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Confirmed: PS3 Firmware v2.40 to be released July 2nd, 2008!

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330w ago - SCEE have just announced that PS3 Firmware 2.40 will be made available on July 2nd, bringing PS3 owners some excellent new functionality. Read on for SCEE's press release...

Get more from online gaming on PLAYSTATION®3 with the Free 2.40 Firmware enhancement

PS3™ to give online gamers the features they've been requesting: XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) access in-game and trophies available in this free, automatic system upgrade

June 30, 2008: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced new online gaming functionality for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™), which will become available on July 2, 2008 with the 2.40 enhancement, an automatic firmware upgrade that delivers several of the features most requested by gamers. Combined with PLAYSTATION®Network's unique service of free* online gaming, the enhancement makes PS3 an even more attractive platform of choice for the online gamer.

Firstly, the 2.40 enhancement allows XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) access in-game. This means that you can access the PS3 menu at any time while playing most games, simply by tapping the PlayStation button on your controller. With 2.40, you can check if any of your friends are online (thanks to their own user profile), read and send messages, change some settings for games, all without having to quit the game you are playing. While you can't pause an online multiplayer game involving other people, you can rejoin play at any time when you've finished browsing. Along with these enhanced communications features, the Friends list capacity will double to 100 Friends.

2.40 also delivers trophies to recognise players' achievements in the online arena. Other competitive activities recognise winners with trophies - so why not gaming on PS3? Many online games will have gold, silver and bronze trophies - with platinum available for those who snag all three - all displayed on the XMB for everyone to see.

Super Stardust™ HD, a PLAYSTATION Network-exclusive released last year, will be the first game to leverage the Trophies system and will offer a variety of trophies**. The following first-party games are also slated to offer Trophy support:

• BUZZ!™ Quiz TV
• LittleBigPlanet™
• MotorStorm™ Pacific Rift
• NBA 09 - PS3
• PAIN**
• PixelJunk™ Eden
• Resistance 2™
• SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation
• Warhawk™**

The 2.40 enhancement is just one more reason to join PSN, the online network for PS3 users that lets you game online for free*. All you need to do to join is connect your PS3 to broadband and register, or go to the connection guide at www.eu.playstation.com to find out more.

Once in, you'll find online matches and leagues for all of your favourite games - whether that's MotorStorm™, Resistance™, Warhawk™ or Gran Turismo™5 Prologue - absolutely free (although users are responsible for paying their broadband fees) and at any time of the day or night. You'll also find PLAYSTATION®Store, where you can download entire games as well as extra levels, content for your existing games plus internet browsing, video chat thanks to PLAYSTATION®Eye and much, much more.

There's never been a better time to join PSN. Sign up now to make the most of the 2.40 firmware enhancement - see www.(website).com to find out more.

* No subscription required, broadband fees apply
** Requires a game update to be downloaded and installed

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gtxboyracer's Avatar
#6 - gtxboyracer - 330w ago
mrmiller, no the burnout paradise trophys will be coming in the next update after "Cagney" - so not so soon.. but eventually..

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#5 - mrmiller24 - 330w ago
Quote Originally Posted by wicked insanity View Post

Quick question: Are the Trophies tied to the PSN acount or the save file because they say that to gain the trophies we will have to recomplete the game. So could we just download a newly completed (trophies built in) save file or are the achievments part of each network account??

It said in the FAQs that they are tied to the psn account, this is the reason why they cant make then retroactive or whatever the term is.

However you mentioned burnout paradise, there was another article on here that said that on july 10th you will receive a free update allowing the trophies to be applied to your current saves, this is because the saves are already tied with your psn account.

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#4 - PS3 News - 330w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Azzie50 View Post
p.s. I know you have a FAQ about 2.40 somewhere on this forum but ill ask anyway - is it going to be possible to run voice chat in the background while playing a game?

Correct, it's here: [Register or Login to view links]

To quote from it:
Will voice-messaging/private chat be featured in 2.40 as well? If not, can we expect to see this feature added in the future?

We are evaluating the opportunity to offer voice chat, but for this update, we wanted to focus on text messaging as the key priority for communications that our users have asked for.

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#3 - Azzie50 - 330w ago
So tomorrow I'll be on 2.40! I'll believe it when I see it

And yeah I seriously hope Home will be following shortly after, ive been wanting to get on that for a good year now.. ive tired all that proxy installing (with no luck), so im now just sitting on my hands watching the clock/rocking like a mad man in hope.

p.s. I know you have a FAQ about 2.40 somewhere on this forum but ill ask anyway - is it going to be possible to run voice chat in the background while playing a game?

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#2 - Karoi - 330w ago
Nice can't wait, hope that HOME and LITTLE BIG PLANET will also come soon!

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