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PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.10) Update Preview

Hi Guys,

I’m James and I’m really pleased today to finally be able to share with you more information on the Facebook functionality which will soon be available on your PlayStation 3.

Hope you enjoy the video and I’ll speak to you tomorrow morning to feedback on your comments.

- James

Hi everyone, here’s an early peek at PlayStation 3 (PS3) firmware update (v3.10). 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.

This is just the beginning of our integration with Facebook and we are looking forward to adding new features enhancing the experience in future updates.

Additional highlights from update 3.10 include:

  • 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.

I just want to clarify a comment I made to this post yesterday about Cross Game Voice Chat, which seems to have caused some confusion. I can’t confirm if or when Cross Game Voice Chat is coming, but as I said, when I do have some information to share with you, I’ll let you know.

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Robert-Ninja 17 November, 2009 @ 2:17 am   1

Too bad I gave up on social networking years ago when I realised it wasn’t productive to my social life at all.

As for the pictures, I’m happy to see I’ll be able to browse my Hentai easier, now. Cheers.

Yay that’s awesome!

Argh i so nearly got my first first post! :D

Some nice changes anyway, still not so sure about the friends thing but a crazy rainbow is better than ugly grey boxes.

I kind of prefered the consistency that we had to begin with, an option to revert back would be nice.

JonnyTyson 17 November, 2009 @ 2:21 am   4

Now all my Facebook friends will know how much of a gaming nerd I am, hahah. Really nice update though! Would be nicer with new avatars too, hint hint. ;)

Awesome news. Does this mean sites like Raptr.com will be able to track gameplay stats like play time etc now?

I love facebook and this functionality is gonna rock, thanks Sony!

 
VitalogyPJ 17 November, 2009 @ 2:23 am   7

Cool althought I don’t use facebook, twiter, hi5 or anything like that but hey, there’s laways a lot of guys out there using it so, nice update.

 

Nice new functionality, and I’m glad about the colours.

Hopefully though, there is a little more to the update. Cross Game chat, as much as you guys want us to shut up about it, it is still quite simply, one of the most requested features.

Sides that, great :)

Awesome. I constantly use Facebook. Next add an integrated Facebook app that we can also access in game through the XMB, allowing us to chat, post, add photos, videos, etc and the ability to find friends through Facebook with PSN ID’s. In the future maybe add support for recorded in game footage to also be added to Facebook. I know you can access it through the PS3 web browser but its sluggishly slow and painful.

Just watched it properly without rushing to gain 3rd post ¬¬ :)

The friends thing doesn’t look so bad, definatly a big improvement from before!
Nice to see you made them more transparent too.

CaptnSpaulding 17 November, 2009 @ 2:30 am   11

Will it update what game we’re currently playing like on the friends list so that friends can see we’re on a game they would like to join perhaps? Great free advertising for games too!! Would love this feature more than just store purchases updates :)

looks great, can we have something in the music bar like what the photo bar will have????

CaptnSpaulding 17 November, 2009 @ 2:32 am   13

#9, facebook chat would be awesome!!!!

 

I really want all my family and non gamer friends on facebook knowing what i’m doing on my PS3, what a pointless update!

Friends list is good tho..

Also, when can we expect premium avatars? I’m sick of this cow.

Yeah premium avatars please! They’re all kinda a bit bland now.

 

FACEBOOK ,PHOTO IMPROVEMENTS (tet again lmao ,,good to see sony still not bothering their arse to listen to feedback …. in depth profiles , categorised folders for films and music , music visualisation choices , CROSS GAME CHAT . yet lets get facebook in there coz 360 has it . efffin pathetic , they also have CROSS GAME CHAT BTW bt dnt see u bringing that out lol ohh right coz u cant

 
ghamdikh1 17 November, 2009 @ 2:49 am   18

ps3 is the best.

 

Great update! When I first heard the rumours about facebook, I thought it was an app that we could manually do things, and I thought that seemed pointless as I have my computer next to me. But this automated thing is just awesome. I’ll learn to not judge to much by rumors from now on:p I usually sync trophies the second I get a new trophy, but I’ll start doing it after each gamingsession in stead now.

Would love it if you could add a similar thing for Twitter as well.

And thanks for the photo and friendslist update as well.

 
Kanedas_Bike 17 November, 2009 @ 2:49 am   20

All interesting additions. What about giving us the option to remove the XMB if we desire?

 
Ivan_Krazy 17 November, 2009 @ 2:51 am   21

Well Done… I like it :D
Love you Sony.. but there are still so many features missing on the PS3! :(

    James Thorpe 17 November, 2009 @ 9:50 am    

    Thanks Krazy and don’t worry, the guys in Japan are working hard on loads more improvements and as soon as we can get them to you, we will

 
pat_boy2008 17 November, 2009 @ 3:03 am   22

When is this coming? I know you said soon, but I’ve seen some sites say this Thursday. Is that true or did they just make that up?

TOMMO121081 17 November, 2009 @ 3:10 am   23

hate to dis everybody’s hard work but the guy talks about listening to feedback…seriously? did this not gall anybody else? as a community we have left SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much feed back and the areas addressed here are so far down the list of priorities that they’re basically pointless. can i upload photos from my HDD to facebook?
personally i’m never going to update any of the things demoed there, but i’d like to upload my photos to facebook. in fact i’d like to upload photos to other sites as well but the crappy browser won’t let me.
FFS stop trying to wow us with pointless features.

TOMMO121081 17 November, 2009 @ 3:11 am   24

PS. did anybody notice how he went to the demos section on the store? listen to the feedback my A-hole lol

craigiversen 17 November, 2009 @ 3:12 am   25

Looks all good, but a few things that I’d also like.

1. Being able to make video playlists, for music videos.

2. Custom avatars, or at least a wider variety or purchasable ones to choose from.

3. Sony to really stick it to developers on the ridiculously low number of games that they choose to integrate features to. This facebook thing will go nowhere if it’s supported as flimsily as Custom Soundtracks.

4. Being able to exit videos while they are playing, like you used to be able to, so you could choose something else. When I have friends around for drinks and put on music vids, the dead air between songs is pathetic.

 

avatars were a feature for 3.0 . yet 3.10 is just abt out and still no new avatars lmao sony do u relise this makes u look pathetic

Friends list looks good but the Facebook integration? *doh*..

Ah well, I’m sure it’s ok way to waste time when there are no new games, Home is bugging and lot´s of other content don’t arrive in time.

PS: When do you fix the PAIN DL at PSN Store? At the moment it does not include the bowling at all.. Feel kinda ripped of, since the game itself is weak without all the paid add-ons.

 

james . CROSS GAME CHAT WHY DO SONY IGNORE THE MOST REQUESTED FEATURE AS IF U DNT KNW THERES MILLIONS WANTING THIS

PLEASE make this an optional update. Not everybody uses Facebook (I make a point of refusing to go near it), and the other updates are nice to have but not necessary.

If the update adds something that it actually useful for gaming purposes, or core PSN functionality, only then should it be compulsary.

    James Thorpe 17 November, 2009 @ 9:57 am    

    The facebook integration isn’t compulsory nzgeek. As mentioned in the video you have to go into account management and turn the features on for them to work.

 

any1 think he will answer questions abt why features we actually want are always left out lol ………….NO

    James Thorpe 17 November, 2009 @ 10:07 am    

    haha, your right it is a no but not because I don’t want to or we love to keep things from you guys but because the ‘powers that be’ control this information and we just give it to you guys as best we can and as soon as we can. Sorry

CloudStorm87 17 November, 2009 @ 3:44 am   31

Although I will probably not be using the Facebook functionality to post information about my gaming activities to my profile as most of my real life friends aren’t gamers (or at least not as hardcore as me), I still think integration of PSN with social networks is a great idea and a step in the right direction.

Personally I use Twitter to keep in touch with gamers that I know and I think Sony should be integrating PSN with Twitter next as would allow people to have status updates about their gaming activities without annoying their non-gamer friends on Facebook.

CloudStorm87 17 November, 2009 @ 3:44 am   32

I am a little disappointed to not see any photo album integration with Facebook. When I saw the leaked screenshots I though the new look of the photo album were actually albums from Facebook pulled directly into the XMB, which I think would be a really cool feature.

Well I’m glad to hear Mr. Lempel say that this is just the beginning, which gives me hope that more, better features will be added in the near future like the photo album example I mentioned.

That said, I’m still not happy that Sony still hasn’t added cross-gaming chat and a party system to the XMB yet. These are the two most requested features on XMB that I feel still gives XBL the edge. I can only hope I will live to see the day these features become available on the PS3.

edgefusion 17 November, 2009 @ 3:51 am   33

Why do these boxes around our friends list still exist? What is their actual function? They serve no purpose whatsoever other than to make the XMB look uglier. I could understand it if trophy information went in there but it doesn’t, maybe at some point it will but right now it’s just an ugly box and makes me wonder what the hell Sony are doing.

 

Fantastic update. I like it a lot.

My questions are:
-Is there going to be support for Twitter in the near future?
-Are the Facebook updates instant?
-In the video, there is a news feed on the top right corner. Is this also included in the update?

Kind regards,

iorkara.

 
GuttermouthSIN 17 November, 2009 @ 4:22 am   35

Finally, no more fugly grey boxes. Really like what you’ve done to the photo section, too.

 
soopastarr007 17 November, 2009 @ 4:22 am   36

I already have my profile flooded with useless information, the last thing i want is my profile flooded with my geeky gaming habits… (xxxxxx has just purchased flower!) that will go down well with my friends, i think not! I doubt my friends would want to see constant updates about me, every couple of minutes. Plus everytime i use web browser it crashes my system. The ugly boxes still exsist, the colour just makes it stick out more, and photo albums, i don’t know anybody who even bothers to upload pictures to their PS3.

oh yes an update…..woohoo….but oh wait, it has nothing that us gamers requested.

i do believe those ugly boxes around the friends list will be used for something, but if you are not going to use them now, why put them there, put them there when your going to do something with them!

and wheres the avators you said we will be getting 2 months ago?

Alot of people are asking for cross game chat and we need it, but i want in game music!!!

 

This is awesome!

Wyrmchaser 17 November, 2009 @ 5:07 am   39

Awesome update! I look forward to it!

 

damn. i thought you guys were gonna bring us something of value…
pointless update is pointless!

now why would i want to advertise games i’ve purchased on facebook, it seems like every update is about selling games and milking people to the max, let’s add a whole bunch of shortcuts to the PSN store on the XMB, and now let’s use our consumers to advertise our games from PSN on one of the most popular websites in the world, man am i glad this service is free because if i was paying for this service i bet we’d have the things we’ve been asking for 3 years done by now, yeah yeah it’s complicated, what ps3 can’t do complicated? i wish i knew that before i made the purchase, now i understand the 10 year life cycle bit, it’s gonna take that long to get things done

 
oberbapti 17 November, 2009 @ 5:13 am   42

Where are the smaller icons, that were promised?

 
Glitch321 17 November, 2009 @ 5:14 am   43

Why don’t they just give us a better browser? Then we can browse all the social network sites we want.

 
AshKorsair 17 November, 2009 @ 5:38 am   44

it doesnt matter what sony does for firmware update, people will always complain.
its in the nature of the beast.
i couldnt care less about facebook or the waste of technology and total crapfest that is twitter or other ‘social’ networks.
i want to play my music when i am browsing my xmb not only when i am in my music department. fix that sony
as for the friendslist, *shrug* i never had problems with it as most peeps seem to do.

 

@AshKorsair …. when you have started music playing, press PS button. It gets you on to your XMB and music is still playing.
Nice little update, obviously going to have little people complaining because you haven’t given them the world on a stick!
For people like me, with patience, can see things are being improved and can wait (and not sure how many people are waiting for things like avatars … how does that improve gaming etc.)

 
smokeypsd 17 November, 2009 @ 6:15 am   46

great update, a suggestion, it’d be great to be able to use the keyboard peripheral for music playing, so if I push S, it will browse automatically to S. My collection is getting quite large and it’d be great to not have to scroll.

 

ashkorsair – as above u can listen to your music whilst browsing xmb etc 1st play music then hit d ps button butterbing! hope this helps dude – i want ps2 full bc or sell some ps2 ports on store * waits *

 

Hi James,

I’m probably wasting my time, but tell me: Is cross-game voice/partychat coming somewhere soon?

I mean, it’s clear that you’re looking into it because a (misinformed?) Naughty Dog-developer said that it would be available in the NEXT firmware-update, but as we can see it’s STILL not there.

Didn’t the feature make it into 3.10, or did you drop the feature alltogether?

No worries though, we’ve been waiting for three years know. Another three months won’t hurt, I guess =( I would just like some clarification about this.

GER-Cloonix 17 November, 2009 @ 6:41 am   49

Twitter would make more sense for sharing trophy informations.

On Facebook it would be just Spam -.-

So username and password huh? doesnt facebook get logged on with ur email? you should change it before launch before you cause a fare bit of confusion

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