Posts Tagged Firmware
According to GI.biz, Sony has began barring counterfeit and unlicensed peripherals and USB accessories (adapters and flash drives) through the recently released firmware 3.50. Sony says:
SCEA advises consumers to be cautious when buying PlayStation 3 Wireless Controllers from uncertain sources as the quality, reliability and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain, and in some cases, may be dangerous.
It is possible that some counterfeit product may ignite or explode, resulting in injury or damage to the user, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, or other property.
Moreover, SCEA does not support continued functionality of counterfeit or unlicensed controllers in system software updates and these devices may cease to function in the future because of system software updates.
Imagine a controller blowing up in your hands for a second 😆 . Anyway, it is believed that there’s a “white list” of accessories that the system now accepts, but there have also been some reports of a few licensed third party accessories that are having issues with the PS3 reading them. This has happened last year as well, with the white counterfeit controllers like in the video.
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 :P. 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.