It's not just shoddy April Fools jokes that you can expect today; if you're a PS3 owner, then turning on your console - assuming it's one of the original models, rather than the newer slimline version - will leave you face to face with PS3 firmware v3.21. Doing little more than stripping out the ability to install other OSes on the console, we're hearing that PS3s all over are being presented with the (optional) update.
Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches. That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console. Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be. It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.
In our collective haste to pester Nintendo about the next-gen update to the Wii, we sometimes forget that Microsoft's Xbox 360 is beginning to look a little long in the tooth too. A new image purported to be of the refreshed Xbox 360's mainboard has emerged, and most obvious is that Microsoft have put the console on a diet - it's considerably smaller than the current 'board in use.
So, we already know the Sony PlayStation Move controller is coming Fall 2010 and should be priced - in "starter kit" form - at under $100, but we're still seeing more tidbits about the motion-control system drip out GDC this week. There's good news and bad, unfortunately, including a limitation on multiplayer support in part thanks to the PS3's own Bluetooth connectivity capabilities. Turns out, while up to four-player gaming is possible, that's not if everyone wants to use both the Move controller and a sub-controller.
After Sony warned PS3 owners today to step away from their consoles lest permanent data loss from issues plaguing the Playstation Network, The PlayStation Blog has been updated with a post that confirms that all services have been restored, and all PS3s good to go for the next round of gaming.
Got a first, second or third-generation Sony PS3? Step away from the console, unless you want to run the risk of permanent data loss; that's the message from the official PlayStation blog, who are addressing the persistent PlayStation Network issues affecting all but the PS3 Slim. If you're seeing 8001050F errors, along with messages warning of being unable to sign into the PSN, unable to reset the clock or unable to play back rented movies, you could run the risk of losing your hard-earned trophies.
Trouble is afoot with the first through third generation of PS3 consoles - basically all of them bar the newest PS3 Slim - as what appears to be a date-related issue blocks access to the PlayStation Network. Those gamers attempting to access the PSN are unable to sign in, nor play games, use dynamic themes or view and/or synchronize their trophies; meanwhile the PS3's clock is reset to 12/31/1999.
Remember how we told you the Sony PS3 was compatible with the Blu-ray Disc Associations finalized 3D specification back in December 2009? If you've been wondering when exactly that 3D technology would actually arrive on the console, the answer is sometime this summer. Pocket-lint grabbed John Koller, director of hardware marketing for SCEA, and pestered him into confirming that Sony are currently developing 3D stereoscopic games that are scheduled to arrive alongside the company's 3D LCD HDTVs over summer 2010.
Sony Japan may have released the first PS3 with a 250GB hard-drive - in the shape of the Final Fantasy XIII limited edition back in September 2009 - but until now they've not had a mainstream version; that's all changing as of February 18th. The company have announced that the Sony PlayStation 3 250GB will arrive in Japan for 34,980 yen ($382).