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Sep 11

Updated PS3 and PSP Firmware

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SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

Taking into account customer feedback and some internal testing, we will be making available in the next few days a firmware update for the PS3 (1.93) that fixes the network disconnect issue that some of you have experienced as a result of downloading Firmware 1.92. In addition, we are adding a new firmware update for PSP (3.71) as well, which adds many features that readers of this blog have requested.

The main feature we’ve added with the recent updates for PSP is the ability to set themes on your PSP. Over time we will be providing themes on, our official PSP site and through PLAYSTATION Store. You can download themes based on some of our popular titles. Be sure to download the files into the following location on your memory stick:

psp memory stick

Once you have downloaded a theme, under settings, go to theme settings, select theme and then custom theme to choose the one you want to display.

You can also now play music while viewing photos or a slideshow. First begin playing a track saved on your memory stick, press the HOME or SELECT button, then navigate to your photos under the Photo icon and begin viewing.

We’ve added several other features including scene search for movies, and you’ll be able to read about them in more depth on the usual update page once it goes live. When it does, I’ll update this post with a direct link.

Update: Here’s the link.

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infamous_31 said:

September 11th, 8:43 pm

Damn can u give us in-game XMB already

infamous_31 said:

September 11th, 8:44 pm

Good job with the updates though said:

September 11th, 8:46 pm

We didn’t suffer any network disconnects but it’s great that there’s a fix for those who experienced it.

legioncommander said:

September 11th, 8:48 pm

Thats good that its being fixed. I didn’t have problems but i’ll download the update anyway. Good that its at the same time with the psp update.

legioncommander said:

September 11th, 8:50 pm

This probably indicates that the 2.0 update will probably be released with the launch of home. Can’t wait.

C-h-a-o-s said:

September 11th, 8:56 pm

In regards to the PSP update, was there a mix up of any kind? PSspot was added but it’s in Japanese, and after updating the ability to connect to “Network update” now gives you an error.

The1Weapon said:

September 11th, 9:07 pm

Thank you very much. Id on’t have a PS3 yet, but the PSP update is nice.

xplosneer said:

September 11th, 9:08 pm

Multitasking on PSP Finally!
I haven’t experienced any errors on PS3 so far, but nice fix though.


gamer812 said:

September 11th, 9:17 pm

That’s a relief. I was getting those disconnect errors.

ANUBIS209 said:

September 11th, 9:17 pm

I want HOME, in-game XMB, and a updated flash/divx player in the internet browser PLEASE sony i bet you

Stoffinator said:

September 11th, 9:18 pm

Good job!

Now can we get WarHawk fixed please or at least make a post in this blog of whats going on with it? :-P


SirithX said:

September 11th, 9:21 pm

If this will help Warhawk network errors too, then that’s great. I’m sure all the big stuff, in-game XMB and all that will come in the 2.0 firmware.

Herby said:

September 11th, 9:23 pm

Great, thanks for the heads up.

darktorns said:

September 11th, 9:27 pm

ps3 is more powerful, how about adding multitasking on it too, so i could listen to music and browse the internet or photo


Random said:

September 11th, 9:33 pm

Mr.Lempel, could you please explain why many PSP user’s got the Japanese firmware if you could, just to clear things up :D

Random said:

September 11th, 9:35 pm

lol @ Goodfella’s unintentional e-mail link

uberXan86 said:

September 11th, 9:41 pm

new to PSP here. Where do I download FW 3.71? I only see 3.53 in the PSP site, I assume PSP Slim has a newer FW than that.

mpnjdevil said:

September 11th, 9:42 pm

cool, thanks, but 1 question, is this gonna fix the problem with lairs online service???

Stoffinator said:

September 11th, 9:42 pm

@ 14

You can listen to music and surf the net already. ;)

uberXan86 said:

September 11th, 9:44 pm

nevermind, I just read that you will update post with direct link. Thanks

Naroon-X said:

September 11th, 9:48 pm

Cool news. I look forward to updating to both! Sony does care. :P

I’m also really thankful for them fixing that random disconnect thing on PS3. That got old really fast.

scorpio said:

September 11th, 9:54 pm

I updated to 3.70 today. Thanks for the music and viewing pics at the sametime…

linebeginstoblur said:

September 11th, 9:57 pm

There’s a minor feature that I’ve been wanting the PS3 to have as an option and I thought I’d mention it here. I like how you can see a clock with the time and date on the XMB and “Home button screen” on the PSP, and I thought that it would be a little nice to put something similar on the PS3’s XMB and/or “PS button screen”. It would just be a little touch that I think would be nice. Thank you very much.

slomo788 said:

September 11th, 9:57 pm

In-game XMB (PS3)?

west said:

September 11th, 10:00 pm

Damn I wanted in-game XMB but im very happy you guys are making themes for the PSP and HUGE PLUS! Thanks Sony. Still looking for some IN-GAME XMB and a store redesign :)

Danny said:

September 11th, 10:08 pm

You know what would be nice? everytime when i press the PS button, i should be able to view the time on the top right next to the battery life. that would be nice

androvsky said:

September 11th, 10:10 pm

I’m glad the PSP is still getting interesting updates, but what would be really great for a lot of college students as well as myself is support for WPA Enterprise (WPA TKIP PEAP), since a lot of campuses are using it now. I have a ps3 also, and would love to be able to use remote streaming while at school (not during class, but anime club meetings, eating lunch and so on).

Thanks for the ps3 update as well. Also, a HUGE THANK YOU for posting the information in advance, so we don’t get those stupid rumors like the one about the PS3 supporting flash wallpapers.

Schrade said:

September 11th, 10:15 pm

Please unlock resolutions in between 480×272, 352×480 and 720×480. We already know the PSP can support those resolutions so why not resolutions in between?

Many podcasts are encoded at 640×352 and such for iPods. Those should play easily on the PSP, unlock them please!

Also, it would really be nice to allow more flexibility with the music playing. Playlist editing, sorting, multiple subdirectory levels, FLAC, OGG and other formats, etc.

Heck, why not make a music playing app that’s full featured like an iPod? That way it won’t take up firmware space. You could just let people download it and choose to launch it on bootup if you held down the left shoulder button or something (allow the key to be configurable)

There’s so many things you guys can add to the PSP to make it even better. If you can’t do it open it up so WE can do it!

Schrade said:

September 11th, 10:26 pm

Also, it would be very nice if you could perhaps have a way for us to send ideas, bugs or requests to the firmware developers for the PSP. We need a bit more interaction there.

Lp47 said:

September 11th, 10:28 pm

Cant complian about updates!

[…] warrant yet another update to the console within the next “few days”, as seen on their blog, which clarifies the latest PSP update slightly as well. The 1.93 update will do nothing but […]

[…] Source: PlayStation.Blog […]

TTP said:

September 11th, 10:34 pm

3.71? U sure it’s not 3.70 Eric?

Good about PS3 FW 1.93

puppydg68 said:

September 11th, 10:36 pm

Please fix the AC3 or Bitstream audio over optical cable with the XMB video player! It works fine with DVD and blue-ray but not with Downloaded trailers or videos!.

This bug has been around forever.. please investigate.

Zaku said:

September 11th, 10:39 pm

I’d love to see Themes introduced over on the PS3 as well. I’d love to have the whole XMB decked out in a specific game (even the side menu with a special background). Hell, having the icons change with each theme would be nice too.

Flomsen said:

September 11th, 10:44 pm

themes to what !!!

Neil said:

September 11th, 10:49 pm

Cool, I’m getting the disconnect message quite often.

mokmok said:

September 11th, 10:51 pm

Sony, thanks for the quick response on the network issues!

JNaquinJr said:

September 11th, 10:55 pm

when will us wheelchair ppl will see a wheelchair tennis game, or wheelchair basketball game is it not a sport and it wouldn’t b hard to make, and when exactly is home coming out

oreillymj said:

September 11th, 10:57 pm


Any word on whether 1.93 fixes the shutdown issue introduced by fw1.92.

Sometimes my PS3 will eventually shutdown after a long delay and 3 beeps.

But other times it just hangs and I have to use the power button and the back of the console to force the box to shutdown. That can’t be good for the OS or HDD.

Jeigh said:

September 11th, 10:58 pm

All right! Thanks!

Skater_Ricky said:

September 11th, 10:58 pm

To Sony,

It my Birthday today :D

Thank you for the fixes.. I dont think I had any problem with my PS3 but thank you to all that fixed there PS3.

Hope they get warhawk fixed for all the complainers.

I got warhawk. seems to be ok :)

And thank you for the psp update too very nice I like.

Keep up the good work guys :D


PSN: Skater_Ricky

waddlin_penguin said:

September 11th, 11:00 pm

Maybe I just don’t get it, but why exactly is in-game XMB such a big deal? I don’t think I’ve had the need yet.
Sorry if this is obvious.

nabokovfan87 said:

September 11th, 11:02 pm

very cool to hear, now can i change my password for this stinkin’ blog?

heh, seriously though, nice job. good to see the psp isnt backdoor anymore.

Zaku said:

September 11th, 11:14 pm

@ 45

In-Game XMB would allow you to check your messages without exiting the game and possibly even let you play your own music (the latter not really being important to me).

Modus Operandi said:

September 11th, 11:16 pm

@Eric Lempel

We need the ability to turn off our SIXAXIS controller while in remote play on our PlayStation 3s’. Apparently, you cannot turn off the controller when you are doing remote play with your PlayStation 3 via PSP. ‘

Hope you take this into consideration.

Thanks! :)

Roy said:

September 11th, 11:17 pm

People want In-game XMB so they can send/receive messages without quitting their games, and probably because they think it will bring custom in-game music with it. I’m not too worried about it myself, but it’d be sorta nice.

Good to hear about the PS3 update, been a little hard to sign into the PSN of late.

illizit said:

September 11th, 11:20 pm


Good job with the updates so far though, please hurry up! Thanks :)

Mattchewie said:

September 11th, 11:23 pm


I HEAR YA!, nothing bites more than having to dig for a password reset email because you have no way to change your password.

Actually I think the firmware updates are great. One thing that I think needs to be looked at though, and you see lots of posts for it in the forums is that (from what I can tell) 20/60GIG owners are having issues controller disconnects. Now it might be interferance or the like but it seems no one can nail it down.

I would think BT would be in a class in to wich wifi etc wouldn’t effect it and I would also think that Sony wouldn’t use something that would eaisly be effected by someones wireless home network or wireless house phone!

lostboy85 said:

September 11th, 11:31 pm

Thank you for the news. i didnt have any issues but its great knowing how fast you fixed the issues some people had.

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