Firmware (v.2.40) Walkthrough Part 1: the XMB

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Hi everyone! We know you’re all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, v2.40, which includes XMB access in-game and Trophy support. The good news is that it’s coming soon, and you can now see how accessing the XMB from in-game will work in this video demo.

Shortly, we’ll be posting another video here on the PlayStation.Blog that shows the Trophy feature in action for the first time. At that time we’ll provide even more details on how firmware v2.40 will enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 experience.

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  • Thank you so much! You Rock!

  • I knew it!

  • Thank you awesomes

  • That’s so amazing. Thank you so much Eric. Nice head’s up Jeff!

  • Heh. Well, I guess I was wrong, but in this particular case I think that’s okay. :P

  • yeaaaa@

  • Awesome.

    But can any employee/staff tell me why my PS3 is constantly freezing? It is brand new, and i am treating it the best i could. Believe me i am treating it better than my 2 year old daughter. I haven’t downloaded a single demo, i haven’t used folding@home, i haven’t used the web browser, i haven’t transfered music/videos through a USB/SD card. All i’m doing with my PS3 since i purchased it are downloading firmwares and gaming. Still, i am getting the freezes. It happens with every game..the game freezes, then the PS3 bips 3 times and restarts. I am worried because my brother’s PS3 died few days ago, and it was due to the freezings. He was playing FIFA08 when suddenly the sound went off, the game froze, the controller wouldn’t respond so he manually reset the PS3..surprise: XMB screen disappeared. When he ejected the disc, the PS3 couldn’t read any disc anymore. I know 2 people that have had the same disc-reading issue. What are you waiting to fix it? The PS3 has been out for so long now, and you still haven’t fixed it! We paid 599 euros, and this is how you treat us? With a console that lasts less than a year?!! You see, i have been a loyal SONY consumer for over 20 years. Sony is part of my TV, my walkmans, my MP3s, my dvd players, my video game consoles, my handycams and cameras..everything i have is signed SONY, because it is a company i trusted. It is a company i loved. But what you’ve done to us with the PS3 is unacceptable. What it causing that goddamn disc-reading issue? Why are you not fixing it? You see, i love gaming. I always loved gaming. I collect video game consoles; i have over 30 different one. Some like the atari2600 are +20 years old, and they still work as if i just bought them today. +20 years and working perfectly, while my PS3 that isn’t even 6 months old and it’s death countdown has started since i got my first freeze. My brother gave up on the PS3 after it broke, and i will do the same when my unit will die too. The day we hear that SONY fixed the disc-reading issue, we’ll purchase new Playstation3 consoles. But as of now, as of this right moment, believe me SONY you have truly disappointed me. SONY and me, it’s over.

  • omg yay!! waiting paid off!!!

  • Going to watch this now. Thanks for the vid (at at such an early time) :)

  • when is soon?

    This week also I love you

  • thanks Jeff!! oh yeah i added you on PSN can you accept my invite my names Relenless.

    cheers bud


  • “Hi everyone! We know you’re all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, v2.40..”

    I lol’d. Seriously. You’re funny! :D

  • Absolutely Terrific Awesome, idk what to even say, nice job. /applause

  • OMG yes, yes, YES!!!!!

  • Looks good!

  • Finally! Thank you for listening to us!

  • THANK YOU SONY! ERIC and JEFF you guys ROCK! IN GAME XMB WIll rock with MGS4!!!!

  • I can’t wait, thanks guys

    So what does soon mean?
    Like In Shirt XMB soon?

    Anyway I want in game voice chat too!

  • THANKS YOU!!!! :)

  • Better than I had hoped for, good work guys!

  • And the date/time in the top corner. Yahoo! :)

  • Awesome, been waiting for this for a while.

    I will say that I am very disappointed to see the apparent omission of voice chat though. Was really hoping to be able to chat with friends while playing single player games.



  • Jeff a few questions:

    1. Any news on cross game invites with use of the friendslist?

    2. Any news if you can acces the webbroser while playing a game?


  • posting on epic post!


  • Like the game switching too. Very noice.

  • Oh God, we really do get in game music! Thanks so much for the vid guys.

  • Excellent news. Thanks a lot for that.

    Two things:

    1st – Can you enter into private chat while in a game? What I mean is, can I play Oblivion and send a chat invite to my friend who is playing Gran Turismo Prologue, and we can chat while in different games?

    2nd – I heard you say ‘most PS3 games’ support this. Does that refer to the ability to access the XMB in-game, or only certain features of the in-game XMB? If you can still access the XMB in-game, what features aren’t supported and by what games?

    Any clarification would be most appreciated.

    Thanks again, and great job.

  • Great update, but can we get subtitles in these videos for us hearing impaired* users?

    *Just reformatted the computer and have yet to install sound drivers :(

  • awesome, but heres a question about the video download service, can the movies be streamed than downloaded?

  • Glorious…just Glorious!!!

  • Will there be cross game voice chat in 2.40? I would like to know thank you! ;)

  • Ok I will be the first to ask this so I’d really like an answer this time. About 2.4, it’s great that the video shows that games can have your music playing…But is it going to work in any games? Is 2.4 going to need a patch to work in older or already released games? Also I’d like to know when we can expect the second video. Thank you for listening to the PS community.

  • fgjqowgejqeg YES!

  • THANK YOU SONY FOR THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT!!!!! Turned 19 just 53 minutes ago!

  • I _>

  • Well, that blows goat nips. I guess we can’t switch resolutions in game, which was the only feature I really wanted.

    Oh well. Good stuff none the less, just a bit of a let down for me.

  • noiceeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Big Kudos to Sony :) Just got done watching the vid and this should now make a lot of people happy.

  • Patriotsbball5460

    custom soundtracks! no cross game voice chat?!?!

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