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Sony Announces Firmware 2.70

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced details of the next system software update (v. 2.70) for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) system, which includes several new features that enhance how PS3 users communicate and interact with their online friends. The system software update 2.70 will be available soon and delivers a new Text Chat feature that will enable users to chat with their online PlayStation®Network friends. Other updates include enhancements to the Friends list on the XMB (XrossMediaBar) and improvements to the video delivery service on PlayStation®Store.

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Jamegohanssj53175d ago

No one believed The James. Fudge them.

TGSI

kwicksandz3175d ago

What is this 1997? Give people a use for their $75 sony BT headsets and voice chat FFS. Sony sure makes some backward-arse decisions.

ShinMaster3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

what $75?

There's an option for audio/video/text chat.

ThanatosDMC3175d ago

Wow, from the PS blog... i didnt know there was a game called Comet Crash... i wonder if it has online...

Sarcasm3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

Am I the only one who caught the "Audio Voice Chat" symbol right below the "chatroom"?

sofresh2003175d ago

Nice FREE update for the FREE service. I wish people wouldn't complain, in game voice chat is obviously coming soon. You should be glad that Sony actually cares to listen to us consumers.

jwatt3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

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I'm guessing you guys didn't watch the video? There is a symbol for voice chat but he didn't preview it.

Awesome Possum3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

Again people complaining due to the media hyping up a rumor. Edit: The video backup will finally make people stop complaining about the one download thing.

Shadow Flare3175d ago

Sony didn't include time travel in 2.70

I've said it before and i'll say it again. Yes, it sucks that cross game chat wasn't included. But if i had to choose between the 2, i would much rather have dedicated servers above cross game chat. And 360 doesn't use dedicated servers. And lest we forget, psn is a free service. It took xbox live 5 years to get where they are today, so stop rushing sony. If you don't like psn, then go play that broken piece of crap gears of war 2 online

Jamegohanssj53175d ago

What's cross text chat? I don't get it.

TGSI

thor3175d ago

Dedicated servers are nice, but what does KZ2 use? Peer to peer? It certainly feels that way. And it CERTAINLY doesn't give you the slightest bit of information on how it works, which pisses me off. If I just could know my ping, or something, or who's hosting, I'd be a little happier. As it is, there's an unknown host making it laggy all the time. People probably don't notice because it's ALWAYS like that, but how often have you killed somebody at the same time as they've killed you? How often have you killed somebody 2 seconds after you've died?

The lack of voice chat is an OS issue and there simply aren't enough resources spare to handle it. Heck, there aren't really enough resources to make in-game XMB run smoothly as we've seen. Similarly, there's no standardisation of games so we'll NEVER see cross-game invites except for specific games. With a little more foresight and planning, we could have easily had all these features with no detrement to the quality of the games.

StayHigh3175d ago

xbox fans complaining when they dont have a ps3 why dont you guys go pay 50 dollars for xboxlive while we getting all the services for free..next update for sure we will get voice chat..

StephanieBBB3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

Do they even think about things in a practical manor when designing new content? I mean why would I sit and text chat with someone when im trying to score headshots in killzone 2?

It's like putting a text chat in a car for gods sake. No one except for Paris Hilton text chat's when driving 120 Mph on a freeway. Why would I text chat when bullets are flying all over the place?

Good god...

FlameBaitGod3175d ago

You lag on killzone 2 ? i have dsl and i don't see lag lol

RememberThe3573175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

What Thor said happens to me all the time. I couldn't tell you how many times I've gotten kills after I've died, it's pretty ridicules.

And why the hell am I going to text chat in-game? Who was the idiot who asked for that feature?

@raztad: Actually I'm itching for a better experience. If we don't get on Sony for the things we want, we wont get them. So you can sit there and be spoon fed by Sony for you can tell them that you want you steak medium rare and that you wont accept anything less. Only one is going to push them foreword.

CaseyRyback_CPO3175d ago

lol... god thats a kick in the balls. Especially if you get a message that you cant do voice chat in game.

raztad3175d ago

Some of you guys need to calm down. It's pretty clear that Sony is optimizing slowly but surely the OS footprint in order to accommodate more features. It's pretty awesome to see running a graphical powerhouse as KZ2 at the same time that a multichat session. Overall this update is a worthy one, new video features, a better friend list, etc.

As a mostly SP gamer Sony is giving me exactly what I want, GAMES!!, awesome games with amazing SP campaigns, any other feature is an add-on. To the yellers, why not to get a xbox360 if you are really that itchy for the same experience?

Peace.

jwatt3175d ago

Getting lag on the psn is not as bad as getting lag on live when your paying for the service, ecspecially when you plan on not paying for live but MS automatically charges your account anyways. PSN and live both have thier share of lag but for a free service psn is pretty good in my book.

FlameBaitGod3175d ago

Ah yes, that has happen to me 2

I_am_rushin3175d ago

did anyone else notice that when he brought up the xmb in the game there were 3 icons under the [Playstation Network] category. The most that can be there is 4 and that is only during use of PS Home.

Cicinho3175d ago

its live now in europe, i just got forced to update.

cyberwaffles3175d ago

if you click on the voice/video symbol, it will probably prompt you that you have to exit the game to do so. think about it, they didnt mention this feature and it would singlehandedly be the best thing about the update and also how would you be able to have a video chat in a middle of a game? sadly, i dont think this update includes cross game voice chat. if it does, that rules but if doesnt, well we'll be getting it eventually. eitherway, its good to be a ps3 owner right now...free online and games.

RussDeBuss3174d ago

one of the features is the ability to back up videos downloaded from the video store, wow great, can't wait to try it/

oh wait WE STILL DON'T HAVE A FU**ING VIDEO STORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

locos853174d ago

Good call but this actually came out last night April 1st. ;)

Regarding the update I like the text chat. Its easy and quick way to communicate with your friends at once. Much quicker than typing messages. No complaints here.

InfectedDK3174d ago

YES!
Great textchat! Appreciated and needed.

IcarusOne3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

Please feel free to insult, bash and otherwise ridicule the 14 cents per day we pay for XBL. We don't mind. I'd tell you this over voice chat but...you don't have it.

Excuse me while I go play Gears of War 2 as I wait the required twenty minutes for my PS3 to download and then install an update that is utterly worthless.

aksmashh3174d ago

Wow Sony Have Finally Given Us Stuff That Xbox Users
Have Had For Almost 4 Years!!!

And All These People Saying "Its Free"
I Don't Care I Didn't Buy A PS3 Because It Was The Cheapest &
I Would Rather Pay For A Better Service, Whats An
Extra Couple £ Or $ A Month (Xbox Live £20 On eBay)

Sony Networking Department- You Deserve To Sacked & Other Things
(Sharia Law) But I Don't Want My Comment Removed

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Trollimite3175d ago

look under the text chat icon jackass. the feature is there he just didnt preveiw it

StephanieBBB3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

Then we don't know if it works in-game now do we? jackass.

Trollimite3175d ago

why would they make the same feature twice jackass.

StephanieBBB3175d ago

Because they might have bundled them together so they are easier to access. Jackass.

SprSynJn3175d ago

Now now guys, no need to argue. You're both jackasses. :p

Seriously though, it's a free service and the updates are always well done. I can careless what they bring to their customers as long as they keep bringing it. Keep up the great work Sony.

Shadow Flare3175d ago

I love marmite on toast but have it in sandwiches jackass

StephanieBBB3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

Well if you start calling people jackasses for no reason, then you get whats coming to you :P

You make a good point. But they won't bring us anything worth having unless we demand it either. So get your pitchforks and tourches and lets get ourselves som damn well deserved features!

@Below

Damn straight im right! And don't you forget!

Trollimite3175d ago (Edited 3175d ago )

mabey your right jackass. we will all find out soon.

p.s. they never realease just one walkthrought video.

@above

im not sure if your right. but if your wrong expect 1 million pm from me

DelbertGrady3175d ago

Overpromising and underdelivering. Once again.

y0haN3174d ago

You can do party voice chat and party text messaging but voice chat is disabled in-game.. gimme a break Sony!

Ice3174d ago

I honestly am getting fed up with certain aspects of their updates. They need to stick to the gaming aspect of things and make them more enjoyable (talking to frends NOT TEXTING, music in game which should not be up to the developer, but offered in every game, although Microsoft has a patent I'm sure their is a way in which Sony could accomplish this, background installation as well and I could keep going). As much as I purchased the machine for gaming it's these nuisances that make me envy the competition and just generally make me mad when I think that my more expensive gaming device is not as user friendly as that piece of sh*t. I'm beginning to think that these features are just not possible on the ps3 otherwise they would have already been implemented. Honestly lets be serious if Microsoft did a much better job at thinking the whole "community" thing through and for those of us that don't have imaginary friends, this is a great thing for the gaming community. I wish Sony would just get off their high horse and just copy some of the features that their competition has brought or admit that they just can't. F*ckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk k kkkkkk

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Dragun6193175d ago

Yea, Sony is not playing games this week, since today is April Fool's Day, They seem to be very serious.
Like announcing, PS2 price cut, Jak and Daxter: Lost Frontier and Firmware 2.70
Plus Namco Bandai have announced that they are porting Tales of Vesperia to the PS3 along with three new games for PS3 in development.
All on or around April Fools Day...How about that...Makes me wonder if they might make another announcement tomorrow.

TOV PS3
http://ps3.ign.com/articles...
SCANS
http://ps3.kombo.com/mediav...
http://ps3.kombo.com/mediav...
Notice in the bottom gameplay picture it shows the new character that IGN was talking about in battle.

NamcoBandai 3 TBA PS3 games
http://translate.google.com...

Can't wait for the update, Its good to see that Sony is constantly
improving PS3 and PSN with every update, Makes me feel that i got my moneys worth for picking quality.

jamesrocks31473175d ago

AGAIN SONY

GET IT FUCds gfdjgv gjh idvgnt efsdohlbkvvh IN THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

im sick of waiting disappointing

jwatt3175d ago

There has alwasys been private chat!

randomwiz3175d ago

cross game chat is not a killer feature that sells consoles, so why would Sony care about it?

StephanieBBB3175d ago

And you mean to tell me that text chat is?

Cenobia3175d ago

I'm sick of reading whiny comments where people b!tch about a free features...

I'll certainly be using it. People were b!tching about not having "cross game invites" so Sony gives a feature that basically does the same thing and everyone complains.

If xbox features mean that much to everyone, then BUY A FUDGING XBOX AND STFU. Personally I purchased my PS3 for the games, but whatever floats your boat.

The_Beast3175d ago

I love sony but come on txt... EFFIN TEXT.!!!!!//WAJFAJRDHFA WTH

VOICE CHAT AND THATS ALL I WANT [email protected]#WQJREKLHJFQASJUDAL PLEASE SONY VOICE CHAT... :(((((

iiraymoii3174d ago

ARRRRGH!!!! I dont want this HQ voice chat! Give me low sample rate voice chat! Stup[id noobs! IM dissapointed SONY!!!!

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skynidas3175d ago

I really like this idea, and I am sure that they will improve it with adding in game voice chat in the future.