Additional Features Of PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.50 Revealed

Connected Consoles: "Having earlier confirmed the new 3.50 firmware for the PS3, the Sony Japan website has now revealed the additional features of the update."

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MGRogue20172953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

"You can now report messages from the XMB"

I like that. Say bye-bye, Spammers. :P

kharma452953d ago

Same here :) The amount of junk that comes my way, it's far handier than having to use the grief reporting portal on the Sony site.

Little touches like that just make it a better all round experience!

bostoner2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Sony is getting ready to release cross game chat firmware to those who send this message to 20 people..... shut the farfigneuton up! I've lost PSN friends over these types of messages. Its good to know they might stop. I don't see why they are so popular anyways. They are all obviously fake. How can people be that gullible. Along the same lines of the message reporting I'd like to see a easy way to report cheaters on games. I hate when someone comes into a ranked Socom match and starts unloading M203 shells everywhere. They always say its a glitch and anyone can pick it but the games obviously not balance for them and your ruining everyone else' chance to have fun on a game they paid for.

WildArmed2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

I give them a 2-spam msg warning
I get it again, and off you go!

Usually they learn.
if not.. i dont remember their names anymore x_x

But, playing MAG online still gets you a shit load of spam from ppl you dont even know

UnwanteDreamz2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Just make your PSN comment

Spam = GTF off my list
Spam = Delete
Chainmail = Delete

My Friends list is full and I rarely get any crapmail. Just a suggestion.

WhittO2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

ok, a nice feature to report. So if people can report messages/users, why not let us have custom avatars and if someone has something "offensive", they can just be reported and investigated to see if they really are displaying an offensive avatar.

Also, for ME, this update is sh*t (yet again). I don't have a 3D TV and wont for another few years atleast, I don't care about Facebook features and, well that's all of the FW update right there....

1Victor2953d ago

just do as I did I send a message to everyone on my list no spam mail or you're be deleted of my list ,also put in your comment SPAM=FriendDelete and I guaranty you they will stop by about 90% the other 10 send a warning do it again and you're out .
I'll love it if Sony actually does a spam report even tho I have them under control LOL

Red_Orange_Juice2953d ago

I used onlinae raporting 2 or 3 times, but it's very unconvinient. This is good thing.

Lifendz2953d ago

Those chain messages really caused my friends list to plummet. I must have deleted 15 people or so just because they were stupid enough to believe that Sony is actually monitoring all the messages sent on PSN in order to reward the people that forward a specific message to a specific number of people.

fuckitimout2953d ago

if you could report cheater that easy then that option would be abused by sore losers. You sir are a idiot

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Dave13512953d ago

seriously man, your not gonna get 60 psn dollars if you send it to 20 people retard!

bjornbear2953d ago

lets face it, if you're dumb enough to fall for chainmails and phishing...I don't want to game with you =P

good addon


WildArmed2953d ago

Ah, good update :)
These little things make me happy :)
Glad to see they are improving my PSN experience!

Snoogins2953d ago

there's still no direct, or effective, method of reporting game griefers directly from the XMB, with direct video uploading. This method might not even make a difference for message griefing. They're very lax on punishing anyone as it is.

fuckitimout2953d ago

you're a idiot too. Sore losers will abuse that option. Wtf is a game griefer? Look, you lost the match. Try again or gtfo. Tired of gamers trying to dictate how other gamers should play. “youre camping!” hahahahahaha yea you have all that countercamping equiptment but don't have a peanut of a brain to use it. Really gtfo you lazy wannabe gamer and take you dumbass gaming policy and politics with you. And yes, I camp and own campers.

mastiffchild2953d ago

Why is he an idiot and what has it got to do with campers anyway? I'm sure I'm as permessive as the next guy when it comes to what my fellow gamewrs get up to and have never reported anyone for griefing in my life. Thing is, maybe I should have as on a few occasions people have been taking it way, way too far. Once there were three guys who were just wrecking things for everyone with stupid friendly fire and friendly bombing attacks. You know I get annoyed if someone steals my kill-we all do a little-but if you did it to one of these guys(and you rarely, if ever, do it on purpose)they would always shoot you. Eventually our party got sick and we figured out which guys were together on it and kicked them but, soon enough, we ran into them again. I don't want to tell anyone HOW to play their games but equally I appreciate how precious their gaming time is to some busy people and to deliberately just ruin it is really selfish. Does it make me an idiot for wanting them to stop this?

As for camping? It's just one of many different tactics, to me, and while it's one I don't really enjoy myself(I do think it's can equalise things out by giving less talented players a better chance on some maps in some games, though, even if a decent p[layer can still root them out anyway)because it just gets a bit, well, boring and I like to enjoy my gaming just as much, if not more, than I care about winning it's still a FAIR tactic and didn't see anyone saying anything about it here.

Snoogins2952d ago (Edited 2952d ago )

You must be the prize turd of the mound your ancestors crawled from. Speaking of which, I just ate a pot pie and drank a glass of milk, so I need to excuse myself in a moment to make you a brother.

Not once in your incoherent rambling did you make reference to the contents of my comment or the topic at hand. You must truly be a genius! Of course, you further proved how little merit your commenting has when you asked the question, "Durrrr, wtf is a game griefer?" Allow me to educate you in the way kindergarten failed previously to do:

Game griefing is when players break the EULA (end user license agreement) and ToC (terms of conduct) by abusing other players (verbally as well as text) and disrupting the flow of a game by means of hacking, glitching and other ways of cheating.

Wow! I hope by learning something new, you weren't forced to forget something essential like scratching your ass, or God help us, forgetting how to breathe!

Now, if you'll excuse me, SpydaBlacc, I've got to run to the bathroom to crap out a brother for you to play with.

BLuKhaos2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

"I like that. Say bye-bye, Spammers. :P"
lol I always respond back with a "Blue Waffle" spam attack when ever I get chainmail.
Whatever you do don't google "Blue Waffle", it'll scar you for life.:P

T3mpr1x2952d ago

YES! This is great, hopefully it will result in plenty of bans, maybe even per-console or perhaps IP-based bans if there's repeat offenders just simply using different PSN IDs...

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RememberThe3572953d ago

When are they going to deliver this cross game chat so that people can stop harping about it?

But Frankly, I really want to see the PSN up its game in the communications side. Live is really just more social.

UnSelf2953d ago

another person complaining about free updates

when are they gonna stop complaining so that Sony can see we appreciate the consistent upgrades?

rajman2953d ago

Yeh but at this rate the homebrew guys will bring cross game chat before Sony does

RememberThe3572953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

I didn't say anything about this stuff being free. As long as online play stays free I wouldn't mind paying for more services and features.

Also, how am I complaining? All I said was that I would like to see more social features on the PSN. That's a request not a complaint.

@Wolf: That was actually what I was trying to say. I wish they would just give us these things they keep talking about and we keep asking for in one form or another so that people can move on. But of course someone wanted to get all butt hurt and think that I was trolling.

WinterWolf2953d ago

I actually do wish Sony brings cross game chat to the PS3 soon. I am just tired of people complaining about how they want it but don't have it. It doesn't really bother me.

raztad2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

An other small update? I think you got it wrong man.

This particular update is huge and very welcome: 3D BD playback, the features listed here are just little bonuses. That is why the jump from 3.42 to 3.50

-Alpha2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )


"another person complaining about free updates"

So Essentially, Sony could offer a hundred features no one has any use for, but it's OK because it's "Free"?

Just because it's free doesn't mean that I don't have the right to criticize it.

People aren't exactly complaining about the update, but rather the lack of the features that people have been asking for. Or do we not have a right to ask for anything of a "Free" service?

It's BECAUSE of people who criticize things that we have some of the features we do now. I'm sure even you complained about the inability to have an in-game XMB when the PS3 first launched. Did you enjoy quitting your game to read or send messages, or to see your friends list? According to your logic, since Sony does these updates for free we don't have the right to complain about it if it never got addressed.

Real fans would offer their constructive feedback so that they see improvements to the services they use. It's a free update, but so what? Am I supposed to pay for an update? Sony themselves have dedicated forums and places for fans to "complain", so evidently they don't mind us criticizing their service.

"when are they gonna stop complaining so that Sony can see we appreciate the consistent upgrades?"

Sony doesn't need our constant praise. They don't do these updates because they are nice guys who want to do free things they do it because they themselves want to improve the service and are competing against Steam and XBL.

Axecution2953d ago

[email protected] who disagreed with you. xD

Anyway i think this update is awesome. 3D Blu-ray support, improved Facebook support, and message reporting? It may not interest you, but i'll gladly take those features thanks. >.>

mikepmcc2953d ago

"when are they gonna stop complaining so that Sony can see we appreciate the consistent upgrades? "

Oh my god...quick sucking their dick already, get a life.

nickjkl2948d ago

we arent getting cross game chat get over it games are already using alot of resources on the ps3 cross game chat could destabilize the system

same with killzone 2 multiplayer in game music it runs fine with out it but as soon as you turn it on it starts to freeze but on skirmish turn on in game music it runs smooth

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mcnablejr2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Its inevitable. , lots of people are going to disagree with you, even if you speak the truth.

RememberThe3572953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

People just get so touchy whenever you try to critique the PS3. Anyone who knows my comment history knows the PS3 is my favorite console. But that doesn't mean I don't want to see it get better.

@raztad: Really? Come on man, your going to get stuck on the world "small". It's small to me cause I won't use the feature any time soon. Hell, size is relative anyway. Jesus, now I know how 360 fans feel, you can criticize anything PS3 related on this site without people picking apart your comment.

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raztad2953d ago


Well even if 3D BD playback is not relevant for you it doesnt make this update small by any means. I'm not overly sensitive just stating a fact. Even the jump to 3.50 reflects it. I mean you were complaining about Sony making small updates, and this is obviously not one of them.


What's with that lecture man?

Nothing you said applies to this particular update. FW 3.50 has been expected for some time now to enable another feature of the PS3. It is cool to complain and everything but it feels rather out of place in this case. Of course if you dont care about what is in this update, I can only say sorry. Look forward to another. I'm very happy my PS3 is getting such a feature for free.

callahan092953d ago

@RememberThe357 and Alpha-Male22, etc.,

Ordinarily I would agree with you guys, but I do think it's unfair in this particular instance to call this just another small update. After all, 3D is getting all this big push from the movie industry now, and this update is coming out to enable 3D blu-ray playback on the PS3. It's not really important to me because I don't have a 3DTV, but in my opinion it's a nice thing for them to give the system support for and it makes all the sense in the world to release it when it's ready rather than put it on the backburner and only release new features when cross-game chat happens to be ready.

C_SoL2953d ago

It needs APPS just like the iPhone. Just in a console factor. Where you can delete and apps anyway you like.

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LordMarius2953d ago

"Facebook connectivity will increase and will allow users (at least from what we can gather from the translation) to post what game they're playing on the social networking site"


ZombieNinjaPanda2953d ago

I don't really view that as a win. People I have added on facebook and on PSN constantly have spam posts about "I just got XXXXX Trophy on XXXX game". gets annoying after a while.

LordMarius2953d ago

for you maybe, all the PSN updates always collapse below one post

-Alpha2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

I don't understand why they wont just give us complete Facebook control. The PSN connectivity is a nice app, but it's a pretty useless feature on its own if I can't actually use Facebook for Facebook purposes.

As for reporting messages, if I get spam from friends I tell them to cut it out. Never had a problem with this.

Some things I don't understand including censoring words on the text chat. It's so annoying. Sometimes even normal words will get censored because it may have a bad word in it.

I want to see features that the community have asked for:

Ability to instantly read messages when they are received, using Home avatars for Gamer pics, in-game customized XMB, removing the useless XMB features in-game so that it loads faster, ability to charge your controller while the PS3 is off, etc.

Some of these issues are so simple sounding to fix and have been asked of for years, but Sony has yet to do it. I always look forward to the next Firmware but they seem to add things that don't exactly deal with the main problems.

velocitygamer2953d ago

True. If they're going to allow you to use facebook feature on the ps3, and it only shows trophies, it's pretty much useless. The censoring needs to be removed. Normal words will get censored like 'Assassin' will be '******in'.

In my opinion, the whole ps3 xmb needs to be redesigned. I mean, look at it. It's a complete mess at the moment. Shortcuts of the ps store everywhere, it just looks a bit ugly. Make it look a bit more cleaner. Those sparkles they added to the wavy thing made it look messy imo. If the sparkles were like the playstation buttons, then it would've made sense.

-Alpha2953d ago

I think the XMB is slick, real fast to navigate, and I really love it. But in-game it's slow and clunky, and the general polish of PSN is the thing that needs the most work. As for the sparkles, that's the "original" background, use the "Classic" one for the simple waves. My complaint isn't really about aesthetics but the speed, ease of use, and the convenience of PSN. If Sony is going to listen to the community as they did with PS Blog they need to start releasing updates that dedicates their time to do this. It seems like a waste of time to add something that the community may not ask or care for. Something like PSN+Facebook isn't something many care for, nor has Facebook been really asked of. People know the general complaints of the PSN and I'm not sure why Sony hasn't responded to many of them.

BannedForNineYears2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Isn't "Peter" censored on the chatroom? xD
I find it more entertaining than annoying. :P

Oh, and the "Bac" of "Bacon" is censored too if I remember correctly.

WLPowell2953d ago

So it's always funny when someone types "I've killed three ******"

Axecution2951d ago (Edited 2951d ago )

bite - ****
chatter - ******r
chatted - ******d
classes - cl*****
connection - *****ction
engine - *****e
fallout - *****ut
jew - ***
jesus - *****
Simon - *****
toy - ***
trigger - tr*****

XD the chat feature is so flawed. rofl.

velocitygamer2953d ago

It is slick and fast, and I do agree with the fact that it an be slow at times. Like when you get a message, you need to wait for the xmb to load up and then you need to go to friends then received messages. It's a really long process. I do use the original theme, without the sparkles, but imo, I think the sparkles were unnecessary. The ps blog sharing thingy was a good idea, all sony need to do is listen and Bam! There it is.

I predict that cross game chat will be coming to the ps3 this year. If it doesn't, we can all dream :'(

GigaGaia2953d ago

Why would you want Cross Game chat? Why would you speak to others who you're not playing with. I only speak to people I don't know in real life when I play with them in a game like a FPS or something.

If I wanted to speak to my real life friends when I play a game they're not in, I'd pick up a nice little thing called a telephone that was invented a long time ago.

vickers5002953d ago

*sigh* Why are people still asking why users want this?

I'll post a link to some of my previous comments on why having the feature is extremely beneficial:

Please actually read the reasons this time on why people want it, so this question can stop being asked, and so comments against X-game chat can stop being posted (there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn't have it, and would only be beneficial).

And don't just read my comments, read others as well. Having a more social experience online where it's all connected and you don't have to switch to a phone, is a much better experience. Plus it makes setting up games much much easier.

Exhaust2953d ago

Clearly they've never used cross game chat and just want to blindly defend their console. There is no valid reason to not want cross game chat. Its like saying you'd rather walk then drive a car.

I like tryping out text messages to a bunch of people to coordinate a game. Much more fun that a 10 second voice chat.

Tru_Blu2953d ago

I can see what he means. Say I'm in the middle of fighting that damn hell dog in GOW3 on titan and all the sudden, "yo whats up man.. how is GOW3 treating you? wanna play battlefield 2 in a bit?" That would piss me off. Easy enough to ignore a little box on the corner of the screen but a voice coming out of the blue is a different story.

vickers5002953d ago

A voice coming out of nowhere is not what people are asking for. That would be idiotic and intrusive.

The solution we have proposed is invite only, aka the little box in the corner of the screen.

Tru_Blu2952d ago

vickers500, Thanks for clearing that up. I've never used cross game chat but if it doesn't involve random voices that would be cool.

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