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System Updates For PS3, PSP Add PlayStation Plus

If you're gearing up for PlayStation Plus, slated to release this week, here's your official announcement.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced that system software update (v3.40) will be available for the PlayStation 3 "soon;" it will add the PlayStation Plus premium PSN service, along with "enhancements to the connection between users' PlayStation Network and Facebook accounts." Also, don't forget to be on the lookout for update 6.30 for your PSP, which will launch simultaneously with the PS3's 3.40 (you'll want Plus benefits on both platforms, right?). The following is what you can expect from these updates:

PlayStation®Plus: A new subscription service package on PlayStation®Network, PlayStation Plus offers gamers exclusive services and content on June 29, 2010, worldwide. PlayStation Network users will be able to purchase membership* to PlayStation Plus, providing members with new options to enhance their gaming experience and enable them to gain a special set of features and content. All PlayStation Network users will continue to have free access to its unmatched and expanding suite of new and exclusive content, services and community focused tools – including online game play – while PlayStation Plus subscribers will gain access to an exclusive and expanding set of evolving features, content and functionality.

Photo Gallery: A new network based photo sharing feature is now available on the Photo Gallery. The enhancement allows PS3 users to upload, browse and comment on photos on sites such as Facebook and Picasa Web Album. PS3 users can also opt to share their photos between their PlayStation Network friends.

Video Editor & Uploader: Video Editor and Uploader is a new function found on the XrossMediaBar (XMB), which enables users to edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3 system to sites such as Facebook or YouTube.

Five Star Rating Support: Users can rate PlayStation Store content they have purchased with one to five star ratings.

Power Save Settings: The default setting for PS3 System Auto-Off will be set at two hours, providing users with additional power save options and further improving power save features on the PS3 system.

The new PSN application will be made available on Facebook, too, which means you can display all your Network gains and achievements on your Facebook page. You can also network with PSN friends and Facebook contacts, so for all you virtual social-philes, this is for you. Check it out at Sony's Facebook page.

Tags: psn, playstation plus, firmware update

6/28/2010 8:52:01 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

sonic1899
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 9:26:21 PM
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I share HD wallpapers to all my friends every tuesday so any new photo sharing options are welcomed

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GuernicaReborn
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 9:29:21 PM
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I'm still not sure if I'm gonna sign up for plus. I think I'll wait for people on the web to put their two cents in before I go for it.

Overall though, this update is pretty good. Sony always hides something good in the updates as well, I wonder what it will be this time?

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tes37
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 9:51:35 PM

There is supposed to be a 3 month trial membership to see if you like it. It doesn't hurt to try it for free.

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GuernicaReborn
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:24:07 PM

I thought it was 3 free months if you bought the year subscription. They're just gonna give everyone the first three months free? I have terrible reading comprehension.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:06:16 AM

There is no free trial anywhere on PSN, but you get 3 free months if you buy a year subscription. So, it's $50 for 15 months.

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tes37
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:24:42 AM

Yeah that sucks. I guess my reading comprehension is off, but I'm not the only one. Quite a few people misunderstood as well.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:30:16 AM

lol

I thought someone at Sony's E3 conference said something about a free trial, but everything I've read in the last week only mentioned the extra months for the year subscription. Oh well, I don't see anything I'm interested in right now. I'll wait till later.

On a side note, anyone know how long they'll offer the extra 3 months?

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 9:43:09 PM
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The hidden update will be a virtual oven mitt heat shield for the side of the 360 that's sitting within 500 yards of the PS3 when it burns up, again.

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EddPm6
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:14:42 PM

We all know that the 360 has heat problems, terrible ones, but you don't need to post garbage talk like that.
And the secret update should be CGC. Surprise, like twisted metal.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 11:08:52 PM

Edd, per Sony, we all know cross game chat is not coming to the PS3 anytime soon, so quit stiring up garbage talk like that.

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GuernicaReborn
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:31:40 AM

You can see your friends Trophy level next to their comment bar on the friends list. Also, if they have PS+, there is icon next to their name. Thats kinda nifty.

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johnld
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 2:46:31 AM

give it up on cross game chat. i actually play my games. i prefer to enjoy my games when i play it and be completely immersed in it. i dont want guys like you who keep sending invites to chat. thats what i hated about playing on the 360.

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EddPm6
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 10:18:23 AM

wanting something like CGC isn't garbage talk, tard. Its speculation and desire.

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Scarecrow
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 9:58:39 PM
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3 month free trial will tell me to subscribe or not.

But to be honest I prefer a full game. Most digital games are just 20 minute fun games. I'm more of a 1-2 hour 'story-filled' game. On the flip side, there are a lot of fun PSN games so it might be really good.

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 11:45:01 PM

EddPm6,
Come on now really, you couldn't tell that was a joke? Did I really have to spell it out for you, with a J/K symbol after it?

FYI, I guess maybe you haven't been on this site long enough to know anything about me, so I'll so inform you....

Besides my 60 GB Ps3, I also own a 250 gig COD MW2 360 & 18 other assorted consoles & handhelds, plus around 1500+/- games so far.
And I whether I joke about any one of them, I still love them all.

So if you're still hurt, then I suggest you go out & get yourself a new funnybone.

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johnld
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 2:47:39 AM

i think the 3 month free trial is only when you subscribe for 1 year.

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webberfan
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:02:37 PM
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The 3.40 update is live.

Last edited by webberfan on 6/28/2010 10:02:48 PM

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EddPm6
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:16:25 PM
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getting it and plus

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bigrailer19
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:21:43 PM
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Definitely looking forward to plus. But the trial will be my deciding factor. I would enjoy the extra goodies though!

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webberfan
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:37:19 PM
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Already subscribed and downloading my goodies! I really like rating my purchases, it's fun! And you can change it easily without it counting as another vote. Fun to see the score go up and down.

Last edited by webberfan on 6/28/2010 10:37:30 PM

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johnld
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 2:49:19 AM

down vote mw2 dlc packs! hahaha, its too damn expensive for 3 new maps and 2 old ones which they probably didnt change much on.

Last edited by johnld on 6/29/2010 2:49:41 AM

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:41:26 PM
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PsPlus was a great idea by Sony. Users can still use the network, but don't have to pay for it. However, users can pay a small amount for extra features. A lot of people will sign up for this; and Sony will benefit from it. I am very glad we still don't have to pay to use PSN.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:50:25 PM
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Eh, doesn't affect me. Hey Ben are you gonna do any sort of review? Or perhaps an update on the State of the Playstation 3 address?

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frylock25
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 11:23:35 PM

like addressing the state of the PlayNation?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:08:52 AM

Yeah that sort of thing, dunno if you were around for the first one but it's been a great while.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:26:44 AM

Not a review, per se, but I might talk about it at some point.

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daus26
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 10:57:52 PM
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I'm looking forward to that video editor. Also, the facebook integration with the photos and videos in my PS3 HDD are actually something I'm anticipating as well! Thank you Sony.

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EddPm6
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 11:10:30 PM

Video editor wont use any copyrighted videos or ones that you put onto the the ps3 before the 3.4 update

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Banky A
Monday, June 28, 2010 @ 11:47:19 PM
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Video Editor & Uploader!
Booyah! Thanks Sonz'.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:21:48 AM
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The wife and I were looking at the video uploader already. Looks promising.

I plan on getting one PSN Plus for the house, and then keeping the kids PSN access the way it is.

Major props to Sony for keeping the PSN the way it is for FREE! So yes. BOOO on Microsoft!!!

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:41:16 AM
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I'll be giving the plus network a wide birth for now. I will keep an eye on it though.

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Qubex
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:52:02 AM
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This PSN/XMB update is not so significant for me... I don't have a Facebook account and don't intend to have one right now. Maybe at a later stage if there is a reason to have one... for now I am OK and remain elusive to some extent, besides my close friends and the dudes here...

I was hoping for an XMB re-work... anyway, we will see...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

*Currently in SinCity, Singapore

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 1:10:07 AM
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this is actually really awesome, because for christmas last year I got together with my siblings to get my parents a ps3. My mom loves taking pictures of her grand kids and looking at them on her ps3, she has also started getting into facebook and so these add ons will be great for her, especially since she likes to share the pics.

Now I just gotta convince the rest of my family to get one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:38:37 AM

That was nice of you kids, I'm afraid if I did that my folks wouldn't be able to do a damn thing with it. I hadda teach them how to use computers at all and I serve as their tech support. With a PS3 my mom would be like "How do I use it without a mouse?"

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 5:58:58 AM

well while we were there I taught my dad how to watch blu rays and my mom how to look at her pictures. Now every time I go see them I teach them something new that it can do.

It will take some time, but they'll get the hang of it. Just takes a little extra time to teach our parents ya know. lol

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Kai200X
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 1:19:20 AM
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I already joined PSPlus. Right now there are some nice contents, but I am sure they will add more stuff in the future. Can't wait!

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Tom_Robertson
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 2:17:10 AM
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Facebook integration is such a waste of time...much like Facebook itself...

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johnld
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 2:52:09 AM

i actually use facebook to keep in touch with old friends. its great to use once every 6 months....

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SmokeyPSD
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 6:16:02 AM

I'm actually excited about further facebook integration, the psn interface as a social tool is left wanting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 3:39:34 AM
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Doing the update now, gonna be pissed if it causes problems of any kind since I won't be getting Plus anyway.

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 5:59:54 AM

I got mine installed on ps3 and psp and so far so good.

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___________
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 5:09:52 AM
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subscribing now.
i hope they add first play to other regions soon, the UK and US are not the only nations that like to watch previews of upcoming games you know?

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THEGODSLAYER
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 6:48:56 AM
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its def worth it if you ask me i already bought the fat princess expansion and a couple other games =], my main question is since i bought the 3 month sub. if i buy a 12 month sub in 1 month will they stack?

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JackC8
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 7:35:32 AM
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Some night when I've got a few beers in me I imagine I'll probably end up getting PSN+. It just doesn't quite seem worth it in my present sober condition though.

That Facebook stuff...meh. I guess it fulfills a need for staying in touch with people who aren't actually worth a phone call, but that's just not my thing.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 8:35:37 AM
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I got it last night too. I like the additions to the gamercard with the little plus symbol and the trophy level. I had gotten WipeOut from a shared account and no longer share with the guy and I was meaning to get it again. I'm also a Qore user, so for all intents and purposes PSN+ cost me 5 bucks. :)

I'm looking forward to the exclusive betas and such. I probably won't be taking advantage of the game trials since I imagine it will be for great games that are a little older and I'll probably have already played them.

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JBLAZE
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 8:52:01 AM
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i thought that ps+ also included core?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:14:24 AM

I think that was an assumption that many made, but I don't remembering hearing or reading anything specific about Qore being included. To me, Plus supersedes Qore. So Qore may disappear, or alternately perhaps it will continue as a step down from Plus?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 11:12:32 AM
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Updated and purchased Plus. Already it's looking great with free add-ons to games I had already purchased. Nice.

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whooka
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:10:25 PM
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Bah, the ability to install Linux was more valuable (and had no extra costs) than most of these new 'features' and as that was removed under the guise of 'security' it makes one wonder how 'better linking of PSN and Facebook accounts' follows this big 'security' push on Sony's side. Yup, nothing says 'security' like Facebook!

As far as the 'Premium Content', Linux users need not apply as you're firmware forbids you from interacting with other PS3 owners, though arguably if they are the sort that happily gave up hypervisor access for Facebook you prob won't get along well anyways.

Sony, sony, sony....

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:21:50 PM

How was Linux more valuable to the vast majority of gamers? I understand it's value to you, and others who decided that they could live with the limitations of Linux in 256MB of RAM and with no GPU support.

But really, how was Linux more valuable to the majority than PlayStation Plus?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 9:00:58 PM

wah, wah, wah..

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Deleted User
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:15:16 PM
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I'm going to wait until July 1 as I want to see what PSN will look like now that Canadians can get on-demand movies and T.V.

How does one buy PS Plus? Do you buy a card like you do for Xbox Live Gold or do you have to use a credit card?

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 6:34:03 PM

You can buy a prepaid card [PSN Card] at a store and that'll work as well.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:44:16 PM
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Hey Ben... Do you kno what r the free games Sony are gonna give out with PS+ for this month?

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 12:45:15 PM
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@brighat I think eventually they'll have cards but for now i'm pretty sure your gonna have to use your credit card

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CharlesD
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 @ 7:33:51 PM
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Will most likely become a member before the end of the week. As I mentioned before even a moderate use of the PSN would make the $50 more than worth it.

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