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Sony Talks PS3 Video Store & Firmware 3.0, PSPgo 'Minis'


Sony Talks PS3 Video Store & Firmware 3.0, PSPgo 'Minis'

You'll probably not notice it in the inevitable imminent (over-)hyping, but announcing the PlayStation 3 Slim wasn't all Sony did on stage at Gamescom. Far from it, also mentioned were Firmware 3.0 for the PlayStation, ‘Minis' for the PSPgo, PlayStation Network cards, PlayStation Video Store, and a digital comic reader for the PSPgo.

Keeping it simple, here's what's worth talking about, by my reckoning at least.

PlayStation Network Cards

Simple name, simple explanation. Addressing what I expect were a large number of complaints that buying anything from the PlayStation Store requires using a card Sony is launching PSN Cards, in £20 and £50 denominations, which should pop up for sale at the usual retail locations soon enough. Once again kudos to Sony for using real monetary values, not random points - yes, that is a direct dig a Microsoft and Nintendo and yes they deserve it.

Firmware 3.0

I've long maintained that the XMB is a brilliant interface (and much better than the Xbox 360's) and Firmware 3.0 looks to be adding a fair bit of polish - no doubt ready to impress a new wave of PlayStation 3 owners come the launch of the Slim.

The main addition is called the "What's New" area, which will be what pops up on turning on your PS3. Here will sit both links to your latest played games as well as news about the latest going in the land of PlayStation, with links to the PlayStation Store and partner websites.

The ticker is being replaced with the Status Indicator which, while still showing the same RSS-gleaned news as the ticker, will also show information such as unread messages, how many friends are online. Friends lists are being tweaked too, with messages readable from friends' icons - at last!

Less amazingly, but still good both the Video and Games are getting Store links, with ‘hot' items highlighted with direct links, saving trawling thorough menus if you're into that sort of thing.

And last but not least, personalisation is being improved upon with a lot more avatars promised (some paid-for, some free) as well as dynamic themes being added, bringing animated backgrounds to the XMB. The latter look particularly cool but I imagine you'll need to check out the demo video at the PlayStation Blog to really ‘get' it.


August 19, 2009, 4:36 am

Um, "at least 24hours"? Surely that should be "at least 3 days" or are they living in another world? Seems a bit off to me.

Also, without dragging this into a console war, what do you have against Nintendo?

PSPGo 'Minis' to combat the popularity of iPod/iPhone? It seems you dismissed outright another digital games delivery system called DSiWare. Ring a bell? More recently, the offerings on there have been utterly brilliant.

Heck, the DSi is worth buying just for KuBos!

Ok, ok, I said I wouldn't start a war... anyway, you left a bit out, so that's it said.

Did they settle the UK price for a PSPGo once and for all?


August 19, 2009, 5:01 am


because them and microsoft use the stupid points system to purchase things as the article states.


August 19, 2009, 1:33 pm

What? No toasted cheese sandwiches? Damn...

These "fiend lists" also sound interesting. I could use one of those given the number of enemies I seem to make online (read: 12 year old kids that accuse you of "hax", whatever one of those is).

Hamish Campbell

August 19, 2009, 2:07 pm

What does 'into Europe' mean? I'm used to only a few countries at a time so I'm a bit skeptical that all, or even most, of Europe is included...


August 19, 2009, 3:18 pm

@drdark - it says 24 hours after it's started, which presumably means after you start watching the download. Doesn't seem unreasonable to me - I (and I presume most people) tend to watch a film at one sitting, maybe pausing it for 5 minutes here and there. 24 hours is more than enough for this.

If it is 24 hours from the time you start downloading, then yes that would be unreasonable.

Eagerly awaiting costings for this. If it is at all price competitive with Blockbuster / Sky Box Office (say £3 - £4 for HD) and downloads are reasonably quick, I can see this taking off in a big way. Let's just hope the quality is decent and they don't put a ridiculous premium on HD over SD.


August 19, 2009, 8:35 pm

What I want is for my ripped MP3 files on my PS3 hdd to not appear as a totally unstructured list of garbage in the XMB. Maybe Sony could implement something radical like, say, folders.

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