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PS3 'Firmware 4.20' Releasing June 26th, Firmware Details

It was revealed Monday morning that Sony Computer Entertainment will be releasing a new firmware update for the PlayStation on Tuesday, June 26th. Here are some of the functions and fixes the firmware will bring. (PS3)

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Drekken  +   1321d ago | Well said
I remember when FW used to be exciting.
NukaCola  +   1321d ago
I would hope to see more. A jump from 4.11 to 4.20 is big so I would assume there was more. I mean these things seem completely pointless to add. I don't care about cross game chatting anymore, but I would love to be able to have a better connection with Vita like seeing trophies from both systems on PS3 and being able to recognize Vita players ( they are always at the bottom of the list and it's wonky.)
sikbeta  +   1321d ago
Inb4 Xgamezchat XD

Seriously, it's been years since nothing good... wait the browser improved with the last update, right? :P
Pushagree  +   1321d ago
Sony ran out of space to actually add anything good a long time ago. All of it was pretty much wasted on 3D and Blu Ray updates too. Instead of adding features that we actually wanted, sony used it to turn it into an advertising box for thier newest tech.

Somehow, I feel used.
guitarded77  +   1321d ago
@ sikbeta

Browser may have improved, but the Vita has a better browser than the PS3, so hopefully the PS4 will have a good browser.

@ Pushagree

Maybe so, if it is true, then Sony should add major features with downloadable apps.
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FACTUAL evidence  +   1321d ago
Still waiting on voice messaging or a good ol' PSN ID change feature....freaking Sony makes me wanna slap a baby...
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1321d ago
After 4.11 some hackers claimed it was possible again to go online. I belive it's a major version jump (from 4.11 to 4.20) because of security update, not so much about features.

For me it's enough, I don't need cross chat or better Vita support, it's cool if they come, but a hack free online is way more important.
gaffyh  +   1321d ago
Best thing about this update is the timed shut down thing. Sometimes I want my console to shutdown after downloading for a while, but I don't know how long it will take, so rather than leave it on all day, I'd prefer it if I let it download for a couple of hours here and there.
venomcarnage89  +   1321d ago
The PS3 already does that. While downloading, go all the way to the left of the XMB and hit the Power Off button at the top, it will ask you if you want it to stay on until the download is done.
EeJLP-  +   1321d ago
Give us the ability to delete and/or hide trophies.

That way we can get rid of BS, like Free Realms, which was supposed to be a demo.. along with other 0% or low percentage games we didn't like and don't want on our lists.

We can then play games to just try them out or just have a little fun without worrying about them being on your trophy list.

Trophies have made gaming more of a chore for me now. I either then 'have to' try to get 100%/Plat or I have to remember to go on a BS account to test games. I can't just play for fun on my account without having to worry about stuff I wind up not liking showing up on my trophy list. (I know I obviously COULD play for fun on my main account, but I don't want a crappy looking trophy list that's filled with stuff I don't like and 0-low %s)
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guitarded77  +   1321d ago
@ EeJLP-

Sounds like someone played the Hannah Montana game.
Knushwood Butt  +   1321d ago
@ Nuka

Yeah, it's about time they sorted that out.
pixelsword  +   1321d ago
They need to get the demos off of your download history and only have that for games you paid for. I'm going through 400 downloads trying to find the 20 or so things I bought.

'Give a crap about demo history?
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EeJLP-  +   1321d ago
Funny (barely), but no, I never played Hannah Montana... But I would like to get rid of Free Realms, Ragdoll Kung Fu, MLB10, and similar games that I played for 2 seconds and now are just eyesores on my trophy list.

@pixel, agreed on removing the demos in download history. Had the same annoyance recently trying to find old PS+ games I downloaded around a year ago like Goldenaxe, Streets of Rage 2, etc.
RedDevils  +   1321d ago
I want Chrome to replace the existing browser which would be even better than the so call X chat
MaxXAttaxX  +   1321d ago
The problem starts with assuming
that a minor update is going to give you any major changes that were not announced in the first place.

However, all those new additions and improvements listed are welcome.
gaffyh  +   1320d ago
@venom - yeah I know that, I mean if I'm downloading a large file and I know it will take a very long time, I'd rather switch it off before the download finishes and let it download at another time, for example when I'm playing a different game. I dunno if that makes sense.
mewhy32  +   1319d ago
Wow. I just downloaded yet another useless firmware update.
dantesparda  +   1321d ago
Amen to that brother. Goodbye to exciting FW's
BrutallyBlunt  +   1321d ago
It must be exciting, it's on the front page here and already over 100 comments.
wicko  +   1321d ago
"you can now adjust the sidetone level for microphone audio."

This was the most exciting "feature" for me. Now I don't have to listen to mic audio when using the headset.
perdie  +   1321d ago
"For those of you who use the Wireless Stereo Headset to watch Blu-ray or DVD movies on your PS3, this system software update will also enable virtual surround sound functionality, giving you a superior audio experience."

I like this too! this is exciting
nukeitall  +   1321d ago
"I remember when FW used to be exciting."

Maybe you where on the Xbox 360? For the past number of years, there has been a major update every year with significant features and improvements.

PS3 firmware has consistently been consistently lacking. Mostly bug fixes labeled as stability improvement.

There is always a risk that you brick your console during updates and there is no warranty replacement if it happens so I prefer one large update that is thoroughly tested than little tiny ones that have barely any features let alone ones I would use.
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venomcarnage89  +   1321d ago
I'm not disappointed, because I gave up hope of any decent new firmware updates long ago, so this isn't anything to write home about, but its better than no update.
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Oh_Yeah  +   1321d ago
firmware 3.55 was very exciting and still is if you know what i mean ;)
Tapewurm  +   1321d ago

I actually agree with you on the ability to delete or hide trophies....there are several games that I tried and didn't really care for that I have a 1% or something close that I really will not ever go back and play the very least it would be nice to be able to hide them.
MariaHelFutura  +   1321d ago
(initiating ghost mode trophy whoring)
Telepot   1321d ago | Trolling | show
Dante112  +   1321d ago
Not bad but shouldn't this be under rumor and isn't it a duplicate? Crazy how they listed their source from the neogaf forums as well.


Just noticed that 420 bit as well lol.

Edit: @ Telepot

As a frequent visitor of, I can sadly say that 4.11 hasn't been exploited yet. They're still trying to work around the 3.55 firmware to play games.
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Pwee  +   1321d ago
420 eh! sounds good
Blacktric  +   1321d ago
I'll get the ganja. You grab the bong...
Matt0611  +   1321d ago
4 disagrees? Above the influence prudes.
HSx9  +   1321d ago
@MATT Talking about mj in a site that consists of 12 year olds will always get you Disagreed.
Timesplitter14  +   1321d ago
It's more the fact that getting all excited because you saw "420" somewhere makes you look like a damn teenage girl. Alcohol is a much more serious drug than weed and you don't see everyone acting crazy whenever they see beer bottles like it's some kind of super secret club thing
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MoveTheGlow  +   1320d ago
Update em' if you got em'!
anonrus  +   1321d ago
does this fw update come with a free joint?
chasegarcia  +   1321d ago
updating has been annoying for ps3.
Matt0611  +   1321d ago

RioKing  +   1321d ago
Holy crap dude, calm down. haha
NastyLeftHook0  +   1321d ago
swat_teem  +   1321d ago
PersonMan  +   1321d ago
How is it annoying? Select update and wait a few minutes.

chasegarcia  +   1321d ago
I don't play too often with the ps3, but every time I do I have to update and then wait for the install which is often longer. It does get annoying and I just simply let it update and do not play. Console should allow anyone to update it in the background.

btw-I know it cannot be done conveniently because of the consoles puny memory. So let this be a lesson for Sony.
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Azmatik  +   1321d ago
its something called PS+ auto updates ur software. Stop complaining would you rather no updates at all & receive crashes?
NarooN  +   1321d ago
Yeah, so annoying, I know right?

Just maybe three or four updates a year, some of which are completely optional, and only take a few minutes to complete... Such an inconvenience, I think I'll sell my system now that you brought it up.

mcnablejr  +   1321d ago
Actually that's one of the reasons I got rid of the system, when I wanted to play a game I hadnt played in a while, i pop it in , sit on the couch and, update 1/4 1% wtf! *turns off*.
nukeitall  +   1321d ago

I agree. That is one of my major sticking points with PSN and PS3. I don't use it that often, but every time I do, there are staggered updates and sometimes takes a long time.

On Xbox 360, when there is an update, I don't even have to exit the game.

While the game is running, I say yes to the update prompt and it downloads in the background and I can immediately play. No reboot of the game necessary. The updates are small and fast too.

Also, I don't have to wait for a game install that takes at least 15-20 minutes on top of the updates!
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Azmatik  +   1321d ago
i guess thats y ur software and systems always crash lol
Azmatik  +   1321d ago
i buy PS+ and auto updates everything i dont even notice updates. Cant afford $50 a year dont complain get a job.
dantesparda  +   1321d ago
hm, is that how it is on the 360 now? i havent played it in so long i didnt know that.
mcnablejr  +   1321d ago
@dantesparda, its been like that since it came out.

@ azmatik, i would much rather pay for live than that. ha!
HateFanboys  +   1321d ago

Thats not true, it was not there from the beginning. That ability came much much later. Originally, you had to download and install the update, the difference was that it was much much faster on the 360. But you could not play the game while it was downloading the update or while updating it.
lorianguy  +   1321d ago
Yes! Multiple saves copying at last! Thank you!

This is especially good for the new PS+ subscribers who need to copy all of their saved games to the cloud. It won't be tedious anymore :)
SnakeCQC  +   1321d ago
why the hell cant you still back up first party game saves!!!!
BaSeBaLlKiD721  +   1321d ago
I back them up all the time..?
execution17  +   1321d ago
some game saves are locked >.> so you can't copy the saves to a usb... you can use ps cloud tho but not everyone has ps+
PersonMan  +   1321d ago
Killzone 2
Crysis 2
Sly Cooper Collection
Any Skate game
Tomb Raider Underworld

All of the above game saves are locked.
SnakeCQC  +   1321d ago
i cant backup heavy rain god of war etc through sony back up utility or copying them normally
venomcarnage89  +   1321d ago
Add Demon's Souls and Dark Souls to the list. Crazy frustrating knowing they are gone if the system bricks. And I am not willing to pay $50 when I should be allowed to protect those saves for free.
HateFanboys  +   1321d ago

you can backu GOWIII

and to


you can definitely save/backup GT5, its been that way since a certain update
NBT91  +   1321d ago
Yes! That REALLY pissed me off, GT5 was (and I think still may be) save locked, so I couldnt back it up on my old PS3 which eventually got YLOD... After I had put in about 60 hours into te game and finished a good chunk of it >.>

Still, now there is no real reason NOT to join PS+ so I did, and can now back it up, and have. But I totally understand the annoyance of not having it. And I really think it should be universal feature, not exclusive to Plus... And that is coming from someone who actually does pay for it.
DisgaeFanJason  +   1321d ago
please the vita firmware to play psone games on the vita tomorrow to
Summons75  +   1321d ago
that would be excellent timing for my plane trip I'm going on soon
linkenski  +   1321d ago
A reskin of the XMB would've been nice... that won't ever happen.
NIRVANArazor  +   1321d ago
what do you mean? that's what themes are for.
chukamachine  +   1321d ago
He means a totally new look for XMB.
NIRVANArazor  +   1321d ago
ahhh got it
JAMurida  +   1321d ago
The multi copy feature for saves is nice. I back up my game saves practically every day.
KillerPwned  +   1321d ago
At least we can copy multiple save files. It can be a hassle coping over a bunch of data to cloud one by one. Still I wish we would see some nice new feature.
MrBeatdown  +   1321d ago
I've been wanting this for a while. It sounds like it makes backing up to USB a whole lot easier as well.
DarkHeroZX  +   1321d ago
Hopefully the vita's update will be good
Matt0611  +   1321d ago
I'll be sure to light one up during this update.
BlaqMagiq24  +   1321d ago
Nice update for gamesaves especially for people that use the cloud. Though I only copy my copy-prohibited saves to the cloud, which isnt that many and backup the rest to an external hard drive
MadMen  +   1321d ago
mochachino  +   1321d ago
What about when a trophy unlocks I allowing people to just press the PS button and have it go directly to the trophy...same thing with new messages.

I sometimes get games on my 360 just because it takes forever to see what a new trophy was for. You have to press PS, scroll to trophies, press on trophies, select the the right trophies (sometimes twice), scroll through all the trophies to find the new one, then another 3 button presses to get back to the game.

On 360 I press the guide button once to see the achievement, and once again to get back to the game, that's it.

It's a shame too because I like trophies better than achievements.
topekomsi  +   1321d ago
A-fuckin-men to that, i have thought the entire xmb needs an overhaul, just to cluncky, too many button presses to complete a simple action, like checking a msg. The ps3 has/had so much potential if they WOULD JUST FUCKING LISTEN TO THE PLAYERS...
NBT91  +   1321d ago
Scrolling to trophies manually is a BIT of a pain... But hardly worth stating that Sony never listened to us just because of it. We wanted achievements, and they gave that to us.
topekomsi  +   1320d ago
@NBT91 Scrolling trophies? What about syncing? It takes FOREVER.How about checking a message? You have to click ps button, hit right button 4 times, click on msgs, click on inbox, click on the msg. On the 360 if i get a msg, i hit the guide button, 1 FUCKING BUTTON! The community has been very vocal over things that are important to US. EX. cross game/party chat,full ps2 bc, better browser, better OS.

Sony even created the share blog to let the community tell them what features they want the most. Right now the top 5 req features are nowhere on the horizon.

I'm not saying sony sucks, i love my ps3, i just wish the company WOULD LISTEN!
mochachino  +   1320d ago
I totally agree, I actually kind of like my PS3 better than my 360 because MS charges for online and I was a victim of 360s former hardware quality issues and generally, PS3 is a far better value than 360... BUT, lately I've been getting multiplats on 360 just because I'm tired of the slow message and trophy system.

Sony gives us all this non-essential stuff with their updates but never listens to what the owners actually want to improve playing an actual game.

If they can't do it, just tell us.
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MrBeatdown  +   1320d ago
There are a bunch of ways to sort your trophy list. Press triangle on a game in your trophy list. Choose the one that displays your newest unlocked trophy at the top.

That eliminates any scrolling through trophies.

You can choose whether DLC trophies are shown with the main game's trophies or in a separate list.

That eliminates the "sometimes twice" click.

You only need to hit the PS button to get back to the game. You don't need three button presses.

And if you leave the XMB on the trophy menu, the next time you bring it up, it will be on the trophy list. And when you bring up the XMB for the first time after starting a game, the trophy list is only two options up.

That eliminates a whole lot of the steps you've been taking.
andibandit  +   1320d ago
all i read was

"You could just blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah"

and that makes it much easier

solidjun5  +   1320d ago
so you admit you can't read? makes sense.
MrBeatdown  +   1320d ago

Reading is hard.

Sounds like Google Images is right up your alley. It has all the pretty pictures you'll ever need. Grab a sippy cup of juice, sit back, and enjoy.
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2pacalypsenow  +   1321d ago
Only thing useful is the power thing but other than that lame
Neko_Mega  +   1321d ago
Seems like theirs alot of baby's on here, seeing alot of people are crying about dumb stuff. 3D? I think it was a good idea Sony did because now you don't have to buy a 3D Bluray player just to watch a 3D movie.

Plus 360 is slowly trying to do 3D support because it is doing good for Sony.

Don't care if this doesn't add anything big to the PS3, I'm happy with what they have given to me.
Funky Town_TX  +   1321d ago
Sony and 3D
Sony is a TV maker it makes sense for them to push 3D. I have a 3D TV and it's cool, I have played games on my PS3 in 3D and watched 3D movies, but Sony does have an angle that M$ does not.
nukeitall  +   1321d ago
You mean how there is no 3D announcements at E3 and Sony essentially pulled support. I'm sorry, but 3D fad is over and it's essentially dead.

Also, Xbox 360 can do full stereoscopic 3D, but nobody cares. It's costly, uncomfortable to wear 3D glass, and 3D effects are also uncomfortable!

I *barely* ever use the 3D feature of my TV and even my die hard Sony fanboy family members that pushed me to get a 3D TV don't even use it.
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IRetrouk  +   1321d ago
Has Sony said they have stopped supporting 3d, no, have any new games been announced as 3d, no, will they likely feature 3d, yes
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   1321d ago
Good features. :) I don't think everyone should be whining that there aren't any BIG features. They don't OWE us features, you know?
PersonMan  +   1321d ago
MULTIPLE SAVE COPYING?!?!?! FIIIIIIIIIINALY! It's about freakin' time. So many times, I've wanted to backup all of my saves and doing it one by one is a PAIN IN THE ASS. Took 'em long enough for such a simple feature.
LostDjinn  +   1321d ago
A few handy features in there. It'd be more handy if I used a set of phones but hey, they're not just catering to me (which is a damn shame).
QuodEratDemonstrandm  +   1321d ago
Be thankful that they're not just catering to you. Sony couldn't afford to publish all these awesome games if you were their only customer.

Edit: kidding.... kind of.
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Funky Town_TX  +   1321d ago
What about
The ability to play games after you download them. Why do I have to download then install everything? What about a more detailed UI for gamer profiles? I don't care about a file copy feature. And I bet it takes my console 15 min to download this update and another 15 to install. Has PSN always been like this?
jjb1981  +   1321d ago
What the f*ck about remote play integration with all Ps3 games?!
DJ  +   1321d ago
It's optional for PS3, but it'll probably be mandatory for PS4.
ziggurcat  +   1321d ago
"- Under (Games) > (Saved Data Utility (PS3™), you can now select multiple saved data items, and then either delete or copy them as a group."

i think i just peed a little... not being able to select multiple saved data files and delete them has been one of my biggest annoyances, especially when i had over 100 saved data files for dead space/fallout 3/fallout: new vegas.
Jazz4108  +   1321d ago
All these little things that everyone is crying over have been on xbox live for years and much more and you can play your games as soon as you get them without manatory installs and firmware updates every month. 360 does downloads and installs at the same time and in half the time of the ps3 when you have one on the 360. I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything as I own both 360 and ps3 but its just funny to me as live has had most all these features since the start and its secure and its the reason I myself personally only use my ps3 when I have to as when a sony exclusive that I enjoy comes out.
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NastyLeftHook0  +   1321d ago

Get Out. your not welcomed here because you are off topic and trolling.
topekomsi  +   1321d ago
That isnt trolling, dudes keeping it real. Fact.
stage88  +   1321d ago
"I'm not trying to convince anyone of anything"

Don't worry, you haven't. I'll stick to my PS3.
deletingthis34675334  +   1321d ago
Yet you have to pay M$ for XBL Gold just to use Netflix. Derp.
SpinalRemains138  +   1321d ago
Installing a game takes 5 seconds.

If paying an annual Too much nitpicking here.
The update wasn't supposed to wash and shine your car every week, guys.
simonrope  +   1321d ago
lets be realistic. it's NOT 5 seconds.

lets take Gran Turismo 5 for instance. 40 minute install? not to mention SEVENTEEN fucking patches, then to install them all? took fucking hours.
Hicken  +   1321d ago
And how much info is in that GT5 data? Ten gigs or so? How fast do you expect that to install?

Like you said, let's be realistic.
Half-Mafia  +   1321d ago
One of the reasons we dont get as many firmware updates for the PS3 these days is most likely because the OS developers have moved onto the PS4 OS development.
vickers500  +   1321d ago
I really hope that's the case.
SaffronCurse  +   1321d ago
It's great that they're adding virtual surround for bd and dvd movies for the wireless headset
ScytheX3  +   1321d ago
anyone know if itll be a mandatory update or if its optional
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