Firmware Version 3.10!
Alright, some official news finally came through, this time the source being from the Official Blog. One of their biggest features is the touted Facebook support. According to the blog, this is what it does:
The latest update incorporates Facebook into the PS3 experience. By linking your PlayStation Network account to your Facebook account, you will have the option for the PS3 to automatically update your Facebook News Feed with Trophy and PlayStation Store activity. This update also enables developers to set specific criteria in their titles to publish additional game information to your News Feed. You can then check out your updates, and those of your friends, on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media favorites through the PS3’s built-in web browser.
Apparently, there are future Facebook integrations planned, as they’ve stated that that’s just the beginning. As far as other updates go, there are some changes to be made with the Friend’s list due to the feedback they’ve gotten from the release of 3.00 and another dealing with Photos:
- The Photo category on the XMB has been revamped to make it easier to see more of your photos stored on the PS3.
- The PSN Friends List has been modified based on feedback we received after update 3.00. Additionally, you can now choose a color for your PSN ID on the XMB.
If you watch the video, you can also turn some of those Facebook features off (such as store purchases, etc). One of the other things mentioned is that the browser has been worked on a bit to make the Facebook layout better and easier to navigate. Not sure if the same can be said for other sites, but at least the browser is getting some attention.
The Photo browsing is also much improved, seeing as the thumbnails are set up in a grid as opposed to a long, vertical line. What would be considered the best fix, though, would probably be the Friends list update, which does allow you to pick the background color for your Profile, and that will reflect on your friends’ Friends list. The only thing is, the backgrounds will not be filled in unless you highlight the friend (so you won’t have that wall of gray anymore).
Most of these features were shown off (in a limited fashion) on a previous post by Trev, but now we got to see it in action. As far as a release date goes, nothing was said about when, but there will be more posted updates on the Blog when it does go live, so check back often!