Firmware Update (v2.17)

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If you’ve signed in to the PLAYSTATION Network tonight on your PS3, you probably noticed that you were prompted to upgrade the system’s firmware to v2.17. In case you were wondering what it’s all about (and a quick Google search indicates that yes, you are) the operating stability of some online PS3 titles has been improved.

Hope that clears things up!

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  • I think we’re being a bit under appreciative here. You know, they don’t HAVE to be doing any of this. I know that certain other companies have done considerably less for their systems, so lets not complain too much. Anything else we get is like icing on the cake, we already have the cake (which is delicious and moist), so lets be happy with that!!

    If no one else says it, I appreciate all your hard work sony!!!

  • When using SONY PS3 on SONY FULL HD HDTV and enabling “FULL PIXEL” setting, then PS2 GAMES HAVE OVERSCAN.

    Please put an option to have PS2 games fit the screen WITH NO OVERSCAN.

    PS1 & PS3 games DO NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

    More info here:

    http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=ps3&thread.id=1553589

    Thanks for your support.

  • why release a crap update when you can save it for when in game xmb or in game music OR home. once again, you broke my heart sony… you broke my heart

  • not-buying-incognito

    This update is WACK…. bring out the goods i’ve been waiting since Nov. 06… I THINK ME AND MANY OTHERS WHO PAYED THE 1ST HIGH PRICES SHOULD GET THE GOODS NOW!!!!!!!

  • Hey Jeff. If you get to read this comment, could you let us know if online stability of MLB 08 is improved with this update? and when the feature patch for COD4 will be released since sony has it for certification? Thanks

  • dkrefft | March 13th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I think we’re being a bit under appreciative here. You know, they don’t HAVE to be doing any of this. I know that certain other companies have done considerably less for their systems, so lets not complain too much. Anything else we get is like icing on the cake, we already have the cake (which is delicious and moist), so lets be happy with that!!

    If no one else says it, I appreciate all your hard work sony!!!

    it wouldnt bother me if they stopped the updates.

  • Give us HOME and In-Game XMB!

  • not-buying-incognito

    Under appreciative…. Yeah right i waited in the freezing cold to get my ps3 at launch and we are here over a year later and the other system still has superior online services….

  • Next question: why doesn’t Sony put something more interesting in the firmware update? For a multi-billion dollar corporation, you guys aren’t very good at marketing.

  • not-buying-incognito

    Under appreciative. I waited in the freezing cold for 24 hrs to buy my 20 gig @ $500.00. Now over a year later the other system still has a superior online services… Now that is a buncha @##$$%%^

  • I wanted in game xmb .. anyhow thats not cool.

  • Improving stability is never a bad thing.The update isn’t what everyone’s asking for,but it’s better than nothing.

  • Hey you bunch of foul mouthed repugnant parrots squeaking and whining about the same garbage day after day after day, unless your a xbot you have to really re-evaluate the time you spend thinking about 2 minor points in (Home/IGxmb) a much larger system, you friggin yappers are sad sad little people.

    As far as knowing what the updates are, pretty simple, go to the site, not to complicated even you tards should be able to type this address in: http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/About/SystemUpdate
    Copy Paste repeat when there’s an update.
    Thank you for the update Sony, & for giving us the gist Jeff.

  • @mentalsplatter

    Wanting a feature the Xbox has had since 2005 is garbage? I think not.

    Why do we have to wait? Its not fair to people that bought a PS3 for $599.99 when the system cant do the promised IN GAME XMB and its been 16 months since launch!!

  • @joel
    I bought the system for $600, walked out paying $700 odd dollars w/ game and extra controller, xbox: $1000. Live is a PAY FOR SERVICE… see the difference? no, ok PSN=Free, Live=$60 yr, difference? still don’t see it… sad.
    But what kind of glorious light do you think this is going to bring to the system? Don’t see it.

  • You raised my hopes for a good update and then effortlessly destroyed them!

    Soon….

  • I just realised something, XBL was started by SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS at Microsft, The PS3 was built by the Hardware Pro’s at Sony. Both systems show their strengths and weaknesses. The difference is that Sony put a machine on your room that they can upgrade the software for the next ten years. They may be a little behind on Net-based services, but Micro has a major advantage in that area. The XBOX is as good as it is going to get, no better. THE XBOX heads will need to buy two more diferent versions of the XBOX by the time that the PS3 has been replaced. XBOX had no room for improving or updating and had to get everything packed in prior to shipping, and charge for it. I will wait for a little while more and watch the PS3 get better and better, passing the XBL services on line, and then watch the XBOX heads go buy another system just to keep up. Have Faith peopoel, you did when you dropped your $$ in the first place didn’t you?

  • Are we ever gonna get DTS-MA HD decoding Sony?? Now that Blu-Ray’s won and all you would think that Sony would want the experience to be the best available (I know MS would as much as I can’t stand them). When people ask about the PS3 and Blu-Ray I say it’s great unless you want DTS-MA HD….

  • @218 Joel, when did you see this promise to handle in-game XMB exactly? I want a citation of a real Sony employee with authority claiming they’d have full in-game XMB.

    Just wondering.

  • I GOT KIND OF HAPPY IN ADVANCE. I SAW THE UPDATE AND I THOUGH THAT SONY HAD ACTUALLY DONE SOMETHING FOR US. I WAS WRONG ONCE AGAIN. THE UPDATE IS TO FIX THINGS OF THE INLINE GAMES THEY SAID. I SAY IT IS TO FIX BUGS ON THE FIRMWARE TO NOT LET PEOPLE HACK INTO THE SYSTEM. WE ALL NOW PS3’S TIME IS GONNA BE HERE SOON. THE PS2 WAS HACKED AND SO WAS THE PSP, WII AND BOTH THE XBOX AND THE XBOX 360, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT IT WONT HAPPENT TO THE PS3. RELEASE THING LIKE I GAME MENSSAGE OR TO LISSENT MUSIC WHILE IN A GAME OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, OR RELEASE THINGS IN THE PS STORE LIKE DEMOS OF GAMES. I HAVE MY SELF AN XBOX 360 ELITE AND THE PS3 SYSTEM TO ME IS WAY BETTER AND THE XBOX MAKES A LOT OF NOISE BUT I HAVE IN GAME MENSAGE A LOT OF DEMOS, MUSIC WHILE PLAYING A GAME. AND NONE OF THINS SONY HAS YET. STOP MAKING THIS STU………. UPDATES OR YOU ARE GONNA HAVE MORE PEOPLE GETTING A 360.

  • seriously, could there have been a more random number?

  • @ maluraq | March 13th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    If you go onto youtube you can probably find an old interview with sony developers unveiling the xmb while it was in beta stage before the ps3 was released to the public. In this demo of the xmb he clearly demonstrated in game xmb too..
    I think that’s why allot of people are pissed off. They took that video interview with a sony employee for granted and thought they would get in game xmb from the get go. Ever since they have been waiting and waiting for two features. They have made there voices heard but no one at Sony seems to take it seriously.
    I develop software and I can tell you right now that if sony didn’t fire half of there software developers and restructure that department then they aren’t going to go anywhere fast.
    And dont thank sony for doing a sub par job. They lie about dates, they ignore their fans.
    They have a development team assigned to the xmb. They should have been fired by now. Think of it this way, Its your job to cut 50 blocks of wood a day, instead you cut 50 a year but then you decided you couldn’t hit the deadline so you put it off another year. Now If you were the guy waiting for the blocks, If you were the guy paying him to cut the blocks what would you do.
    Sony is a company intent on making money, this is painfully obvious now. They use the false home release dates to sell more consoles. You as the consumer shouldn’t take this kind of shoddy service. Sure xbox live might be 60 a year but valves steam is free and even they are doing a better job then sony.
    It wrecks my head to see people thanking a company intent on ripping everyone off, its not a big friendly Penguin its a company who love to bring kids and old people to court.
    The last thing that pisses me off no end is people who refuse to do their job, how did the majority of them get hired at sony.

  • Hey Sony,if this new update is a minor update just to fix the stabiltiy of some games online,why the jump from 2.10 to 2.17????….Why not call it 2.11?….What ever happened to the rumour of firmware 2.15?….At first i assumed that version 2.17 was gonna be a big update.You could have atleast added one or two more features.Anyway,after almost 3 months without an update,it’s still something.

  • Am I the only one who has no idea what XMB is that everyone is complaining about? It is just being able to listen to music while playing games?!

    I am disappointed we still don’t have DTS-MA support–I was hoping to get that in the next firmware.

  • Found the Youtube link for in game xmb–so now I understand. As I primarily use the PS3 for Blu-Ray and my 360 for all my games this has never been a concern for me.

  • three damn months for a voice change when i don’t even have a headset………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..wow.

    not to let you down sony but c’mon look at these 250 comments and pay attention. or else how do u no what there needs really are?

  • xmb is sort of like a window manager, To the user its what you see on the screen when your not in a game.
    When you click on the home button on your controller in game and have the options to quit game, switch off controller shut down console etc we were origanally supposed to be able to access the friend list. This would alow you to be in a game of moterstorm, see that your freind has come online and started a game of resistance.
    Click join game and have moterstorm eject and the console wait for you to insert resistance. When you insert the game you skip the menu etc and go directly into the server your friend is playing on.
    Sony say they are having problems integrating it now, what I think the problem is is that they didnt tell developers to allocate enough memory for the future addition of in game xmb.
    If this is the case and we eventually get in game xmb it is possible not all our games will be compatible with it, resistance and Motor Storm might be possible offenders.
    Not the game developers fault of course.
    But Sony no undoubtedly now that there’s nothing better for selling your product than vapor ware and FUD. And no better way to defend themselves then not saying anything and keeping people in the dark. The people monitoring this blog were hired to be the gatekeepers between Sony officials and the consumer.
    They can disagree if they want but if they do then they will be admitting their lack of ability to do their jobs.
    If they say they have told Sony representatives what there customer base wants then they will be admitting that Sony, here all the rumors. Anyone remember those “leaked” feature lists for the 2.0 firmware, Sony didn’t dismiss this rumor to sell more consoles. Makes me sick to the stomach that they are using there current fan base as their marketing tool for fud. Why does the current fan base do this, because they spent allot of money on this console and want some way of justifying it to their friends.

  • @226 So you use it as the great media center it was destined to be. I’m a bit surprised they haven’t taken that much further either. I thought we would have upnp serving by now. I’m not going to back up my music onto the ps3 and the pc and in turn have to keep both libraries up to date just so I can share the music with my flatmates.
    I think they should do an interview with the developers of the xmb on this blog. Discussing how everything is managed. They do something similar for microsoft software developers over at channel 9, and interested parties could learn about open source develpment from launchpad and various “Planet” blogs around the net.
    Do they have people designated to certain departments when it comes to xmb : media, network etc or do they just have freelance development.
    I’m going to go with freelance development cause if they hired people with the unix mindset of do one thing and do it well that must mean their Lead developer went for a pack of cigarettes at launch and got lost on the way back to work.

  • @215

    What does this have to do with M$ and the 360? Because they’ve had something we should have it too and sooner? If you love their features so much, go and buy a 360 and sell your PS3. Then maybe you will be happy with your purchase.

    Guys, if these updates so bother you, then get rid of your PS3, because you seem more worried about updates then you do about playing games and a stable system.

    Is Sony doing everything right? No, far from it. But do you think complaining on their blog is going to get it done? You guys are broken records, get over it.

  • Speaking of Overscan… My old fashioned SDTV (I can’t use the HD set often because I’m not allowed to move it and it’s either in use or the room is) cuts off the edges so drastically, it affects games, but especially videos. Most games that need adjusting let me (ie PJM), but we can’t adjust the screen size in XMB…

    Please let us adjust the screen size in XMB, I’d like to see the whole picture.

  • I just would like to be able to see the time when we press the home button just like we do when we use the PSP…that can’t be so hard to make it right…

  • When using SONY PS3 on SONY FULL HD HDTV and enabling “FULL PIXEL” setting, then PS2 GAMES HAVE OVERSCAN.

    Please put an option to have PS2 games fit the screen WITH NO OVERSCAN.

    PS1 & PS3 games DO NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM.

    I agree with this!!!

  • @230 if you have a problem with a product you let the company that made the product know.
    Companies should compete with one another and not sit in the corner doing sweet **** all because they won lasts generations war in terms of sales.
    If western digital come up with a 5 terabyte drive tomorrow seagate are not going to say, no we prefer the 2 terabyte drives so we wont bother attempting to design a 5 terabyte drive of our own.
    When operating systems went from text based kernal user interfaces to graphical interfaces you didn’t see any guys developing competing operating systems say well we don’t need that do we. Both hardware and software are evolving constantly now. The way we view hardware has also changed. We didn’t expect firmware updates for a tape player in the 90’s that would be outrageous. But today its a different story, you see most other company’s are quite comfortable with change and competition and this has benefited the consumer.
    I have bought quite a few PS3 games so far, 10 actually and the games are important to me too and everyone else who is fed up with the lack of information and solid release dates for home and in game xmb.
    The reason they are annoyed is because an in game friend list would improve there games and also mean more features to the friend list in thr normal xmb like joining a friend online without the hassle and setting up a group session from the xmb, the release of home would mark the release of achievements in the xmb. I doubt they will release the new functionality before home.

  • BLah BLah BLah.
    game time!
    why, I ask you, why, lock me out untill this update is installed.
    you cruel SONY GODS!!!! why!!!

  • Summer can’t take any longer….

  • I didn’t care about the IGXMB until Trent Reznor (NIN), released 36 new instrumental tracks titled: “Ghosts I-IV”

    Custom Soundtracks never had a better reason. Trent always makes music that inspires the images that come with it, which is why a lot of his music is covered, remixed and put into a lot of movie soundtracks.

    First 9 tracks are free too! Why not check it out?!

  • Anyone else notice that the update supports way cooler theme packages? just throwing this out there, but until yesterday, the file size limit to theme packs were like, 1700kBs. Now they’re up into 16 megs and even 34 megs or something… probably animations that shift throughout the year.

    If that isn’t a new feature, some of you guys NEED an xbox to straighten you out (or melt into your carpet) lol.

    P.S. Sony, if you’re listening, let us linux-goers have a nicer computer. Give us the RSX (Please!!!) for use on ydl 6.0. I wanna make games for my ps3, not wait for them to come out!!!

  • @ 235

    Yes, I understand that. But acting like cry babies and whining all the time isn’t the way to do it. Do these update suck? Yep, they have for awhile, but you can’t have awesome updates all the time, no matter how much we [DELETED] about them. You take the good with the bad.

    And unless you know the deals M$ has with developers when it comes to content, you can’t scream and yell at Sony unless you know the story. Maybe developers just aren’t doing as many demos for the PS3 as they are the 360 because of time. Who knows?

  • In Shirt XMB.

  • So ya Im thinking we should all hold off on buyin Metal Gear Solid 4 till we get ATLEAST the things we have been promised since launch.

    In Shirt XMB was not a bit funny to those of us who need/want this feature. The fact that its March of 08 is a joke, I want the jobs of the ones responsible for these delays.

    Home im not even gettin started on Home.

    And seriously to those getn mad over complaining. This system is reaking of FAIL, if not the system the Dev teams. Or sadly sony themselvs.

  • cnt. 240

    Some how some way these issues can get resolved. Personally, I think it will be when we all get together and make them wait on something….like sales.

  • wow thanks for this GREAT useless update… ::sigh:: plz give us an update worth wasting time for.

  • WHAT IS THE POINT IN POSTING HERE IF WE NEVER EVER GET A REPLY TO OUR QUESTION?????????????????

  • The Taxman Cometh

    I have just bought an AV receiver that decodes HD audio. Having just read this blog I understand that HD Audio can not be streamed by PS3. Can Dolby HD be streamed? Come on Sony. Sort it our. Give us a firmware update we really need!!!!

  • @243

    Do you do anything but whine where ever you go?

  • ok.. one thing Sony should work on is, browser. and no, i don’t want to install “linux”. ahem.. can we also have yahoo messenger? just asking… q:

    but hey.. keep up the good work, Sony! q:

  • 238: the wolf.
    You can make great games with out the RSX , you can even make great 3D games without the RSX.

    for 2d games ,you can use pyGame or SDL (pyGame uses SDL)
    Cheers

  • Upgrade the system’s firmware to v2.17 and now ps3 freezes up,can’t go online or play downloaded demos from playstation store.is this just me or this has happen to others?

  • Hey jeff, any word on custom avatars for our PSN accounts? (The avatar you see when you look @ your name in your buddy list..) The sony ones are getting a little old. any info would be great..thanks

  • Sony, when are you going to *listen* to your customers.

    Do not disregard this comment as needless whining or you will miss the boat. I, and countless others, are looking for (and will pay the same premiums) for the in game experience that is offered by your *direct competition*.

    Think about it for a moment. All things being equal, which would you prefer:

    A mutil-player gaming system that is easy to use; easy to connect with friends; easy to get involved with multiplayer matches with people you know; easy to chat with someone during game play; easy to add friends DURING game play; easy to reach out to a friend who is playing a different game to invite them into your current mulitplayer game; and much much more… for $60 a year.

    Or

    A system that makes it a pain in the ass to do just about any of the above? For free.

    I own both a PS3 and an XBOX 360, and I must tell you: the games themselves (COD4 for example) play very similarly on both systems. The differentiating factor?…. XBOX Live!

    Sony, wake up and listen to your number one customer request… unless of course you ARE working on it, in which case, make an OFFICIAL announcement… let your customers know what is going on …. really.. Why does it need to be a big secret?

    Signed,
    “Really sick and tired of waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for the great stuff.. and about to turn off the PS3 for good.”

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