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Firmware (v2.36) coming soon, (v2.40) to include trophies, in-game XMB

Eric Lempel's Avatar Posted by SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

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saunderswan said:

June 17th, 4:35 pm

Nice :)

funtownarcade said:

June 17th, 4:35 pm

Sweet can’t wait for 2.4! Will this let me listen to my own music on the iPod in MGS4?

ferrarimanf355 said:

June 17th, 4:36 pm

Better late than never, I suppose. Now, how about putting more PSOne games onto the PS Store? Open the floodgates already…

Squall2600 said:

June 17th, 4:36 pm

yes finally im so happy ^_^

enewtabie said:

June 17th, 4:36 pm

Jeez dude move on to somewhere else if you want to be a ass.We don’t need it here.This is good news.

assassin_21 said:

June 17th, 4:38 pm

yes my pryers has been answeared thank you

markml0528 said:

June 17th, 4:40 pm

can they at least tell us what month 2.40 is coming out?

OmegaArchetype said:

June 17th, 4:42 pm

Finally, in-game communicatons. I can’t wait for the update. I’ll be checking frequently so I can get the details.

dojikyo said:

June 17th, 4:45 pm

I sincerely hope 2.4 comes before E3 with 2.41 which will hopefully catch all the bugs that happen once, 2.4 is outside of a controlled environment, coming before E3 as well.

It may be a big deal for Sony but the press will spin as pathetic that Sony is figuratively beating its chest over finally bearing some semblance to the other HD platform’s integration which they had since launch. We’ve almost caught up is not an impressive bullet on a Powerpoint presentation.

Not to mention that the time spent introducing 2.41 and trophies could be better spent being devoted to the actual games with the integration and trophies worked in to complement the games as opposed to taking time away from it.

Xenokai said:

June 17th, 4:46 pm

In game xmb isnt gonna be so great if we cant cross can voice chat or send voice messages.

Clinton514 said:

June 17th, 4:47 pm

So you say Xenokai. Your opinions don’t reflect much upon anyone else.

Snipes424 said:

June 17th, 4:48 pm

I heard that they were ironing out a few bugs for in game XMB, but if they are announcing it officially that means they are close to being bug free with in game XMB.. so I’d say maybe 2weeks from a month from now we will see it :)

R3Bol2n said:

June 17th, 4:48 pm

Looking forward to the new FW updates. But is 2.36 really necessary?

burntFM said:

June 17th, 4:49 pm

That’s awsome news…but does the firmware update comes with Playstation Network Cards?….(i don’t have a credit card and i can’t wait for the new maps and characters for metal gear online)…Most of my Playstation and Playstation 2 games work just fine…but sometimes right after the Playstation 2 logo the screen flikers. Why is this?

Tyrant_x2 said:

June 17th, 4:49 pm

I knew Sony luv us haha thx for the info man..:)

expy said:

June 17th, 4:50 pm

Can’t wait for unified log-ins for PSN and PS.Blog so that all the non PS3 users will finally shut up.

Bigomiee said:

June 17th, 4:51 pm


will it have music

Ramage said:

June 17th, 4:51 pm


Man…I remember reading all the rumors and random forum BS about 2.40 and thinking to myself ‘what a bunch of r-tards….how many times have ppl said ‘oh xmb in game next releez lulz!!1”

Well it looks like i’m the r-tard this round

w00t w00t…now I just hope its this year *crosses fingers*

rabidminnow said:

June 17th, 4:52 pm

?? finally 2.4? Sure the excitement that they came out and said that in fact there will be in game XMB; trophies; etc. But that doesn’t do any good, I’m tired of hereing “soon, very soon, we’re excited to announce” . .. how bout you just announce “2.4, now available for download!” , . . then we can say “finally”

Chrisrahosiris said:

June 17th, 4:56 pm

Thanks for the confirmation Eric. I’m sure you’ve made a great many people very happy

P_tear_griffin said:

June 17th, 4:59 pm

Cool. We’ll be waiting.

On a random note, will guys talk to konami about linking the MGO with the PSN network? I find it stupid that we have to have multiple IDs

G-Legend said:

June 17th, 5:02 pm

Will the trophies be visible by other people on your friend’s list? Because the PSN profiles aren’t the greatest no offense. It’d be better if we could have more than a line for About us and have a profile that shows more than what language we speak…

Synthesize said:

June 17th, 5:03 pm

It’s about time!!! PS3 desperately needs in-game XMB if it wants to compete with the other console.

When do you guys expect to roll out 2.4?

UltimateADE1 said:

June 17th, 5:03 pm

In game xmb will be good cause of messaging, but I really want custom soundtracks on ps3/ps2/and ps1 games and my wish will be fulfilled!

Dr_tee18 said:

June 17th, 5:06 pm

yo cant they just skip to 2.40 that is the most anticipated one, knowing sony they would release 2.36 in june-july and release 2.40 september-october. before all the good games get here they better have the updates ready so they dont mess up gamers play time.

Xenokai said:

June 17th, 5:06 pm

@ Clinton514

Just think about it if thet give us a xmb that only has this…

1. Friends list text messaging
2. Trophies

Thats not gonna be a Huge change I say add voice chat and voice messaging itl really make this system much better online. Im sure itl have my 2nd most wanted feature (music player) but thats not comfirmed. Imn not saying itl sux any in game menu is better then the current black screen of boringness we have now. Just if that would ass all the features and maybe more that the 360 offers i can maybe justifie some of the stuff i say to my friend about ps3 being MUCH better as of right now its not.

Synthesize said:

June 17th, 5:10 pm

Hopefully they will add voice-messaging and private chat.

dakingjose said:

June 17th, 5:11 pm

FINALLY you guys mention IN GAME XMB!!! iv really been waiting for this update for a really loong time… Its aready a year since i got my PS3. And been wondering where and why havent you guys released it. But i have to say its kindof strange that sony anounces 2.4 comming out on June 17… after all the rumors about June 18 going to be Firmware 2.4 for PS3 day..
Ohh ya MGS4 is the BEST!!!!

PS3 Online ID: Kingvegeta809

XD9 said:

June 17th, 5:13 pm

@gamesblow #46

dude…if im not mistaking you have complained on NUMEROUS occasions about wanting in-game xmb and custom soundtracks and now your pulling a 360 (pardon the reference) and saying SONY can keep in-game xmb…dude make up your mind or just keep your mouth shut!

C-h-a-o-s said:

June 17th, 5:13 pm

If only PSp firmware was as good as the PS3’s, can we have 2.40 first? I don’t want to replay MGS4 again without the added extra of trophies. Can’t wait for the update!!

XD9 said:

June 17th, 5:15 pm

im quite happy bout this…even though its almost 2 yrs late…but since 2.36 is coming soon i imagine 2.40 in another month or 2…just being realistic

Bluffs said:

June 17th, 5:15 pm

Is it coming soon just like Playstation Home was??

fortez007 said:

June 17th, 5:17 pm

How about bitstreaming Dolby HD and DTS-HD? Any possibility that we will see these in an upcoming update?

Vassago said:

June 17th, 5:18 pm

This is really a great new, its like o my god, i know i can believe in you guy to put the ps3 a his place ….. THE TOP. :) I know you guys work hard just a little request can we ask a few new visuals for the music player, that can be really good to (like for the psp but i know its not youre departement) Guys, keep up the good work.

Toast said:

June 17th, 5:18 pm

Thanks for confirming the rumors, at least now each week will be will 2.4 come out rather then does 2.4 really exist AND ITS COMING OUT ON X DAY! all over the internet.

will look forward to seeing what games support trophies and how well they work out. Hopefully it’s nicer then achievements in that there isn’t going to be a forced amount required in each game this way the trophies will actually feel like an accomplishment on some level.

Engine said:

June 17th, 5:20 pm

Thank God 2.40 is on the way. I want details lol :)

Blu_LED said:

June 17th, 5:24 pm

I cannot stress how excited and relived I am to hear this.

Just now please don’t go waiting another month to release this.

Shadowlancer said:

June 17th, 5:24 pm

Thanks eric for clearing some of the rumors up. At least we know that in-game XMB is coming soon.

jason9 said:

June 17th, 5:26 pm

yet another great update from sony and a long awaited one at that THANK YOU!!

Nismobeach said:

June 17th, 5:29 pm

Thank you for the update Eric.

Nynja said:

June 17th, 5:30 pm

Nice, 2 updates coming. How far apart are they? My guess is that we can expect 2.4 before the release of SOCOM, guess we’ll find out.

Thanx Sony!

PS – keep the firmware updates coming! We love ’em!

xStatiCa said:

June 17th, 5:31 pm

Thanks. I bought a 360 about 2 years ago and sold it about 5 months later(got bored with it). Fast forward to now and I have 2 PS3s that I use for gaming and streaming videos, pics, music to my tvs. The major issue that I have seen with the PS3 really is the lack of in-game xmb. After being used to a 360 the PS3 was way behind in that respect which is frustrating.

Now that PS3 will have in-game XMB the major issues that I personally see with the PS3 are gone. All that are left IMHO are minor things like more codecs and containers support for videos(.mov). It is a pain to record some HD content with my avchd camcorder and not be able to play it directly on the PS3. I have to use ffmpeg or similar programs to remove the raw x264 stream and place it inside a .mp4 container to play it on the PS3. Needless to say that is a PITA :).

Congrats on the announcement. This is something that will definitely feel important for a majority of your users IMHO..

zDiablo said:

June 17th, 5:31 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTT best update ever!!! i cant waitt thank you sony!!

tretle said:

June 17th, 5:34 pm

Really cool that the announcement was finally made.
To anyone confused about why we are going to see a stability update before the 2.40 update I think I have an idea as to why it is being done this way.
In game xmb required allot of the xmb code to be rewritten.
I am assuming here that it was not very viable to halt work on other feature enhancements so they forked the code and set aside a smaller development team for the in game xmb fork(this would explain why it took so long).
Its now probably a good bit into the final stage which is merging the ingame xmb fork into the main build.
So some backend stuff will be replaced and some will remain.
The stuff that will remain needs to be optimized for the merge.
Hence update 2.36

dyslekt said:

June 17th, 5:44 pm


Kukuk said:

June 17th, 5:50 pm

Will firmware 2.36 fix actual PS1 backward compatibility, or does it just fix general PS3 game stability problems?

If it’s the former, I’m much more excited about 2.36, since I’m still waiting for 3 PS1 games to be fixed that I really want to play!

Thanks for the updates!

XxBigP123xX said:

June 17th, 5:50 pm

I am going to guess that 2.36 preps the PS3 for 2.40.

Thanks a lot Eric!

ky181 said:

June 17th, 5:53 pm

its nice to see guys at least say something about the rumors around 2.4

AwRy108 said:

June 17th, 5:56 pm

…don’t get excited yet, my fellow PS3 owners: “shortly” is a very vague, undefined term…

DARKnikon said:

June 17th, 5:56 pm

Cool. Maybe next year we will get HOME

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