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Sony Outlines PS3 Firmware 2.52

Any time we hear about a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 these days, we wonder if it might be the preferred vehicle for delivering the PlayStation Home open beta. But with the recent rumor information, we're still in "wait and see" mode.

Besides, Director of PlayStation Network Operations Eric Lempel has already filled us in on the details for firmware update 2.52. It's merely a minor update, but it will increase the playback quality of some PS3 software, and it will also fix a "text entry issue that occurs when using the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard" with certain games. If you were wondering, firmware 2.51 should've been little more than a fix for some problems caused by 2.50, so nothing here can be considered significant. However, with every new update, the PS3's functionality and appeal ratchets up a notch or two, which is a continuous plus for owners of Sony's next-gen console. Whether or not we'll need a new update for Home remains to be seen, but we imagine it would have to be soon if the revolutionary online service really does hit its open beta stride on November 19.

Oh, and please remember that Sony's new user policy says they are not responsible for any system malfunctions caused by mandatory firmware updates, so...download at your own risk. We haven't come across any issues with any firmware in the two years of the system's lifespan, though.

11/4/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (43 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 @ 10:43:40 PM
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stupid FW update, i hate them

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 6:19:38 PM

stupid War_Kid, i hate him. Lol..i can post useless posts too ;)

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John Shoemaker
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 @ 10:44:13 PM
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I downloaded at my own risk because I couldn't get online. This is still bull****.

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The_Vandelizer
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 @ 10:52:30 PM
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Waist!

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Deleted User
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 @ 11:46:55 PM
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MY PRESIDENT IS BARRAK OBAMA!!!

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Dingodial
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:52:35 AM

Yeah, and since he is I will move to mexico (only kidding:)

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illegalprelude
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 12:11:05 AM
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I have to say, I have launch date PS3 and *knock on wood* I have yet to have a problem with a Firmware update.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 12:53:14 AM
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honestly, I am a bit sick of this constant sony software update without any major change to the previous version, so why bother? why not make every version update have some major change to the previous version, or stay the same version until it absolutely necessary.

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 11/5/2008 12:54:24 AM

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 1:20:03 AM
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So far Fallout 3 has frozen 3 times today after the update in less than a few hours...

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 2:02:56 AM
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does this mean the the ps3 keyboard wont be lagged.

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daizycutter
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 2:06:23 AM
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updates are a good thing ..no code is perfectly written .too many unknowns and variables!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 2:57:38 AM
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I must say I'm getting wary of all the updates, I have faith that my PS3 is an ass-kicking monster from the fiery pits of hell, but one tiny glitch in an update and I'll feel like a M$ fanboy with a bricked Box. Especially with those warnings, but I kinda gotta update or suffer the wrath of not getting big needed updates.

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whooka
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 5:53:53 AM
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Well, it's not really a choice of downloading at your own risk since you must have the most recent firmware update installed to sign on to the psn or enter the ps store. I mean if they're gonna start playing that game they should release the updates less frequently and include more in each one as opposed to these little ones that don't seem to include anything that critically needs addressed (at least they aren't saying so if there is, which I wouldn't put it past them these days). It's like playing russian roulette, the less bullets in the chambers the better chance you have of not blowing your head off. For those of us who are still shell-shocked from having a system bricked by a firmware update, about all you can do is wait a week or two and see how the update fares in the wild while hoping nothing good is released at the ps store until you feel confident enough to install it.

Maybe Obama can change their policy!

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 8:47:30 AM
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I'm sure after the the first firmware that bricked a few PS3's, Sony's more conscience of the patches they put out, but if they do accidently put out a faulty upgrade, I would like to think they would take a little more responsibility for it, rather then saying that it's our problem we downloaded a mandatory update...I hope they don't release another faulty update, or they may face a class action suit from someone...and now that they are working there way up to being the best console on the market(sales wise)...that's not the kind of media they would need. Sure the updates are free and we need them to play on the free network they provide, but they still have a responsibility to release a functioning product...

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N a S a H
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 10:13:57 AM
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Why do people take these so seriously? If you REALLY don't want to download it straight onto PS3 then do it from the computer and install in from a MS.

I don't understand why people are afraid either. I bought a 160GB HDD for my PS3. One of the firmware updates froze on me and my PS3 bricked. All you have to do is take it out, reformat it and put it back in. If you're worried about losing stuff, but an external HDD(I have a 750GB one) and backup everything onto there. The update can't BRICK your PS3 but only corrupt the HDD(as far as I know). Not a big problem there.

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hatingsony
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 10:17:40 AM
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Well, this update bricked my ps3. Technical support was less than supportive...basically acting like I did something wrong. They also said I can't get my data off of the hard drive, even though it's the motherboard that is corrupted. I will not play through all those levels again. I'm selling this POS as soon as I get it back from them. Back to PC gaming for me...at least I'll have control of the system.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:06:15 AM

Oh yes...no one's ever had any technical difficulties playing games on a PC. Nope. Never.

'heavy sarcasm'

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Dingodial
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:58:23 AM

I 2nd that motion :)

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 3:54:47 PM

It's not motion, it's notion

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 6:21:22 PM

A motion being a court "move" ; disbarr the witness,etc etc

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Dingodial
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:01:19 PM

yeah whatever.

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hatingsony
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:12:05 AM
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At least on a PC I can recover data if the Mobo dies. And I can fix it myself. And members of the user community actually try to give useful input...especially admins on message boards. Thanks for the useful sarcasm.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 8:34:54 PM

A PC Bot? with a hater name comes a hater comment? Evaluation: Fail.

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Cavan
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:20:18 AM
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how childish do u sound loser, why do i get the feeling your making all this up, just to bash sony!.. also, if ur gunner sell ur ps3, why are u spending time on a ps3 only forum, just to moan?? loser.

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hatingsony
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:39:16 AM

Being called a childish loser by you, who can't even make a coherent post, has made my day. Thank you Cavan...you've helped me realize that looking for help here is like going to a preschooler for assistance on a masters thesis. Start your flaming...I'm done here.

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 6:22:57 PM

Congrats "hating sony" and by replying to some one you deem a Cavan aka Caveman or otherwise "idiot", what you really meant, you're just as stupid for taking the time out to reply.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 11:19:23 PM

xanavi you're the stupid one. cavan was his name fool

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Xanavi23
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 8:37:02 AM

Ya thanks Cheech, im allowed to make a mistake i was High and defending a fellow poster. What's his excuse for "lowering himself to a pre-schoolers level" ?

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Dingodial
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 12:02:19 PM
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I wonder how much money Sony lost from giving away new PS3s back in the days of 2.40?

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Robochic
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 12:34:27 PM
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I have had my 20gig PS3 since launch never had a problem with any update, nor a game or online ect... When i hear people say they have and it's cause of a firmware update i really can't see that being the problem unless the user did something to the PS3 it's self like moding it which i would think is about 90% of the time, i guarentee thats why sony put that in the terms of use. I have seen xbox pc ect.. crash due to firmware updates not because of the console or computer but bacause of the user moding it. Now i am not saying this happens all the time for any console some stuff happens ect.. but i think the majority of the time thats the reason.

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Arvis
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 12:58:05 PM
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@ HatingSony: Dude, seriously, nobody believes that this minor update bricked your system. If you lost power while the update was installing, then I am sorry for your circumstances. But that has nothing to do with the firmware update itself.

-Arvis

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Luan
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 1:47:28 PM
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Hey guys, just remember, if your PS3 bricks, there's a new Recovery Menu that basically does what a Recovery menu does...
just hold down the I/O "button" on the PS3 until you hear 3 beeps, then the system will enter recovery mode...

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shaydey77
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 3:38:33 PM
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@ Luan I thought that was just to reset the Video output to your TV. My HDMI cable died..robbed my old PS2 AV cable..sat for a while wondering why the hell it wasnt working until i found out that you had to hold down the button to get it to change modes.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 3:57:23 PM

lol that happened 2 me too.

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BigT_1980
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 8:06:17 PM

Shaydey77 I have had the same issue as well. I have already replaced 3 HDMI cables. I just thought it was just my PS3.

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Luan
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 7:01:53 PM
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It used to be just for resetting the video out, but now its a full recovery menu with many options.
the first one being that you can reinstall and update...
it was on PS3fanboy not so long ago...have a look there.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 05, 2008 @ 7:57:40 PM
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hatingsony: If you hate them so much, you may leave. Otherwise, I'll do it for you.

There's a reason the PC is all but dead as a gaming platform, and I LAUGH at the elitists who are going down with the ship.

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robinhood2010
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 12:49:57 PM

a bit harsh....WoW? my dad still says the variety of games is better.

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Xanavi23
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 6:45:51 AM

Ive never been a PC gamer Robinhood but i would be inclined to beleive your dad about variety, though i still prefer the console.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 10:30:30 AM
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Hmm, I'm not a PC gamer, never have been, but isn't saying that PC gaming is dead a pretty bold statement? With The PS3 becoming more powerful, aren't they actually following in the footsteps of PC's? I can see what you mean though, as you don't see many PC games advertised as you do Console games. But to kill it completely is a bit extreme. Games are still being pushed to the limit by people with powerful enough PC's to run them. If anything Consoles are mimicking PC's until they can become powerful enough to surpass them. Remember the early days of Lan Parties? Or the first Mulimedia PC, which is essentially what Sony is striving for. As for me, I love my consoles (my fingers are too fat to find the right buttons I need on a keyboard) but I think we'll always need PC's to show us what games are capable of becoming (Crysis?) And if M$ has anything to say about it, There will always be new products pushed for PC's. Is it as popular as consoles? No, but it's not dead either.

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Arvis
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 1:08:24 PM

He said "all but dead." Meaning, "not dead, but close."

And I can't stand PC gaming or its snobby, braindead fanboys, but I do admit that some games are just better on a PC. Like SimCity and such.

-Arvis

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Zorigo
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 1:12:30 PM
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i am sick of this new policy. i just pray my ps3 never gets a problem. but, will my warranty cover it?

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ChOzInWuN
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 10:58:04 AM
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I'm not saying that it makes sense to use a ps3 forum with a name like hatingsony, but if a firmware update bricked my system and cause me a bunch of inconvenience I might not be so happy either. Saying your gonna throw him out of the forum because of that is kind of abusing your power. The facts are alot of firmware updates thus far have caused problems, NOT just on modded systems. Now that sony has made it clear there will be no relief from any problems caused by the updates I'm a little uneasy. It has very little, if at all, to do with the way you treat your system so basically good luck....that sucks if you ask me.

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