PS3 Firmware 3.0 Is Live

PS3 Firmware 3.0 Is Live

The new firmware update has it, bringing new XMB functionality, a status indicator, a friends list redesign, dynamic themes, avatars, and much more.

Free and premium avatars show up in your status bar, but the most prevalent of the changes is a status bar in the top right of the screen, which shows your avatar, your user icon, what you are up to, and a mail icon, in case you have messages waiting. Messages from your friends now appearing in their respective profiles.

The games and video categories of the cross media bar will now feature shortcuts to the PlayStation Store, reflecting downloadable content and related items available.

Firmware 3.0 is supposedly the last major PS3 firmware update this year.


  • This update, flatout, sucks. The only good thing is copy and paste is much easier and the what’s new function is kinda neat. The friends list now looks ugly, STILL no crossgame voice chat, the sparkle’s charm wears off in like 2 minutes, and the video store tease for Canadians is just not nice. The logo sits there, you click it, and it says “This feature is not available in your country/region.” Cmon Sony, give us an update that actually does something useful.

  • Ugh, why Sony? Why did you have to go and take my sleek xmb and make it look like it’s running on a standard definition set? Why did you feel the need to add a completely redundant Playstation store icon to my game menu? I’m not an idiot, I knew where the first one was, thank you very much. The ‘what’s new’ section? I turned it off straight away. Your store doesn’t update significantly enough to be a useful feature. Plus, the ugly boxes around my friends list?

  • Never look a gift horse in the mouth right? Well this update makes me want to give it the evils.

    Ok thats probably a little dramatic but im not liking the how the friends list looks, the resolution, the sparkly mixed with the swirl (would have been good to have one or the other but not both at the same time), would like to turn the the status bar off or at least mod it to show only what im looking for ie the time, the extra PS store icon.

    Sony, love how you look after us 90% of the time (hey no ones perfect), but this does feel more cluttered and less of an improvement, well on the visual side at least.

  • sorry sony but this update is ass how you skip all the way from firmware 2.80 to 3.00 and give such a dissapointing update im a man i dont want a sparkly background all day and the ugly boxes around the friends list come on and you call this a major update firmware 1.50 was better than this load of crap do better next time rating 0.5 of 5 stars

      • Yes, unhappy! What a stupid update. Why is the new “PS3” logo forced on owners of old PS3s? And what’s with the “PLAYSTATION 3” logo and the ding being removed from when you start a game? The sparkling looks stupid, and the fonts are huge! They slimmed down the console but HUGED up the writing. Not happy.

  • dont worry people,im sure sony will release another update,just as soon as its looked on xbox live to see how a decent online service should be done.

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