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Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.70 Details Leaked, Available Q2 2009

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284w ago - Neobara of the GT Forums (linked above) has shared the following allegedly leaked PS3 Firmware 2.7 details today:

Anyway, A friend of mine works in an R&D department at Sony and recently let me in on the firmware details for 2.7. If you were disappointed with 2.6, you'll probably like what you're about to hear, but it's still missing some very crucial (and heavily requested) features. Here's a list of the things he told me will be changed:

Friends List:
• Voice Messaging is now available as an alternative to text after selecting a user on the friends list. Voice message recordings are capped at 30 seconds.
• Home Integration: Saved Playstation Home avatar photos can be selected as photo ID for Gamer Card/Friends List.
• Trophy number and Gamer Level are listed under Friend names for quick reference.

Gamer Card & Trophies:
• Gamer Card layout has been changed to more closely resemble the Playstation Store aesthetic.
• Past Trophy information can be viewed in detail by selecting "Recent Trophy History" option.
• Newly aquired trophies auto-sync in the background
• Server infrastructure for Trophies has been optimized. Resulting in faster retrieval time for Gamer Card and Trophy information.

In-Game...
 

PS3 Debug Firmware 2.42 Leaked, PS3 TEST Console for Sale!

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285w ago - Just about a week ago PS3 Debug Firmware 2.52 [Register or Login to view links], and today a slightly older version 2.42 has also leaked to the Internet. Needless to say, if you are already on 2.52 Debug Firmware then 2.42 is only useful for collectors at this point.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]

For those curious, PS3 Debug Firmware 2.42 first surfaced on [Register or Login to view links] French site, but was recently removed... special thanks to Doc, and of course karl.

Finally, if you are seeking to buy a PS3 TEST/Debug console omegmatic posted a shiny new one for sale [Register or Login to view links] today. A picture of it is below, and it includes the following:

• 60 GB HDD
• System software 2.30
• Slots for SD and minSD, CompactFlash and Sony MemoryStick Pro
• Four USB jacks
• Comes with original SixAxis controller, but I will throw in a DualShock 3 instead for a little extra, either will work
 

PS3 Debug Firmware Update 2.52 Now Available!

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286w ago - Over a month ago papa44 made mention [Register or Login to view links] that he was planning to share PS3 Debug Firmware Update 2.52 with our community. Sadly, after stating he was uploading it he never replied again... and to date has been online only lurking.

Just recently I ran across it myself, but since it didn't come with any documentation all I had was a PS3UPDAT.PUP file that WinHex showed as being "2.52" (122 MB - 128,615,182 bytes).

The good news is, CJPC was able to successfully install and confirm for us that it is indeed a legitimate PS3 2.52 Debug Firmware update file, and as a result we have now added it to our [Register or Login to view links] section for those interested!

Some changes CJPC noticed during his brief time testing it out were as follows: It now includes Network emulation and you can now save the PUP files on the PS3 HDD and access them later.

For example, if you click System Update, then Install from HDD, it will give you a list of PUPs stored on the HDD which can be installed. Additionally, all of the PS3 [Register or Login to view links]...
 

PS2 Games on PS Store via PS3 Firmware Compatibility Update?

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295w ago - For the time being this is simply a rumor, however, French site JV247.com (linked above) is reporting that a game publisher told them Sony was planning to add PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility in a recent PlayStation 3 Firmware Update... but pulled it at the last minute.

They continue to mention that it may be added in a future update, and that we may see PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation Store.

Adding fuel to the rumor is news that the original Medal of Honor and the ESRB-rated PlayStation 2 game "Rayman 2: Revolution" are slated for the PlayStation 3, which usually means they're going to pop up on the PlayStation Store at some point in the future.

As always, more details to come as they are available!
 

PS3 Firmware 2.50 Incompatible with Sony Home Theatres?!

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301w ago - IGN Australia (linked above) is reporting that the new PlayStation 3 Firmware 2.50 is incompatible with their Sony amp/receiver and greets them with a black screen. As soon as they cut the 7.1 Sony amp/receiver supporting 1080p over HDMI out of the picture, things worked which to them is "utterly boggling". Sony is yet to comment on this issue...

To quote: Last week Sony released firmware 2.50 for the PS3. However, in a bizarre turn of events the latest firmware prevents the PS3 from displaying an image on some state-of-the-art Sony home theatres.

We installed firmware 2.50 yesterday only to be greeted by a blank screen. After much swearing and trouble-shooting we discovered it was the Sony amp/receiver that was incompatible with the new firmware. We were able to get a picture again by cutting the Sony amp out of the loop and going straight into the projector.

For the record the IGN AU PS3 setup includes a 7.1 Sony amp/receiver supporting 1080p over HDMI and a 1080p Sony projector. The fact that the new firmware renders the PS3 unusable with this top-line Sony home theatre is utterly boggling.

On a related note, while trouble-shooting the problem we hooked the PS3 up to the projector via composite and also found that it's currently only displaying a black and white image over this...
 
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