Feeds

Date set for next major PS3 firmware release

In-game messaging and play trophies due within weeks

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The next major firmware update for the PS3 goes live within two weeks, it's been claimed. The new system software gives gamers access to the much-hyped in-game messaging and video chat facility.

According to a report on Dutch news site PS Only, an anonymous source has confirmed that firmware 2.4 will be made available by Sony on 18 June. In-game chat and video are expected to become accessible through stocky updates to Sony’s XMB interface. But you’ll need additional hardware, such as Sony’s PS3 Eye camera, to make use of video calls.

In March Sony UK executive Ray Maguire said the firmware update would be released this summer, but he never stamped a launch date in concrete. At the time, he said Sony’s “momentum will continue with the introduction of in-game communication in the summer [and] firmware update 2.4”. Understandably, this led most gamers to believe that version 2.4 would introduce both features.

Also rumoured to be included in version 2.4 is a so-called Trophy feature. This is expected to be a rewards system that gives gamers exclusive graphics that they can show off to other gamers, much like the achievements doled out by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

Sony’s official lines of communication are keeping mum about an 18 June launch for the time being.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist
By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.