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Video: PS3 Slim Bootscreen, Coming in PS3 Firmware 3.0?

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284w ago - Shortly following the PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown from earlier today comes a video of the new PS3 Slim's bootscreen.

It incorporates the new PlayStation 3 Slim font logo, and speculation has begun that it may be included in the PS3 Firmware 3.0 update that is scheduled to arrive on September 1, 2009.

If it's true, the question remains: Why in that version? Unless perhaps a core file changed... time will tell.

Those interested can check out the video below, courtesy of bichtri via YouTube.




 

PS3 Firmware 3.0 to Be the Last Major Firmware Update of 2009

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284w ago - Sony will release the PS3 Firmware 3.0 update on September 1st for the PlayStation 3 console.

Firmware 3.0 completely revamps the information board, introduces premium avatars and animated themes and a variety of other tweaks.

While Firmware 3.0 is the last major update the PlayStation 3 will see during 2009, G4TV (linked above) recently asked Sony if this was the last update period for the calendar year.

To quote: "This is a big and significant update, so you would be correct to assume that [it's the last major update for 2009]," said PlayStation Network operations director Eric Lempel to G4TV.

He did, however, note that the release of a few smaller updates throughout the remainder of 2009 is still a possibility.
 

GamesCom 2009: PS3 Firmware 3.0 Announced!

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285w ago - Update: Sony's Eric Lempel has now officially detailed PS3 Firmware 3.0!

Andrew House has just announced PS3 Firmware 3.0 at GamesCom. It'll feature animated themes, a What's New section and some other great interface changes.

There will also be direct links to various TV services on the XMB – for example, iPlayer in the UK. For those interested, the battery meter has been moved in Firmware 3.0, and about time too!

PSN cards are also coming, we will see 50 euro and 20 euro versions in September.

They're also improving the aesthetics for PSN. Introducing animated themes. One is showing a SackBoy running on a globe.

For European customers there are shortcuts. BBC, RTVe, Antena 3, LaSexta and more European channels. Those will be found under the video setting.
 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 3.0 and New PlayStation Network Coming?

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286w ago - According to PlayStation Insider (linked above), a PS3 Firmware 3.0 announcement and details of the new PlayStation Network are planned for Sony's 3-hour press event at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany next week.

To quote: "Our source told us that Sony is planning on announcing firmware 3.0 at the conference, while being very careful to point out that Sony might not release firmware 3.0 on that day, but that they will announce it and detail it's features, possibly in video form.

Our source also said it coincides with the release of the new PlayStation Network, however our source didn't go into any detail as to what this new PSN is supposed to feature. Sony did send out some e-mails recently hinting at a new PSN launching on the 18th, so that lends some credibility to these rumors.

We speculate that it could have some premium features. There was talk a while back about a possible premium service where users pay one flat rate to access unlimited downloads (online gaming and all of it's features would still be free though).

If the price were right, that's something that many could find very appealing. Hopefully this firmware 3.0 will also come with some of our most sought after...
 

Naughty Dog: PS3 Firmware 2.80 Update Adds More Memory

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288w ago - Not long after PS3 Firmware 2.80 was available came the official changelog details.

However, since then hidden features were speculated, and today Naughty Dog's Sam Thompson has stated the following in a Comic-Con 2009 [Register or Login to view links] (video below), to quote:

"Naughty Dog is constantly working to improve every aspect of the gameplay; be it animation, lighting, sound, texture fidelity."





"You know if you look at the game itself with the 2.80 engine update, you know we're adding more memory, so we get a lot more utilization of the SPUs so we increase our optimization of the Cell processor as well.

So we've got from the engineering side all the way up to texture fidelity, artists adding in even more... I mean there's really not a singular aspect that's not been improved in the game," Thompson added.

A reduced OS memory...
 
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