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PlayStation 3 Gets Software Update On Launch Day 27

Posted by Zonk
from the patching-to-play dept.
narramissic writes "Just as the long-awaited PlayStation 3 games consoles go on sale in Japan this Saturday, Sony will also be offering the first software update. The firmware update, offered as a free download, adds support for the PlayStation Network online service." From the article: "In late November the company also plans to offer a firmware update for its PlayStation Portable (PSP) games device. The update will bump the firmware to version 3.0 and add PlayStation Network support. With the new firmware in both devices the PSP will be able to access contents stored on the PlayStation 3 via a wireless LAN connection using a system Sony has dubbed 'Remote Play.' It will also make it possible to purchase and download PSP games content."
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PlayStation 3 Gets Software Update On Launch Day

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  • by thejrwr (1024073)
    Good, i think SOny is staying on the ball with this, hopefully this network will live upto what they are clamming
  • Sony giving money back for supporting their dieing company? Or just good will to get some games sold?
  • Good and Bad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MeanderingMind (884641) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:31PM (#16788139) Homepage Journal
    The Good News: Sony will have an online network for their PS3. Single login makes life easier.

    The Bad News: The firmware needs to be updated to use Sony's online network. That this was not pre-installed indicates the network only recently was finished. The possibility that the network will have issues and growing pains is thus much more likely (though not a certainty).

    The Bottom Line: Something is better than nothing.
  • PC Style (Score:4, Interesting)

    by KDR_11k (778916) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:33PM (#16788151)
    Release first, patch later? I hope they don't expect everyone to have their PS3 hooked up to the internet, would suck to need a patch you can't get.
  • This patch really depends on a network anyway, so its just really a add on no real bug fixes
  • by Control Group (105494) * on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:40PM (#16788185) Homepage
    Before yesterday, this would have surprised me more.

    Why yesterday? Because yesterday, I picked up Gears Of War. When I got home and tore the shrinkwrap off to put it in my drive, as soon as it loaded I was disconnected from Live.

    I was like, "WTF, mates?"*

    Then I was politely informed that there was a software update for the title. This came as something of a surprise, seeing as how I got it barely 24 hours after it was released. I have no idea what the update did, of course.

    Anyway, I was surprised at this yesterday. But I am now inured to this tactic, so I find this news completely boring. In fact, my first response is "figures."
    • by GrayCalx (597428)
      Same with Tony Hawk which i picked up yesterday. I dunno, at first it made me feel kinda of icky, but it was painless enough.
    • by chrish (4714)
      XBox 360 - bringing the PC gaming experience to consoles!
  • Ahem (Score:3, Informative)

    by ZakuSage (874456) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:40PM (#16788187)
    A quick fact: Updates will be provided on game discs (just as with PSP), so you won't need a connection to the internet to get this.
    Why this is good: Adds new features.
    Why this is bad: Will likely remove software exploits to allow unsigned code to run (happens each firmare update with PSP).
  • DUH (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hurfy (735314) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:40PM (#16788189)
    They DID say this was the equal to a computer didn't they?

    Hey slashdot, nice to know the verizon ad is more important than this headline that got covered by their ad :( Not everyone has 193737x23789 monitors yet...or we must use a business app that doesn't scale ;/
  • by interiot (50685) on Thursday November 09, 2006 @02:43PM (#16788219) Homepage
    Maybe I'm still in the mindset of the political elections, but I see the headline "PS3 network service added as an afterthought" out of this. I'm sure Sony didn't want to release it until it was thoroughly tested. But the Xbox 360 network service really seems like it was standardized early on (so games knew how many achievement points they had, they knew they had to send the achievements text and icons to xbox networking, they knew how much CPU drop they had to deal with when you start IM'ing friends in the middle of a game, etc). How much game integration is there if the networking service is offered as a patch?
  • ... I'll answer the update question.

    If you don't have a net connection for the PS3, I imagine they will be distributing updates with purchased game discs, like they do with the PSP.

  • The Good News: Sony will have an online network for their PS3. Single login makes life easier. The Bad News: The firmware needs to be updated to use Sony's online network. That this was not pre-installed indicates the network only recently was finished. The possibility that the network will have issues and growing pains is thus much more likely (though not a certainty). The Bottom Line: Something is better than nothing.

    I fear there will be a lot of growing pains with this network. MS when through substa

  • can't wait (Score:1, Troll)

    by j00r0m4nc3r (959816)
    for the official Playstation Rootkit Service software upgrade.

  • by PSXer (854386) *
    Yeah, the fact that people who don't have their PS3 hooked up to the internet won't be able to download the patch that lets thm use the playstation network totally sucks.

    Don't worry, I'm sure all the important "security" (keeping the system secure from homebrews) updates will come on game discs as well.
  • but..the patch is to add support for the online service. if you're not going to have your PS3 hooked to the internet, i'm not exactly seeing the problem in not being able to get it.
  • by amuro98 (461673)
    Sony's right, the PS3 isn't a gaming console...it's a PC.

    After all, what veteran computer user doesn't immediatly check for updates upon booting up a new computer for the first time??

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  • And decided to fix it before people exploit it like they did on the PSP...

    Can't have people running Linux on it for free now, can we? Especially of the hundreds of dollars Sony must lose on each PS3.
    • by Aladrin (926209)
      So, your theory is that they found a security hole in a not-released product and to cover up their mistake, they quickly finished the online system they've been working their asses off to complete. Somehow this security hole was able to get them to hurry up when even the imminent release of the console wasn't enough to spur them on.

      Put the tinfoil hat away.
  • Just so people remember,

    The 360 released with an update to the dashboard in november 2005 that needed to be downloaded, on it's launch day.

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