Date set for next major PS3 firmware release
In-game messaging and play trophies due within weeks
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.
@"Not enough good games for PS3"
Er...2007 called and wants its opinions back.
Well yeah, but then someone mentioned "PS3 firmware update" and I just got this massive chubby cause my 360 is better....
Oh wait, I thought my PS3 was better because it hasn't blown up.
No, no, my Wii was better cause my mom likes it.
Sorry I was wrong, my PC is better cause the volume goes up to 11 and it can make cups of tea (if the drivers worked properly for the kettle).
I'm confused now. There was me thinking I was meant to be enjoying all the machines when in actual fact they are just about another excuse to brawl and fight about something else. I apologise people for being so wrong...
Yeah yours is bigger Rolf. Must be all that firmware......!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - thanks for that, how appropriate.
But seriously though, mine's bigger than yours.