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PS3 Firmware update 4.00: No new features shock PS3 owners

If you are a regular PS3 gamer, you will know that Sony’s next firmware update to version 4.00 was supposed to be deemed a ‘major’ update with a lot of expectation placed on Sony to deliver some brand new functionality to the XMB. We can tell you that firmware 4.00 is now live and available to download, but you may be disappointed, perhaps even a little bit shocked with the lack of new features.

We say this, as rather add new features to PS3 users, all we’re seeing is some added functionality to the PS Vita, which is due to launch in Japan on December 17. The new update will allow Vita owners to transfer all their media content, which includes photos, music and games to the PlayStation 3 console and also back up Vita system data if needed.

You’ll also be able to get Vita firmware updates via the PS3 if you don’t have a WiFi or 3G connection, and view messages on the PS3 which have been sent using the Group Messaging app on the PS Vita.

Apart from some minor PS Plus tweaks, that’s all you are getting in firmware update 4.00. No major new XMB features to play around with, definitely no cross-game chat and no User Interface changes either. A lot of you will be disappointed we’re sure, as it would have been nice to have a fresh look to the current aging XMB style, and it now asks questions on what major features Sony are going to bring to their system before going live with the PlayStation 4.

The fact that firmware 4.00 adds no new notable features to the PS3 adds further frustration for gamers, especially since Microsoft recently announced that their latest Dashboard Update for the Xbox 360 will be going live on December 6th, which will not only give Xbox 360 owners a brand new UI overhaul in the style of Windows Phone 7, but it will also add plenty of video content and support to control the entire dashboard using Kinect.

Did gamers expect too much from Sony in relation to their firmware 4.00 update, or are the company worthy of criticism this time for their failure to once again deliver a firmware update which PS3 gamers are pleased with. If you have already installed firmware 4.00 on your PS3, let us know your thoughts on the lack of new features.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Dkids187
Dkids187

Theres more to, Avis i stream from my computer to the tv mostly tv shows.  Causes i got tons of bluray movies.  Anyhow when i bring up the change screen menu and the stop icons and that menu.  It will pause the show every movement like its locking it up.  On my 120gig next to it its not doing this wacky stuff and it was definatly 4.00 that did this.  I dont know why one ps3 got it ok and the other did not but i guess 1 in 2 gets wacked out by Sonys new patch.  My 80 might… Read more »

Dkids187
Dkids187

I got update 4.00 and it went thru ok so i thought anyhow.  I started it up to have a corrupted hard drive, it went thru the scan and fix fast.  Then i come in to a messed up XMB, however i didnt catch this till after 4.10.  I dont play it all the time, sometimes im on my computer for a few months here and there.  Anyhow the XMB is hesitant and locky.  It acts like it wants to lockup the XMB, my controler if i click something sometimes it makes the sound but the XMB locks and the… Read more »

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James 'Gallagher' Cadreman

Why cant they just revamp the whole system software? the messaging is slow and out dated and we’ve been asking for cross game for too long now and im sick of the tired look of the XMB, PS Plus is the biggest load of rubbish ever having been a customer from day 1 and I celebrated when it ran out, YES give us security updates but for gods sake give us a new software update as well!!!

fornak8or
fornak8or

After being forced to update to Version 4 my HULU Plus no longer works. Thanks for nothing SONY! Are you going to give me $7.99 worth of playstation + ? FIX IT DAMN IT!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I deleted and reinstalled the Hulu app yesterday and it worked. But today when i turned the system back on, hulu was not working again. Anyone else have this problem?

Michael S
Michael S

In addition to the lack of new features, the firmware update breaks Hulu Plus. 

Jesse
Jesse

Why can we not play online if it’s for the goddamn Vita? For whatever reason, the update is NOT working for me. So I have NO online just because of some retarded update that doesn’t affect me in any way.

Paul Silverstein
Paul Silverstein

Why does PS3 need a new GUI? It is fine as it is.

Sam
Sam

Don’t care about updates, it’s a security update, again. They’re fighting a war against hackers and piracy. If you’re angry, be angry at the morons hacking everything and unable to get a decent job to get their stuff. They repulse me. Forget about new cool features for the PS3, there is a war going on and Sony as too much invested in fighting it. I read an article on IGN about piracy that The witcher 2 is facing. The game sold over 1 million copy but got illegally downloaded 4.5 million times. That’s a lot of lost money for producers that actually… Read more »

Papabinko
Papabinko

Leave Sony alone… They’re offering online for free, they’re give you a system that does just about everything..  3D blue ray.. come on..
Did everyone rant and rave about SNES, or gamecube not getting any updates or UI changes? No… why?  Cuz it played GAMES.  

Sardismac
Sardismac

cant download data as crap as it is..stops at76% with error code 8002f997   any ideas why?

Gavinmcsorley2002
Gavinmcsorley2002

Personally I bought a playstaion to play games, sure updates to make the machine run better or look better ar nice but as long as it still plays games I don’t really care

Aaron Gabbard

Didn’t last update remove 3 Systems that can be used for Game sharing? Im surprised they didn’t remove more options seems like everytime they update the firmware they remove key features that we all paid for, Maybe Version 5.00 will remove Blu ray Support, delete Netflix and Hulu plus, Knowing Sonys track record I wouldn’t be surprised if they removed Controller support and made us play with the stupid move

Tyrail Austin

congrats every 1, u guys has been successively trolled by Sony! HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Hahaha
Hahaha

Leave it to Sony to screw us all over. Not only are they trying to push a pointless new PSP onto us, but they can’t even keep their own products fresh and appealing; not to mention reliable (3rd PS3 in 3 years).

William Mabie

so far, the biggest change I’ve noticed is the new warning message that appears during start-up….

Spam
Spam

Love my PS3 but without decent updates it is slowly turning into just a blue ray player. Time to check out a 360. Sorry Sony, you are supposed to be cutting edge….not playingcatch up.

guy
guy

Why would I get a vita? I don’t need another overpriced piece of hardware that’s sure to get horible support.

Brandon
Brandon

Did the update, and now my Hulu Plus doesn’t work.

Guskeenan
Guskeenan

I don’t care about the vita! Give us a decent update. This update is bull.

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