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…And the PSP will be getting system update v6.3, to add PS+ compatibility to that as well. Here’s the list of some of the changes:

  • PlayStation Plus: PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership to PlayStation Plus; a new subscription service on the PlayStation Network that provides you with new options to expand and enhance your gaming experience and enable you to gain an exclusive set of features and content. Friendly reminder, all of you PlayStation Network users will continue to have free access to PlayStation Network’s unmatched and expanding suite of new and exclusive features while PlayStation Plus subscribers will gain access to an exclusive and expanding set of gaming features, content and functionality.
  • Photo Gallery: A new network based photo sharing feature is now available on the Photo Gallery. The enhancement allows you to upload, browse and comment on photos on Facebook and Picasa Web Album. You can also opt to share your photos between your PlayStation Network friends as well as print photos from Photo Gallery.
  • Video Editor & Uploader: Video Editor and Uploader is a new function found on the XrossMediaBar (XMB), which enables you to edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3 system to sites such as Facebook or YouTube.
  • Five Star Rating Support: Users can rate the PlayStation Store content they have purchased with one to five star ratings.
  • Power Save Settings: The default setting for PS3 System Auto-Off will be set at 2 hours, providing you with additional power save options and further improving power save features on the PS3 system.

Now, there are a couple really cool features there. The photo sharing will be nice, but the Video Editor? Are you kidding me? This is going to open up a lot of doors for cool stuff, especially since you can upload directly to YouTube from the XMB! And one thing taken from Live, the ability to rate things on a 5 star scale in the store. Something I thought was a nice touch on Live.

The Facebook integration has also been updated quite a bit, with a new PlayStation application. Here’s what they posted on the Official Blog:

The application allows you to display your PlayStation Network profile on your Facebook account, find out which of your Facebook friends have a PSN account and send them a PlayStation Network friend request, view your PSN friends’ online status and add the PlayStation Network application tab to your Facebook user profile.

This is a really cool feature if you use Facebook a lot like I do. Compared to the past few system updates, this one actually has a lot more going for it. I wonder how many hidden updates there will be?


  • Wow some unexpected features. Video editor? That’s cool. I really like the photo gallery options too.
    But you know people will still say where’s my cross game chat.

  • Jay

    yeah, that’s already started on the official blog lol. Freakin crybabies they are. Personally, I think the features are pretty cool!

  • Luke

    Hopefully Facebook will work better, I know when they added the feature when I tried to make a comment it would crap out on me.

  • Andy

    These new features (not including PSN+) seem pretty useless to me. None of them have been voted for on the Playstation Share website, things like Skype for the PS3 would be far more news worthy than simple Facebook features and a Video editor (why do I need that??).

    PS: I don’t want cross game chat.

  • Where’s XGC? 🙂

    Just kidding, this update seems like a big milestone, it should be called 4.0.

  • Jay

    @Andy: keep in mind that firmwares usually take months to get through all the testing and everything (to make sure they won’t brick your system, etc) and some features take a little longer to implement than others. Not to mention, the Share site hasn’t been around THAT long to get that many features implemented, as they need the time and resources to get R&D to complete them. For all we know, the features, including PS+, have probably been in the R&D department for over a year

    As far as XGC goes, that’s probably due to licensing more than it would hardware, thanks to M$ :P.

  • The five-star rating is a great idea !!

  • XGC not a priority, mandatory multiple login support for local multiplayer should be immediately instated! I want it yesterday 😛

  • I was also very suprised and impressed with this update. It seems like they are always improving the photo gallery features and the improvements just keep getting better each time. I really don’t know much about ther Video Editor and Uploader but I can’t wait to check it out.
    Last but not least the unexpected facebook support was a nice addition to an already excellent system update. I know that every morning after a long night of gaming, I can’ wait to see my trophies on my wall. I’m not entirely sure why, its not really that big of a deal but I have to check it. So I’m really going to enjoy all the new features.
    Only time will tell how well they implement the Playstation Plus features but so far I’m satified and extremely excited to see whats to come. I did notice that the free Qore episodes were nowhere to be found. I’m hoping that maybe I just missed them somehow or its coming a little later.
    Keep up the good work Sony.

  • Jay

    well, Qore is like a magazine subscription. When you get a new one, the magazines before you subscribed aren’t sent to you, so that means the free Qore should start on the next issue

  • Sinlock

    Might be new or not.
    But I noticed on the friends list it now shows the trophy level that that person has reached at the far right side of the I’d tag.
    I don’t think that was there before.

  • Wow! That’s a big update. I like the photo gallery upgrade and five star rating the most. Who wants to see pictures of my cat? lol.

  • @Fleakitten Hope it’s better than Jay’s doggie dog.. 😉

    (I know, I know, that the pic is from the official blog, but I couldn’t resist…)

    One thing, though, I’d like to see the photo/video editor capturing in-game stuff. As far as I know, you’ll still have to upload a photo/video to your PS3 before editing it…

  • Jay

    speaking of dogs, I was going to come on here and make my user name Tickpuppy, but I felt it would conflict with Fleakitten

    lol, j/k

    also, in the photo gallery, if you have your PS3 set up to work with Facebook, you can now look at your FB pic in the gallery, as well as those of your friends

  • EdEN

    PS+ launches today… and it’s very weird that the firmware update wasn’t pushed last week or at least yesterday. Way to sell people on a new service: Thank you for your interest, but you must first update your systems firmware. Oh, the firmware will be available soon!

  • Jay

    update went up last night…

  • Jay

    PS+ went on at the same time, too, but yeah, it was all last night probably around 7PM PST

  • Bah, you can only edit videos dated after you upgraded, lol.

  • Who has used the Video Editing? It looks like its pretty basic? How well does it work?

  • Jay

    ill try it out in a bit. Going to do as much as I can so when I write a more in-depth look at the service, and the update, I can cover as much as I can.

  • EdEN

    @Jay: The update somehow wasn’t available for me either on monday or tuesday morning. Ended updating yesterday after the store update. Maybe the servers glitched?