PS3 Firmware Update 3.00 Detailed
Another piece of big news has dropped today, and it's the unveiling of firmware update 3.00 for the PlayStation 3.
This is a large update, peeps: the Information Board will be replaced with a "What's New" section, which will feature "interactive PlayStation news in a sleek new format." In the top right corner of the XMB you will soon find an indicator bar, which "displays your user icon, friend icon, the number of friends you have online and a small message icon to let you know if you have any new messages." This also comes with a scrolling ticker that lets you in on any recent updates from the Network. The Friends List will be "slightly redesigned," we can expect some handy-dandy PlayStation Store shortcuts, and there will be more customization options for your PS3 in the form of "dynamic custom themes and avatars." Lastly, there will be a significant alteration to the Trophies, and we'll just use the PlayStation Blog description to better assist you:
"Showcasing your hard earned trophies just got better. Update 3.00 gives game developers the ability to modify how they display trophies for add-on content. Base and add-on game trophies will continue to be combined into a single list so you can see where you stand in a game as a whole. Within that list, trophies will be broken out into subcategories—base trophies and add-on trophies—that way, you can easily view the percentage of your base game trophy collection, and separately track your trophy progress in add-on packs. Look for this enhancement to be included in upcoming games."
Along with the PS3 Slim, price cut, and various PSP Go announcements, this has been one hell of a day for the PlayStation brand. At this point, we figure they've got a ton of momentum heading into the crucial holiday season! Expect update 3.00 to be available "soon."
8/18/2009 Ben Dutka