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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!

  • Yay about the new friendlist changes. Meh about facebook. I saw on the news that facebook users are down.

  • JimmyMagnum

    yeah facebook isn’t that big of a draw for me either. Friends list and Photo changes are def. nice, though. I wonder if any other features are planned as well.

  • Angus-MacGyver-

    Facebook? I bought a PS3 to entertain me, not connect me with strangefolk on a website.

  • I don’t care about Facebook integration, cool idea though.

    I do like the changes to the photo part of the XMB and the friends list. Going to be weird having a rainbow friends list.

    Oh, nice to hear they have improved the web browser a little bit. Still waiting for Firefox, Chrome or Opera to arrive on the XMB though.

  • JimmyMagnum

    well, you wont really see it as a rainbow since the color doesnt come up until you highlight a friend lol

  • Ya, I know 😛

  • Kuba

    Most of my friends are on Facebook, It would be a great feature I could potentiality play with some old friends of mine. Great addition I have been waiting for this for a long time. I guess you guys are hardcore gamers and all your friends are on PSN.

  • Eddie

    I like the facebook features myself.

  • Blackstaffer

    Don’t care about the FB myself, but a friend thought he’d use it. As to the XMB, I’m really glad they fixed that.

  • Fatalveli

    Dont have facebook so dont need this feature, as for the friends list just get rid of the boxes completely and give us better avatars.

  • yodaddy

    the facebook thing could be fun. Think about all those cell phone users getting updates about YOU kicking some games @$$! This could be a good thing!

  • Trieloth

    The facebook stuff is garbage. Picture stuff is better. The simplafied border around the avatars is retarded. For **** sake give us new Avatars already.

  • JimmyMagnum

    @Kuba: most of my friends have Facebook as well, but most aren’t gamers, and the ones that are usually only have a 360 lol.

    I might enable at least one of the facebook features, but it’s definitely not “omgz pwnz0rz gotta use it”.

    IMHO, I never really did notice any problems with the friends list before. The only people who should be complaining about it are those who use the friends list more than they play games 😛