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SCEA Details PS3 Firmware 2.70

If you've been anxiously awaiting the next significant firmware update for the PlayStation 3, your wait is over.

SCEA has announced the details for update 2.70, and it includes a bunch of new features "that enhance how PS3 users communicate and interact with their online friends." We don't have an exact release date but we know it'll be "available soon," and we'll receive a brand new Text Chat option for use on the PSN. Furthermore, the Friends list will get a bit of an upgrade on the Cross Media Bar (XMB), and we'll also see "improvements to the video delivery service on the PlayStation Store." If you wish to chat, you can use the Wireless Keypad, the on-screen keyboard, or any compatible keyboard peripherals. You will have access to up to three chat rooms at once, and each room will be able to hold up to 16 people. And yes, you will be able to access text chat while playing a PS3 game, so that's very cool.

As for the Friends list, you will now be able to sort your Friends by online status, and larger files can be attached to messages; they'll upgrade the limit from 1MB to 3MB. Lastly, the aforementioned upgrade to the video delivery service will let you back up purchased files on an external storage device; you'll be able to watch them after they've been restored to the PS3's internal hard drive. Oh, and any videos you bought for the PSP can also be played on the PS3 now. For a full video walkthrough, visit the official PlayStation blog.

4/1/2009 John Shepard

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fuk u
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 9:50:02 PM
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SWEET. enough said.

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rufii
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 9:54:30 PM
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so wait, if my noob teammate in killzone 2 doesnt have a mic i can type to him on the screen with my finally useful keypad attachment instead of always sending messages to each other like idiots?

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rufii
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 9:55:40 PM
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or am I totally reading the update wrong, or did I read two sentences and skipped the rest in hopes of that's what they'll do? Lol, wishful thinking

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fundando
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:10:14 PM
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It's out

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JasperLoons
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:23:33 PM

Nice, thanks for letting us know.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:17:55 PM
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In game music? No? Still?

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:26:02 PM

some games do have custom soundtracks. Its just too bad that they dont all have it. Slayer's "Killing Fields" is a fun song to kill people to! lol

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Highlander
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:23:09 AM

The official word (by way of developers Criterion) is that Sony has exposed the custom music functionality, but it is up to the developers of games to use it in their games. So Sony does the heavy lifting, but the Devs must hook it into their game and menu structure.

It appears that Sony does not intend to impose custom music over the top of what a game developer decides to use in their title. I like that because it allows developers to maintain the artistic integrity of their game. Can you imagine Flower with custom music? Or Every Day Shooter? The availability of custom soundtracks is something that really do need to be at the control of the developer - IMHO of course.

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Robochic
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:18:55 PM
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Downloaded very quickly for me, i had it done by 10:15pm Eastern time.

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offshore
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:20:39 PM
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These firmware updates are getting ridiculous.

That leaked list was obviously too good to be true, but 2.7 is poor.

Text-chat? What the...?

Ludicrous.

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jaybiv
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:25:32 PM

I wonder if you got your PS3 at launch or shortly thereafter? This system has come a long way from those days. We should be thankful that Sony is still working to improve the system's features.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:27:39 PM

offshore: Reading your posts, it seems you have a lot of problems with the PS3...and a lot of veiled praise for the 360.

...just saying.

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Banky A
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:34:41 PM

...yes the PS3 has never had text chat before and they just added it in the 2.70 update.....

Okay?????

:/

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offshore
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:41:58 PM

Ben, incorrect, though I'm beginning to realise that I may have picked the wrong console.

No cross game voice chat nearly 3 years after the 360 had it as standard? Terrible codec support when the 360 has infinitely better support, and a frankly sub par online service.

Oh, and the battery STILL covering the clock?

If it wasn't for MGS4, GOW3 and GT5 I wouldn't need a PS3, but seen as I've got one I want Sony to make it worth my while, given that it was nearly twice the price of the 360.

And when the PS3 community has been hammering for cross voice chat for an eternity and we get cross game text chat instead, I don't know how anyone can defend it.

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BigTonesAUS
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:56:17 PM

oh boohoo, here have a tissue...

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JasperLoons
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:38:06 PM

@ Offshore

1. That's not what I've heard from 360 owners about codec support

2. Why in the freaking world are people still complaining about that battery over the clock thing?! Do you really need to see what time it is and your battery status at the same time?

3. Do you really need someone to explain to you why it is not twice the price?

4. Sell your PS3 and go buy an xbox.

The grass is always greener...

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Hexen
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:59:43 PM

Offshore you'd make a perfect 360 owner.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:02:50 AM

There isn't a goddamn thing about Live right now that's "infinitely better" than the PSN. I have both, use both...and it just isn't true.

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kreate
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 3:30:16 AM

xbox fanboys really try hard not to give any credits to the ps3.

if ps3 sold 1 billion units, xbox fanboys would still have something to complain about while mentioning the xbox360 being flawless.

why do xbox fanboys hate the ps3? i have no idea.

do we need to talk about what xbox360 'cant' do that a ps3 'can' do?

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Robertson99
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 4:49:13 AM

Go buy an Xbox and I bet you'll regret that in about a month. To be perfectly honest, if what a post I read is right by rufii, that we can just type the messages to each other without having to access the XMB, select the messages, type the message and send it, then good. all of that can be very time consuming, especially when you are playing online. You give the impression that you reluctantly own a PS3. Go and sell it, there are some people out there who really want one and you're holding them back, and everyone else like you.

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elass0wyp0
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 8:59:14 AM

@offshore

I would trade you straight up for my 360, I'll even throw in LIVE for the remainder of the year. Chat all you want with 8 year olds.

I do have to agree that the clock being covered with the battery is something that should have been addressed. Waiting 3 seconds to see the time isn't a deal breaker by any means but it's kind of a no brainer. Don't cover stuff with other stuff.

Try LIVE. Once you have you will see that it's an advertising venue with some chat features.

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JofaMang
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 9:26:47 AM

Sure the battery covers the clock if you tap the PS button, but if you hold it for half a second longer you skip the XMB and pull up the shutdown screen.

That screen doesn't have an obscured view of the clock.

Or just play GT5p: it has an in game analog clock. :P

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GHill4Life
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 10:04:14 AM

I chime in for Offshore. As much as I enjoy KZ2 my brother is a CoD guy. It sucks that we cannot catch up online while playing different games. Yesterday I was diving into Halo Wars while my buddy was playing Fight Night 3 (prepping for FN4) and it was a cinch to start a party and BS for a few hours. I love the PS3 so pleez Sony just get this going!! Its 2009 already!

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Orvisman
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 10:16:47 AM

@ Ben,

Agreed.

@ Kreate,

Because the really vocal ones are former Segaholics who still resent Sony for killing the DC and Sega as a console manufacturer.

If you're unsure, just ask an Xbot what they think of the DC.

Now, to be fair, I loved both my PS2/DC, just as I love both ny PS3/360; so not every fan of the DC hates the PS3.

But I'm sure many Xbots might fall into the former category.

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:18:42 AM

So let me get this straight...All we PS3 owners have to do now is put up with complaints about the battery covering up the clock? Well that may be true, but the 360's power box is big enough to cover an ACTUAL clock. See? PS3 owners can nitpick too.

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JasperLoons
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:26:32 PM
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Hmmm, so on the screen that explains the update before you download it mentions a feature that lets you "check the latest news on the games you own via the internet by selecting th icon and..." something along those lines. Sounds interesting.

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Banky A
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:33:35 PM
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That's one less thing to get an Xbox 360 for..

-in game voice chat-

=D

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Banky A
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:41:44 PM

Nevermind.
It's not the 100% cross game voice chat i was thinking.

Still useful anyway =D

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artson1966
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:33:59 PM
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grr the onlything I hate about updates is it takes 3-5 minutes to download and 10 minutes to install. With all this processing power. why does it take so long to install? grrr again this is just as bad as manditory hard-drive installs on games.ggrr again. would some one a lot smarter then me exsplain to me why? not you Ben I still angery about that April fools joke.. lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:58:18 PM

Well I dunno for sure but I'll take a whack at it, downloading an update is pretty simple but actually executing it so that it can overhaul the PS3 operating system seems like it might be a semi-large task. Think of a major windows update on your PC, takes just as long.

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Highlander
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:33:06 AM

Yeah, it's such a pain that simple mathematics show exactly why it takes so long to download a 100+MB file. I have fairly typical DSL, 3Mbits or so is the nominal speed. In file transfers that translates to more or less 310KB/second - peak. That's approximately 2.5Mbits/second which is pretty good considering the available bandwidth and all the protocol overheads inherent in an Internet connection. It takes 3.3 seconds for a complete megabyte to transfer (assuming peak performance) so 100 MB takes about 5 and a half minutes at best. Firmware updates are a little bigger than 100MB, and with the variability of the Net, it takes maybe 10 minutes to actually transfer.

Next up, the PS3 has to decompress that update and install it. It's not just flashing the firmware, it updates some stuff on the HDD as well, so it has to be decompressed and then the installation happens. Flashing firmware doesn't happen instantly, as anyone with a flashable BIOS can tell you. All in all the time taken isn't out of the ordinary, or in any way excessive.

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Kowhoho
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 3:38:36 PM

@ Highlander:
thanks for the explanation, dude. Guess I really do learn something new every day

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ps92117
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:46:54 PM
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One of the biggest things ppl wanted was cross game chat, so yeah, now you have it, and the browser works like a dream now.

If you've been anxiously awaiting the next significant firmware update for the PlayStation 3, your wait is over.

see what I did copy and paste omg.

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ps92117
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:07:25 PM

update nope I guess there is still no voice chat.

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Zemus101
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:58:11 PM
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copy and poste is amazingly useful! wooo ..my compy just crashed too! like, pretty much 'literally' asploded. Ummm... cross game text chat, dunno how much i'll use that, although after each episode of Lost airs I can jump into a 16 person chat to talk about it, kick ass! But i'd never do that while playing a game lol unless you want to get killed, but ..i'm sure that's just the beginning and we'll see voice chat soon :D good stuff Sony! Now to try out this game searching internet thing o.O

Oh, and it took me like 4 minutes to download, and like 2 to install, so ....yeah, dunno what that *copies and pastes* "grr the onlything I hate about updates is it takes 3-5 minutes to download and 10 minutes to install." guy was talking about ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:00:08 PM
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I'm always texting people through the crossbar while playing, so this will be useful. I'm assuming there is a decent reason we don't get cross game voice chat but I hardly use my mic anyway so I'm not fussed.

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JohnnyGold
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 6:10:41 AM

ive heard that reason is microsoft has a patent on it.

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GuernicaReborn
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 10:14:07 AM

If microsoft has a patent on it, Sony should just call it something else and offer a little more with it... like an option to use the PSEye for cross game chat, or something.

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Hexen
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:01:41 PM
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I got my ps3 a launch and I was happy with what it had and is amazing how far it's come since.But a lot of the new ps3 owners just moan for features that 360 owners like to brag about.

P.S Ben you could read all of our post,Do I seem like a SE hater.

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artson1966
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 11:19:41 PM
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@ worldsend and Zemus

I was being a smartass---- I was commeting on an someones earlier post... as for this update it was a small one and my remark was for updates in general...you are a luckyones if you can download in 2-3 minutes most owners dont have that type of speed in downloading like you and me.i have 20mps download and 5mps up and for most updates the downloading is the fast part, but my comment on the install is very valid it seems to take much longer then my average pc to install large os update files. thanks for the comments though....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:33:45 AM

gotcha, smartassness is hard to get in text form.

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Qubex
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:13:08 AM

artson1966; that should be the least of your worries!

Q!

"i am home"

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PS3addict
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:48:18 AM

You may need to change out your hard drive maybe. I got a 500gb with a huge buffer, and I sware the download is 2-3 times longer than the install on everything I get for the PS3.
I recently purchased "Eye of Justice" for my kid. 1284 files later (45 minute download) it installed in less than 8 minutes. It screams! Same 5400rpm speed, just a larger buffer.

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The Stig
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 6:40:54 AM

Yeah, you've been able to do that since the begining, I think.

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Luiscosmo2
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 7:00:23 AM

No not really. Well sorta. When you sort them by status if your friends are offline they just sort them ramdonely. In this uptade they sort them by the last time the've been on.

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dso8515
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:57:23 PM

It wasn't just random, if they were sorted by status all the online friends were in alphabetical order, and then all your offline friends were in alphabetical order. Sorting by status now sorts your offline friends by the last time they were online.

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Zemus101
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:00:11 AM
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Yeah sorry Artson :)

Umm... what the heck is this? the new IM's are censored :P and ..you can only type a few words at a time. It was incredibly annoying with just a SINGLE person in the chat. I can't imagine 16 people trying to type sentences out one short line at a time :P I usually try to look at the positive and I don't toss out very much negative towards any updates, especially anything that's free... but .... lame! How long has it been since the last update? I hope this hasn't been all they've been working on! I've already had a few glitches when the screen scrolls too >< but ...at least the copy and paste works awesome :D love it

Can't find out where to search individual games (or w/e that feature was) on the internet

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:34:39 AM

that feature blows, all it does is punch the game name into Google.

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Qubex
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:15:22 AM

I haven't downloaded the update yes, but from the friends amongst us here... it seems the update blows chunks of Mrs Balls Chutney!

Who is in charge of the Firmware development project plan, they need their heads read!

Q!

"i am home"

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isaya85
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:12:16 AM
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Well a few of these features is not relevant to me don't care for them but I'm glad that they're continuing to improve the network it keeps getting better and better

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

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Zemus101
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:54:03 AM
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Aaah I see, thanks for the info WEWM. I couldn't find it anyways lol sounds pretty useless....

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 1:07:51 AM
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I was really hoping that this would be the one to let other players sign into their accounts. And I know certain games let you do this already but if it was optional from the start up screen more games would support it.

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 1:46:31 AM
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So if you have no friends, this update is useless? ;-)

I was kinda hoping for more with the next FW update, but I'm a patient person.

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Qubex
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:19:29 AM

Lol xnonsuchx.!.. Firmware v10.1 will have all the features gamers have always wanted... I have patience like you though... eventually it will all be there... we still have 8 years in the PS3's life...

I can imagine the final statement from Sony 8 years from now - "Today is the last firmware update for the PS3 from Sony Computer Entertainment ...bla bla bla..."; and that final one will be the one to rule them all :)

Q!

"i am home"

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Totalz
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:49:18 AM
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This is great and I'm downloading it as I type. Maybe the next step is in-game voice chat with people playing different games a la 360??

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ThugNificent101
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:50:45 AM
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EDIT: **How long has it been since the last update? I hope this hasn't been all they've been working on!** had to test the copy and paste. sorry =D
I think that they are working on a whole lot more than what they are putting out (obviously)
They are probably just releasing the simple stuff that they have completed and holding off on the major things till a major update (3.0)

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 4:37:07 AM

Last update was 1/21/09...not TOO long ago.

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dveisalive
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 7:48:53 AM
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I want that feauture like 360 has when you can speak to your friends at any given time instead of texting them. I remember i was watching an episode from The Boondocks, and the Guy said whats the point of texting someone for 15 min when you can talk and tell everything in 5 seconds etc.... But I only like the fact that you can back up blueray movies on a external hard drive. So that means I can watch blueray movies on my PC etc...

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CH1N00K
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 8:27:21 AM
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So MS has cross game chatting? (I don't know because I didn't buy a 360) How does that work with games that have open mics? If they did that on PS3 wouldn't that affect games with Proximity chat?

It's cool to see Sony doing little things like this to boost the potential of the PS3, but out of curiosity, how many people will use this function?

I don't do much texting while I'm in a game anyways, and if I do, I either pause the game (offline) and send a message, or wait until I die (online) and send a message before respawning. Myself I prefer talking to the people I meet in the game and using my Mic.

This is a cool feature for them to use that they should have launched with the release of the keypad. I do get a bit annoyed typing out messages with the controller (although my predictive text is getting large enough that it's not to bad now.) But I still can't justify spending 50 bucks on a keypad or plug and play keyboard that I'll rarely use.

Good on Sony for pushing little tweaks out to improve the system, I just think this one won't be a big deal.

But I could be wrong, I was once before..back in 1982... :D



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elass0wyp0
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 9:11:30 AM

It opens a separate channel so you can no longer hear in game chat, the private trumps it.

Useful if your in Halo with a ton of screaming children and you and your buddy just want to shoot the breeze while you get teabagged.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:04:12 AM

That's cool. Although it kind of defeats the purpose of proximity chat..I've always enjoyed that.

I've done that a few times in SOCOM. Some sniper will be talking away to his teammates and I could hear him.. sneak up behind him and stealth kill..too much fun..especially when you tell him to shut up while you teabag him..lol

I don't know about this new update with the Cross game texting, I don't think I'll use it much. But here's hoping that this update is the stepping stone to cross game chatting. unless microsoft does own the rights for it..then too bad.

I'm not going to buy a brick just to be able to talk to my buddies.Especially the way I've been playing KZ2 the last few nights, I'm already bad enough, I don't need another distraction to help improve my death rate...lol

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 10:37:39 AM
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"Because the really vocal ones are former Segaholics who still resent Sony for killing the DC and Sega as a console manufacturer.

If you're unsure, just ask an Xbot what they think of the DC."

100% correct. I remember the early days of the PS2; the DC fanatics were going ballistic in every game forum on the Internet. They ALL became Xbots simply by default. It was Sony's competition so it was a clear choice for them.

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Deleted User [Administrator]
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 10:56:16 AM

I think many of us have known for years about Orvisman's comment. Many of these people won't admit that Sega made so many mistakes in the 1990's. That's the thing with these people; all they care is if Sega or Microsoft supplies them with tons of software. Who cares if they do everything else wrong?

No surprise that the Official Dreamcast Magazine reads like a proto version of OXM.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 12:47:49 PM

Not all :) I've been a Sony dude since the PS1 but I still loves me some Dreamcast.

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Deleted User
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 1:19:25 PM

I, too, loved the Dreamcast. However, I wasn't one of those who acted as if Sega didn't make any mistakes. It was a very bad sign when Sega hotshot-ted the releases of the Sega Saturn in May, 1995. No company would think that's smart business.

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coverton341
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:09:48 AM
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Would have appreciated in-game voice chat much much much more than in-game text chat.

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jaybiv
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 11:54:09 AM
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Hey has anyone noticed that PS Store now tells you how long the download will take? Nice!

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dveisalive
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 1:30:02 PM
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I tried it out and its not that bad, but as i said before i rather talk to my friends instead of texting. I wish they made the voice/audio chat stay open instead of giving us a text based chat, then that will solve my problem. I was playing COD4 with my friend and we text so fast that it work towards helping each other out in HC S&D. But to talk to your friends at all times solves the problem from having to call them before you play or text them etc... This program is just AIM in game for PS3 thats all.

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RadioHeader
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:19:47 PM
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Useful if your in Halo with a ton of screaming children and you and your buddy just want to shoot the breeze while you get teabagged.

lol copy paste FTW!
I'm not a PCer and I've never copy pasted anything ever before. That was a pretty fantastic sentence to start off with, (if it worked that is... If not, don't mind me, I'm just a noob).

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 2:42:13 PM
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They need to enable Private Mic Chats [for if two friends are playing two different games and wish to speak to eachother at the same time].

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 3:02:15 PM

Just to add to that:
^ Priv Mic Chat for more than just 2 players. And of course, the ability to listen to music whilst playing a game.

That's all they need to do and PSN would actually destroy any decent point about paying for Xbox Live.

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yak4life85
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 5:20:20 PM
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Hey i just downloaded the new update and it keeps freezing the ps3 when im in the internet browser. never had that problem before. anybody else having problems with 2.70?

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dveisalive
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 7:02:41 PM
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nope its just the fact that the PS3 browser sucks, it could be way faster and better

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HOODGE
Thursday, April 02, 2009 @ 7:24:34 PM
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I still say that if Sony want to claim that they have the better online service or have an equal service to XBL, they better get on the bandwagon and offer voice messaging, in game voice chat, and instant on the fly game inviting. Those features that Live has over PSN is huge.

Not impressed with the length of the texting sentences either. 32 characters long. When are you gonna text chat while playing in the middle of a game. Never. Voice chat - Much easier and would be all the time for me when the situation arose.

Sony's PSN has a ways to go to be on par with all of Xbox Live's features. Can't argue that one.

I will say that the online performance on PSN with it's dedicated servers blows away Live with it's shared server architecture. Games run far smoother with way higher online player support on PSN, but in the community features area, PSN has a ways to go.

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iliimaster
Sunday, April 05, 2009 @ 3:04:14 PM
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okay PS3 fan yes i am, I have both (lucky me) i find myself beating a game on PS3 and it hitting my shelves,,,, while i play gears of war non stop and yes there is features that make XBL amazing and psn in the background.... and its voice messages.... private chat with friends while playing a game( it can be playing the same or different games) and now party chat... it seems simple folks but that is a Huge difference,,, i prefer gears to online play like Halo... cod ,,, they all have the same gameplay PS3 lacks the multiplayer game that has anything like a gears of war cover fire...freedom.. not just shooting one shot and killing and spawning back..

does anyone actually make friends on the PSN that they play with on a regular basis? or just the real life friends they know that got one ?? ive got 4 of my friends to buy ps3's and we play more on 360 because of the chat not just texting

-xII K r a t o s

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