PS3 Firmware Update 3.15 Brings PSP Minis, Data Transfer
Firmware update 3.10 delivered Facebook and what seemed to be a limited number of hardware issues for PS3 owners, but update 3.15 should be quite well received.
Initially rumored and now confirmed at the European PlayStation Blog, this update boasts a couple of appreciated features. As some of you know, the new PSP Go has a growing library of what are known as "Minis," previously described by Sony as "bite-size" pieces of downloadable entertainment to enjoy while on the "Go." Well, if you don't own the new PSP iteration but still wish to sample these miniature digital gems, firmware 3.15 will allow you to play them on your PS3 as of December 17. As of now, Sony says they're currently "working on getting the majority of the current minis ready;" games like Blast Off, Kahoots and Fieldrunners may snag your attention. Oh, and you only need to buy a Mini once in order to play it on both the PS3 and PSP, so that's good news.
The second feature involves data transfer on the PS3. Gone are the days when our data was already portable (memory cards) so when getting another system, you must either switch hard drives or transfer the save data you wish to keep via flash drive. Well, firmware 3.15 makes this process a little easier: simply hook up the two consoles with a LAN cable and access the new "Data Transfer" option. You can move some files across and then delete them, while others - photos, music, videos - can be copied and kept on the old system. Now, this doesn't really help those of you who have already traded in your old system for the new one, but I'm sure this feature will come in handy at some point.
Lastly, I know many of you have complained about a few problems caused by update 3.10 but as 3.15 doesn't seem to offer any fix or patch, Sony must not have deemed the issues to be widespread enough. Firmware 3.15 should be ready to go "very soon."
12/8/2009 10:21:12 AM Ben Dutka