Sony confirms major PS3 firmware update features
Version 2.40 to add in-game XMB
It’s been rumoured that Sony’s set to overhaul the PlayStation 3 with a grand-scale firmware release in the near future, and now the electronics giant has gone on record and confirmed the juicy features gamers can expect.
Eric Lempel, director of PlayStation network operations, recently wrote on the PS3 official blog that version 2.40 will include “XMB access in-game”. This will allow gamers to access the console’s system menu without quitting the current game, which is a big plus if you’re playing a title that takes a lifetime to load, such as Grand Theft Auto IV.
Lempel also confirmed that the update will add a “trophies” feature to the PS3. These are expected to give gamers exclusive graphics that they can show off to other gamers. Think Xbox 360-esque unlocks, essentially.
Unfortunately, the Sony exec didn’t state when the firmware version will arrive, but at least we now know it’s coming.
Prior to version 2.40’s release will be the arrival of version 2.36. Don’t get too excited though, because it’s only really designed to improve “system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles”.
BR / DVD speed.
Right, I think the xbot wins this one. 12x DVD drive is faster SOMETIMES :(
DVD runs faster on the edge of the disk , and slower in center.
BR - runs the SAME speed all the way through (CLV).
But remember , there is only going to be a couple of gig that runs faster than 50g of BR.
Horses for courses.....
Being a mature gamer, I prefer the PS3 as it looks cool in my louge, goes well with my shiny black LCD & black Cinema system and as an added plus, i can hear the TV as it's quieter and finally, it's Japaneese and not american so it's NOT a Tastless looking Jug Kettle.
The 360 has more great games but less great gamers.
Liam Said 'yes - now all it needs to do is have shite controllers, no HD player support and crash all the time and its the same as a 360!'
Shite controllers lol you gotta be kidding :-)
- For a start the analogue sticks arent overly sensetive and poorly positioned on the 360
- The weight of the controller is far too light on the PS3 and the build quality is cheap
- The triggers were added as a afterthought on the PS3
- The ergonomics of the controller are terrible on the PS3