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GamesCom 2009: PS3 Firmware 3.0 Announced!

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279w 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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280w 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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282w 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...
 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.80 Update is No Longer Optional?

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283w ago - I slapped the 'rumor' status on this one for now until others can confirm it... today TheSixthAxis.com (linked above) via [Register or Login to view links] are claiming that Sony finally pushed the button marked "obligatory" on PS3 Firmware Update 2.80.

This comes after Sony's Director of Network Operations stated that with 2.8 it was an option to update as there wasn't any consumer-specific functionality.

According to both the [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] Updaters, it still is showing only 2.76 is required to go online with the PS3, as follows:

Dest=84;CompatibleSystemSoftwareVersion=2.7600-;
Dest=85;CompatibleSystemSoftwareVersion=2.7600-;

If anyone can confirm otherwise, feel free to do so in the comments below!
 

Sony Comments on PS3 Firmware Updates, NXE and Hulu

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285w ago - PCWorld had the opportunity to [Register or Login to view links] Sony's Director of Network Operations Eric Lempel to get answers to several topics including PS3 Firmware Updates, NXE and Hulu.

For the complete interview see the link above, but below are some excepts from it, as follows:

When asked why Sony doesn't provide more PS3 Firmware Update details on the PlayStation Blog, Lempel stated:

"Well basically in the updates that we do on the blog, it's really to tell consumers this is what you can do today with your PS3, or in the next few days when we release a firmware update.

It isn't about diving into the tech and letting them know six months from now you're going to see a game that may have better effects in a certain area because we've put this in such and such update. That's not as digestible for the majority of consumers. It just won't work."

When asked if Microsoft's NXE debut mimicked the PS3 XMB, he stated:

"You know, I didn't really think about it that way. I mean, I saw some comparisons when it came out, but that's very interesting that you say that. You know, hey, it's great, if they like our interface and want to copy it, as long as that's legal, sure. I don't really know...
 
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