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Version

Release date (UTC) Notes

Description
3.21

April 1, 2010[3]

System changes
  • The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been deleted from the original PS3s.
Other changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some downloaded PlayStation format software.
  • A security patch was added to address security vulnerabilities that may occur when playing MP4 format video files.
3.15

December 10, 2009[4][5] Formerly optional, required as of January 27, 2010

System changes
  • Certain data can be transferred from one PS3 to another using a LAN cable.
  • Resolved Bluetooth sync issues.
  • Resolved Trophy sync issues.
  • Improved system stability.[6]
Game changes
  • PSP Minis can now be played via emulation.
  • Added [Saved Data Utility (minis)] under [Game] on the XMB.
  • Renamed the [Saved Data Utility] folder to [Saved Data Utility (PS3)].
3.10

November 19, 2009[7]

System changes
  • Added the option to automatically send updates to the user's Facebook profile when Trophies are unlocked.
  • Added the option to automatically send updates to the user's Facebook profile when items are downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
  • Added the option to automatically send updates to the user's Facebook profile for in-game events (in compatible games).
  • The [Friends] list boxes only appear upon highlight, however, users' "currently playing" game and avatar box are always visible.
  • The user is now able to change the color of their [Profile].
  • [About] now displays the new PlayStation 3 logo when choosing a game.
  • The user can now send system error reports to Sony Computer Entertainment in the event of an improper shutdown.[8]
Media changes
  • Expanded [Photo] folders and playlists are now displayed in a grid, rather than a list.
  • Added ABC iView shortcut for users in Australia under [TV].
  • Added RTVE, Antena 3 and LaSexta catch-up TV website shortcuts for users in Spain under [TV].
  • Added NOS catch-up TV website shortcut for users in the Netherlands under [TV].
  • Added AXN and Animax catch-up TV website shortcuts for users in Czech, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia under [TV].
  • Added RTÉ player for Ireland PS3 users under TV icon on XMB shortcut to website.
  • Added PlayStation Video Store for users in UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain Italy.
Settings changes
  • Added [Facebook] menu item under [Account Management] allowing the user to change Facebook sharing and account settings.
  • Improved the performance of the Internet Browser.
  • Polish (Polski) has been added under the [System Language] section.
3.01

September 15, 2009[9] Optional, but required for some games.[citation needed]

System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
3.00

September 1, 2009[2][10][11]

System changes
  • [Information Board] replaced by a [What's New] feature.
  • When the system is started it will display the [What's New] screen by default instead of the [Games] menu.
  • A [Status Indicator] added to the top of the screen showing the user's online status, the number of friends online and an icon indicating if there are unread PSN messages.
  • The swirling activity indicator has been replaced with an analog clock (hands rotate quickly to show activity).
  • The [Friends] list has been redesigned.
  • Messages from specific friends can be accessed from the sender's profile screen.
  • Increased font and icon size.
  • The default theme has been changed to an updated version of the 'Original' waves theme (the original theme has been renamed 'Classic').
  • The ability to take screenshots has been added to the [Internet Browser].
  • Support for new avatars to be downloaded.
  • [Remote Play] now supports mobile phones such as the Sony Ericsson Aino.
  • The controller battery indicator has been moved.
  • The copy/paste functionality has been expanded.
  • A position indicator appears when scrolling through a large list.
  • An issue occurred on some models, preventing the use of some unofficial controllers.[12]
  • XMB icons now change color along with the theme depending on the time of day.
Game changes
  • A new feature added allowing game developers to display Trophies in different ways, such as grouping them by add-on pack, etc.
  • A [PlayStation Store] icon added under the [Game] category.
  • Platinum trophies no longer count towards the total percentage of each game.
Media changes
  • Added a BBC iPlayer website shortcut for users in the UK under [TV], which now includes hardware acceleration in full-screen mode.[13]
  • A [PlayStation Store] icon added under the [Video] category (where PlayStation Video Store is available).
  • Added the ability to upsample audio stored on the internal or USB hard drive to 88.2 kHz or 176.4 kHz.
  • Background audio playback is disabled in the [Internet Browser] and [Photo Gallery] when the audio upsampling feature is enabled.[14]
  • During Video playback, the right analog stick can be used to play content in slow playback, fast reverse, and fast forward.
Settings changes
  • Support for new Dynamic Custom Themes.
  • [Display What's New] added to the [Settings] menu to allow the user to change what the system displays by default on startup.
  • [Audio Multi-Output] allows audio output through multiple connectors (e.g. HDMI and optical) simultaneously.
  • [Audio CD Output Frequency] has been renamed [Output Frequency] and now affects all music content.
  • Settings have subtitles for reference.
  • Ability to check internet connection upload/download speed in [Network Settings].
  • Echo Canceller added to Accessory Settings.

[edit] Version 2Edit

Version

Release date (UTC) Notes

Description
2.90

Distributed with the PS3 "slim"[2][not in citation given]

Initial firmware for PS3 120GB & 250GB (PS3 "slim"). This firmware is only available pre-installed on new PS3 120GB & 250GB (PS3 "slim") models and cannot be downloaded.

System changes
  • New system startup, featuring new PS3 logo, the PlayStation family logo and a new startup sound.
  • The "PLAYSTATION 3" logo is no longer displayed before starting a PS3 game.
  • BRAVIA Sync allowing control of the XMB by BRAVIA TV remote control (PS3 slim units only).
  • [Install Other OS] and [Default System] have been removed (PS3 slim units only).
2.80

June 24, 2009[15] Optional, but required for Vidzone

System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
  • Third party peripherals plugged in via USB, are now assigned to controller port 7.
  • Closed a vulnerability which allowed the use of Open Remote Play, a homebrew application used to allow Remote Play connections to the PS3 from devices other than the PSP. Remote Play remains available for PSPs using custom firmware.
  • Message size in the [Text Chat] utility has been increased from 32 to 64 characters.
2.76

May 14, 2009[16]

System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
  • After a hard drive upgrade or a restore from backup, games no longer need to be loaded before their Trophies are displayed in the [Trophies] menu.
2.70

April 2, 2009[17]

Media changes
  • Copy-protected videos purchased from the PlayStation Store can now be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback.
  • Videos purchased for the PSP can now be transferred to the PS3 for playback.
  • A [Dynamic Normalizer] option has been added as an option under [Music Settings] in the [Settings] menu.
System changes
  • Added [Internet Search] function to items on the [Games] menu for PlayStation 3 format software. Selecting the option launches the internet browser and performs a Google search on the item's title.
  • Added the ability to copy and paste text from a web page viewed in the internet browser.
  • [Copy Address of This Page] and [Copy Address of This Link] have been added as options under [File] in the browse mode menu of the Internet browser.
  • [Browser Security] has been added as an option to the browse mode menu of the Internet browser. The websites for the Web filtering services that used to be listed under [Bookmarks] have been moved under this new option.
  • Polish, Greek, Czech, Slovak, and Turkish text can now be displayed in the Internet browser.
  • A [Text Chat] feature has been added that enables the user to create or join a chat room with up to 15 other PlayStation Network users and communicate using the on-screen keyboard or a compatible keyboard peripheral. This feature is available both in game and not in-game.
  • Ability to sort the [Friends] list via users' online status and the time they were last online.
  • On the [Friends] menu, new friend requests are now displayed at the top of the list.
  • The file size limit for message attachments has been increased from 1MB to 3MB.
  • When downloading a file, an estimate of how long the download will take is now displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where 2-channel music files were output to multi-channel audio systems on multiple channels with the extra channels muted.
2.60

January 21, 2009[18]

System changes
  • An error which caused saved games for some titles to become inaccessible if the user's PlayStation Network ID or password was changed has been addressed.[19]
  • Users are now able to browse the PlayStation Store without the need to create or sign-in to a PlayStation Network account.
Media changes
  • A [Photo Gallery] application has been added under the [Photo] category (requires additional 105MB download).
  • Video playback of files encoded with version 3.11 of the DivX codec.
2.53

December 2, 2008[20][21]


System changes
  • Internet browser now supports full-screen display of Adobe Flash content.
  • Support for Live movie (using RTMP format) playback has been added.[22]
2.52

November 5, 2008[23]

System changes
  • The playback quality of some PlayStation 3 format software has been improved.
  • A text entry issue that occurs when using the on-screen keyboard, USB keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard with some PlayStation 3 format software has been addressed.
  • An issue that prevents proper display of video content recorded at 59.94 Hz on some TV models has been addressed.[24]
2.51

October 27, 2008[25] Demonstration units only

Changes not known.

2.50

October 15, 2008[26][27]

Settings changes
  • The PS3 and/or wireless controllers can now be set to turn off automatically after a set period of inactivity.
  • The PS3 can be set to automatically turn off after a background download or installation of content has completed.
  • The [BD/DVD Settings] option under [Settings] has been renamed to [Video Settings]
  • The [Cinema Conversion] and [Upscale] options under [Video Settings] have been renamed to [BD/DVD Cinema Conversion] and [BD/DVD Upscaler].
  • [50 Hz Video Output] has been added as an option under [Video Settings].
  • [DivX VOD Registration Code] has been added under [System Settings]. This code can be used to register the PS3 to be able to play DivX VOD files.
  • The method for reconnecting bluetooth devices has been modified.
  • [German Keyboard (Switzerland)], [French Keyboard (Canada)] and [French Keyboard (Switzerland)] have been added as options under [Accessory Settings] > [Keyboard Type].

Media changes

  • A scene-search feature similar to the version on the PSP has been added. This feature allows a video or PlayTV recordings to be broken up into 15, or 30-second; one, two, or five-minute intervals, which can then be accessed quickly.
  • The option to have videos under the [Video] section of the XMB home menu play in sequence has been added.
  • A [Mosquito Noise Reduction] setting has been added which reduces noise on videos saved on the console's hard drive or external storage media.
  • Volume control now has nine levels instead of five.
  • A pause button has been added to the mini music control panel on the XMB.
  • Frame Conversion has now been removed for MPEG-4 videos. Anything other than 50 Hz will now be displayed in NTSC, showing up in black and white on legacy PAL systems that are incompatible with the NTSC video standard.[28]
  • Pressing the PS button during a video now pauses the video, rather than continuing playing it.
System changes
  • The official PS3 bluetooth headset is now supported and a "high-quality (HQ)" mode, which allows higher-clarity voice communication, has been added for this headset.
  • Support for the official PS3 wireless keypad has been added[29]
  • An on-screen indicator showing headset battery status, volume level, and whether HQ mode is active has been added.
  • The PlayStation Trophies interface has been modified to show the percentage gained towards the next level in addition to the current level when viewing profiles or comparing trophies.
  • The on-screen notification displayed when the player gains a trophy now displays the specific trophy icon created by the game's developer.
  • The PlayStation Network Sign-Up and Account Management utilities have been redesigned.
  • The method of disabling the automatic sign-in option and the way to sign out from PlayStation Network have been modified.
  • Information has been added below the avatars of offline Friends in the Friends list indicating how long it has been since they were online.
  • A "redeem codes" option has been added directly in the PlayStation Store to make it easier to redeem PlayStation Network Cards and promotion codes.
  • The Internet Browser now supports Adobe Flash 9 content.
  • Items on the Information Board can now link directly to an item in the PlayStation Store.
  • Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian have been added as My languages options in the Account Management section
  • Support for network printers has been added.
  • HP printers are now supported.
  • A recovery mode has been added.[30]
Game changes
  • In-game Screenshots, which allows screenshots to be taken while playing a game, has been added. This feature will be supported on a game by game basis.
  • [Sync with Server] has been added as an option under [Trophy Collection].
  • The [Settings and Connection Status List] option under [Network Settings] can now be viewed on the In-game XMB menu in some PS3 games.
2.43

September 17, 2008[31] Compulsory in Japan only

System changes
  • Changes to support the release of rental content on PlayStation Store in the Japan region.[32]
2.42

July 30, 2008[33]

Game changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PlayStation 3 and PlayStation format software.
2.41

July 8, 2008[34]

System changes
  • Various fixes for issues caused by update 2.40.
  • Changed platinum trophy icon.[35]
  • New page added to profile of users under [Players Met] which shows the last game played with that user.
  • Ability to record TV programmes using PlayTV while playing a game.[36]
2.40

July 2, 2008[37] Withdrawn, July 2, 2008

Settings changes
  • An option to automatically turn off the PlayStation 3 system after a system update has completed has been added.
  • [Reassign Controllers] and [Controller Vibration Function] have been added as options under [Accessory Settings].
Game changes
  • The ability to access the XMB while playing PlayStation 3 format software has been added.
    • Only some of the XMB functions can be used during gameplay.
    • A long press on the PS button displays the standard menu with options to quit the game, turn off the system, change controller settings etc.
    • The XMB screen cannot be displayed when playing certain PlayStation 3 format software titles.
    • Music playback is only available in games where the developer has enabled the feature.
  • A [Quit Game] option has been added to the [Games] category of the XMB whilst in a game
  • Players can now collect PlayStation Network Trophies in games that support the feature.
System changes
  • A new "view mode" has been added to the PlayStation Store
  • [Search] has been added as an option in the browse mode menu of the Internet Browser.
  • An [Internet search] option has been added to the XMB.
  • The current date and time can now be displayed in the top right-hand corner of the XMB
  • When using a keyboard, the entire text entry field can be cleared at once.
  • The number of Friends who can be added to a Friends list has been increased from 50 to 100.
  • The [Information] screen for friends has been redesigned and renamed as [Profile].

Media Changes

  • New sorting options have been added for items in the [Video] category.
  • The ability to print a photo playlist has been added.
  • Support for MP3 Surround format audio has been added.
  • Video content stored on the hard drive can now be upscaled to HD quality.

Disc Changes

  • Upscaling of Blu-ray Disc (BDAV) video content is now supported
  • For DTS playback on DVD-Video and Blu-ray Disc media, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 for DVD-Video and DTS-ES Matrix for Blu-ray Discs are now supported.
2.36

June 18, 2008[38]

Game changes
  • The operating stability of PlayStation format software has been improved.
2.35

May 15, 2008[39]

Game changes
  • The operating stability of some PlayStation 3 format software has been improved.
2.30

April 15, 2008[40]

System changes
  • Redesigned PlayStation Store
    • Easier navigation – PlayStation Store's new interface allows easier navigation. It is now possible to move between pages by simply pressing the X and O buttons,as well as move to other pages faster.
    • New layout – PlayStation Store has a new page layout that makes it easier to find locate content.
    • Avatar display – View your PlayStation Network account avatar on the pages of PlayStation Store.
    • Content status display – An icon now indicates the status of each content item: Items that are purchased and Items that are in the cart.

Media changes

  • Blu-ray Disc playback now supports DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio output.
    • The PS3 system does not support playback of DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 for DVD-Video or DTS-ES Matrix for Blu-ray Discs.
2.20

March 25, 2008[41]

Settings changes
  • Registering (pair) Bluetooth devices has changed, and it is now possible to register more devices.
  • A [BD Internet Connection] setting has been added under [BD/DVD Settings].
  • An [Audio Output Device] setting has been added under [Remote Play Settings].

Media changes

  • Ability to play DivX and WMV files that are 2 GB or larger.
  • Support of XviD files updated, many more files are now playable but are recognised as MPEG-4 files.
  • Ability to display subtitles when playing DivX files.
  • Ability to resume playing a DVD/BD from the point where previously stopped, even if the disc is removed then re-inserted to the console, or the console is turned off entirely.
    • BD-J format disc is not supported.
  • Ability to display an image while editing a playlist.
  • Ability to play a music track while editing a playlist.
  • A [Mosquito Noise Reduction] option has been added under [AV Settings] in the control panel for standard DVDs.
    • BD discs recorded with BDMV format are not supported.
  • Ability to copy playlists created in (Photo) and (Music) to a PSP system.

Disc changes

  • Blu-ray BD-Live Profile 2.0 is now supported.
    • Users are now able to use several interactive features such as downloadable video content, ring tones and interactive movie-based games, with Profile 2.0-compatible Blu-ray Discs. The interactive features may vary depending on the disc.
  • Ability to now play BD-R version 1.2 (LTH* BD-R) discs.[42]
    • LTH, or low to high, is a recording method that supports organic dye, write-once BD-R media.
System changes
  • Ability to change some PS3 system settings during remote play.
  • [Save Target] has been added as an option under [File] in the browse mode menu of the Internet browser. This option adds the capability save a file that is linked from a Web page, such as an image or video file, or other type of file, to your PS3 system's hard disk drive or storage media.
  • The Internet browser now displays some Web pages faster.
  • Using the Internet browser, it is possible to play a linked video file* as it is being downloaded.
    • Some types of video files cannot be viewed in this manner and must be downloaded completely before playback.
  • Other OS Wake-On-Lan support was added.
2.17

March 13, 2008[43]

Game changes
  • The operating stability of some online PlayStation 3 format software has been improved.
System changes
2.10

December 18, 2007[45]

Settings changes
  • Voice Changer feature has been added to Voice and Video Chat and is available in games that support microphones.
    • The tone of the sound that is input from an audio device such as a microphone can be changed. High and low-pitched tones can each be adjusted to five preset levels each.
  • Bitmapping [Type 3] has been added as an option under Settings > [Music Settings] > [Bitmapping].

Media changes

  • A new visualization (Earth Visualization) has been added. To cycle through available visualizations, press [Square].
  • DivX, XviD and VC-1 (WMV) have been added to the types of files that can be played.
    • To play VC-1 (WMV) format files, users must go to Settings > [System Settings] and set [Enable WMA Playback].
    • Copyright-protected files or files that were encoded by using DivX 3.11 cannot be played. – Files that are 2GB or more in size cannot be played.

Disc changes

  • Blu-ray Bonus View Profile 1.1 is now supported.
    • Users are now able to use several additional features such as playback of two videos at the same time with Profile 1.1-compatible Blu-ray Discs. The available features vary depending on the disc.
  • [BD Data Utility] has been added. The management data that is used by the Blu-ray Disc is saved in this folder.
Game changes
  • Users can now play PlayStation game discs on a PSP with remote play (this feature was not announced).
  • Backwards compatibility (via emulation) for PS1 and PS2 games on models lacking the Emotion Engine was improved (Update was also unannounced but evident in Sony's backwards compatibility search site).

Other changes

  • The PlayStation 3 RSX access hack via Linux has been blocked.
2.01

November 20, 2007[46]

Settings changes
  • The Remote Start specifications have been changed to prevent an unintentional remote start by the user.

Disc changes

  • DSD-to-DTS conversion has been removed again. Optical output from SACD remains possible but in stereo only.[47]
Game changes
  • The operating stability of some PlayStation 3 format software has been improved.
  • The operating stability when outputting upscaled PlayStation2 format software has been improved.
    • Only for models that support playback of PlayStation2 format software.
System changes
  • The stability of the system software has been improved for some operations, including the use of the Internet Browser and information board.
2.00

November 8, 2007[48]

Settings changes
  • Ability to modify the PlayStation 3 XMB Home Menu icons or background design by using a theme compiler designed for the PlayStation 3 released by Sony.
  • Remote Start has been added as an option under [Remote Play Settings].
  • [Color], [Background] and [Font] have been added as options under [Theme Settings].
  • Ability to select [Brightness] as an option under [Theme Settings] > [Background].
  • The process for setting [Internet Connection Settings] under [Network Settings] has been changed.
  • Ability to select Canon printers with the [Printer Selection] option under [Printer Settings].

Media changes

  • Ability to create playlists to group content under [Music] and [Photo].

Disc changes

  • Ability to play SACD via digital optical audio output. The DSD stream is converted to multichannel DTS or stereo PCM, depending on settings.[47]
Game changes
  • [Vibration Function] has been added as an option under [Controller Settings] in the menu that appears when the PS button on the wireless controller is pressed.
    • To use this feature, a DualShock 3 Wireless Controller is required.
System changes
  • New grouping options for the [Group Content] feature have been added to the options menu.
  • [Information Board] has been added as a feature under [Network]. PlayStation related news can be displayed on the PlayStation 3 Home Menu.
  • [PlayStation Network] has been added as a category in the PlayStation 3 Home Menu.
  • [Trend Micro Web Security for PS3] has been added as a security option under the Internet browser.
  • Ability to view video content (as a progressive download) as it is being downloaded from PlayStation Store.
  • The voice/video chat menu has been changed.
  • Ability to use the PlayStation Eye camera for voice / video chat.[48]

[edit] Version 1Edit

Version

Release date (UTC) Notes

Description
1.94

October 23, 2007 Not downloadable

Game changes
1.93

September 13, 2007[49]

System changes
  • The stability of the network connection has been improved.
1.92

September 4, 2007[50]

Game changes
  • Playability status with the PlayStation 3 system changed for some PlayStation 2 format titles. This does not affect titles in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania.
1.90

July 24, 2007[51]

Settings changes
  • Wallpaper feature for the background of XMB was added.
  • Support for text entry in simplified Chinese characters has been added.

Media changes

  • Playback of AVCHD-format video files that are saved on Memory Stick media or on the hard disk of a digital video camera.

Disc changes

  • Upsampled output of audio CDs is now supported.
  • Ability to eject a game disc using the controller.
Game changes
  • Ability to sort games that are saved on the PlayStation 3's hard disk.
System changes
  • Emoticons in messages under [Friends].
  • Ability to enter text directly into Web page text entry fields using a USB keyboard.
  • Ability to use Traditional Chinese characters as a text entry method.
  • Browser speed has been improved.
1.82

June 28, 2007[52]

Media changes
  • Support for playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) format video was added.
1.81

June 15, 2007[53]

Settings changes
  • The method of setting RGB Full Range (HDMI) under Display Settings was improved.
System changes
  • The stability of the network connection used during gameplay was improved for some PlayStation 2 format software titles that support online gaming.
1.80

May 24, 2007[54] Update also available on MotorStorm disc

Settings changes
  • Remote Play over the Internet now an option. Broadband connection and PSP firmware version 3.50, or newer, is required.

Media changes

  • Ability to print photos via USB (currently, only selected Epson and Canon printers connected are compatible).
  • Ability to zoom and crop images.
  • Added a new slideshow type.

Disc changes

  • Ability to upscale standard DVD-Videos to 1080p.
  • Ability to downscale Blu-ray video to 720p.
  • Ability to play 1080p Blu-ray video at 24Hz.
  • Ability to edit CD information and submit it to AMG.
Game changes
  • Ability to upscale PS1 and PS2 games
  • Ability to copy PS1/PS2 game saves from PS3 to Memory Cards using a Memory Card adapter.
  • Backwards compatibility (via emulation) for PS1 and PS2 games on models lacking the Emotion Engine was improved.
System changes
  • Added DLNA compatibility.
  • Added support for the xvYCC color space.
  • HDMI driver version updated, providing bug fixes including a blinking problem on Westinghouse 1080p LCD TVs.
1.70

April 19, 2007[55]

Game changes
  • Added the ability to play original PlayStation format games downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
  • Added rumble functionality for USB accessories which support it when playing PS2 games.
  • Saved data from PlayStation format software now usable on both PSP and PS3 systems.
  • Backwards compatibility (via emulation) for PS1 and PS2 games on models lacking the Emotion Engine was improved.
1.60

March 22, 2007[56]

Settings changes
  • Added Remote Play support for the 20 GB model.
  • Support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice.

Disc changes

  • Support for playback of BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc recordable) ver 3.0.
Game changes
  • First version to support software emulation on PS1/PS2 games for PAL units.ps3 playback improved
System changes
  • Added Folding@home client.
  • Added background downloading feature (ability to download while doing something else).
  • Added an on-screen QWERTY keyboard in addition to the standard PlayStation on-screen keyboard.
1.54

February 28, 2007[57] Initial European release

Media changes
  • Added individual user icons from the Photo menu.
System changes
  • Added USB webcam support.
1.51

February 2, 2007[57]

Game changes
  • Expanded support for PlayStation 2 format software titles.
1.50

January 24, 2007[57]

Game changes
  • Fixed graphical glitches on PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format games that may cause jagged graphics.
System changes
  • Edy functionality was added (Japanese version only)[58].
1.32

December 21, 2006[59]

Game changes
  • Online gaming functionality was updated.
1.31

December 13, 2006[59]

Game changes
  • Allowed use of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for certain PlayStation 2 format games.
  • Expanded compatibility of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format games.
1.30

December 6, 2006[59]

Game changes
1.11

November 28, 2006[60]

System changes
  • Account Management was added.
1.10

November 11, 2006 [1][61] November 17, 2006 [2][62]

System changes
  • PlayStation Network services and Remote Play for the 60 GB model was added.

[edit] Withdrawal of update 2.40Edit

System software version 2.40, which included the in-game XMB feature and PlayStation 3 Trophies, was released on July 2, 2008; however, it was withdrawn later the same day because a small number of users were unable to restart their consoles after performing the update. The fault was explained to have been because of certain system administrative data being contained in the HDD.[63] The issue was addressed in version 2.41 of the system software released on July 8, 2008.[64]

[edit] Class action suit filed over update 3.0Edit

System software version 3.0 was released on September 1, 2009. Shortly after its release, a very small number of users complained that the system update caused their systems' blu-ray drive to malfunction. In addition, John Kennedy of Florida filed a class action suit against Sony Computer Entertainment America. John Kennedy had purchased a PlayStation 3 in January 2009, claiming it worked perfectly until he installed the required firmware update 3.0, at which point the blu-ray drive in his system ceased functioning properly.[65][66][67] Sony later released a statement, "SCEA is aware of reports that PS3 owners are experiencing isolated issues with their PS3 system since installing the most recent system software update (v3.00),"[68] and released software update 3.01 on September 15, 2009. However, after installing 3.01, the plaintiff alleged the problems were not only not solved, but the new update created new issues as well.[69][70]

[edit] FeaturesEdit

The PS3 system software's feature set has gradually grown over the lifetime of the device. Currently, the XMB has the following menus and features:

Users Settings Photo Music Video TV Game Network PlayStation Network Friends
  • Turn Off System
  • Create New User
  • System Update
  • Edy Viewer (Japanese version only)
  • Game Settings
  • Video Settings
  • Music Settings
  • Chat Settings
  • Theme Settings
  • System Settings
  • Date and Time Settings
  • Power Save Settings
  • Accessory Settings
  • Printer Settings
  • Display Settings
  • Sound Settings
  • Security Settings
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