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PS3 firmware 2.40 to include trophies and in-game XMB

It’s not quite here yet, but finally the word is officially out, the in-game XMB is coming. The new firmware will have version number 2.40 and this means we won’t have to wait until forever until we can use the lovely XMB in-game. However, before 2.40’s release, another firmware, 2.36 will be released first.

Firmware 2.36 will improve system stability when playing Playstation (1,2,3?) titles, which is barely worth mentioning, especially when an awesome update is coming out not much later. At last, we hope it’s not much later as a release date hasn’t been announced yet. Another great feature is the addition of trophies, which will be quite similar to the Xbox 360’s achievements system. This way you can brag to your friends about all the things you have accomplished in your games. More details about the firmware update will be revealed at a later date.


Accessible in-game!

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

This is great news, don’t you guys think? Leave us a message in the comment section.

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41 comments on 'PS3 firmware 2.40 to include trophies and in-game XMB'

Comment by RichSupreme on 2008-06-19 21:54:27

quote me stupid but doesn’t .7, .8 and .9 have to come first?

Comment by Aert on 2008-06-19 22:21:19

Not really, version numbering never makes sense.

Comment by tony on 2008-06-20 09:12:54

‘this means we won’t have to wait until forever until we can use the lovely XMB in-game’ yeah but we will have to wait forever to update it.

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-20 13:31:28

I am interested to see how the Trophies thing will be implemented. Will it have a score system with it (hope not), will we now be able to see all the games our friends have played and what Trophies they have got, will we be able to ‘Compare games’ ala the 360.

Very interested to see how the implement this, just hope the wait isn’t very long, according to various rumor site’s they have a few bugs to iron out and then it’s sorted.

Comment by Aert on 2008-06-20 13:33:47

I think it’ll be quite boring until we get Home :)

Comment by tater on 2008-06-20 14:57:06

Maybe open home beta comes with 2.4?

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-20 16:25:28

Can’t see it but you never know stranger things have happened.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-21 03:10:30

Yet another original Sony idea!

Comment by tony on 2008-06-21 09:53:04

i dont know why people are getting excited about this everyone will stop using it the next day

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-21 11:06:57

Yet another fucking pointless comment from Veritas.

Go troll on another site.

Comment by tony on 2008-06-21 11:18:47

its not pointless it just shows that sony is copying something again

Comment by Me on 2008-06-21 17:32:48

then u and veritas can go over to xboxic and get really excited as u talk bout how much u hate the ps3, piss off fanboy

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-22 03:04:42

In your ever-infinite wisdom, Lotus, you neglected to notice that Sony is ripping off yet another idea from yet another game company.

I have never once written that I hated the Playstation 3. In fact, I have spoken several times in these comment sections about purchasing one in the near future.

Apparently, though, you like to jump at anything you view as an attack against your precious system, so it’s understandable.

I have stated multiple times that I despise Sony for 1.) raping customers up the ass and 2.) constantly stealing ideas from other consoles. Whenever news pops up about something ridiculous that people praise as manna from the Sony gods but is in reality a mediocre update or something they should have done already, I will comment. I do the same on Xboxic (read: RROD, customer service, etc.).

As always, the fanboys are so defensive of their purchase that they’ll scream and slap at anything remotely close to a negative word towards it.

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-22 12:30:56

yeah the ps3 aint got games

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-22 12:49:15

So by your way of thinking then Microsoft copied the Sony Playstation by releasing a console in the first place?!?!?! I mean the Playstation 1 was out ALONG time before Microsoft entered the market, so it must mean by your way of thinking they saw the PS1+2 and thought ‘Yeah lets copy that’

AS for Sony copying Microsoft, of course they bloody are, that is such a obvious statement as to be pointless in saying.

Simple rules of business, you must at least equal you rival or better them, if you can copy them and get away with it then do it.

As for me being a Fanboy, damn right i am, i am a Fanboy of gaming and now i am going to play on my 360 then my PS3 as both consoles have GREAT GAMES on them.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-22 17:29:56

They didn’t copy it, they saw it as an opportunity to make money and decided to get into the market. In that sense, yes, they “copied” Sony. At least when they created the console, though, it was a very different creature. They marketed it on how it was different from other consoles, not the same. What I was referring to is how Sony copies other companies’ ideas almost verbatim. Wii controller comes out with motion control, a month later… hey, the Sixaxis! They don’t just do it with consoles, either.

It’s not that an obvious a statement, considering how blind some people on these websites are to such things. Fanboys in particular. When they do realize they panic and start rambling about how much better Sony’s version will be.

Simple rule of life: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Especially when your copy sucks and won’t exactly make you money. Sony is far from equaling either Microsoft or Nintendo in aspects of their system other than graphics. If they want to come out ahead, then they need to be original, as that is the key to their competitors’ success.

Okay, so you’re not a fanboy. Just a jerk.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-22 17:31:24

If you want an example of why copying ISN’T the way to success, just look at all of the miserable iPod rip-offs that came out after Apple first debuted it. Now where are they? The only companies still making mp3 players are

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-22 17:32:08

*are those emphasizing the differences from the iPod, or how they’ve improved what the iPod already has.

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-22 21:17:11

Totally agree. Although the Ipod isn’t really the best player, it’s the whole infrastructure behind that is what makes it such a success. As i said though you must equal or better your rival.

I personally think the XMB is much better than the 360’s system, i will also say that XboxLive is way better system than the PS3’s, but being £40 a year it bloody should be, having said that though Sony’s online thingamajig has only been up and running for a short time compared to XBL, so there is some catching up to do but understandably so. I think that gap will close considerably over the next 6-9 months, this firmware 2.40 will go some way to closing that gap, then i think Microsoft are going to have to look at there pricing as it will not look good to average consumer’s looking to buy either console if they have to cough up £40 a year when the other is free.

As for who is doing best in this console war, that is mighty big argument best left to the forum’s, i know who my money is on though and there names do not begin with M or N.

Ps. Nice to have a proper discussion with you instead of just slagging matches.

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-22 21:45:15

It is better than the 360s vanilla system, but it’s the same as Windows Media Center. Sony saw that the 360 had WMC functionality and a lightbulb went off. I know WMC on PCs has a web browser, I don’t know about on the 360 (I haven’t looked), but I can guarantee that Media Center will outgun the XMB purely because it was developed by Microsoft to network with Microsoft machines (as opposed to a Sony machine networking with a Microsoft machine). There will be fewer frustrations and the official support will be better, at least. To boot, the 360 doesn’t even need Media Center to access a Windows computer; just enable file sharing with Windows Media Player (which every Windows computer has) or the Zune software, and you don’t have to bother with the annoying “streamlining”.

I also think that Microsoft will keep up with the Playstation updates, being as they don’t have to add many more features, but just improve on the ones they have. Obviously just speculation, though. Other than that Christmas outage, I’ve been completely satisfied with my service. I don’t pay the full price, though, as I’m not home most of the year, so I can’t complain about pricing.

It is nice to have a proper discussion, but as I have said, if you ever read any of my other posts you’d know I do not just flame and troll.

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2008-06-23 10:10:22

Can’t deny that 360 connection with a PC is simple as stealing candy from a baby, were as the PS3’s system is not easy enough by a very long way, as you said though you really would expect Microsoft to know how to connect with there own software, thankfully i don’t use this feature on either console as i have no reason to, still it should be made easier by Sony and they probably know that.

You never know one day these 2 mighty giants will join forces one day and we will get the best of both worlds,a console that does everything you could hope for, then again we might see flying pigs, guess you can keep hoping.

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-23 10:11:47

the ps3 aint got games

Comment by Veritas on 2008-06-25 20:25:40

That would be an amazing thing.

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-21 18:08:54

chadwardenn aint no fanboy the ps3 aint got games

Comment by A on 2008-06-22 06:46:39

My people have told me the release date of firmware 2.40 is the 21st of July.

Comment by Curtis on 2008-06-24 13:45:10

WTF!?! i cant wait that much!!

Comment by Fitze on 2008-06-26 10:18:35

sure i read somewhere the firmware update happens when the E3 show starts on 14th july

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-26 14:37:40

who cares ps3 aint got games

Comment by Fitze on 2008-06-26 17:37:43

its got games just only a few good ones lol

Comment by Nabz on 2008-06-27 20:35:28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_3_System_Software

2.40 is released on july the 2nd ! Yasss

Comment by Fitze on 2008-06-27 20:45:50

awesome cant wait for that, tell u what they should include at some point multiregion dvd playback, which would make the ps3 a complete home entertainment system

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-28 11:59:35

how when the ps3 aint got games

Comment by Fitze on 2008-06-28 12:27:51

lol…. so what u call the likes of cod4, mgs4, or even gta4 , uncharted think i must have missed something if they aint games lmao

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-28 16:53:39

have you seen the ps1 i dont want a ps3 to watch HD gayporn

Comment by issac on 2008-06-28 19:05:24

@ chadwardenn

wtf wrong with you? all the games that u play on ps1 ar gonna hav sequels to them on ps3 like mgs 4 and of course the ps3 has games and lots of new ones two like uncharted,heavenly sword,resistance,grand turismo 5 prologue,folklore and lair and also future titles killzone 2,white night chronicles,siren blood curse,resistance 2,final fantasy 13,final fantasy versus 13,little big planet and grand turismo 5 that ar all exclusive to the ps3 unlike the 360 whereas all the exclusives they have land up on the PC and on the ps3 like bioshock and lost planet,so dont you ever dare say the ps3 aint got no games,faget!

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-28 19:22:32

360 games follow a strict policy where they must be ABAP, As Balla As Possible, on ps3 all you do is play as some bitch ass pussy ass nigga who runs around crying all the time

Comment by Fitze on 2008-06-28 21:25:39

great all we need is racist comments on here , cheers chdardenn u well and truly lowered the tone

Comment by chadwardenn on 2008-06-29 08:47:37

chadwardenn is black so chadwardenn aint no racist chadwardenn is all out the games

Comment by TJ on 2008-06-29 02:25:52

Can we play music while playing games.

Comment by majin on 2008-07-01 21:35:39

i owned a ps3 and a 360 i had soooo much trouble wif the 360 kickin me out of games wen im playin games that stop workin afta a day then i got ps3 it was gud but it dont have ne decent games out at the mo so i sold them both got a nintendo wii best console i owned owta the 3 of them i can buy old skool sega games and nintendo games at the wii store my ps3 and 360 were just expensive paper weights

Comment by NATOR on 2008-07-03 16:15:03

“chadwardenn is black so chadwardenn aint no racist “

fyi, you can be black and racist.

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