180w ago - Today SCEE PlayStation Network Product Manager James Thorpe has confirmed rumors that PSP Minis are soon coming to the PS3 console, via PlayStation 3 Firmware update 3.15!
To quote: The next system software update for PS3 will be available very soon. Update 3.15 is an optional update and has two key features which are explained below -
'PSP Minis' come to PS3:
We launched minis for PSP back in October but from the 17th December you will be able to enjoy these bite size games on your PS3 as well as your PSP. This firmware update allows the minis emulator to work on PS3 and we are working on getting the majority of the current minis ready for the PS3 from the 17th December.
If you buy a minis game from the 17th it will work on both platforms so if you have a PS3 and a PSP you will only need to buy it once and it will be available to download to your PS3 and your PSP.
If you have already bought a mini for PSP and want to get it on your PS3 as well, just go to your download list in the Store and download it again for free. The game will then work on your PS3 as well. Simple!
PS3 Data Transfer:
This feature enables you to easily transfer all of your saved data (excluding protected game saves, obviously) from one PS3 to another. So if you decide to get a new PS3 you can make sure you don't loose any of your existing content.
Content such as games, game save data, and videos downloaded from PlayStation Network can be transferred to the new PS3 system and deleted from the current PS3. Other content, including personal media files (photos, music, videos), can be copied onto the new PS3 and remain on the current PS3 system.
The process is really simple:
1. Turn both the current PS3 (A) and new PS3 (B) on and connect them with a LAN cable; PS3 (A) should be connected to the TV
2. On the XMB of PS3 (A), scroll to the Settings menu and select [System Settings] and then [Data Transfer Utility]
3. Follow the instructions on-screen and transfer data
4. After transferring the data, follow the instructions on-screen, and then connect PS3 (B) to the TV to view the XMB
5. If content that was downloaded from PlayStation Store was transferred as part of this operation, you must activate PS3 (B) before you can use the data. Log in to the PS3 system as the user who owns the content, and then select (PlayStation Network) - (Account Management) - (System Activation) to activate the system
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The data transfer is huge for me. I've been wanting to get a larger hard drive but had no way of transfering my data. Instead of buying a new system I wonder if I could insert my new hard drive into a friends system and tranfer the data then put the new one in to my own and activate it. Then my friend could do the same. Now if that works then this is awesome.
Also I think since sony is still making money off of the ps2 in hardware sales I think they may hold off on the ps2 emulator for a while untill they truly need it. But then again why would sony be releasing a system to system hard drive transfer unless they had good reason for the extra space one might need. Hint, hint ps2 emulator, fingers crossed.
Very well, now they only have to put in the box a function to have it could display a "I will break-down in 4 days, please consider to replace me in time" message....
Ok, no joking the PS3 file transfer facility could be usefull the same, but... mostly one can think to replace the monolith only if it breaks itself...
I really hope this fw could solve the startup issue we have here in Europe, after 3.10 many ones (really many) are stuck with console that refuses to wake up by pushing the PS button...and some other (and not sleepingstanding ones) had also some network related issue...
You cannot turn upsidown the world with 256MB of RAM, by my side I'd rather not have many kernel-fatner gizmoes but PERFORMANCE (games and BD) and RELIABILITY.
Since 2.80 this one seems will be the more useful update however, for now I've a tray full of new games but no wish to jump to 3.00 or above, hoping soon they will release a decent firmware but my secret wishes to not have RAM killer code onto HDD will go to F-itself cause they probably will never remove or leave the option to remove that which for someone is JUNK.
Finally it could have been a better thing simply to add the option for backing-up everithing to the old backup options, to keep everithing in a safe warm place just in case the old PS3 should say goodbye without warning, obviously thinking at a safe way to preserve their interest for copyrighted-downloaded content as well.
Sorry for mistakes and/or bad way to explain myself, english is not my birth-language.
And to quote the Boss: "Of course like the PS3 Slim, Sony won't admit this until it fits into their agenda to do so." Looks like it fits Sony like a glove!! You called it!! I can't wait for the update firmware...
It is interesting that Sony allows this kind of transfer. I am sure that opens up quite a lot of avenues for hacking the machine. Would this operation of transferring the files to another PS3 cause the PS3 from which all the data is coming from to be redundant? What will I do with a large black paperweight? would it be possible to transfer more than once and have a lot of PS3 loading the data - piracy comes to mind.
If this is in fact a psp emulator, do you think we'll be seeing the ability to play full commercial psp games in the future?
It would be great if SONY devs created the PS3 software PS2 emulator that everyone has also been rumouring and talking about. The PS Store can then start selling PS2 games as well, to follow the footsteps of that XBOX 360 service, which allows you to download old XBOX classics. Imagine what a system seller it would be, with all the PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 games our PS3's could run and easily purchase from PS Store. I think its highly likely this service will be continued and pursued by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo for their next generations, as a way to generate revenue from older software and expand gamers' choices...