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It was bound to happen, but no one knew when. Sony quietly released firmware version 3.42 tonight, and with it, the ability to block ALL USB-exploited hacks. Since the update is a mandatory one, you MUST have it to retain PSN connectivity and future titles. The blocks had been confirmed by exophase:
We can confirm that all variants of the USB-hub emulating exploit (PSFreedom, PSGroove, PSJailbreak) are no longer functional in firmware 3.42.
I’m glad we’re seeing something come out of this finally. At least they didn’t disable the USB feature . Other than that, there’s no word on any new features.
Speculation is abound for the PlayStation 3 to get Google TV sometime in the future. Google says:
Google TV is a new experience made for television that combines the TV you know and love with the freedom and power of the Internet.
Here’s some of the facts we know:
- Google’s partners in this Google TV venture are Sony, Logitech, Intel, and Dish Network.
- PlayStation has a HDTV/DVR add on unit that can act as a TV tuner and a digital video recorder (utilizing the PS3 hard drive), called PlayTV in Europe and Australia and called the torne in Japan.
- Apple has been all over the media with its Apple TV lately.
- Google TV will be in the upcoming Sony Bravia TVs and in set-top boxes (among other places).
Here’s some rumors we think we know:
- CVG learned new PS3 sku’s where in the works, a low end 250G model and a high end 500G model. The new models will also come with built in 802.11n WiFi for faster wireless internet connectivity.
- Mashable learned “Google TV will eventually integrate with Sony Playstation.” though no source is cited.
As a 30-page strong thread on the official PlayStation forums reveals, folks upgrading their hard drive have been getting a “no applicable data” error after trying to install the update, which has left them with a non-working PS3 and, in some cases, a corrupted original drive. According to CVG, the issue may have something to do with a newly discovered feature of the 3.41 update that allows for more incremental patches, which might also explain why the problem only seems to be affecting PS3s where the firmware is stored in on the hard drive instead of the system’s memory.
Sony is set to release a new firmware update for both the PlayStation 3 and PSP “shortly”. According to Eric Lempel, VP, Network Operations Americas, the upcoming PS3 firmware update 3.41 will add a new PlayStation Store recommendations features for games and videos, while the PSP firmware update will further improve the stability some titles:
See what he said after the jump.
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Alright, so last night, Sony simultaneously released System Software 3.40, as well as the PlayStation Plus service. Some people have jumped on board, some are on the fence about it, and others don’t plan on getting it. Well, I was one of the first. Using the $20 gift card I won, and a credit card, I purchased PlayStation Plus, 15 months for $30 ($50 if you didn’t win one). With a price tag like that, many question whether the value outweighs the price, etc, etc. This is going to vary from person to person, but here’s my take on it.