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PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.00) Update

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, the Official U.S. PlayStation Blog has revealed some new features that will be included in the PS3’s next firmware update.  This includes:

  • “What’s New” – The “Information Board” will be replaced with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to enjoy interactive PlayStation news every time you start the PS3 system. Located under the PlayStation Network icon, “What’s New” displays the latest and greatest game, video, PlayStation Network and PlayStation news and releases, as well as your recently played games, in a sleek, new animated format.
  • Status Indicator – In the top right corner we’ve added an indicator bar, which displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages. The indicator also includes a scrolling ticker that features the latest news from PlayStation Network. In addition, when you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.
  • Friends List – Now your PlayStation Network friends will appear in a slightly redesigned format on your Friends List. Also, messages will now be viewable from each of your friends’ respective profiles.
  • PlayStation Store Shortcuts – We’ve added a handy shortcut icon to the PlayStation Store under both the Game and Video categories so you can access the latest content quickly and easily.
  • Personalization – Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.
  • Trophies – Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games.

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Categories: Firmware, PS3

PS3 Slim and Price Cut Confirmed!

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

All of the rumors that have been floating around were true.  At Sony’s Press Conference at the GamesCom Convention today, Kaz Harai officially announced that PS3 Slim will be available on September 1st worldwide.  “The PS3 Slim is 32 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and has 34 percent less power consumption than the current model.”  It will come with a 120 GB hard drive and will have a retail price of $299 in North America, 299 Euros in Europe, and 29, 980 Yen in Japan.  The current 80 GB PS3 will be discounted to $299 starting tomorrow.

You can read live blogs of the event on Gamespot and IGN.  You can watch a video about it on the PlayStation Blog.

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Categories: GamesCom, PS3

Blog Update – August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

For this week’s blog update, a bunch of new website links have been added to the right side panel.  More links will be added in the future.

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Categories: Blog, Update
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