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PS3 Firmware 2.50 Available Now, Includes Flash 9 Support

It's one of the most significant updates to the PlayStation 3, and certainly the most important since the firmware that added Trophies to the system's repertoire.

We've already filled you in on the details of firmware update 2.50 for the PS3, and now it's time to download it. If you'd just mosey on over to your console and log on to the Network, you will see that the update is available and rarin' to go. It's a hefty update, but it shouldn't take longer than a few minutes to download and install, and besides, most of you will be quite satisfied with the result. As you can see in our earlier report, 2.50 will let players take in-game screenshots, plus it offers new features like power save and video scene thumbs. Furthermore, according to Eurogamer, you will now have Flash 9 support via the console's web browser, which is yet another nice enhancement. It seems as if with every new update, the PS3 becomes that much attractive to the consumer, especially those who are looking for a true-blue multimedia entertainment console. Sony is well aware of the importance of electronic diversity these days, and firmware 2.50 is a definite bonus.

So if you haven't already done it, go download the update and revel in the fact that your PS3 just got even more capable. Oh, and don't forget about firmware update 5.0 for the PSP; it makes the PlayStation Store directly accessible on the handheld!

10/14/2008 Ben Dutka

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The_Vandelizer
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @ 11:04:16 PM
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Nice Already Downloaded its all a great Feature!!!

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gburynat
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 4:32:20 PM

hey guys, i just got the firmware update also but i was woundering if any of you knew how to take the in-game screenshots?

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ariel
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @ 11:28:38 PM
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the best firmware ever yay i could watch pornal lmaoooo....

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caliblue15
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @ 11:49:14 PM
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Store is amazingly fast, and looks amazing.

Also the Account Management has been update and looks silky smooth!

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Fabi
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 12:14:22 AM
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Does that mean the PS3 can play FLV files now?

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illegalprelude
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 1:48:17 AM
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Not yet and its all going to be based on the Developer of that game. Kind of like in game soundtrack, PS3 can do it, up to the developer to implement it and how

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:38:35 AM
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Hope no one's ps3 is bricked this time around am yet to download it.

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 10:15:08 AM

Okay is a good update BUT check the video side,it's screwed up,things look a lil blurry

Last edited by www on 10/15/2008 10:16:11 AM

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SerendipityDeus
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:48:12 AM
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Ima wait a while to dl it, though I can't wait

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Qubex
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:55:47 AM
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This is great news!!!

Q!

"aLL RoAds LeAd ToO hOMe"

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Skillz
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 6:25:54 AM
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This is probably the best FW update ever. :)
P.S. The in-game screenshot is basically a dead feature like the in-game music feature. I hope Sony starts working on their own software instead, of giving the chose to developers on adding the screenshot feature into their games.

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tanner1
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 6:39:10 AM
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Fairplay Sony in making the whole ps3 community happy cheers ;)

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Dingodial
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 8:41:16 AM
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Let us know if any problems come out of this update Ben. All these features sound cool but I remember how everything seemed so great when 2.40 first came out and I came real close to downloading it to my PS3 if it weren't for the problems that were later discovered and posted on this website (thanks for warning me, by the way). I'm not interested in losing all my data including the games I payed for and downloaded on my precious 60 gig. if this update turns out to be like 2.40

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FallenClyro
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 9:07:25 AM
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Downloading now, but it's taking ages. Guess that's what I get for having a rubbish internet connection!

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WaR_HaWk
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 9:18:30 AM
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it took me 3 minutes to DL and install it

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FallenClyro
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 9:37:03 AM

You don't understand how slow my connection is, I live in the Middle East and the city where I stay has a rubbish internet provider :P

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 10:14:01 AM
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AH WTF IS THIS!

Ma videos now look blurrier,movin in n out of videos comes with some screen flickerin/flashin or wateva.
Now i press the ps button during playback n the video pauses,it don't continue like at first.

The account management side is neat but the video section is screwed up tsk,cha! Anywayay is nuttin really to bother about too much.

I just don't understand why the Video section should take a step backwards :(

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 11:50:12 AM

May i ask what type of video files are you having trouble with? I can't see any trouble myself, although i've only tried avi files.

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 12:23:41 PM

Most are already installed on the hard disk,the mpeg-4 videos,vc-1,divX are all lookin a lil stretched n blurry but i tried another mpeg-4 n it's as clear as always, playin,stoppin n goin back to play is still fast but with most of them it's now slow playin n stoppin cause the screen keeps flickerin b4 doin dat.

I just downloaded an AVC file from the store n there's no problem,it's clear,but i tried the other AVC files already copied to my hard disk a long time ago n they now look blurry!

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bamf
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 1:41:40 PM
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I bet we don't get to use the in-game screen shot feature, just like we don't use the in-game music even though we all cried out for it. We wanted it for every game and not to be down to the developers to implement it, thats a stupid way.

The only thing I like about this update is the power save feature.

Whats video scene thumbs? Is that when you watch a vid off the hdd, you can create your own scenes and add a thumbnail to it?

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Daedusian
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 2:02:21 PM

The video thumbs are basically similar to that of the DVD Select a Scene feature. Except I think in this case, they just evenly divide your video into equal parts automatically. At least that's the way it seems. I have only checked out one of my vids and it has a thumb for every minute mark, making it 5 for this one because it's a 5 and a half minute vid.

As for the update, I think it's great. Everything seems so clean now. However, it is strange that when you hit the PS button when watching a vid, the vid pauses in the background. But I'm assuming this was done because of what they've added.

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www
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 3:02:41 PM

The fact dat the vid pauses after u press the ps button is lame,but not really sumn to worry about.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 1:44:35 PM
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lol nice pun ben..true blu(ray) multimedia entertainment console!! As for the update sweet. Thanks sony yet again!!

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BIG_E
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 4:34:29 PM

There is a ps3 game capable of useing that feature and its called "WIPEOUT HD".Only $20.00 at psn and yes its a full game running at full 1080p at 60fps.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:23:02 PM
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if the in game screen shot function is up to the software developer to build in the game, then it literally means nothing to us for now -- cuz none of the games has that. The feature should be universal on the ps3 console and we should be able to get screen shot for all games, not up to the game developer to build it. Its just useless as far as I can see now, cuz none of the games I have has that build in feature.

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 10/15/2008 5:25:41 PM

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NoMoreWar
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 6:44:40 PM

i agree. i sorta think they should've just added a "Take Screenshot" option to the in-game xmb or ps menu that just saves the current screen from the game to your pictures. but that could be problematic in that, a) some devs might not like it (and i suppose it could even violate contracts, idk), b) some games automatically bring up their own pause menu when you hit the ps button, so now you'd have a screen of the pause menu...
sounds like the way they did it is really the only way it will work properly

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 1:11:26 AM

I agree with your analysis, altho wut I suggested is desirable, it is not feasible either. so I guess we just have to wait and see how it is when there is a game with hat feature when released.

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 10/16/2008 1:12:50 AM

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 5:52:24 PM
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psp update is up too

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illegalprelude
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 6:56:41 PM
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Go under your System Settings and now there is a new Divx VOD on demand activation....what is this?

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NoMoreWar
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 7:05:00 PM

taken from the sony's official site:
"[DivX VOD Registration Code] has been added under [System Settings]. You must use this registration code to authenticate and register the PS3 system to be able to play video files that are compatible with the DivX VOD (Video On Demand) service on your system. For details, visit the DivX website."

Last edited by NoMoreWar on 10/15/2008 7:06:17 PM

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Willcome2Urf
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 7:31:57 PM
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cool update. Does anyone use media mall's playon server? It lets you stream netflix, youtube, hulu videos to the ps3.it's pretty cool...but this firmware update killed it..oh well...just have to wait for the next update.

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 @ 8:33:15 PM
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I don't know if it started with this FW or a slightly previous one, but I noticed printer support now handles more than Epson and Canon printers. It found my networked HP OfficeJet right away, but I probably won't be printing much from my PS3.

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Booshwa
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 10:19:52 AM
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I love big updates I don't know that are coming, its like christmas morning!

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Alienange
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 11:50:07 AM
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Sequential Playback of videos! Finally! Fiiiinaaaaally !!

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Squeezey
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 2:24:51 PM
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This was an excellent download. I Luv my PS3 now...not that i didnt before....and so what that video now pauses when you hit the PS Button ( WHO THE HELL CARES ANYWAY)...some people will find anything to complain about...I was thoroughly impressed by this update and my systems performance

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 3:57:45 PM
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After testing the new Flash 9 on a few websites in the browser, I also noticed I'm not getting a lot of memory-related browser issues like I did before (e.g. the not-enough-memory-so-here's-a-blank-page-instead message and asking to close pages to free up memory). Hope I didn't speak too soon about that!

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bbaker3117
Thursday, October 16, 2008 @ 5:27:22 PM
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I cant get into account management, it just says "An error has occured. (80023017)". I would really like to get my Resistance 2 beta goin, so if anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

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SplendidBlended
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:10:45 PM
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...Flash 9 Support. Thank you. ;__; I was just thinking how nice it would to have flash support a few days ago, and here it is.

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