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Next PS3 Firmware Update Adds PlayStation Store Recommendations

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SVP, Marketing & PlayStation Network

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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TrixsR4kids said:

July 27th, 12:20 pm

with the next firm ware update i think you need to bring back old PS3 games with trophy support i think it would be good to have because the hard core fan like my self like to play some of the old games again only if they had trophies on them start with the sony games first and when it looks good in sails then the other company’s with bring back trophy’s to the old PS3 games i would bye those games again if they had trophies on them. If you can not do it because you don’t have enough people i would stop firing staff or laying people off and start a group where they put trophy’s on the old PS3 and PSN games.

Ch1d0r1_666 said:

July 27th, 12:22 pm

Hopefully before xmas will get cross game voice chat and a more reliable web browser

TrixsR4kids said:

July 27th, 12:23 pm

All so if you try doing this then you will have fan’s to be excited about the update when you post it on your web page.

rw1494 said:

July 27th, 12:24 pm

Why isn’t anyone talking about the madden demo? it’s suppose to come out today.

iMartin said:

July 27th, 12:29 pm

Um, I just downloaded the latest patch, started playing a little MW2, and now I’ve got the YLoD. WTF!?!?!

Akson23 said:

July 27th, 12:32 pm

Great another worthless update to put on the console by obligation its the kind of things that really makes me mad about owning a ps3. The useless updates they always come up with and on top of that not being abble to log in unless I download the updates intead of putting usefull stuff that the machine actually needs they just put stuff that are just retarted to see how they actually come up with those ideas that arent necessary.CMON people atleaste put something usefull like cross game chatting thats been requested so much.

TwinDad said:

July 27th, 12:35 pm

Can’t wait for Netflix app. I would like to use the SP3 to stream, but will not use the disc version for the PS3.

I believe that the update adds a few things like bugs, future features that they are waiting to release at a later date. They don’t update the firmware all the time, so they have to plan future features into the firmware release schedule.

seddy29732 said:

July 27th, 12:39 pm

@twindad. it’ll definitely add some bugs. each one so far has.

Lord_Von_Punx said:

July 27th, 12:46 pm

That’s nice do you think you can include an option to turn off that top
Right notifaction? It would be very much apperciated. That and as a screen saver
Have your dynamic themes run with no icons would be sweet thanks.

KingzShadow said:

July 27th, 12:48 pm

when is the update available on pc …. my wireless connection is good for online play but as soon as i get to about 19% it says theres a connection error

CONVERGE_717 said:

July 27th, 12:51 pm

doesn’t seem like enough to warrant a full update, but meh who cares. i’m hoping to see a little more from ps+ in the next couple weeks or i might not re-sub (i know, off topic. shoot me.)

bigjimslade64 said:

July 27th, 12:59 pm

i keep trying to get the stupid update but it only gets to 23% then error…what the deal?

warmachineMPT said:

July 27th, 1:16 pm

When are you going to provide full access to the ps store to latin america….Treton said back in 08 (I think) that they were working on it, 2 years since that …. What the F…!!!! we don’t even get the psn gift cards here… I need to get them whenever I travel or any friend of mine does, also include the comic section of the psp store …. Couple of comics I want …….please!!!!…… pretty please!!!

Sheng81 said:

July 27th, 1:18 pm

Internet radio like psp?


July 27th, 1:25 pm

Yes, I agree with #50. Can you please make unlockable saves.

AceBeeDee said:

July 27th, 1:28 pm

some jerk at microsoft knows that ps3 hardware cant handle cross game chat. so, he starts commenting on this blog that it should be implemented via update, knowing all to well that the little kiddies would pick up on it and start repeating this comment over and over. they will never get results, and he laughs at this fact everyday. he laughs because he knows dumb little 12 yr olds want to complain about things they dont know about or need. tell me how cross game chat is gonna improve my GAMES, and ask yourself how u carry on a meaningful conversation while playing said game with someone who is playing or doing somthing completely different. youl’ll see its a completely useless feature, you mainstream noobs

BRIT-KO said:

July 27th, 1:29 pm

XGC, XGC, I know a lot want it but every week the usual complainers come out to flame this Blog, its getting boring now guys ok.

Fishstix-83 said:

July 27th, 1:34 pm

WOW YOU GUYS ARE SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH YOUR FAN BASE ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY. Hopefully you guys will get your crap together and start giving us what we want instead of just trying to get every penny you can out of us. Alot of us have stood by you all these years and you dont see that, you just want the money. Sony useto stand for something and now its getting to where your no better than microsoft.

hjason1 said:

July 27th, 1:35 pm

@505 Because madden sucks anymore.

Ok i’ve been looking in the store for this.
All i found is they took out buy now button on all games you bought.
even if you don’t have the game installed the download buttons gone.

So this feature they advertised isn’t even there.
Don’t know why they bother with this stuff anyways it’s useless.

Sponge-worthy said:

July 27th, 1:38 pm

‘As always, we look forward to ignoring your feedback.’


July 27th, 1:40 pm

i hope it’s not mandatory and you can just skip it

Thraxen said:

July 27th, 1:40 pm

I have a simple request. Any chance we could get an option to have the PS3 ignore the word “The” at the beginning of titles when listing media and game? It’s somewhat annoying to have a bunch of movies whose titles start with “The” all listed together. Many media devices have this feature and it should be easy to implement in one of these updates.


Mumraah said:

July 27th, 1:42 pm

Another Bulls**t update, sony what the heck is going on with you , why you dont listen to us ?! ah and by the way CROSS GAME CHAT !!!!


July 27th, 1:44 pm

Another update and more useless features. Big surprise. The only thought going into firmware updates are ways to increase digital sales. It’s like Sony’s marketing department has total authority over the XMB updates.

Remember when the stupid ticker on the XMB was unveiled and we had an option to turn it off? Then all of a sudden a few updates later it was forced on us–without the ability to hide it, along with more PS Store links all over the XMB.

The rating on this blog post speaks for itself. You’d think after all these low rated firmware update posts over the last year, Sony would come to the conclusion that the majority of users don’t want this crap.

Sony, you have really sunk to a new low… you now are on the same level as Apple and Microsoft. All about the money, and don’t give a damn about what the customer wants.

It’s sad to see what the PlayStation brand has turned into. The PS1 and PS2 years were phenomenal. Now you’re constantly the joke of the industry. If it weren’t for third party companies like Sega making awesome exclusives such as Valkyria Chronicles and the Yakuza series, I would have ditched my PS3 a long time ago.

kakis_gr said:

July 27th, 1:49 pm

How about fixing the “display all” thing with usb sticks?

pellenese said:

July 27th, 1:52 pm

You still haven’t given an option to delete trophies… It can’t be that hard…?

PirateHarlock said:

July 27th, 1:57 pm

Wow another update that does *NOTHING* yet again and a mandatory forced update or no online for you!!

Will scea ever get the point that we dont want utter rubbish shoved down our throats by mindless marketing people and fanatical trolls? we the paying customers want functionality added, not removed or ignored in favour of mindless fluffers.

Xiziod said:

July 27th, 2:01 pm

When are they going to put it up on the website? I need to re-download it because my games and movies keep freezing when I try to play them. SMH, Do a better job Sony.

KrtklM4ss said:

July 27th, 2:03 pm

Uh, how about changing your gamertag? Just a thought.

SpooNManX said:

July 27th, 2:06 pm

I don’t think we will ever get the ability to sort games & demos
by title… I still don’t know why they let us sort other things by name, but not the games!… Am I the only one that finds this weird?

Also, MKV video support would be amazing. Oh and a new Firefox Web Browser…

Thanks Santa!

TaRDy said:

July 27th, 2:08 pm

Thank god for this oh so important update…I was playing socom around 10:30 est. signed off and was asked to play at 11:45 for a clan ladder match…but NOOOOOOO I had to get 3.41 update so I could play online.

I got onto the game with about 1 minute remaining on the timer, and FREEZE…thanks Sony, way to blow.

EVanHelsing said:

July 27th, 2:22 pm

I can think of a dozen things that are needed more than store recommendations.

Scubamaggy said:

July 27th, 2:25 pm

I think we should all keep asking for cross game voice chat and music in games until they give it to us. Cast your vote here PlayStation.Blog Share

CROSS GAME CHAT!!!!!! What is Sony waiting for this is the most requested feature…

lilrobda1 said:

July 27th, 2:28 pm

Because of this minor update my PS3 doesnt work anymore. I can turn it on, but the screen is black now, and I cant do nothing but send it in for repairs. This is [DELETED].

il2pfh said:

July 27th, 2:28 pm

we need the other OS back i have been waiting so long for it comment about that

Paulus-NL said:

July 27th, 2:30 pm

update won’t install on my fat 60gb ps3 :( same error over and over again: error 80010002 why???

WestSiide said:

July 27th, 2:30 pm


xgame chat is such a useless feature. the novelty of having it will wear off within a week and then NO ONE WILL EVEN USE IT ANYMORE. IT DOES NOT IMPROVE QUALITY OF GAMES, WHICH IS WHAT THE PS3 IS IN CASE YOU FORGOT. ABOUT THE GAMES!

“But how will we setup our matches n stuff? Were too lazy to find a different means of doing it.” Tough! Use your cell phone! dont have one? use your house phone! dont want to give your house # to the countless strangers you meet online cuz you dont have real friends? use the messaging or chat application already built in to the system! USE YOUR HEAD PEOPLE AND STOP CRYING AND WHINING ABOUT FEATURES THAT DO NOT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PLAYING GAMES!

Paulus-NL said:

July 27th, 2:36 pm

and we have a new error when downloading the update -_- error: 8002F87C

FAoOHxSniperFox said:

July 27th, 2:36 pm

Most of these “Useless” updates you people complain about, include things like security patches – things that keep your system secure – you know, like what an update is SUPPOSED to do.

Tell you what – why don’t you guys not update your systems – then, when your system gets hacked into because you’re using outdated firmware that’s been cracked harder than ice on pavement, and suddenly have a $3000 credit card bill – then you can complain about how “useless” these minor updates are.

Stop whining about the updates, period. Updates are not about adding features – they are there to keep the system secure, and up to date. Same as a PC update – they don’t always add features – they just fix things that come to the attention of the company.

rochha said:

July 27th, 2:39 pm

I like this if it gives you recommendations compared with what you like and people that have similar likes as you, this way, I can ignore all ANIME ratings

Paulus-NL said:

July 27th, 2:40 pm

why can’t i download the update from the site? i press download button and nothing happens :@

Egz-Onine said:

July 27th, 2:44 pm

This is nice and all, but the firmware updates are getting a little too frequent and not at all impressive. Perhaps waiting for a fully packed firmware update before releasing small things like this. That way we don’t have to spend 5-10 minutes downloading and installing for a “recommendations” section in the store.

korgon117 said:

July 27th, 2:49 pm

Hmm, not sure why this couldn’t wait to be put in another bigger update (x-game chat update of course) But hey its a free feature so cant complain

BloodGod180 said:

July 27th, 2:49 pm

People need to learn that cross game voice chat isn’t going to happen

DefiniteWit said:

July 27th, 2:58 pm

Can SONY make an attempt to at least meet the XBOX 360’s system features? Feel free to surpass them if you are capable. This is terrible. It’s becoming almost embarrassing to support this system lol

TakumiM07 said:

July 27th, 3:10 pm

It only does everything…. that we don’t need it to do.
Would have liked to see this as a bigger update, or at least not a mandatory one.

hjason1 said:

July 27th, 3:25 pm

LOL some comments on here are to funny…
xgame chat will not be on ps3.
nor will in game music because of legal issues with owned content.

Now sony could implement skipe, and a backround media player.
Which if implemented properly would give us xgame chat/in game music.
They could do this and escape the legal repricusions.

This is really easy to do, but so was the facebook implementation and we see how that went lol.

awsome_robot said:

July 27th, 3:27 pm

so my console restarted awkwardly (it beeped three times) after it downloaded the update. once intalled it told me that it wasn’t turned off properly… great! not even the console can restart properly on its own.

bigmanindasip said:

July 27th, 3:36 pm

shudnt the ability to enter chat rooms during gameplay via xmb b considered cross game chat

TwinDad said:

July 27th, 3:47 pm


I did mean Bug fixes. I know it does have bugs now and then, but I meant bug fixes.

The XGC nerd rage on the blog is past funny, it’s now into broken record.

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