PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.0 Released

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 01, 2009 6:29am PDT Celebrating the PS3 Slim's launch, Sony has let loose the PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.0 update, available to PlayStationers when they next sign into the PlayStation Network.

For more on what the update brings--including a 'What's New' section, custom themes, and status indicator--point your peepers at this video by the PlayStation Blog.

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  • List of changes:

    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 redesigned and now looks like an analog clock.
    * Analog clock displays current time whilst not indicating activity.
    * The [Friends] list has been redesigned.
    * Messages from a specific person will now be accessible from that user's profile screen.
    * Graphical changes to the XMB (increased font and icon size).
    * The default theme has been changed to an updated version of the 'Original' waves theme.
    * The previous version of the 'Original' theme is now renamed to 'Classic'.
    * [Print This Screen] and [Save Screenshot] have been added to the [Internet Browser].
    * [Trophies] now load and display faster.
    * Support for new avatars (Note: Avatars are not included in update, will be released in the future.)
    * [Remote play] now supports mobile phones. (in preparation for the Sony Ericsson ‘Aino’.)
    * The start-up sequence has been updated with the new PS3 logo and sound. (Also on previous models.)
    * Battery indicator for wireless controller has been moved.
    * There is now a copy/paste function when using the on-screen keyboard.
    * A yellow icon is displayed next to the [Text Chat] icon informing user of an invite.
    * Pushing triangle for more options, or opening some menus on the XMB now blurs the background.
    * On certain menus, the text of inactive items fades out after two seconds if no action is taken.
    * Leaning and shaking the controller pushes more sparkles on to the background of the ‘Original’ theme.
    * A slider now appears when quickly scrolling through lists containing more than 20 items.
    * Icons on the XMB are sharper and display better in high-definition.

    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.
    * "PLAYSTATION 3" is no longer shown when a game is booted.
    * Platinum [Trophies] no longer count towards the total percentage of each game. (Note: Still count towards overall user level)

    Media changes

    * A BBC iPlayer application for users in the UK/ROI.[6]
    * An ABC iView application added for users in Australia.
    * A [PlayStation Store] icon added under the [Video] category (where available).
    * Added the ability to upsample audio stored on the internal or USB hard drive to 88.2kHz or 176.4kHz.
    * The Earth [Visual Player] has new images.
    * 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.
    * [DisplaWhat'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.
    * Under each setting now displays a short description about what the options manipulate. (e.g. Video Settings: Adjust settings for video output.)
    * Ability to check your internet connection upload/download speed in [Network Settings].