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Updated PS3 and PSP Firmware

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by 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 PlayStation.com, 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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agest said:

September 15th, 9:25 am

Is anyone experiening a quick black screen after the playstation logo in the begining of a game and then the pixel rating is displayed?

jungletronic said:

September 15th, 9:59 am

I would really, really, really like to be able to play my own music while playing a game. Other than that keep up the good work.

spike021 said:

September 15th, 11:16 am

Please tell us when we will be able to make our own themes instead of just saying, “keep checking here” because I have been checking since you posted at the website that we would be able to soon and I have got nodda(nothing). Please Sony don’t let me and other gamers down, or it will be too late.

Dr.Vista said:

September 15th, 11:53 am

“Please tell us when we will be able to make our own themes instead of just saying, “keep checking here” because I have been checking since you posted at the website that we would be able to soon and I have got nodda(nothing). Please Sony don’t let me and other gamers down, or it will be too late.”

Re:I Agree!

Kpepe said:

September 15th, 11:55 am

Whats in it for the PS3?

Hippocrat said:

September 15th, 12:25 pm

I see a lot of frustration from quite a few sony owners. I too have been a sony man from PS1 on, there has been no other console as far as Im concerned

But I have to admit im starting to get frustrated with sony as well. Im not ready to give up on them yet but I can see it on the horizon. I have to agree with a lot of people when they say that the PS3 should have had a lot more features out of the box considering the price tag.

I would still like to believe that the PS3 is going to be every bit as good as I know it can be as long as they keep the updates coming, with time Sony can still more than prove themselves.

I would really like to see support for more types of video. More interaction with the PC transfering files etc.. I personally would like to be able to install things on my PS3 to a networked drive on my pc Ive got 1000 gigs of storage compared to the 60 gigs on the PS3
Right now these things seem more important to me considering the very limited number of games available for the console. My PS3 is more of a media controler than a game console right now because of that reason. Right now my ps2 sees more action than my PS3
the only games I have with a lot of replay value are the guitar hero games
(although hopefully that changes next month with GH3 as long as it releases on time)
I havent really had to many issues with the PS3 but that could be due to the limited use I have for it until more titles and features become available.

Today was the first issue Ive really had with it. While trying to do the latest update it would stall at 4% then error out. but I just kept retrying it and after 5 or 6 attempts it made it through the download. I didnt disable the media server or restart the PS3, just kept trying until it went through . Just thought I would mention that for the others that posted with the same problem.

I really hope you pull this console out Sony because right now its kind of circling the drain. And with out Sony its back to PC gaming because that “other” console is not an option as far as Im concerned but there is ALWAYS an option
and after almost a year of collecting dust I sincerely hope I dont have to consider an alternitave to my beloved Playstation.

None of this is meant as a rant or negative feed back I love sony and likely always will I just dont want it to be “In Memory Of Playstation”

Arion87 said:

September 15th, 1:34 pm

I would like the feature to use the PSP as a remote (with a video feed of whats on the PS3)

For example, if I’m using my PS3 to play music for a party, but everyone is outside, then I could use my PSP to change the music without having to go to the living room

nabokovfan87 said:

September 15th, 1:40 pm

i want to have remote play or game play where i can hook up my ps3 controller to the psp and play that way.

ratboy64 said:

September 15th, 3:57 pm

Some things I want on a firmware:
-A music equilizer.
-More themes/ those create your own them instructions.
-More visual player options
-Ability to multitask.
-Ability to visit PS Store on a PSP.
-Mpeg/ wmv playback.
-screen saver.

ratboy64 said:

September 15th, 4:01 pm

OOh and the ability to go on Youtube with it.

Cagalli said:

September 15th, 6:40 pm

@ Patrick Seybold

When will the American PSN see some Devil May Cry 4 content? The Japanese store already has three videos and Xbox Live has a video and some themes. Sending those to us here in the States would be great.

ariyako said:

September 15th, 6:40 pm

Hi, I’m Najib from APAC > MY area :)

well not to much i would like to say. i’m just A-Person With web surfing PSP lovers. hope you can make better change of our beloved PSP baby console. maybe new version of internet navigator or something like that. i belive sony will create new revolution for game console some day!.

roadrunner said:

September 15th, 8:06 pm

Not good Sony.

roadrunner said:

September 15th, 8:07 pm

actually ill put it in one word: disapointing

ademahopeless777 said:

September 15th, 8:48 pm

i have been having the same problem, the ps3’s update stalls at 4%…sony, im really pissed off i want those new demos!!! I AM GETTIN BORED!!! really, sincerely, the ps3 is NOTHING without internet…well, it has internet but i cant acces anything since i dont have the friggin update… FIX THIS ASAP SONY, I WANNA PLAY ONLINE!

sdtownse said:

September 16th, 7:26 am

Man!! I’m not too happy with my PS3! Even with the recent 1.93 firmware update my network connection is still cutting out frequently! When it’s connected the signal strength is 100% and I have opened all of the ports on my router! What gives?????

– Some people say $620 CDN for a gaming system is a waste, I say if Sony would fix the network, they re wrong!

naughtyco said:

September 16th, 8:44 am



EvoAnubis said:

September 16th, 1:37 pm

The scene search is awesome!

gorfuc said:

September 16th, 4:50 pm

please give us the ability to turn the bluetooth on and off, would be great.

Laughed said:

September 16th, 5:13 pm

Also, let us know if our voice has been heard. Let us know if there are planned updates including some of the features we are looking for, must of us don’t need dates as long as you don’t mean in the next 5 years you may or may not have so and so feature. Keep a list and let us know whats been added and that these things are making its way through the pipeline. It’s been a year and what have YOU accomplished? Wallpaper? Seriously!

Keep in mind, whats important to us should be very important to you. Also, not everyone has patience let alone the demands of a gaming community, or at least this gamer. Just because we have been willing to wait it out doesn’t mean these things shouldn’t have happened yesterday. Where do you think your community is going to be in another 3 months (besides pulling out there hair) if we (or more importantly, I) don’t see some serious work put into our PS3’s via the fw update. You can’t string us along forever, sooner or later somethings got to give.

aceooooooooo said:

September 17th, 2:01 am

Had no problem with my internet connection before the 1.93 update now after I updated, I can not connect to the playstation store, can’t connect to the net and most of all i cant play warhawk. Why do i want to spend $40 on a game that I cant even play. So my question is when will u be releasing a update to fix this problem.

Loucifer said:

September 17th, 4:44 am

LOL…wow ppl still having issues and Sony still ignoring…thats awesome :)

irnchriz said:

September 17th, 9:59 am


It would be utterly pointless using the memory stick as RAM due to the slow read speeds, M/S 10MB/s compared to HDD of up to 40MB/s

MrCamo said:

September 17th, 11:23 am

One of my friends downloaded the new update and now he cannot load his Rainbow 6 data. Just heads up. I am not sure if this is a widespread problem, or if it is just his bad luck:(

frito said:

September 17th, 12:03 pm





Loucifer said:

September 17th, 1:48 pm


bypass your router and go str8 to the modem

Sony aint gonna help you so no sense in asking

40cal said:

September 17th, 2:29 pm

I guess I feel lucky because I have had no problems with any of this. I feel bad for all you guys.


September 17th, 4:12 pm

FINALLY, i can play online!!!! THANK YOU SONY!

frito said:

September 17th, 6:25 pm

thanks for your ideas, Loucifer, but something seems to have gone haywire..I even brought my PS3 to a new connection hardwired…no dice..I’ve tried all the solutions proposed, even what Sony said on the phone…

Oh well…I was so hyped for the PS3 when my girlfriend got it for me at launch, like a kid again..I never saw this coming! First before all the 1.92 and 1.93 problems, my media server just stops working, my sixaxis controller randomly freezews up or even shuts down when fully charged…

and now all this firmware nonsense…they essentially have junked my online capabilities!!!


I honestly know the PS3 will become the best..but as it it right now, I feel like us, the early adopters, are basically still a bunch of BETA testers…

man I hope they can fix this!

@40cal thanks man, it IS heartbreaking to have paid $60 for Warhawk and STILL can’t play it with all of you!

Tom200 said:

September 17th, 6:25 pm

I like the newest PSP updates, even the added theme stuff, can’t wait to customized. When will we get Playstation Store on PSP?

roadrunner said:

September 17th, 8:06 pm

ok i might be missing something and this is probably a really stupid question, but why is it that you guys are holding out on us with not letting the psp do everything it actually do? like those theme things were out for that homebrew crap a lonnnngggg time ago. so if it can be done why make us wait? im loyal to keeping my psp with no hack or anything so im just wondering cause its like what the hell man?

Spy MasterX said:

September 17th, 9:20 pm

i reckon for the next update, not including all the bugs, that there should be an alarm function set so it comes with a default alarm sound but u can also choose to have a song play for the alarm. Also you should be able to change the name of your files and folders under photo, music, and movie without having to connect your PSP to a computer.

aceooooooooo said:

September 18th, 3:16 am

I think we need a defrag program to clean up are hard disks so downloaded content will run and load up smother and quicker

AoSora00005 said:

September 18th, 3:47 am

I notice there is still a bug in MP4 video playback, via media server or USB connected hardware. Every now and again the sound will cut out and the video stream will fast forward for a few seconds. After this the sound is broken. The workaround is to do a rewind on the stream for a few seconds and replay the section. It usually works after that. Not a big problem but one that has been consistent through all firmware upgrades on my own system.

saunderswan said:

September 18th, 5:00 am

its a good time to be European right now we have been shafted in a few ways like PS3 price we paid way more and our PS store is pants compared to the american store but on the bright side we have had no issues with the last 2 FW updates so atleast we aint getting it from all sides

al1977 said:

September 19th, 11:10 am

Like a lot of other people have already said, I would also like to password protect User accounts on XMB and be able to create folders in each section of the XMB, especially the Games part so that the Demos are seperated from the full games. Another feature I want is to be able to delete players from the Players met list.

CyberGenie said:

September 19th, 11:45 am

Nice. All I ask for in regards to the next update is the ability to read documents (txt, or whatever) without having to convert the text to JPG. Couldn’t you create a PSP version of Sony Reader?

jozza81 said:

September 19th, 6:23 pm

SONY, please rethink the way you are distributing updates!

Only a couple of weeks ago I had to have my playstation running overnight just so I could download the last “trivial” update, now this!

I hate being locked off from playing my favourite game because some stupid update got released to fix up the last stupid update that didn’t change anything!

My recommendations?

1. Distribute more meaningful updates OR make the downloads smaller.

2. If system is not up to date, only lock off parts of the system that are affected by the last update.

3. Using the DOWNLOAD MANAGER to allow downloading of updates – I am sick to death of the downloading dying at 50 or 75% and it wastes bandwidth (duh)

You guys seriously need to have your processes audited for user friendliness. I have a feeling that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

One more useless update and my ps3 is going on ebay

nitsua78 said:

September 19th, 9:28 pm

Just a few things I’d like to see come to the PS3 firmware:

1. Remote PS-Store download queuing. I just read Kaz announced at TGS-07 that the PlayStation Store would be available on PC via web browser. It would be great to be able to build a download list of free/purchasable items on my PC at work and let my PS3, which is running Folding@Home 24/7, start downloading before I get home. I’m currently stuck with a 2Mb DSL connection and this would help eliminate waiting for downloads to complete tremendously.

2. Automatic downloading of PS-Store content. Since the download manager has been added, I would think it shouldn’t be too difficult to add functionality to it to download a list of free content from the PS-Store and auto-queue some/all of it for download based on simple content category selection. I wouldn’t mind having purchasable content remain as manual downloads.

3. Folder creation throughout XMB categories. Being able to organize my videos, music, photos and especially games would be great.

4. PS3/PSP firmware update being distributed via the download manager. I don’t mind having to download a full firmware file, but having the system be completely tied up for the entire download is a bit annoying. (PSP’s 23MB isn’t so bad. PS3’s 100MB+ is a bit much, especially since you can play a game and download content/demos at the same time, but not download the firmware update.)

5. A clock display. I don’t care exactly where. In the background of the XMB, somewhere when you hit the PS button. It doesn’t really matter how it’s displayed. Either the upper or lower right corner would be fine with me.

6. A text/pdf reader. Enough said.

7. Full XMB support in games. I know, you’re heard/read this about 50 gazillion times now. I just wanted to add my name to the list of users anticipating this. But I’ll be patient and not whine about it – I know it’s coming at some point and I’ll be a happier camper the day it arrives.

Keep up the good work. I seem to find the console and the games getting better each week.

Laughed said:

September 20th, 7:20 am

@345/ MrCamo: Interesting you asked for that feature. It appears Sony read your mind. Here’s a link.

chavalo said:

September 21st, 3:02 pm

Everytime I want to update via internet to 1.93, I get an error message (8002F994). No matter what, when download reaches 30% I get the same error over and over. Any comments?

atradeus said:

September 22nd, 9:27 pm

I wanted to put my vote in for what I would like to see for the PS3 updates. I use the Blue-Ray for movies quite a bit and I have the Onyko receiver that supports HD audio. I would like to see the PS3 either pass through both DTS and Dolby HD audio as either bitstream or multichannel PCM. As I write this I am watching Stargate which has DTS HD, but the PS3 doesn’t support it. Ohhh… and if ther was support for Guitar Hero, I would actually use the PS3 for games too.

tezza2007 said:

September 26th, 3:01 pm

hi any sign of a new update yet sony???

2ndPSP said:

September 26th, 9:54 pm

YAY, now release the PSP camera. I’m not buying a PSP slim by the way. sorry for you, but as my name says I have two PSPs because the screen of one is cracked. I spent too much already I can’t afford to buy the new one, maybe someday.

crazyeighty8 said:

September 28th, 9:58 am

Anyone else think the remote play function of the ps3 & psp is really exciting?. With the introduction of PLAYTV not only can you set to record programs from anywhere in the world, you should also be able to watch them. Not only that but you could control any wireless enabled device so you could run your bath or start cooking dinner or turn on your lights, all via remoteplay.

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mynci90 said:

October 4th, 7:14 pm

I am really liking the new 3.7 firmware, i really like the new theme settings, and the new video search functions; i haven’t had and any problems with it and it is working great for me so far. Sony has been doing a really great job adding and creating new things and programs accrording to what the people have been saying. honestly, if sony had their own operating system… i’d use it over windows. really great job taking in suggestions!

With good comes bad, so here are some suggestions i think would be really cool to see happen in some future psp firmwares…

PSP buddy list!: we need to be able to not only have online buddies, but also track them and what games they are in!

+An editor with some fun options
+More support for different codec files

+DivX/Xvid playback

+Custom play lists
+more visualizations
+make your own playlists in psp instead of creating “groups” in folders on the computer

+Updated flash player and maybe a java player
+Music in the web browser

+some kind of text reader
+some way to create virtual ram on memory sticks

once again, Good job on listening to suggestions and incorporating them into the firmwares!

retsetone said:

October 8th, 4:02 am


mustaphadamus said:

October 8th, 5:13 am

The ability to play my ipod video and music through my ps3. For clarity: lets say I purchase a movie from itunes store and I want to watch it on my PS3. I should be able to plug it (my ipod) into one of the PS3 usb ports and then play the video on my tv. Same for music, podcast and photos.

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