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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

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Comments (48 posts)

Alienange
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:42:52 AM
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This'll be handy for when I nab a second PS3, but it's not handy now when I want to chat with my friends. Oh well, I guess my keypad will keep getting a workout.

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Superman915
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:49:04 AM
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that data transfer is definitely handy. the PSP mini player is interesting too. Can the ability to play PSP games on PS3 be far behind?

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EddPm6
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:51:17 AM
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something else that in 3.10 is error reporting. when ever you are doing something like on the internet and it freezes up, it will log an error that you can choose to send to sony. That will be awesome now we dont need to go to the site to complain.

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LowKey
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 1:41:08 AM

also if you turn the system off using the switch it tells you that it didn't shutdown properly.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:43:00 PM

@Lowkey
Well, that's not a surprise since the rocker switch on the back of a PS3 is a physical on/off switch. If you switch off using that switch during any kind of active game or application on the PS3, it's effectively the same as yanking the power cord. The PS3 has no way to shutdown gracefully if you remove power. So when it restarts it knows that the previous shutdown was not graceful and reports it.

A quick note to everyone with a PS3 that has the rocker switch on the back for power on/off. Do not use this switch to shut down your console. Use the shut down option from the PS button menu, or the soft button on the front of the unit. Ideally the rocker switch - the master power switch for the PS3 - should only be used when he system is already shutdown in stand by mode. A lot of the people that bricked their PS3 during a previous firmware update (2.10 I think) did so by being impatient and using the rocker switch on the back to 'shutdown'. If you do that mid update it pretty much guarantees you a bricked system. If you kill the power in the middle of a game or something you risk corrupting data on the HDD.

Either way, don't use the rocker switch on the back unless your PS3 is already shutdown, otherwise you could have bad news...

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Infinite7
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:52:24 AM
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That seems cool.....I just wish they would work on a way to network your saves....Also, is anyone else having problems accessing the Playstation Store? I got something saying it wasn't available in my country/region. I'm in PA.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:45:21 PM

The ability to push game saves up to the PSN for safe keeping and use on other PS3s would be great, and a facility that I would actually be willing to part with a few $ to get.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:53:24 AM
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The only problem I have been having is my Slim does not sync with my wireless controllers at times.

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englishgolfer
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:11:43 AM

same here! it's annoying to say the least....

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Mysterio Spyder
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:40:56 AM

same here after i got 3.10. I have to turn system on by power button then the controller after. If I use bluray remote or pad to power on PS3 it'll turn on but not sync.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 1:15:09 PM

Same thing happens to me on my 80gb (motorstorm) ps3. I havent had much time to check into it, but i'll be pissed if i cant get it working by christmas when i get a stack of games.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 2:28:29 PM

Mysterio Spyder -

Never thought of that. Thats a good idea. Hopefully it works for me.

If any of you other guys come up with a solution, let me know.

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YesterdysRising
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 4:50:35 PM

I was having this issue too. I found that it happens when my battery gets low on the controller and I try to connect to the system and also when I turn on the console by the power button instead of the controller. So what I did was pressed the reset button on the back of my controllers with a paper clip cause it's a pretty tiny hole. Then I turned on my PS3 with the power button on the console and reconnected the cable to each controller and synced them. Now I just make sure I always turn on my system with the controller and if the battery gets low, I make sure to charge it before I try to connect it to the system. I haven't had a problem since. Hope this helps.

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furbiesmustdie
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 7:08:55 AM

yeah i had this issue for a while. it would only sync if it was plugged into the console even though the battery was full thus completely defeating the point of wireless controllers.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 4:17:41 PM

It has been said that if you reset the settings on your PS3 that although you have to set up the video, audio and bluetooth accessory settings again, it may resolve the intermittent sync problems. Not sure on that one myself though. It seems to me that a reset could put my user data in jeopardy and I don't fancy losing my game saves and stuff if the console decides to do a factory reset and take my profile with it. So, be careful with the reset options.

Another option is to use a the end of a sharp pencil or a paperclip to gently press the reset button on the underside of the controller (there is a small hole on the underside of the controller, the reset button is recessed behind that). Very gently poke the button and your controller will reset itself - causing all four LEDs to flash on the controller until you sync it by plugging it in. This clears the controller's sync and requires you to re-sync it with the PS3. That may clear the problem also (or so some say).

With regard to games freezing, I have noticed that if you have any controller plugged in to your PS3 USB port - for example the RF USB adapter for the Buzz controllers, it will take controller port number 1. The PS3 looks first at the USB ports for connected controllers before looking at the wireless ones. It's possible that some games have a problem if the controller isn't in port 1. Oddly enough Home has this issue. If your controller isn't in port 1, it will refuse to respond and act as though it's frozen. It hasn't, it's just that it expects to see controller 1. Yes, I know, it's crazy.



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tridon
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 10:54:44 AM
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Those are some pretty cool new features. I'm definitely buying the Mini for TETRIS now. That should make my Mom happy when she comes to visit. =)

Still no talk about the avatars, though? =(

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:16:47 AM
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So...when I bought my slim it wouldnt let me restore my slims hard drive with the back up from my 60gb. Does this data transfer feature solve that problem?

I had to redownload and install everything.

Hook up with a LAN? like an Ethernet cable plugged into the back of both consoles?

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Nynja
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:14:04 PM

Yes, that's what Sony is saying.

3 years late for this feature, but better late than never.

One problem still remains; if your PS3 dies, you will still be unable to perform a transfer of data utilizing the warranty program - unless you buy a replacement PS3 yourself.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:35:47 AM
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Dude, WTF. I just had to send my original 60gb back to Sony for YLOD. I had it working for plenty enough time to do this transfer after the heat gun method.

If I would have known this, I would have done the method one more time to get it done.

I lost over 200 hours of Demon's Souls playtime since those saved games are copy protected.

Not only that, but if Sony had this technology they could have done the damn transfer for me.

Extremely Annoyed.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:43:09 AM

Errr is Sony still going to service or replace your unit since you took that sticker off in order to access the inside?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 5:15:22 PM

They'll service anything, it'll just mean it's not under warranty anymore and he'll just have to pay the 150$ payment.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 6:38:33 PM

Word.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 4:16:09 PM

The heat-gun method?

That's perilously close to the towel method that 360 users were fond of. All the towel thing ever did was hasten the unit's departure. I have a sneaky feeling that pointing a heat gun and heat sensitive components will do more to cause a failure than it will anything else.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:38:37 AM
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If I want that Dante's Inferno demo and to be able to buy PixelJunk Shooter, I'll have to download this Thursday. It's time to take the plunge. I'm still at 3.01 and when you're two updates behind, you're forced to download both.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 9:20:41 PM

I saw somewhere else that it is an optional download.

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fuk u
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 12:54:48 PM
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they should have just made a fix for the people who had problems with 3.10 in the new 3.15 thats messed up! cool new update cuz i need to copy all my data to a External HD just in case somthing is to happen to my PS3, then all the hours of gameplay i invested will be safe n sound lol. I like that LAN cable transfer-

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 1:19:01 PM
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Update 3.1 was successful for me, but it did have a quirk that may shed light on other ps3's crashing. After the download, while the firmware update was installing, my screen went blank for a LONG time, longer than usual. I was tempted to hit the power button (as if it were turned off and I had to turn it on), but I knew if I did that, and it was still installing the update, that would've bricked my ps3 for sure. So, I had no choice but to let it sit there, and sure enough, it automatically "came to". Mine is a 60gb.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 1:47:16 PM
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If you can hook them both up with a Lan cable Does that mean you still have to have them both hooked up to seperate tv's? do I need to buy 50 feet of cable and run back and forth between each room in order to see what I'm transferring or can I just plug them in side by side and have only one system hooked to a tv?

Also if a Lan cable will work, what are the chances of being able to access them through a local wireless network if they are on the same one?

And yeah, I wish I had of known about this sooner, I've just spent time transferring each thing individually from one PS3 to my new slim. It took like 3 days to download and transfer everything!

It took me less time to dismantle and fix my YLOD 80 gb then it did to get the new one up and running...

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erislocker
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 1:48:37 PM
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WHEN ARE WE GETTING CROSS GAME VOICE CHAT???

ever?

it's quite silly that we cannot do voice chat other than in chat rooms or in game lobbies. i find that particularly shortcoming...

anyone hear sony mention anything about it?

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Mysterio Spyder
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 2:15:10 PM

I only want cross game chat because it's also PRIVATE CHAT. I like private chat cause I can talk to my friends and family during games and NOT have to listen to crap like idiots mouths or idiots blaring music through thier headset.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 4:37:59 PM
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I'm not tech savy, but I'm thinking that if this data transfer firmware update is also a bit buggy too(like some of the other updates were), then this could be a world of hurt for an awful lot of PS3 owners.

This is just my thoughts on this, but every since all the other "problem child" updates have messed with so many PS3's, I have now taken a serious " wait & see attitude" for at least a couple weeks after any update, just to see if any more PS3 glitches show up before I even think of dl'ing any updates.

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YesterdysRising
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 4:42:41 PM
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Does this mean I can transfer my LOCKED save files from my old PS3 to my new one? Cause that would make me very happy.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:49:13 PM

I don't think so. Some developers seem to have gone overboard on the security of their game saves and instead of simply tying the security to your PSN ID, the save file is also tied to the specific PS3 you play on. That seems pretty dumb to me, since the idea is to prevent cheating by exchanging save files. If the save file is tied to my PSN ID I can't exchange it with anyone without giving up my PSN ID, and there's not a snowball's chance in hell of me doing that.

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Kowhoho
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 4:47:13 PM
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That ought to justify the perceived high price point of the minis. (Tetris for 10 bucks is crazy though)

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 5:33:56 PM

I haven't bothered to look, but if what you say is true about the price of Tetris, they're out of their flipping minds.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 11:48:27 AM

True

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 5:39:49 PM
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I've only purchased one Mini due to the insane price they're selling at.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:45:36 PM

Indeed!

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FlyingKickPunch
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 5:43:37 PM
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I would like the next firmware update to allow us to make custom avatars. or at least bring the "premium" ones to the store

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 6:19:43 PM
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Finally!!!

Now I can finally update my PS3 wihout any fear of the Blu Ray drive freezing on me.

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natho86
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 6:46:04 PM
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my ps3 died on me yesterday and i just aced ac2 one friggin trophy to go, and now it wont let me transfer to my new slim cuz its copyright protected!!! not happy

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shaydey77
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 8:11:52 PM
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I miss memory cards... if it aint broke why fix it?...or worse... fudge it up like they have done??

Also I only just managed to update to 3.10. If they dont add features to the actual PS3 the updates shouldnt be mandatory. Sounds like 3.15 will b useless to me.

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Jamaican_Heat
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 8:27:57 PM
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I think Sony is going to wait to add all of the features we really want with this new "Premium Service". Including the cross game chat and all that jazz, it only makes sence.

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Soultaker
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:13:46 PM
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im really put off on playing any games right now since my games freeze since fw 3.10

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___________
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 @ 11:44:36 PM
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hopefully this fixes the sync problems with the controllers, im sick of having to plug my controller in and sit 2 inches away from my TV.
and hopefully this will be the first firmware update they release that does not screw anything up.
i wont hold my breath though.

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Highlander
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 @ 3:52:32 PM

Well if you will buy 3rd party DS3 knock off controllers with flaky Bluetooth.... ;)

Actually, it was said that Sony thought the problems may be due to a number of counterfeit DS controllers that were incompatible after the update, but had been sold (perhaps in good faith) as original Sony controllers. Then again, I never did hear of the final verdict on that.

I bet that the controller sync issue will be fixed though, along with the other bluetooth issues. Way back around firmware 1.6(??) (time has worn the memory thin) there were a lot of controller sync issues that were resolved, and it's been rock solid ever since. I'd hope that this 3.15 will return the BlueTooth stability to what it was.

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___________
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:36:48 AM

there not replicas since i bought them from sony style.
a official sony store.
even the original sixaxis that came with my launch 60GB ps3 refuses to work.
downloaded the new FW update and they STILL wont work.

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swapnilgyani
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 12:36:26 PM
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Does anyone know for sure if the copy protected game saves can be transferred?

On another note, does anybody know why the f*** game saves are copy protected?

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