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PS3 Firmware 3.00 Coming Soon |

The new firmware is supposed to be hitting our PS3s September 1st and include more intuitive XMB navigation, personalized options, and a whole lot more. Here’s the other info from the Official PlayStation Blog:

  • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
  • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
  • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
  • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
  • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
  • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.

Sounds pretty snazzy.

  • No cross-game chat? Crap.

  • Angus-MacGyver-

    Not too big, not too small. More avatars, fixing the darn clock battery, changing the feed, and adding to the XMB is good, but I kind of hoped for more.

  • JimmyMagnum

    yeah same here. so much for backwards compatibility 😛

  • Thepreppymonk

    Lame, I was hoping for that PS Cloud or at least Cross Game Chat.

  • Trieloth

    Did they say new Avatars? **** Yeah! No cross game chat? Dont need or want it!

  • don’t need a link to the PS Store in every menu…

    Not much here really apart from glitter. would be nice if we could choose to launch into the game section like we do now.

    happy about new avatars there’s not a single one that i like, just hope they don’t take the piss with the priced ones.

  • JimmyMagnum

    it’d be nice if we could make and use our own avatars though (but that would open the flood gates to pornographic avatars and stuff lol)

  • “premium avatars” … I don’t like the sound of that.

    I’d rather use cross game text chat than audio chat myself. Overall a good update.

    Trev :

    don’t need a link to the PS Store in every menu…

    Ya, that’s a little much.

  • dave

    awful update. no cross game chat idc about all that stupid background stuff. really dissapointing.

  • Cross game text chat is useless for me. I don’t have time to go to the XMB and type something in while in the middle of a game.

    I’d use cross-game chat mostly as an override to a game’s bad implementation of chat, or to give me a private channel so that others can’t hear

  • JimmyStewart

    Yeah, a little disappointing. I keep hoping they’ll bring back backwards compatibility. I was really hoping it’d go with the new console. Oh well.

    This update is alright though. Not blocking the clock is probably my favorite. Another 360 influenced update it would seem. It’s weird that with each update I always think that the PS3 is closer to finally catching up to the 360s features, and then each new update just adds more features I didn’t really notice it didn’t have.

    While I love the cross game chat on the 360, I don’t even own a bluetooth headset nor do I have enough friends on the PS3 to make it worth while. What I’m holding out for is a better system for handling notifications. My friends list recently hit 5… and as such I’m actually noticing people logging on for the first time since I bought the console! While that’s kind of exciting on a personal level, it’s become pretty annoying. On the 360 I can set it so notifications will only pop up when I’m on the dashboard or when I’m playing game. That is to say when I’m watching a movie, nothing will pop up period. On the PS3 I only have the option to turn off notifications entirely. 90% of what I use my PS3 for is video, and as such it’s REALLY annoying to have friends hopping on and off while my wife and I are having movie night! However, I don’t want to disable the feature because the 10% of the time I’m not watching a video I like to know what’s going on with my friends. It’s become a crucial part to my 360 gaming, and I’m hoping it’ll grow on the PS3 as well. However without a better management system it’s quickly becoming a nuisance.

  • I hope they improved the browser ..

  • Stephencr

    I Prey for FW 3.1 have backward

  • Kicks

    Jimmy: For watching downloaded videos, etc. I actually sign out of the PSN or switch profiles. To sign out you go to the account management icon, hit the triangle and select sign out.

    I’m very bummed about the Cross Game chat. It is hard to try and coordinate things in a game like [email protected] when you’re forced to use the public voice channels and have to listen to a bunch pre-pubescent teens screaming profanities. I used to use the feature a lot when trying to find public matches with a friend in graw and others on the 360.