Archive for category Firmware Updates
A California judge dismissed all but one claim in the lawsuit against Sony for removing the other OS functionality the examiner claims. The one left is a possible violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act which states it is unlawful for any entity to execute unauthorized modifications on any computer system.
The plaintiffs have 20 days to amend their claims and refile their complaint.
With only one charge looming for Sony, the Judge had this to say.
“Plaintiffs must therefore either allege that Sony made some express representations as to the continued availability of that feature, or they will have to show both that there were implied representations as to continued availability and that an express warranty claim may legally proceed even where it is based in part on such implied representations.,” said Seeborg.
Finally! Strong rumours are circulating that a cloud storage facility is going to be arriving on the PS3 with F3.60. However, as premiersoupir has already reported, it looks like this feature is going to be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers only.
We all know about the benefits provided by PlayStation Plus; with it costing around £40 GBP a year, you have benefits such as automated overnight game patching/firmware updates, £200 GBP worth of games every year – with a few more bells and whistles added on (i.e. early beta access for certain games).
For me, the Save Game Cloud is going to be an important feature, however – even though I stressed in a previous article that I would be happy to pay a premium for a ‘Save Game’ Cloud in order to protect my game saves, I’m not too sure I may take advantage – even though it’s less than £1 GBP per week for PS+. I currently do not subscribe to PlayStation Plus. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t appealed to me – yet. I don’t mind doing manual updates for games and firmware, and even though you are given lots of free games, etc, you don’t get to keep them after your subscription finishes – that’s quite a bummer.
Regarding my comment above about not being sure about taking advantage of PS+ due to the introduction of a Save Game Cloud, it’s not that I don’t want to pay the money – it’s more to do with the ongoing commitment of paying the premium each year – for my game saves.
If you decided not to continue with your subscription after the current one expired, what happens to your save games stored in the cloud? For some reason, I feel this feature should be sold as a separate service and not be tagged onto the end of PlayStation Plus. I may be wrong.
Are you going to subscribe to PlayStation Plus just because this feature is being introduced? Share your thoughts with me in the comments box below.
Kotaku reports that with official firmware v.3.60, Sony will enable online storage of game saves. (Finally an OFW update that provides a new feature set!) This frees up hard drive space, of course (though not much in principle), but the more exciting ramification of this is that one will be able to download one’s game saves to other consoles or even to the same console in case of hard drive failure.
Two caveats: This service will only be available to PS+ members, and Sony will allow game developers to opt out of the cloud system for their titles. I wonder how this feature will treat games with locked game saves. Will they be grandfathered in to the pool of those who opt out?
Remember how we reported that Portal 2 will make the innovative step of allowing mods built on the PC to be imported to the PS3 and 360 versions of the game? Perhaps inspired by this idea, independent developers have created a jailbreak/custom firmware application that allows one to import Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3 mods from the PC to the PS3. This is important news, as mods are one of the main reasons that people buy titles on the PC in preference to a console. Also, this is one of the first exciting applications to come out of the CFW world, which has hitherto been devoted to giddy “Hello, world” apps; ports of emulators for older consoles; and, of course, game backups (which may permit illegal copying and distribution of software). Check out the video demonstration [edit: video removed] of Oblivion mod loading or read the news item. Note: PS3Blog.net does not recommend use of CFW: Not only is it a violation of the PS3 EULA, but CFW users face possible banning measures by Sony, as we recently reported.
Sony released a mandatory firmware update (v3.56) late on Jan 26, 2011. The official description of the patch is typically coy: “A new PS3 system software update, v3.56, will be released soon. This is a minor update that adds a security patch.” The hacking community so far suggests that the patch blocks certain homebrew applications (but not others, such as many emulators), and it prevents easy firmware downgrading methods. Thus it effectively blocks people with hacked boxes from going online, as this would require updating to the latest firmware. It doesn’t sound like anyone believes that this update will stymie hackers for long.