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Firmware 3.0 Now Live & Change List [Update] |

Sony has released Firmware 3.0, as usual they don’t release a change log right away. So let us know if you find any hidden updates. have found some changes though. The “PLAYSTATION 3” logo that shows before a game launches is indeed gone. I’ll miss it too. To bad they didn’t included a free animated theme. What do you think of the update?

Firmware 3.0 PS3

  • Multi-Audio – Audio can now be output to multiple connectors simultaneously. You can set this option under [Settings] > [Sound Settings] > [Audio Multi Output].
  • Video Content Playback – During Video content playback, you can now use the right stick to play content in slow playback, fast reverse, and fast forward.
  • Settings Descriptions – Now below each setting option under the Settings tab on the XMB, there is now a brief description in small font.
  • New Start Up Logo – Upon starting up your PS3, you will be greeted with the new ‘PS3′ Logo.
  • Copy/Paste Function – There is now a copy/paste function for the web browser, and messages.
  • Internet Connection Speed Test – Check your internet connection upload/download speed. Go to [Network Settings] > [Internet Connection Test]
  • Internet Browser Screen Capture Feature – Press Triangle on Internet Browser, then under File > Save Screenshot.
  • Custom Remote Play Settings – Manually set a device (such as a PSP system) to be used for remote play.
  • New Avatar Support – Support for future additions of PSN avatars has been added. No new avatars have been added along with the firmware. However the support is there.
  • “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.

[Thanks for the Tip Matt]


  • Audio & Subtitle Languages in Videos on the HDD
    Video settings adds HDD audio language and HDD subtitle language options. Using these, you view videos using language tracks and subtitles from your hard disk in your preferred language. Some content does not allow for these settings to be used.
  • Remote Play: Add a mobile phone
  • Lists: When you have a list with a lot of items in it a scroll bar will appear on the left with an indicator to show how far you are from the top or bottom for when you continuously scroll up or down.
  • ListsL Icon names and folder/file names fade out after a second (besides the selected one)
  • Chat: New yellow icon displayed next to the text chat icon letting you know you have an invite
  • Trophies: Platinum trophies don’t count anymore to the total completion percentage of a game, of course they still do count for the trophy levels.

Via NeoGAF

  • Gibb

    Everybody: get the free Africa theme in the Japan Store.. it’s amazing!

  • JimmyMagnum

    wow yeah it is!

  • I hate the new friend’s list look and the font is too big for my taste. Those are my only complaints.

  • Ceidz

    Oh, the Playstation 3 logo at the startup of the games is gone ? 🙁
    I really liked it !

  • Gibb :

    Everybody: get the free Africa theme in the Japan Store.. it’s amazing!

    wow that is cool. Thanks for letting us know Gibb! 🙂

  • Trieloth

    I wanted more avatars (now) but over all Iam happy with the update. The bigger font must be for people who still have SD tvs, lol.

  • Stephencr

    tnks sony is really better

  • JimmyStewart

    I think I’m in the minority for liking the new friends list, or at least thinking it’s an improvement. It might not be the prettiest layout, but it’s a lot easier to read.

    And I’m all for the new PS3 logo. If I squint a bit I can pretend I’m running on a new Slim.

  • riZe-

    Yeahh… nothing really special in the new update. I only really cared for the status indicator at the top. The friends list looks too cluttered for me and the playstation store shortcuts are pretty much useless except to see what’s new. All I have to say is they better release a theme maker that supports dynamic themes so we can get free ones off of the internet.

  • Blackstaffer

    Don’t like the new friends list myself – it’s UGLY.

    The only thing I like in this new update is the audio multi out. It’s handy for me in my setup.

  • Fatalveli

    also dont like the new friends list very bold and ugly should have made it fit more with the new time bar. also why didnt they put the battery information above the time bar instead of next to it basically in the middle of the screen. no free dynamic theme for NA.

  • mjm_007

    how do you access the Japan Store??

    Btw, I think the friends list is UGLY and the PS Store in every column is annoying. Other than that I like the other updates..

  • JimmyMagnum

    you have to create a japanese PSN account. You can find out how here:

  • i would like 2 hear from my friends ps3 needs 2 be replaced pj.