212w ago - Shortly following the video preview of the upcoming PS3 Firmware Update 3.10 comes the official Press Release (below) and confirmation that it will indeed arrive today.
According to 1Up.com, Sony will be releasing the 3.10 update today.
To quote: They've apparently been planning this for some time now, but network operation director Eric Lempel wouldn't say how long.
"I'll just say that it's been in the works for quite some time," he said in an interview with 1UP.
"It's never been easy to just integrate new content into the PlayStation Network. We've had this planned for a while now."
Press Release: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. to Offer Richer Online Social Experience to PlayStation 3 Computer Entertainment System Owners with Facebook Integration
Next Firmware Update (v3.10) Enables PlayStation 3 system Gamers to Share Their Experiences with Friends on Facebook, Including Trophies Won In-Game, PlayStation(R)Network Game Purchases, and Game Events
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Nov. 18 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. ("SCEA") today announced an integration with Facebook to deliver the first phase of a variety of new features to further connect and enhance the online social experiences of PlayStation¬®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system owners.
Starting on November 18, as part of the system software update, version 3.10, users can easily showcase their game accomplishments to friends and family, and post information about the PS3 games they purchase from PlayStation¬®Network to Facebook. With the new Facebook integration, PS3 system owners now have access to a truly social and seamless user experience.
With Firmware 3.10, PS3 system owners can now not only brag to friends about their domination as a gamer, but also back it up by sharing unlocked trophies with their friends on Facebook every time they sync their Trophies.
Additionally, the system update enables PS3 system owners to share information on games they just purchased with a click of a button. The new system update also enables game developers to set up trigger points in their games that provide PS3 system users the option to quickly and easily publish game related information from their favorite titles to Facebook.
"Launching Facebook for the PlayStation community is a natural fit for our goal of delivering unparalleled connected experiences - from connecting our community to each other to connecting our customers to great entertainment downloaded from the PlayStation Store," said Susan Panico, senior director, PlayStation Network, SCEA. "As we pass the third anniversary of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network, we're excited to deepen the social experiences of PlayStation Network and kick-off the first phase of our integration with Facebook."
"We're excited to connect Facebook's 300 million active users with the PlayStation 3, enabling players to connect and share their game experiences with friends," said Ethan Beard, director, Facebook Developer Network.
Key Facebook Features:
Showcase Trophies: Instantly share trophies you earn in PS3 games in your Facebook stream. Simply sync your PS3 system and easily show off your accomplishments to friends and family.
PlayStation Store Purchase Log Publishing: Let friends and family on Facebook instantly know which PlayStation 3 games you've purchased. The PlayStation Store, available to PS3 and PSP¬® (PlayStation¬®Portable) system owners through PlayStation Network, features over 200 downloadable games, many of which are exclusive to PS3 or PSP system owners, in addition to over 4,000 pieces of add-on game content.
Game Event: With a few quick clicks of the controller sharing select game events, progress and statistics is now easier than ever with the Facebook integration.
Additional New Firmware 3.10 Features (not related to Facebook):
• Photos: Photos will now be displayed in a grid format for simplified access and viewing.
• Friends List: The PlayStation Network Friends List has an enhanced design that enables users to customize the background color of their PlayStation Network Profile.
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I am not one to complain about too many issues in life, but this time with the latest update, I will voice my opinion.
I think Sony is missing the plot. The PS3 is a gaming console (and a great one at that). Their primary objective should be with streamlining the gaming capabilities and functions that has to do with gameplay. I am a facebook user, but I can for the life of me not see the value of Facebook on the console. If I want to keep my friends updated on facebook, I will do so on a PC/Laptop, but for heavens sake - keep the PS3 for gaming!
I have read quite a bit of articles on the official PS3 website and there is quite often a thread in the forums whereby gamers add to a wishlist for things on the PS3, and never have I seen any requests for Facebook. Does it not make more sense to give loyal supporters and gamers the options they want instead of giving them options Sony wants?