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Firmware 2.17 For PS3 Available Now

During the early days of the PS3's lifespan, owners found themselves downloading firmware updates on a relatively frequent basis. There would be stretches where we'd see several per month, but recently, the updates have trailed off. Sony said we'd be seeing this as time went on; our last update was around Christmas of last year.

However, firmware update 2.17 is now available to all PS3 owners, and you will be asked to download it today. There was much speculation as to what this update altered or enhanced, but Sony has stepped forward on their US blog to clear the air. Evidently, 2.17 simply improves the "operating stability of some online PS3 titles." The Network is typically quite reliable, but it could always use a stability patch for certain games, like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, for example. Beyond that, it doesn't seem as if the update fixes or addresses anything else, so this one seems geared entirely towards the online functionality of the system. Hence, if you've experienced lag or dropouts in your favorite online title, download 2.17 and see if that makes a difference.

The bigger news surrounds upcoming firmware updates for the PSP - Sony is really ramping things up with their handheld - but whenever the PS3 receives an update, we'll be sure to let you know. This one isn't that exciting, but it's certainly worth mentioning.

3/13/2008 Ben Dutka

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danr
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 10:34:45 AM
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I downloaded it this morning, but cant seem to see any difference. As it was downloading, I was hoping that it had home with it or sumthin, but no, it didn't :(

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rzmatic
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 10:46:36 AM
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I have a feeling the web browser was updated too. I've noticed some slight changes. The pages do seem to render quicker and the problem wherein your cursor can become "stuck" in a flash movie seems to have been fixed.

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bamf
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 3:25:51 PM
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Sometimes you find small little features in these updates that Sony don't list. but why doesn't sony tell us everything about the update, why do we only know about them when we accidently come across it or read about it on the net?

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Reccaman18
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 5:41:26 PM

I would guess either they forgot, or it wasn't that big of a deal to announce a slight enhancement to something that could have been left the same.

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Paradeath
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 6:15:45 PM
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I just bought my PS3 yesterday along with a 24" hdmi lcd. I hooked it up and set up my account on the PS3 network and I think it downloaded the new firmware.

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Reccaman18
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 6:36:18 PM

congrats on getting the PS3! How do you like it so far? I have an HD tv, too. Mine is a 40 in LCD Sony Bravia. Its freaking sweet! What brand is your TV?

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K Phantom
Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 10:00:58 PM
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Aaaah, better than the PSP firmware, they're coming out every two hours or something!

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Paradeath
Saturday, March 15, 2008 @ 5:49:16 AM
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Reccaman18

When I seen the movie No Country for Old Men on Blu-Ray I was blown away how good it looked on the the PS3. =)

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