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Firmware 2.40 Officially Detailed!

No more rumors. No more speculation. No more he-said, she-said. This is the real deal; we’ve received the official press release from Sony regarding the upcoming firmware update 2.40 for the PlayStation 3, and it’s everything you expected and then some.

The first big addition is, of course, the addition of the in-game XMB, which will allow us to communicate with our friends and utilize many other features while playing. To add to this is the other expected feature: Trophy support, which, similar to the Xbox 360’s Achievements, will let users “compare our skills to other members of the community.” PS3 owners have been waiting for an update of this magnitude and it’s finally on the way-

“Today's PLAYSTATION 3 experience has evolved significantly from what we debuted at launch, and the 2.40 firmware update will drive the PS3 community experience forward at a time when the platform's momentum is stronger than ever, with the launches of several recent blockbuster titles and other exclusive content on the way,” said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing and PLAYSTATION Network, SCEA. “We listen closely to our community, and we're proud to deliver new features that have been among the most requested -- XMB access in-game and Trophies. These features provide new ways for the PS3 community to easily connect, communicate and share gaming experiences with one another in and out of games.”

By pushing the PS button on your controller, you will be able to interrupt the game and choose from a variety of XMB features. You can message friends and check their online status, sign in to the Network, manage Store downloads, quit a game, and access options within the Settings category. The in-game XMB will work with “most existing PS3 games” and depending on the title, hitting the PS button will either pause the game or allow the gameplay to continue in the background. Oh, and we know you’re wondering about music…yeah, it’s here; you can select music stored on your PS3 hard drive, and then access a control panel via the XMB that lets you pause, stop, repeat the track, select a different track, or shuffle. Firmware 2.40 further gives developers the opportunity to create games that will allow for personalized soundtracks, and you can expect a list of titles that will support that ability soon.

Lastly, you will be able to search via Google on the new XMB without first having to open the Internet browser; the PSP just added this ability a few weeks ago. Trophies need little in the way of explanation, but we can tell you they will be viewable in the XMB’s Game category under a nifty new Trophy Collection icon. Your acquired Trophies will also be presented for the world to see in your personal profile (if you so desire), which is another great new feature: the profile is a “virtual representation of PS3 users,” and you can personalize and customize to your heart’s content. Users will be ranked accordingly by a “Level-basis” depending on the color Trophies they have received: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze. You’ll even be able to track how far along you are to the next level; kinda like tracking EXP in a RPG. The very first game to make use of the Trophies will be Super Stardust HD, but of course, there will be many more to follow. Here are the confirmed first-party titles:

  • Buzz! Quiz TV
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
  • NBA 09
  • PAIN
  • PixelJunk Eden
  • Resistance 2
  • SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation
  • Warhawk

Next up, third-party games that support Trophies, and we know they’re coming. One final detail- the Trophies are not retroactive; you will not be awarded Trophies for achievements made prior to downloading firmware update 2.40. All that starts upon the arrival of the update to your system…which, by the way, will be on July 2. As many rumors have stated, firmware 2.40 will become available for download on that day (it’s Wednesday, folks), so get ready! If you like, there is the official video walkthrough over at the PlayStation blog; it’s enough to make you salivate. Like, literally.

6/30/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (45 posts)

Schmitty
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 12:35:02 PM
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OMG finally i am so excited i dont know if i can wait till wednesday though.

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OhYessss
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 12:43:41 PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOO YEAH!

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Cavan
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 1:09:28 PM
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very happy, tho dissapointed with the no cross game voice chat, tho still a huge huge step in the right direction, and maybe we'l get that last feature one day.

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 5:27:27 PM

I'm thinking it'll be added in the future...i mean look how far we've come so far...its been what? only a year? I can't imagine all the other firmwares can do...hell I'll probably be able to control YOUR controller via MY ps3...or something really crazy...best example I got sorry :-P

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MirrorSoul
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 1:12:02 PM
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Fu** Yea......Sry im jus so happy lol

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 6/30/2008 3:54:48 PM

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zbug06
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 1:26:20 PM
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are the xbox 360 achiements for gta 4 gonna be the same or even be offered for PS3 ?

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Kiengo
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 2:01:10 PM
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The only thing that bugs me is the 'ex post facto' trophies. So I'll have to do everything over, but still, AMAZING, and I can't wait!

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ThePoetRazel
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 2:02:26 PM
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Am i excited? Oh yes. Oh yes. Oh yes.

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Deleted User
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 3:10:30 PM
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Oh wow. ITS AN UPDATE. I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MY WHOLE LIFE. I'm GOING TO MASTURBATE TO PICTURES OF 2.40 TONIGHT!

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 4:16:15 PM

same here! lol

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 5:25:09 PM

ewww dude lol...its a joyous day for us all...but daaamn...i hope none of your friends have to play with YOUR controllers. Atleast now they know to ALWAYS bring their own ;-P

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 4:14:38 AM

sarcasm perhaps? Am i the only one to catch on to matrix poking fun at the majority of us crapping our pants over an update?

All that said, im stoked

Last edited by aaronisbla on 7/1/2008 4:20:51 AM

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eba101
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 3:27:14 PM
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voice chat would be nice...but this is a small step for sony onew huge step for s gamers lol hope they have a patch for mgs4 trophies if its possible

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Vysey
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 4:57:12 PM

totally agree!

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Daedusian
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 3:40:20 PM
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Are you friggin kiddin me... Wednesday, that's insane! I thought for sure it would be delayed until like August or something ridiculous! Give me a second, let me catch my breath...

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coolistic
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 3:53:24 PM
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This is the most exciting update on the PS3 since it launched!

I can't wait! Droool!

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 4:17:57 PM
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I really did salivate over the the walkthrough video, seriously.

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Vysey
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 4:56:07 PM
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that's awesome!! 2 days away woo! Can't wait! :D

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 5:23:57 PM
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@ Tatsujin, I know you haven't commented yet...but THANK FRIGGEN GOD ITS "OFFICIAL" LMAO!!!

Last edited by Minishmaru on 6/30/2008 5:24:18 PM

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 5:30:59 PM
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Hey Ben! I just had a question...I know you guys credit Kotaku sometimes for articles and what not...but they seem to be pretty anti-sony in my opinion. Like I went over there just to see if there was some info noone else mentioned...but I saw a little tiny entry for the 2.40...WTF?!? Thats like the biggest news for PS3 owners! And they got a little bloglet...entry-ite, etc etc. Whats up with that? Thanks and keep up the great work :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:00:05 PM

They've been anti-Sony since the PS3 came out. They can try to deny it, but just about any avid reader of game news is WELL aware of that fact. Just keep it here; we'll give you all the news, good and bad. :)

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 7:43:49 PM

I KNEW IT!!! Ok Kotaku is OFFICIALLY out of my top list of sites I visit DAILY! And I MEAN DAILY! My usual order is the official PS blog of course, then PSXEXTREME! and then PS3fanboy/PSPfanboy :) Any others I might be interested in checking out?

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LegioN
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 5:40:41 PM
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I'm so excited i peed a little :o Wearing a diaper for the day it actually comes out.

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Minishmaru
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 7:44:47 PM

Incontinent much? :-P

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jerocarson
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:06:46 PM
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bring it on!
sony take control'
rule ur world!

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fatchad420
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:14:34 PM
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woot


On another note, I like how more and more people are taking part in commenting on the site. It seems to get more and more popular by the day.

Last edited by fatchad420 on 6/30/2008 6:15:44 PM

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OtisFeelgood
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:40:24 PM

Agreed.

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 11:22:15 PM

Fatchad I hate your avatar, the old one was better and now the new one you just put is kinda gay, so can you change it back? thanks

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 4:19:23 AM

does seem to be a bit packed in here doesn't it? i mainly visit here for my ps3 news since its a nice site, with some truthiness ( yea ). No sugar coating, if something sucks ass and its by sony, they will let you know.

I always find it funny when kotaku tries to deny the claims, the coverage of MGS4 up until released stemmed a lot of "oMg bring it to the 360 nao"

Its still a good read from time to time though...

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Jed
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:22:36 PM
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oh my god only 29 hours and 38 minutes left

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Jed
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:23:07 PM
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oh my god only 29 hours and 37 minutes left

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Qubex
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 6:29:41 PM
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lol... I am on the toilet at the moment, but still excited nonetheless :)

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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AscientDire
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 7:08:01 PM
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Not only is 2.40 coming with in-game XMB and trophies, but it's coming on Wednesday...Oh and for MatrixKurt...be sure to clean up afterwards!!!

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Qubex
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 7:20:46 PM

lol...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 6/30/2008 7:20:59 PM

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caliblue15
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 7:45:45 PM
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July 2nd, I'm very excited, and I told you so.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 4:21:57 AM

yea, you did call that right.

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Mista
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 8:06:56 PM
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Just got home from work, and check my RSS feeds and saw the news. I haven't posted in awhile (just trolling everyday) but this news was to good not to say something! Now hurry up and get Home out by this year and this really will be the year of PS3...

looking at mt acct I have just enough money still on there to buy Stardust HD, love the demo now I have a reason to buy the full game. Let the Trophy Whoring begin!

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Xanavi23
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 8:13:03 PM
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This is awesome...i cant wait. PS3 is getting so damn good right now...and this is really only the start.

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ray taylor
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 8:18:59 PM
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Can't wait. I have been looking for this update for a while now. COD4 with some hard rock in the background = more kills/more fun.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 9:39:26 PM
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Thanks guys. More and more people are starting to figure it out: PSX Extreme is the best site on the 'Net for all your PlayStation needs. We appreciate all the comments and oh yeah, we're always accessible!

Talk at me or Arnold any time you want; we don't just SAY we value our readers, we actually DO. :)

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LegioN
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 6:22:52 AM

Ben you're right, there's a different connection that you guys have compared to the other websites, you actually intergrate with the community and i commend you for that my friend. We need to get your name out there!!! Time to create some PSX signatures i say..

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 9:18:47 AM

legioN is right Ben.

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OhYessss
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 1:49:22 AM
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Hey Ben! I know this doesn't have much to do with this article but does anyone know when the hell cod4 will get vibration?! Just imagine how good it would be!

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 1:49:39 AM
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This is good news though shame about the lack of retrospective trophies.

Here's a question for ya. If trophies were active in GT5p but you had already obtained gold on all events, would you need to start a whole new game save to achieve the trophies or would simply achieving gold again register? This applies to all other games I suppose too.

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fatchad420
Tuesday, July 01, 2008 @ 2:34:33 AM
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Grrr

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