Firmware (v2.36) coming soon, (v2.40) to include trophies, in-game XMB

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A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

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    At least it’s now been reconfirmed that in-game XMB is coming in the next full firmware update. I’ve been waiting since the PlayStation 3 launch. Not long now my PlayStation brethren!

    I’m very happy to hear that TROPHIES will also be included. The name is precise, to the point, everyone knows what a Trophy is, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than accomplishments.

    Roll on E3!

  • Thank you for confirming this long awaited firmware update :)

  • no offense, but we’ve known for a while that this was coming.

    how about a real timeframe instead of skipping around the issue with every blog post by saying “soon”.

    kinda defeats the purpose of making a post about it at all..

  • yes!!!
    sony when ever u ready sony…im ready;-)2.40 here we come i know yall adding youtube support

  • YESS FINALLYYYY i luv you guys now i can have trophys finally

  • People are going to have to think of something new to complain about.

  • i can die happy now!!!

  • 2.40 is coming the 26th, 2.50 is coming near E3, and we get 2.36 this Thursday.

  • OMG finally something official on 2.4

    But we all know what the new question will be… WHEN???? we want dates, estimations, time frames, something. waiting without knowing sucks…

    Also, anyone knows if MGS4 will support trophies?

  • Fantastic news.

  • I pray this will lessen the “where’s in-game XMB” comments.

  • I hope the firmware update means Eight Days will be added to the XMB.

  • @ Kratos_ate_Snake: I think it’s a safe bet that MGS4 will support the Trophy system and more than like, Home (whenever it launches).

  • I hope the the 2.4 release date is reveal SHORTLY.


    Thanks Sony, this really, really made my day. REALLY!

  • Thanks for easing the pain, Eric. Can you comment on whether the update will include in-game music and if this whole BS Microsoft patent is true? Also, Is 2.4 coming before July?

  • Piratethom, once again you make sense. 100% agree with ya, only we have a tendency of being deleted here.

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    Sony please don’t release 2.36. I’m sure the current firmware is stable enough till 2.40 arrives. I own more than 3 PS3’s. It’s quite a hassle for me because for some reason I can’t update all at the same time. It successfully updates on one, and fails to download on the rest. IDK why. I pretty much have to download and update one by one. I like constant updates but in my situation it’s pretty annoying knowing the updates contain little to no difference.

  • another thing by “shortly” do you mean perhaps in this month?

  • Why do you need to make two different updates?
    You could just integrate the 2.36 fixes into 2.4 and release just that when it’s ready, I hope in a couple of weeks.
    I don’t think stability with a few original Playstation titles deserve its own early update.

  • At all those who are asking “when will it come”… It will come AFTER 2.36, just wait for it.

  • @ Uziari: “kinda defeats the purpose of making a post about it at all..”

    Yes, because ‘officially’ announcing something that was previously rumor and fuzzy YouTube videos is pointless.

    Who needs official announcements when you have rumors.

    /sarcasm mode on standby

  • Let me go on a limb and predict the release dates…

    2.36 firmware: Thursday, June 19th 2008

    2.40 firmware: Tuesday, July 15th 2008.

  • Stability is ALWAYS priority before you decide to stack more stuff on top.

  • YIPEEEEEEEEEE Dates next :D

  • Great post.
    Just one question, when will we get in-game xmb?

    J/K :D

  • You know, i can picture a lot of people in various forums getting all excited when they see the firmware notice on their PS3(thinking it is 2.40) and posting about it.

    As for the “why not put out 2.40 now” questions, maybe it just isn’t quite ready yet.

  • Why cant the two updates just be included in one update? I hate updating my system, i just want to start it and start playing….

  • @ #52 (Withnail): I wouldn’t designate all releases not ending in 0 to be security fixes/patches. There have been some that included new features. This may have changed once users started complaining about getting new features monthly.

  • Im tearing up as if i just won the superbowl!!! Beautiful!

  • I too don’t understand why 2.36 couldn’t have just come along with the 2.40 update, but oh well, thanks anyways Eric and SONY. What games does this update bring ‘stability’ for?

  • yup!!! cant wait until 2.4

  • It certainly took long enough for official word on this. Im glad to know its in the pipeline and we’ll see it soon now.

    Sony guys, i love you, and i’ve been a firm supporter since the original PlayStation, but you guys need to start telling us exactly WHY things like Home and In-Game XMB have been delayed so much. Not hearing much at all for more than a year is kind of disconcerting.

    I love the Blog, but please try to be a little more open with us.

  • Thats great news, although I wish that 2.40 would of just came instead of giving us 2.36 first.

  • @ 107, how the hell do you know? :/

  • But the question is, when is version 2.40 coming?… :(

  • Ultimate blog entry!

  • Lots of happy people here! This page has loads of comments very fast!

    2.36 wil probably be up tonight, and then 2.4 before the end of the month.

  • 2.50 video service. Leaks ftw


  • I hope its this month.. or at least before summer ends.

  • hey nice 2 know but i got a question when the games are gonna be play by the same cd not like they do that u have 2 install them and then play cuase now i have like 15 or 16 and my hard drive is almost full…i think if u have a blue ray disk u dont need 2 intall them cause thay have 2 much info. in them?

  • Thanks for giving us an official announcement about these rumors of both firmwires.

  • Its nice that Eric confirmed 2.40 while he was announcing 2.36. If he hadn’t people on here would have freaked. I wouldn’t expect 2.40 until July if I was you guys. You may be disappointed otherwise.

    They aren’t going to give us a date. They never give a date. They will say “soon” on the Blog when its coming within a few days. Just be patient. Its coming.

  • Speaking of which, I sure hope Heavenly Sword gets ‘stability updates’ I tried playing it again and it still has glitches where it will halt at a black screen, or the sound doesn’t work at certain points in the game…

  • I said in other forums. This should have been out before MGS4. In a game that doesnt use the Playstation Network it could have been hugely helpful for when your in game and received a message from someone on the PSN friends list telling you their Konami Game ID so you can add them to your MGO friends list.

  • Last time Sony said we would get Firmware “soon”

    We got it the next day.

  • Your the man Eric! Always giving us the breaking news on firmware updates. Thanks!

  • HOLY MONKEYS! Awesomeness!

    Now where’s the DVR functionality!?!? :-)

    IN-GAME DVR!!!!
    IN-GAME DVR!!!!

  • This blog entry is meaninglsss nonsense. They’re very careful to say that v2.36 is “coming soon” but make absolutely no reference to when we might see v2.40.

    …spineless, non-commital weasels…

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