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GDC '09 Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.70 to be Announced Today?

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288w ago - According to the folks over at TheSixthAxis (linked above), rumor has it Sony may make an announcement today on PS3 Firmware Update 2.70.

To quote: It's GDC 2009 over in California, and our ears are to the ground.

We've had to put up with the rumor mill grinding about Firmware 2.70 for a while now, but we've heard more recently gossip in and amongst our [Register or Login to view links] overnight hinting that Sony are about to announce Firmware 2.70 for the PS3, and there appeared to be some maintenance on the network this morning, according to MGO's in-game notices.

Whether this will come to fruition or not we'll have to wait and see, but it has been a while since the last update; so whilst we're not expecting cross-game chat it would be nice to get something out of GDC.
 

PS3 Dev: Sony PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.7 Hits This Month

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290w ago - Psyonix Studios developer Corey David let the cat out of the bag this week regarding upcoming PlayStation 3 firmware update 2.7.0.

In discussing a bug with the studio's game, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, David let slip in a [Register or Login to view links] that the update is scheduled for release later this month, to quote:

"I've been working with Sony trying to reproduce and solve the PSN sign-out issues some of you report.

Any info you can generate will be really helpful. Sony mentioned a bug they fixed with the next system software update (2.70) that might resolve these issues, but we have to narrow it down and verify it's the same problem to be sure it's that and not something we need to fix on our end.

IIRC it will drop later this month. And contain lots of fun new fixes. I'm excited about this one, lots of new stuff.

Though, I dont think I can mention any of them just yet.
-Psyonix-Corey"

It is not uncommon for developers to recieve advance copies of hardware updates so that they can ensure compatibility with their software. After the internet caught wind of the premature announcement the post was swiftly edited to remove any reference to the 2.7.0 release,...
 

Video: PS3 Proxy Server Demonstrated on Firmware 2.60?

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292w ago - Here is a video of PS3 Proxy Server (alternate [Register or Login to view links]) being used with PS3 Firmware 2.60.

Note: It is believed that once you download the [Register or Login to view links] PKG file you can see it in the XMB and still (as always) have to install it.

The video does not show that, most likely because the installation would fail generating an error as it has since around the 2.4 PS3 Firmware Update. This is likely why the bubble is still around it when it's shown in the PS3 XMB.

However, the video does show the downloading of a file via PS Proxy. Feel free to comment below if anyone experiments with this further!




 

Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.70 Details Leaked, Available Q2 2009

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293w 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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294w 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
 
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