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PlayStation 3 system software
XMB of PS3.jpg
The XrossMediaBar on PlayStation 3
Company / developer Sony Computer Entertainment
OS family Unix[1]
Working state Current
Source model Closed source
Initial release November 17, 2006; 7 years ago (2006-11-17) (as 1.10)
Latest release 4.60 / June 24, 2014; 57 days ago (2014-06-24)
Available in Danish, German, English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Finnish, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese.[2]
Update method Direct Download
Download to USB
Game Disc
Platforms PlayStation 3
Default user interface XrossMediaBar
Succeeded by PlayStation 4
Official website

The PlayStation 3 system software is the updatable firmware and operating system of the PlayStation 3.

The process of updating is almost identical to that of the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4. The software may be updated by downloading the update directly on the PlayStation 3, downloading it from the user's local Official PlayStation website to a PC and using a USB storage device to transfer it to the PlayStation 3, or installing the update from game discs containing update data.

The native operating system of the PlayStation 3 is CellOS, which is a branch from the FreeBSD project.[3] The 3D computer graphics API software used in the PlayStation 3 is LibGCM and PSGL, based on OpenGL ES and Nvidia's Cg.[4] The PlayStation 3 uses the XrossMediaBar (XMB) as its graphical user interface.

The initial slim PS3s SKU shipped with a unique firmware with new features, also seen in software 3.00.[5]

The current version of the software, 4.60, was made available on June 24, 2014.

Details of updates[edit]

KEY Settings changes Media changes Disc changes Game changes Network changes System changes
Description
Changes primarily related to the PS3 settings menu
Changes primarily related to photo, music and video menus
Changes primarily related to CD, SACD, DVD and BD
Changes primarily related to PS, PS2 and PS3 games
Changes primarily related to the TV, network, PSN and friends menus
Other changes, such as security and stability

Version 4[edit]

Version
Release date (UTC)
Notes
Description
4.60
June 24, 2014[6][7]
Game changes
  • "Check for Update" has been added to the options menu for a game (by pressing Triangle). Similar to the PSP and Vita, game title updates can now be manually checked when your system is connected to the internet.
  • "Intellectual Property Notices" has been added to the options menu for a game.
Revised Features
  • Closed Captions are now supported for the play back of Blu-ray Disc titles and DVDs. To display Closed Captions select [Settings] > [Video Settings] > [Closed Captions].
  • The style used for Closed Captions such as Font, Size, Color can now be adjusted.
System changes
  • Wireless pairing is now supported for the DualShock 4 wireless controller.[8]
  • System stability has been improved.
4.55
February 5, 2014[9]
System changes
  • Support for the new Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 (EU) and Gold Wireless Stereo Headset (US).
  • System stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved, including PlayStation Now.
4.53
December 4, 2013[10]
Optional
Media changes
  • You can now display closed captions when playing BDs and DVDs.
System changes
  • System stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved.
  • Changed the PlayStation Store logo that displays when launching the PlayStation Store.
  • PlayStation Move safety notices have been removed when launching a supported game title. They can now be read from the options menu (by pressing Triangle) when a Move supported title is selected.
4.50
October 1, 2013[11]
Network changes
  • You can now set the group of players who can see your trophies under [PSN] > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings]. You can also specify for each game whether to show trophies.
  • The PS3 system can now perform the following operations when you set [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Automatic Update] to [On], even if you do not subscribe to PlayStation Plus. When this setting is [On], the PS3 system will automatically start each day at the specified time and perform these operations before turning off:
    • Download content items purchased with other devices
    • Download the latest system software
System changes
  • "PlayStation Network" has been renamed to "PSN".
4.46
June 27, 2013[12]
Settings changes
  • You can now hide notifications when you earn a trophy.
System changes
  • An issue in which the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) Menu is not displayed after updating the system software to version 4.45 was observed. This version of the system software addresses this issue.
  • If the XMB Menu is not displayed, you must perform the update by starting the system in Safe Mode. Visit faq.en.playstation.com to find out how.
4.45
June 18, 2013[13]
Withdrawn, June 19, 2013
Network changes
  • Improved trophy notifications.
System changes
  • System stability has been improved.
4.41
April 24, 2013[14]
System changes
  • System stability during use of some PS3 software has been improved.
4.40
March 20, 2013[15]
System changes
  • Added support for the Sony RC-S380 (PaSoRi) NFC contactless IC cards reader.
  • The wireless stereo headset (CECHYA-0080 / CECHYA-0086) and the stereo headset (CECHYA-0088) now support PlayStation 2 Classics that have been downloaded from PlayStation Store.
  • Users can purchase content from the online store and have it download automatically to their PlayStation 3.[16]
  • System stability has been improved.
  • Blocked the use of Proxy Servers to prevent the use of patch blocker programs and patch bypass exploits.
Game changes
  • Issues with some games have been fixed, especially control lag for backwards compatibility to a certain degree.
  • You can now view trophies by original game or add-on when viewing offline trophy mode when in a game.
Media changes
  • [Closed Captions] has been added as a feature under [Video Settings].
4.31
October 29, 2012[17]
Optional
System changes
  • System stability has been improved.
Game changes
4.30
October 23, 2012[20]
Network changes
  • Trophies have been moved to the [PlayStation Network] category.
  • Trophies earned on the PS Vita system can now be seen on PlayStation 3.
  • [Life with PlayStation] is no longer available for download in conjunction with the end of the Folding@home service for the PlayStation 3. However, it will still operate until November 2012 if already present on the system.
  • [Trophy Collection] has been split into two modes.
    • [Online Mode] displays the trophies currently synchronized to the server, including trophies earned on PS Vita.
    • [Offline Mode] displays the trophies currently saved on the user's system, excluding trophies earned on PS Vita.
  • 'Owner', which is shown in the options menu of purchased content has been changed to 'Buyer'.
  • Allows trophies to be sorted by [All] or [Core Game/Add-On] under [Group Content] by games that support it.
Game changes
  • [SingStar] is now available under the [Game] category for all European countries as well as Australia, New Zealand and The Middle East.[21]
4.25
September 12, 2012[22]
System changes
  • The online saved data storage for PlayStation Plus members has been increased to 1 GB.
  • Improves certain aspects of system software.
4.21
July 5, 2012[23]
Optional
System changes
  • Improves system stability.
4.20
June 25, 2012 [24]
Settings changes
  • Users can now set the amount of time that the system will wait before turning itself off automatically for [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and for [Game/Other Features]. The default setting is one hour.
  • Under [Date and Time Settings] → [Time Zone], Samoa Islands has been changed to American Samoa and Independent State of Samoa.
Media changes
  • The encryption key has been renewed for AACS, the copy protection system for Blu-ray Disc video content.
Game changes
  • Users can now select multiple saved game data files to copy or delete.
System changes
  • The sidetoning feature of the Wireless Stereo Headset, introduced in system software update 4.10, has been improved: users can now select one out of five microphone levels, or turn the feature off completely.
  • Virtual surround sound functionality has been added to the Wireless Stereo Headset when viewing Blu-ray or DVD movies.
  • The [Eject Disc] function has been renamed to [Remove Disc].
  • [Hard Disk] has been renamed to [System Storage].
Network changes
  • When a message with no subject is received, that message's subject line now displays the entire text from the message.
  • Users are now only asked once per session if they want to run plugins when using the [Internet Browser].
4.11
February 15, 2012 [25]
Optional for USA and Canada.
Mandatory elsewhere.
System changes
  • Improves certain aspects of system software.
4.10
February 8, 2012 [26]
Settings changes
  • You can now set to obtain the correct date and time automatically when you sign in under [Settings] → [Date and Time Settings] → [Set Automatically].
  • The disappearing text bug with the [English (United Kingdom)] and [Portuguese (Brazil)] language settings has been fixed for trophy syncing.
Network changes
  • Improvements to the Internet Browser including some support for HTML5 with the WebKit layout engine (NetFront).
  • The display speed and web page layout accuracy of the Internet Browser has been improved.
  • You can now share information about obtained PlayStation Plus discounts and downloads, as well as rated Store content, on Facebook.
  • PlayStation Network accounts are now referred to as Sony Entertainment Network accounts.
4.00
November 30, 2011 [27][28]
System changes
Settings changes
  • [PS Vita System] has been added as an option under [Remote Play Settings] → [Register Device].
  • [Delete PS Vita System’s Backup Files] has been added as a feature under [System Settings].
  • PlayStation Plus members can now choose which items are updated by the [Automatic Update] feature.
  • The [Saved Data Auto-Upload] option must now be set for each game, unless the feature is turned off completely.
  • [English (United Kingdom)] and [Portuguese (Brazil)] have been added as options under [System Settings] → [System Language].
  • The [About PlayStation3 (PS3)] feature under [System Settings] has been updated.
  • Health and Safety Information is now displayed during start up.
  • A new Health Information menu has been added to the disc menu for every game.
  • The file overwrite warning has been redesigned and is now also displayed when uploading to the cloud.
  • A [Restore File System] feature has been added to the bootup sequence when there is a system crash.
  • Removed certain characters and smilies from the system dictionary.
Media changes
  • Upscaler Output and Cinema Conversion are now supported for Blu-ray Disc content.
  • Support for reading metadata of AAC and M4A files (Artist, Track Name, Album, Album Cover, Year, Track Number).
Game changes
  • [PS Vita System Application Utility] has been added as a feature under [Game].
Network changes
  • [Privacy Settings] has been added as a feature under [Account Management], allowing users to control who they receive messages and friend requests from.
  • [PlayStation Plus] is now displayed under [PlayStation Network] for users who are not subscribed to the service.

Version 3[edit]

Version
Release date (UTC)
Notes
Description
3.73
October 18, 2011 [29]
Optional
System changes
  • System stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved.
3.72
September 20, 2011[30]
Terms of Service changes
  • Under Section 18 Users must agree to abdicate the ability to participate in class action lawsuits against Sony. Failure to agree to this alteration of terms will result in users inability to access any purchased content digitally distributed through PSN and eventually physical disc games became unusable as their development required firmware updates more recent than 3.72 firmware that also includes provision laid out by section 18 in the September 2011 mandatory firmware update.
System changes
  • System stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved.
  • System security has been improved.
3.70
August 10, 2011 [31]
Settings changes
  • [Automatic Download] has been renamed [Automatic Update].
  • PSP Remaster Compatibility options have been added. (Japan only)
Media changes
Disc changes
  • 3D support available when accessing Java-based content on Blu-ray video discs.
  • DTS-HD MA, DTS-HD HR decoding/bit stream output (or lossless audio) supported while playing Blu-ray 3D movies.
Network changes
  • New "Recommendations" function has been added to the [PlayStation Store] that enables users to share links to items.
  • Users are now able to choose to automatically upload saved games using the features added in version 3.60.
  • Trophies will sync automatically at the time set in [Automatic Update].
  • The Friends List now sorts alphabetically by default.
System changes
  • The [TV] category has been renamed [TV/Video Services].
  • Added support for the official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset.
  • Patched out one of the AVP patch bypass exploits.
  • Added Netflix shortcut for users in Mexico under [TV/Video Services].
3.66
June 22, 2011 [32]
System changes
  • System stability during use of PS3 format software and network services has been improved.
3.65
June 7, 2011 [33]
Optional
Initial firmware for CECH-3000 Series
System changes
  • Improves the system stability for some PS3 format software.
  • [Save Data Utility (minis)] has been renamed [Save Data Utility (minis/PSP)].
3.61
May 15, 2011[34]
Network changes
  • Users are required to change their PlayStation Network password.
System changes
  • System security has been improved.
3.60
March 9, 2011 [35]
Network changes
  • Changed Friends List sorting.
System changes
  • System security has been improved.
  • Allows PlayStation Plus subscribers to store up to 150 MB or 1000 game save data files (whichever comes first) online. This includes 'copy-prohibited game data'. Such data is restorable once every 24 hours.
  • Now allows a choice of 10, 20, or 30 minute power save feature for automatically turning off controller.
3.56
January 26, 2011 [36]
Reissued February 1, 2011
System changes
  • Added an Ipla TV channel under [TV] for Poland.
  • Downloaded demos are no longer collapsed in a folder.
System changes (reissued version)
  • Initially caused issues (like in 3.41) when upgrading the hard disk with this firmware on some systems. A semi-fix has been published. Fix will only work if user still has the original unformatted hard drive. Users who don't have the old hard drive or have formatted it are not able to install system software.
3.55
December 7, 2010 [37]
System changes
  • RTE Player added for Ireland.
  • The firmware can no longer be downgraded (at the time of release).
3.50
September 21, 2010 [38][39]
Disc changes
System changes
  • Games can now access public information on Facebook.[41]
  • Users can now report unwanted spam messages.[41]
  • The background previews of the PlayStation Store and Photo Gallery have been updated.
  • Disables many unlicensed USB controllers.[42]
3.42
September 6, 2010 [43]
System changes
  • System security has been improved.
3.41
July 26, 2010 [44]
Reissued August 2, 2010
Network changes
  • The update prepares for the "You May Like" feature on the PlayStation Store which offers game recommendations while browsing, based on games that other users purchased.
  • Enables incremental software patching allowing future system software updates to be applied without having to download and reinstall the whole firmware.[45]
System changes (reissued version)
  • Initially caused issues when upgrading the hard disk with this firmware on some systems. This was fixed with an updated version of the firmware with the same version number on August the 2nd and small patch has been made for those who already installed new firmware.[46]
3.40
June 29, 2010 [47][48]
Settings changes
  • Power Save Settings now defaults to two hours for auto-shutoff.
  • [Automatic Download] has been added as an option on the [Settings] menu for PlayStation Plus subscribers allowing them to set a period of two hours to allow PS3 patches and updates to be downloaded.[49]
  • [Deep Colour Output (HDMI)] has been added as an option under [Display Settings].
  • [Calibrate Motion Controller] has been added as an option under [Accessory Settings] in preparation for PlayStation Move.
Network changes
  • Users can now purchase subscriptions for PlayStation Plus and receive features granted by the service.
  • Users can now rate content on the PlayStation Store on a five-star scale.
  • The PSN Store A-Z section now contains section categories including add-Ons, demos, PSP games, etc.
  • The respective user's Trophy level is now displayed next to the user's ID on the [Friends] list.
  • The colours of your Friend’s boxes fade in, rather than ‘jumping’ from the normal grey.
  • A PlayStation Plus icon is now displayed next to PlayStation Plus subscribers on the [Friends] list.[50]
  • The sender's username is now shown in the corner of the screen when viewing a list of messages from one user.
Media changes
  • The [Photo Gallery] application now allows users to upload photos to Picasa and Facebook, as well as browse and comment on photos, and print them using a connected printer (requires additional download).
  • A new [Video Editor & Uploader] application allows users to edit, save, and upload video files stored on the system (after the 3.40 update) to services such as Facebook or YouTube (requires additional download).
System changes
  • The internal clock functionality that accounts for leap years has been updated.[51]
  • Preparation for PlayStation Move support.
3.30
April 22, 2010 [52]
Settings changes
  • [Bitstream (Direct)] and [Bitstream (Mix)] have been added as options under [Video Settings] → [BD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital)].
  • VAIO PC is available as an option in Remote Play. (to be activated later)
Disc changes
  • Fixed issues with certain region-free Blu-rays.
Network changes
  • Trophy enhancements– Trophy viewing has been improved, with new categories that can be ascending or descending.
    • Trophy Folder (Title List) can be sorted by game title according to the date when the last trophy was earned.
    • Add-on list (Group list) can now also be sorted by the date when the last trophy was earned.
    • Trophy list can be sorted by trophy name, grade (e.g. platinum), or date of obtaining the trophy.
    • Hidden trophies are now labeled as "Hidden Trophy".
    • Trophy Lists for each game no longer save the most recently viewed trophy.
System changes
  • Preparation for 3D support in games.
  • SDK Changes resulting in smaller RAM footprint for the PS3 operating system.
  • The playback stability and upscaling of minis format software has been improved.
3.21
April 1, 2010 [53]
Settings changes
  • The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been disabled from the original PS3s.
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some downloaded PlayStation format software.
  • System security has been improved, addressing vulnerabilities that may occur when playing MP4 format video files.
3.15
December 8, 2009 [54][55]
Formerly optional,
required as of January 27, 2010
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)].
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.[56]
3.10
November 19, 2009[57]
Settings changes
  • Added [Facebook] menu item under [Account Management] allowing the user to change Facebook sharing and account settings.
  • Polish (Polski) has been added under the [System Language] section.
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 TVNZ catch-up TV website shortcut for users in New Zealand 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, Spain and Italy.
  • Added Cinavia Copy protection system, a Digital Watermark added to the audio tracks of future select Blu-ray, DVD, and Movie Cinemas.
Game changes
  • [About] now displays the new PlayStation 3 logo when choosing a game.
Network changes
  • Added the option to automatically send updates to the user's Facebook profile when Trophies are unlocked; when items are downloaded from the PlayStation Store; or 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 colour of their [Profile].
  • Improved the performance of the Internet Browser.
System changes
  • The user can now send system error reports to Sony Computer Entertainment in the event of an improper shutdown.[58]
  • Scrolling through very long lists on the XMB has been accelerated.
3.01
September 15, 2009[59]
Optional, but required for some games.[citation needed]
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software and fixes problems with certain games.
3.00
September 1, 2009[5][60][61]
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.
  • Under Remote Play Settings you can now manually set a device (such as a PSP system or Sony Ericsson Aino) to be used for remote play.[62]
Media changes
  • Added a BBC iPlayer website shortcut for users in the UK under [TV], which now includes hardware acceleration in full-screen mode.[63]
  • 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.[64]
  • During video playback, the right analog stick can be used to play content in slow playback, fast reverse, and fast forward.
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.
  • The "PLAYSTATION 3" logo is no longer displayed before starting a PS3 game. (Original fat PS3 model only)
Network changes
  • [Information Board] replaced by a [What's New] feature.
  • The [Friends] list has been redesigned.
  • Messages from specific friends can be accessed from the sender's profile screen.
  • The ability to take screenshots has been added to the [Internet Browser].
  • [Remote Play] now supports mobile phones such as the Sony Ericsson Aino.
System changes
  • 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).
  • 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').
  • Support for new avatars to be downloaded.
  • The controller battery indicator has been moved.
  • The copy/paste functionality has been expanded.
  • New system startup, featuring new PS3 logo, the PlayStation family logo and a new startup sound (Original fat PS3 model only.)
  • A position indicator now appears when scrolling through a large list.
  • An issue occurred on some models, preventing the use of some unofficial controllers.[65]
  • XMB icons now change colour along with the theme depending on the time of day.

Version 2[edit]

Version
Release date (UTC)
Notes
Description
2.7x, 2.85 or 2.90
Distributed with the PS3 "slim"[5][not in citation given]

Initial firmware for CECH-2000 series.
This firmware is only available pre-installed on PS3 Slim models and cannot be downloaded. The version number is dependent on the PS3's region.

Settings changes
  • [Install Other OS] and [Default System] have been removed (PS3 slim units only).
Game changes
  • The "PLAYSTATION 3" logo is no longer displayed before starting a PS3 game.
System changes
  • New system startup, featuring new PS3 logo, the PlayStation family logo and a new startup sound.
  • BRAVIA Sync allowing control of the XMB by BRAVIA TV remote control (PS3 slim units only).
2.80
June 24, 2009[66]
Optional, but required for Vidzone
Network changes
  • Message size in the [Text Chat] utility has been increased from 32 to 64 characters.
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.
2.76
May 14, 2009[67]
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[68]
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.
Network 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.
  • [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.
  • [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.
  • 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 1 MB to 3 MB.
  • When downloading a file, an estimate of how long the download will take is now displayed.
System changes
  • 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.
  • 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[69]
Media changes
  • A [Photo Gallery] application has been added under the [Photo] category (requires additional 105 MB download).
  • Video playback of files encoded with version 3.11 of the DivX codec.
Network changes
  • Users are now able to browse the PlayStation Store without the need to create or sign into a PlayStation Network account.
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.[70]
2.53
December 2, 2008[71][72]
Network changes
  • Internet browser now supports full-screen display of Adobe Flash content.
System changes
  • Support for Live movie (using RTMP format) playback has been added.[73]
2.52
November 5, 2008[74]
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.[75]
2.51
October 27, 2008[76]
Demonstration units only

Changes unknown.

2.50
October 15, 2008[77][78]
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.[79]
  • Pressing the PS button during a video now pauses the video, rather than continuing playing it.
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.
Network changes
  • 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.
  • 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.
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[80]
  • An on-screen indicator showing headset battery status, volume level, and whether HQ mode is active has been added.
  • The on-screen notification displayed when the player gains a trophy now displays the specific trophy icon created by the game's developer.
  • 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.[81]
2.43
September 17, 2008[82]
Compulsory in Japan only
System changes
  • Changes to support the release of rental content on PlayStation Store in the Japan region.[83]
2.42
July 30, 2008[84]
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PlayStation 3 and PlayStation format software.
2.41
July 8, 2008[85]
Network changes
  • Changed platinum trophy icon.[86]
  • 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.[87]
System changes
  • Various fixes for issues caused by update 2.40.
2.40
July 2, 2008[88]
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].

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.

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.
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 while 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].
2.36
June 18, 2008[89]
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PlayStation format software.
2.35
May 15, 2008[90]
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
2.30
April 15, 2008[91]
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.
Network 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.
2.20
March 25, 2008[92]
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.[93]
    • LTH, or low to high, is a recording method that supports organic dye, write-once BD-R media.
Network 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).
System changes
  • Other OS Wake-On-Lan support was added.
2.17
March 13, 2008[94]
System changes
  • Support for PlayStation 2 games with optional and mandatory installs.[95]
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
2.10
December 18, 2007[96]
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 visualisation in music playback (Earth Visualization) has been added.
  • 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 2 GB 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 for PS and PS2 games was improved (Update was also unannounced but evident in Sony's backwards compatibility search site).
System changes
  • The PlayStation 3 RSX access hack via Linux has been blocked.
2.01
November 20, 2007[97]
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.[98]
System changes
  • The stability of the system software has been improved for some operations, including the use of the Internet Browser and information board.
  • Improves the playback quality of some PS3 format software.
  • The operating stability when outputting upscaled PlayStation 2 format software has been improved.
    • Only for models that support playback of PlayStation 2 format software.
2.00
November 8, 2007[99]
Settings changes
  • Ability to modify the PlayStation 3 XMB Home Menu icons or background design by using a theme compiler
  • Remote Start has been added as an option under [Remote Play Settings].
  • [Colour], [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.[98]
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.
Network changes
  • [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.[99]
System changes
  • New grouping options for the [Group Content] feature have been added to the options menu.

Version 1[edit]

Version
Release date (UTC)
Notes
Description
1.94
October 23, 2007
Not downloadable
Settings changes
  • Adds support for DualShock 3 controller
    • Included in several game discs (BCES00065, BLES00158, BLES00159, BLES00192)
1.93
September 13, 2007[100]
System changes
  • The stability of the network connection has been improved.
1.92
September 4, 2007[101]
System changes
  • Improves the playback quality of some PlayStation 2 format software.
1.90
July 24, 2007[102]
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
Network changes
  • Emoticons in messages under [Friends].
  • Browser speed has been improved.
System changes
  • 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.
1.82
June 28, 2007[103]
Media changes
  • Support for playback of AVC High Profile (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) format video was added.
1.81
June 15, 2007[104]
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[105]
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 24 Hz.
  • Ability to edit CD information and submit it to AMG.
Game changes
  • Ability to upscale PS and PS2 games
  • Ability to copy PS/PS2 game saves from PS3 to Memory Cards using a Memory Card adapter.
  • Backwards compatibility for PS and PS2 games was improved.
System changes
  • Added DLNA compatibility.
  • Added support for the xvYCC colour space.
  • HDMI driver version updated, providing bug fixes including a blinking problem on Westinghouse 1080p LCD TVs.
1.70
April 19, 2007[106]
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 for PS and PS2 games was improved.
1.60
March 22, 2007[107]
Settings changes
  • Added Remote Play support for the 20 GB model.
  • Support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice.
  • Added Support for [Install Other OS]
Disc changes
  • Support for playback of BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Recordable Erasable) ver 3.0.
Game changes
  • Improved PS/PS2 playback
Network 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[108]
Initial European release
Media changes
  • Added individual user icons from the Photo menu.
System changes
  • Added USB webcam support.
1.51
February 2, 2007[108]
Game changes
  • Expanded support for PlayStation 2 format software titles.
1.50
January 24, 2007[108]
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).[109]
1.32
December 21, 2006[110]
Game changes
  • Online gaming functionality was updated.
1.31
December 13, 2006[110]
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[110]
Settings changes
1.11
November 28, 2006[111]
Network changes
  • Account Management was added.
1.10
November 11, 2006 Japan[112]
November 17, 2006 United States[113]
Network changes
  • PlayStation Network services and Remote Play for the 60 GB model was added.
1.02
NA[114]
Included with some games.
Game changes
  • Fix some game compatibility issues.
System changes
  • Include additional bug fixes.

Withdrawal of update 2.40[edit]

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.[115] The issue was addressed in version 2.41 of the system software released on July 8, 2008.[116]

Class action suit filed over update 3.0[edit]

System software version 3.0 was released on September 1, 2009. Shortly after its release, a number of users complained that the system update caused their system's 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.[117][118][119] 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),"[120] 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.[121][122]

Class action suits filed over update 3.21[edit]

Due to the removal of the "OtherOS" feature from older models of the PS3 due to security issues (possibly related to the exploit released by geohot) which caused an uproar in the PlayStation community, several lawsuits have been filed. The first one was filed on behalf of PS3 owners by Anthony Ventura.[123] The suit states that removing the feature constitutes breach of contract, false advertising and a handful of other business practices relating to consumer protection laws as the feature was touted by Sony when these systems were new as a way consumers could turn their machines into a basic PC and cites that the feature was "extremely valuable" and one of the main reasons that many people paid more for the PS3 over buying a competing console like a Wii or an Xbox 360.[124][125] It also elaborates that anyone who does not accept the update can no longer play future games or future Blu-ray movie releases.[126] Later on, two more suits were also filed by other members of the PlayStation 3 community.[127] The first of these newer lawsuits was filed by Todd Densmore and Antal Herz which claim Sony has rendered several PlayStation 3 features they paid for "inoperable" as a result of the release of firmware 3.21.[128] The second filed was by Jason Baker, Sean Bosquett, Paul Graham, and Paul Vannatta, and claims, among other things, that they "lost money by purchasing a PS3 without receiving the benefit of their bargain because the product is not what it was claimed to be - a game console that would provide both the Other OS feature and gaming functions." [129] A fourth lawsuit was filed by Keith Wright and seeks compensation equal to the cost of the console.[130] A fifth lawsuit was filed by Jeffrey Harper and Zachary Kummer which calls for a jury trial.[131] A sixth lawsuit was filed by Johnathon Huber and has quotes from both the EU and US PlayStation blogs.[132]

Sony responded to the lawsuits by requesting a dismissal on the grounds that "no one cared about the feature" and that the filings cite quotes from 3rd party websites, the instruction manual, the PlayStation Web site and claims they are invalid proof and that Sony can disable PSN and the other advertised features (playing games that require newer firmware, etc.) as they wish. The lawyers for the plaintiffs are reviewing the request and say that this is fairly common at this stage of the game and that the case will be reviewed before a judge in November 2010.[133] In February 2011 all claims of false advertising in the case were dismissed but the plaintiffs were allowed to appeal and amend the case and the other claims that the removal violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse act were allowed to go forward.[134] In March 2011 the plaintiffs amended their complaint to refute Sony's claims that it was within its rights under the TOS and warranty to remove the feature adding more details to their claims including breach of warranty, breach of implied warranty, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and breach of several California unfair business practices laws.[135] In April 2011 SCEA again asked that the case be dismissed and made claims that the plaintiffs refiled claim was insufficient and that they were hackers and wanted to violate Sony's IP and asked the judge to grant search rights on their PS3 systems. SCEA also made claims that they are not the division solely responsible for the removal and should not be held responsible despite conflicting information to the contrary.[136] On April 18, 2011 the plaintiffs fired back at Sony's renewed efforts to get the case dismissed by pointing out the fact that Sony had made many of the same claims before and they had been dismissed by the court and also pointing out several legal precedents under California law that refute Sony's claims.[137] Finally in December 2011 the whole case was dismissed under the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to prove that they could expect the "Other OS" feature beyond the warranty of the machine.[138]

Withdrawal of update 4.45[edit]

System software version 4.45 was released on June 18, 2013; however, it was withdrawn one day later because a small number of users were unable to restart their consoles after performing the update.[139] On June 21, 2013, Morgan Haro, a Community Manager for PlayStation Network, announced that the issue had been identified and a new update is planned to be released on June 27, 2013 to resolve the issue.[140]

Compatible media formats[edit]

The PlayStation 3 is capable of photo, audio, and video playback in a variety of formats. It also includes various photo slideshow options and several music visualizations. The following lists the photo, audio, and video formats that are supported on the PS3.

Image formats
Audio formats
Video formats

Notes:

  • ^ a JPEG files must be DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 compliant
  • ^ b GIF images that display motion do not exhibit motion if viewed from the PS3's hard disk drive. Motion GIF images can be viewed in motion only online on a webpage, via the PS3's web browser.
  • ^ c WMA/VC-1 and ATRAC playback must be manually enabled in [System Settings].
  • ^ d SACD is only available in 20 GB, 60 GB, Motorstorm 80 GB bundle, and MGS4 80 GB bundle versions
  • ^ e DivX, XviD, 3ivx and other MPEG-4 Part 2 codec implementations work with a simple import into MP4. Xvid files are recognised as MPEG-4 since system software update 2.20, before this update they were recognised as DivX files.
  • ^ f DivX video files that are copy protected are not playable on the PS3.[142] DivX 3.11 files are now supported as of version 2.60.[69] Certain DivX and XviD Files have been known to not play on the PS3, even though they are recognised correctly, however deleting the first few black frames from the file with a program such as Nandub can rectify this problem.
  • ^ g MPEG-4 ASP is as yet unsupported
  • ^ h Main Profile and High Profile MP4 AVC / H.264 are supported.
  • The Matroska container (.mka / .mkv) is not playable by the PS3 on standard firmware, but programs such as Showtime (for jailbroken ps3's) can use the ps3's default codecs to play back these files. .mkv containers can be quickly converted to a PS3 compatible format for use on all PS3's by using a PC program such as mkv2vob.

See also[edit]

Other gaming platforms from Sony:

Other gaming platforms from this generation:

External links[edit]

Official PlayStation 3 System Software Update page

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