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Next PS3 Firmware Update Adds PlayStation Store Recommendations

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Hi everyone, the next PlayStation 3 (PS3) system software update is coming soon. Firmware update 3.41 will add recommendations for games and videos on PlayStation Store. When you’re browsing through the details of a particular title, you’ll see a new “You May Like” section on the right-hand side. This section lists additional items based on the purchases of other PlayStation Network members who have purchased the item you’re currently looking at.

You can then click on this section to zoom in on the list and scroll the recommended titles.

system software update 3.41 recommendations

This feature is a great way to discover new games that you may not know about, and it’s another step toward making the shopping experience easier and better for you all — similar to the five-star ratings feature we added in the last firmware update. Please note that while the 3.41 update will be released shortly, the recommendations feature on PlayStation Store is slated to go live by the end of July.

In addition to this PS3 update, the next PSP (PlayStation Portable) firmware update (v.6.31) will be coming as well. This is a minor update, and system software stability during use of some PSP format software titles has been improved.

As always, we look forward to your feedback.

Update: For those users who are replacing the PS3 hard disk drive: We have been aware of the symptoms with the system software update 3.41, released on July 27, and that it will cause the update to stop in some occasions while replacing the PlayStation 3 (PS3) Hard Disk Drive (HDD) if the PS3 system is installed with version 3.41.

To resolve these symptoms, we have released a new version of system software update 3.41 with a very minor change (the version number does not change) on August 2nd. If you are experiencing such symptoms when replacing the HDD of your PS3 system, we kindly ask you to use the latest data and try again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and appreciate your understanding and continued support.

For any other questions, please contact your local customer service.

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658 Comments

  • Please no comments about cross game chat…..

  • Need to bring back the trophy section in the games category, tired of having to google the game to get this information.

  • Hey, umm CROSS GAME CHAT

  • yay another useless update….

  • eh …

  • Looks good.

  • I guess people can’t read….

  • Cool, maybe an update in the future could have it recommend based on how you have rated other games.

  • Some how I knew the first comment would contain the words “Cross Game Chat” one way or another.

  • Thats it…….?

  • Holy fishcakes!

    Dude, no lie. I was about to recommend this in the Blog Share just last night! haha, you read my mind, eh?

  • awesome job guys, hey I got a recommendation, since it is hard fins apps on the store like MLB.TV and the general public who may not have heard of this may never find this app on the store I think you guys should make this more apparent like adding an “Apps” button or something.

  • Something is better than nothing. Would be nice to be able to rate games from within the XMB!

  • Why do we need a PS3 update for a store update?

  • How about improving the speed and lag of the XMB when playing a game. its slowdown is terrible. who cares about useless garbage, and work on improving it instead of bloat!!!

  • Seems alright. I wish the PSP would get PS+ support. That, and MediaGo.

  • Oyeah forgot to ask, any plans on adding some more designs to the visual player on psp or ps3?

  • thats cool and all, but i want to see how much space it will take on your hdd before you buy a game on the psn

  • What else will this Firmware update have?

  • Pretty cool. Nice update.

  • the cross game chat could be called x-talk

  • That’s great!!! But PLEASE update the PS3 to be DIVX PLUS HD Certified to make it the ultimate Media machine!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • when is that update going to include other os? or when can I backup my saves or trophies? I want it to do everything ,including what it used to do :).

  • cross game chat

  • Cool! Very surprised at how quick it came, can’t wait though. I love the new update feel. I’m gonna guess it also adds Stability and security enhancements.

  • Huh, neat. The Playstation Store is really coming along into a very nice virtual store.

  • @killler526 LOL! That’s a good idea!

  • Nice Now i wont try to look for what other people are buying these days
    because I care so much about that….

  • Wow im sorry but is this a joke? This has to come within a firmware update? sounds like a waste of time to me,when you think about all the other enhancments that could be released?

  • Its sad to say but its true, cross-game chat is something that people will not stop mentioning until we get it…

  • At this rate, we will never get Cross-Game Private Chat until the next Playstation comes out. Way to go Sony, once again you guys how a feature (E3 2006 cross-game private voice/video chat) but never implemented it.

  • Not that impressive but hey I’ll take it!

  • Any chance we’ll ever get to choose the background color in the store? Listen to music while in the store?

    I want those things. It’d be nice if the rating was more like XBLA instead. It’s a lot easier and faster the way they do it.

  • Seems to be a cool feture, I might use it, might not sicne I have the whole internet and youtube to look up whats games I might want.

    No word on Cross Game chat? Its the most requested feture that we want on the PS3.

  • This is kind of a small part of a whole new “user experience” post I made on the boards months ago. Very, very small part but was excited when I first read it thinking they were doing what I suggested.

    If this alone is the only thing in the update I’ll pass unless they force me to update. Kinda useless on its own.

  • Is that really worth the 2 minutes of my life spent reading this, and the 2 hours that it takes to install? I don’t know about others, but I don’t have that kind of time. They really need to add more to this update.

  • wow sounds really cool. the other day i was looking on the store and didnt know what i would like. now i will!!! ^_^

  • Hey I’m curious about the Automatic Download feature available to PS+ users. I’ve enabled the feature and have it set to come on from 2-4 am but it doesn’t turn my ps3 on. My ps3 is on standby i never turn it off in back, and it’s been set like this since i got Plus on day one. Also I’ve heard it only downloads patches for games you have played since the firmware update, can you give some more info on this?

  • Was this high on the list of needed features?

    Just as long as you guys do not break my ps3…. its ok..

  • Would much rather have a search feature for your download list

  • Lets add exclamation points at the end of our ps3 update posts to not make them look as useless

  • Maybe if we [DELETED] moan and complain enough, we’ll get cross game chat sooner.

  • Please fix BBC iPlayer stutter, PS3 looks like it struggles to playback the stream, but it’s fine on the PC.

  • Eric, great update. The team really should implement a SEARCH function or SORTING option to the Download List. Some of us are well over 1000+ downloads now and it can be a real pain to download some of our older stuff.

    I know, I know…PlayStation.Blog Share

  • Nice to see Sony updating the PS Store! Can you guys also update the PS+ Automatic Update feature so we can have our PS3’s download any demo or every demo? Thanks!

  • Agree with #39…..

    But this is a cool addition. And guys, at least they’re making improvements.

  • Lets add MKV video format compatibility…

  • And this couldn’t be included into 3.40 because..?

  • * each game on the store should have link to demo (if available), preview pictures, preview video

    * cross game voice chat…Is EA stopping ya?

  • Come on Sony.
    Such a minor update couldn’t have been held back till later on?
    Could’ve packaged that in a much bigger update.
    I doubt anybody even cares about recommendations.

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