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Rumor: PS3 Firmware 2.50 to Arrive between October 13th to 19th

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315w ago - TheSixthAxis (linked above) is reporting that the PS3 Firmware v2.50 update will be released sometime in the week, between the 13th and 19th of October.

To quote:

Our friends over at eLhabib have just let us know that the next PS3 Firmware update will be between the 13th and the 19th of October.

Basically, at some point next week. There should also be another PSP update around the same time.
 

PS Home Manager: PS3 Firmware 2.5, Home 1.0 in October

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318w ago - A PlayStation Home BETA participant with access to a restricted PlayStation Forums thread has passed along a potential release month -- October -- for the next major PlayStation 3 firmware update (v2.50), PS3 Fanboy reports.

The date was suggested by Home manager "TedTheDog" who clarified, "late October is my guess." The update will supposedly include a bug fix for freezing and network errors currently affecting Home users.

Ted (just "Ted" is okay, right?) also hints that Home v1.00 could coincide with firmware v2.50's release -- Home is currently at v0.98.

Common sense, while not always a part of Sony's repertoire, tells us that Home 1.0 is the version that goes public -- we'll see.
 

PS3 Firmware 2.43 Enables GT5's Advanced Downloading Feature

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318w ago - According to issa3032: Install the optional Firmware 2.43 update, and the system actually seems more resposive. Anyway, I booted up Gran Turismo 5 and was browsing around the options when I noticed something interesting: When you uncheck the "Disable Advanced Downloading" it asks you to "accept" or "decline".

In the past you used to get a warning message saying this feature would be enabled in a future firmware update. Well this message no longer pops up. I guess now we know what the firmware update did in addition to speeding up the XMB.

Note to others: "Unlike previous updates, firmware v2.43 is specific to the Japan region, and only PS3 users there will be required to install the update."

Video can be seen below.. Enjoy!




 

PS3 Firmware Update 2.43 Released; Mandatory in Japan Only!

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318w ago - To quote Al De Leon (PR Manager, SCEA) via PS Blog:

Hi, everyone, I wanted to give you a heads up about PS3 firmware update (v2.43). Unlike previous updates, firmware v2.43 is specific to the Japan region, and only PS3 users there will be required to install the update. PS3 users in all other regions will not be prompted to download v2.43. However, if you manually initiate a firmware update by clicking on "System Update" under the XMB's Settings icon, the v2.43 update will be available, regardless of where you are located.

Download: PS3 Firmware 2.43 (US) / PS3 Firmware 2.43 (EU)

Users outside of Japan do not need to perform this update if your PS3 system software is on version v2.41 or later. However if you do perform the update, it will not cause any issues with your system or add any new functionality.
 

PS3 Bluetooth Headset details, new features via Firmware Update

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320w ago - SCEA has stated that the official Bluetooth headset is to release in a bundle with SOCOM: Confrontation for a price of $59.99. However, the headset will also be available separately priced at $49.99.

Moreover, a PS3 Firmware update will be available this Fall which will give this Bluetooth headset special features that others do not have.

To quote: Additionally, the sexy new headset will usher in a PS3 firmware update that enables the following features:

- High-Quality (HQ) mode: This delivers high quality online voice chat and high bandwidth voice recording and playback, which is currently not available with any other Bluetooth Headset. For future PS3 games, HQ Mode also can enable or enhance advanced in-game features:

- Voice command (the ability to direct AI characters using voice)

- Voice animation (your in-game character mimics you during voice chat)

- Proximity chat (high quality voice playback in full surround sound to match all of the sound effects and voiceovers in the game)

- When docked in the supplied charging cradle, the Headset works as a desktop microphone while charging

- Automatic pairing of the Headset with...
 
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