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Sony Confirms PS3 Firmware 2.70 Update Details, Coming Soon!

291w ago - Today PlayStation Network Operations Director Eric Lempel has confirmed PS3 Firmware Update 2.70 details, and mentions its coming soon via PS Blog:

Hi everyone, we're adding some great new features with the next PS3 firmware update (v2.70) that will continue to enhance your connected experience on the PS3. The 2.70 update brings a new Text Chat feature that enables you to communicate online with your PlayStation Network friends.

Now, you'll be able to chat with up to 15 online friends using the Wireless Keypad, on-screen keyboard, or other compatible keyboard peripherals. Not only can you chat with your friends instantly, but you can also access Text Chat while playing PS3 games and even participate in up to three chat rooms at once.

For a quick preview of Text Chat and some of the other 2.70 features, check out this video:

In addition to Text Chat, we've added a few more enhancements:

Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar)

• Sort your friends via their online status
• Attach larger files to the messages you send to your friends (file size will increase from 1MB to 3MB)

Video delivery service on PlayStation Store

• Video files you've...

PS3 Update Checker v1.4 (Firmware Auto-Downloader) Available

291w ago - Here is v1.4 of my PS3 Update Checker (Firmware Auto-Downloader).

Download: PS3 Update Checker v1.4 (Firmware Auto-Downloader)

1. The time of the next scheduled check is now displayed instead of "Delayed x minutes"
2. Form tidied up a bit, added separate Main, Settings and About tabs (see images below)
3. Efficiency: I've think i've resolved an issue with some threads not being disposed of properly - let me know if you notice any problems.
4. Now using the actual version string (e.g. "2.6000") instead of it's value equivalent (e.g. 2.6) - note this also affects filenames too.
5. Fixed "Clear log at application start" issue - which was ALWAYS clearing it!



Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.70 to be Released on April 2, 2009?

291w ago - Update: Paddy: Recently we had the good fortune of being added to Sony's mailing list for all first party titles. With all the speculative posts regarding the upcoming Firmware I just decided to chance my arm and send an email to my contact at Sony Ireland on Friday. That was the reply I got.

However she did inform me that the official announcement would be Monday, but as you can see there wasn't one. I do believe its coming today. It is a genuine post and not an April Fools joke.

According to "Paddy", Administrator of [Register or Login to view links], the new PS3 Firmware 2.70 is going to be released on the 2nd of April 2009.

To quote: With mounting speculation as to exactly when PS3 firmware version 2.70 will be released we can now reveal to you that our sources at Sony Ireland have given us a confirmation date.

April 2nd Will be the date that every PS3 gamer will now be looking forward to. Stay tuned for more as the official Announcement and images is made on Monday 30th March.

PS3 Update Checker v1.2 (Firmware Auto-Downloader) Available

292w ago - Update: PS3 Update Checker v1.3 is now available with a changelog HERE.

Here is v1.2 of my PS3 Update Checker (Firmware Auto-Downloader) which mainly includes bug fixes.

Download: PS3 Update Checker v1.2 (Firmware Auto-Downloader)

1. Stop the icon animating once download complete (D'OH!)
2. Messages made bit more relevant
3. Re-enable timer after download if the option was selected ! (D'OH!)
4. Misc minor improvements

Further to my previous update re the change from seconds to minutes - CyanCaze has suggested an amendment to the timer to check randomly (at some point between eg 1 and 10 mins) rather than at a set time to prevent any possibility of $ony blocks.



PS3 Update Checker v1 (Firmware Auto-Downloader) Available

292w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links].

Further to the recent 2.70 firmware release that quickly disappeared, I've written a little app which may help out if the same thing happens again...

PS3 Update Checker v1 is a very basic tool to do just this on a windows PC with [Register or Login to view links] installed.

Download: PS3 Update Checker v1 (Firmware Auto-Downloader)

1. Make sure you have .NET framework 3.5 installed and are using a PC! (Not Mac, PS3, PSP or anything else!)
2. Run PS3UpdateChecker.exe
(Feel free to virus check etc, but you will need to allow this through any firewall otherwise you'll never get your downloads!)
3. Enter the relevant URL for the ps3-updatelist.txt file for your region.
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