Sony Shows Off New PS3 Firmware

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Sony has offered a preview of its upcoming update to the PlayStation 3, which brings the device up to version 3.15. The new firmware update adds support for Sony’s “Minis” as well as save-file sharing across different consoles.

Sony’s Minis are essentially a way for the company to sell minigames – the kind of content usually made as a free unlockable game or perhaps offered as part of a collection more normally – directly through its PlayStation Store. Until now, these had been available for the PlayStation Portable, but now Sony has announced that PlayStation 3 users will be able to download and play Minis from the more stationary console when the new update hits.

Perhaps more interesting than Minis though (certainly, we’re far more curious about it), is the news that the update to firmware version 3.15 will add a file transfer utility to allow PlayStation owners to copy things like save files from one console to another…

Of course, the word from Sony, talking to TGDaily, was that, “… if you decide to get a new PS3 you can make sure you don’t loose[sic] any of your existing content. Content such as games, game save data, and videos downloaded from the PlayStation Network can be transferred to the new PS3 system and deleted from the current PS3. Other content, including personal media files (photos, music, videos) can be copied to the new PS3 and remain on the current PS3 system.”

Certainly, the ability to transfer files from one console to another is something that’s grabbed our attention. We should expect to see the new firware rolled out somewhere around December 17th.

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2 Responses to “Sony Shows Off New PS3 Firmware”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    As someone who’s had both Xbox & PS3 fail on me I appreciated good backups for save games and other stuff. Xbox360 was simple, return console while retaining HD. PS3 on the other hand required running the backup & restore utility, this was straightforward.

    BUT! some save games on the PS3, Rainbow Six Vagues 2 being the main one was lost because it was linked to my original console and the save game couldn’t be restored to the new one! I lost about 150 hours worth of achievements and unlockables because the game didn’t allow transferring of save data to a new console! This should be linked to a Playstation store account and not the console! I stopped buy PS3 games after this..

    • komplettie Says:

      Wow, worth knowing. I’ve played an awful lot of Vegas 2 on the PC, weird to hear that it’s locked to the individual console on the PS3 though… I wonder what prompted that.

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