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PS3 Firmware 3.40 Arrives June 29, Required for PlayStation Plus

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231w ago - Update: Both PS3 Firmware 3.40 and Sony's [Register or Login to view links] subscription service are now available for those interested!

You can purchase a three-month package or a one-year package on the PlayStation Store now. The three-month package is available for $17.99 and the one-year package is available for $49.99. Sony will also be offering three additional bonus months for free if you purchase the one-year package – that's 15 months total for $49.99.

Previously we reported that PS3 Firmware 3.40 was slated to be released on June 22 as confirmed via Sony [Register or Login to view links], however, Sony has since [Register or Login to view links] the release to now state it will arrive next week on June 29 to coincide with the launch of PlayStation Plus.

Additionally, PlayStationLifestyle.net (linked above) spotted one other caveat for those planning on subscribing to PlayStation Plus- it's a requirement to download and install PS3 Firmware 3.40 prior to purchasing PlayStation Plus.

To quote from a footnote on Sony's updated Press Release: "*1 PlayStation users can purchase PlayStation Plus membership through PlayStation Store on PS3 only.

Users need to install PS3 system software version 3.40, which will be released on June 29th, to enjoy PlayStation Plus."

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xerotyme's Avatar
#4 - xerotyme - 231w ago
It still is optional to upgrade, Playstation Plus isn't required for your PS3 to function in the future where as the firmware is for Playstation Plus...

Reaper2122's Avatar
#3 - Reaper2122 - 231w ago
I really doubt they will make it a mandatory service and if they do i'm sure many will be pissed off or just switch to the wii hahah

PS3 News's Avatar
#2 - PS3 News - 231w ago
Heh, remember Sony also said the PS3 Slim didn't exist... for months before it did.

Jes03's Avatar
#1 - Jes03 - 231w ago
Since when is updating "optional"? Didn't they say updating to a firmware without OtherOS is "optional"?
How can you have OtherOS and Playstation Plus? If its not optional then $ony should man up and say its compulsory not optional.

I bet they are going to watch how many people get PS+ and eventually drop the free part. It will eventually turn in to a paid service if everyone gets PS+.

$ony are just compulsive lairs.

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