderator on my neck yet pointing at me I should shut up now *lol*.


+ TruRage on September 1st, 2009 at 10:16 am said:

lol Gosh, I wonder what the Sony Gang is doing right now. I bet right now, they are hovering around the computer all looking at the 1500 comments and thinkin’ to themselves “OMFG”

At least that’s what I would be thinking lol.


+ sheridans on September 1st, 2009 at 10:17 am said:

First I was excited with the new update, but taking a closer look at it when it was finally on my system I was in shock!

Don’t care about the new splash boot, what’s new is also nice, but what happened??? The sleek icons are now just big fat blobs on my hd-tv. The friends list looks terrible. Where is the elegance of the previous XMB?

Where did some of the features go? I always enjoyed listening music while i watched my pics. Or when i wanted to change music for the music of the current song to play along.. Is there a way to install the previous firmware and still make use of PSN? Hope you fix these problems really soon!


+ GrimReaper4383 on September 1st, 2009 at 10:19 am said:

worst update ever!!!

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