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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Sony has made an update for the PlayStation 3's system software available via the PS3's "System Update" feature or via a web based download that can be loaded onto the PS3 using a supported storage device. Unfortunately, v1.11 does not address any of the major issues with the PlayStation 3, but rather focuses on correcting some apparently minor issues.

If you've been surfing the gaming sites on the net today, you've probably noticed there's a lot of venom being spewed towards Sony regarding this update and the issues it seems to ignore. While I understand that it's better to release small updates frequently rather than wait to get the larger ones done, I do have to say that I really hope Sony plans on getting all the issues with 1080i support for games, 720p support for Blu-Ray movies and the myriad of issues with their online services interface fixed as soon as possible.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - right now it appears that the only exclusive game worth bothering with on the PlayStation 3 is Resistance: Fall of Man, and making matters worse, there really isn't anything else coming to the system worth getting excited about until March '07. Sony really needs to convince the early adopters that they made a wise choice in investing in a PlayStation 3, because early word of mouth can really help make or break a system. The last thing they need right now is people saying that the PS3 is overpriced, hard to find and broken to boot, because that will just further push buyers towards the Xbox 360 or Wii.

If you're wondering just what all the issues I'm talking about are, there's an excellent write up of the system over at ArsTechnica - check it out at this link. Anyway, before I ramble on incoherently for the next few hours, here's the update description as per Sony;

"System Software Update

The PLAYSTATION®3 system software update may include security patches, new or revised settings and features and other items, which will change your current operating system. We encourage you to check this page from time to time for software updates and to always maintain your system to use the latest version of the system software.

An update to the PS3™ system software was released on November 28, 2006. If you update your PS3™ system, the system software will be version 1.11.

  • Do not perform updates using any data other than the official update data provided by Sony Computer Entertainment over a network or on disc media, and do not perform updates by methods other than those described in the product documentation. If an update is performed using data from another source or by another method, there is no guarantee of proper operation and Sony Computer Entertainment will not be responsible for repairs or service under warranty.
  • System software included within this product is subject to a limited license from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Refer to
  • This update is for customers who own PS3™ systems sold in North America. DO NOT update your PS3™ system through this Web site if you purchased your system outside North America. There is no guarantee of proper operation with other models sold outside North America.
  • If you have not updated to system software version 1.10, features and other items (listed below) not yet installed on your system will also be installed as part of this update.
  • If you have already updated to system software version 1.10, only the feature revisions from version 1.11 will be added.
  • If your PS3™ system software version is 1.11 (or later), you do not need to perform this update. To check the version of your system software, go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [System Information]. The information is shown in the System Software field.
  • Depending on the software title, you may not be able to play without first updating the system software.
  • Depending on the system software version, screen images shown here may be different from the actual product.
The PLAYSTATION®3 system software version 1.11 update includes the following:
  • General
    • You can now use PLAYSTATION®Network services.
    • You can now use the single tap text entry method on the on-screen keyboard for English and other European languages.
  • Settings
  • Video
    • You can now select [Full Screen] under [Screen Mode] when playing video files saved on the hard disk or storage media.*
      *An appropriate USB adaptor (not included) is required to use storage media with some models.
  • Network
    • You can now download and save music and video files on the hard disk under [Internet Browser].
    • You can now download the following types of content under [PLAYSTATION®Store].
      − PLAYSTATION®3 format software
      − PLAYSTATION®Network titles*
      * The term "PLAYSTATION®Network titles" refers to PlayStation format games (PS one) downloaded from PLAYSTATION®Store and PSP format games distributed electronically.
    • Simplified and traditional Chinese characters can now be displayed under [Internet Browser].
    • [Online Instruction Manuals] has been added as a feature.
  • Friends
  • Other
    • The method of calculating hard disk capacity has been changed.
      * Free space on the hard disk is calculated as 1 GB (1024 x 1024 x 1024) = approx. 1,073,740,000 bytes. As a result, the free space value displayed may be less than the value that is mentioned under specifications in the product documentation. You can check hard disk free space under [Settings] > [System Settings] > [System Information].
    • Playability status with the PS3™ system has changed for some PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 format titles. To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles.
    • New for 1.11: Some PLAYSTATION®Network features have been revised.
You can update your system software by any of the following methods:
  • System Update »
    Update using the PS3™ system's System Update feature.
  • Update using a PC »
    Download update data using a PC and save on storage media* or a USB Mass Storage device. Copy the update data to the PS3™ system's hard disk and perform the update.
    *An appropriate USB adaptor (not included) is required to use storage media with some models.
  • Update using disc media »
    Update using update data that is included on a game disc."
    - Sony PlayStation 3 Network Update page

You can also check out the full text of the update description at Sony's PlayStation 3 Network Update page at this link. Those of you who are planning on downloading the update via your PC and transferring it to your PlayStation 3 can either use the provided link on the network update page or you can just click here.

Posted by nylatenite at 12:55 AM EST

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