With the new PS3 now available for the masses, Sony had to release the PS3 Firmware 3.0 and as we heard a couple of weeks ago, the update is now available for download. The new software comes packed with lots of interesting new features like What’s New, Status Indicator, and Trophies, but this is not everything.
The truth is that the new PS3 3.0 firmware should be everything PS3 2.0-2.7 wasn’t. Although it is probably loaded with bugs, I recommend all users to install PS3 Firmware 3.0 in order to get a taste of the full PlayStation experience. Also we’re expecting Sony to launch other minor updates consisting of tweaks and bug fixes this fall and you’ll be OK until then.
PS3 Firmware 3.0 features a new Xross Media Bar, and according to Sony the XMB is now “more intuitive”. Other features are “What’s New” which is basically the old “Information Board” and it will allow you to get the latest PlayStation news about games, releases, updates, videos when you start your console. On the What’s New menu you can also view your recently played games.
The next big thing in PS3 3.0 Update is the Status Indicator which can be found in the top right corner. The indicator bar consists of your icon, friends’ icons, and number of online friends, message icon which lets you know if you received a new message, a scrolling ticker which displays the latest PSN news, and if you press the “PS” button then the Battery Life indicator will stop covering the clock.
The latest PS3 firmware also features an improved Friends List. Sony decided to redesign the friends in a more “futuristic” way, and now you can view the messages from each of your PSN friends at each of their respective profile.
Thanks to PS3 Firmware 3.0 users can personalize their PS3 with custom themes and avatars which will be available at the PlayStation Store. There will be free and premium themes which will allow users to put animated objects on their background.
The new PS3 update 3.0 comes with PlayStation Store Shortcuts which can be found under the Game and Videos categories. This new feature will allow users to access the latest games and videos faster.
“Trophies” is now an improved feature and it allows developers to modify the way the trophies are displayed of the add-on content. All add-on trophies will be lists next to the base trophies as a single list is better than several lists. This allows users to see where they stand with ease, and the will see where their game needs to be improved.
PS3 Firmware 3.0 also gives users the possibility to control the video playback meaning that they can fast forward, rewind, and watch in slow motion. Another feature is the simultaneous audio output across connectors which will be found very helpful by most gamers.
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