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The 60GB PlayStation 3 stands tall and proud
Both Sony consoles get just a little bit better

Sony has released new firmware updates for both its PlayStation 3 console and PlayStation Portable handheld. The PS3 gets bumped to version 1.70, which now enables the console to play original PSone software bought from the PlayStation Store previously only playable on the PSP. Save data for the PSone can now be used on the PSP.

Currently, the PlayStation Store lists only classic titles for download to PSP, though with the weekly update to the store due to hit tomorrow, PS3 support may be soon added.

Also new, and perhaps one of the first budding fruits from the Immersion settlement is the enabling of vibration force feedback when using PlayStation and PlayStation 2 accessories with the older generation games.

Other evidence of the return of rumble can be seen in the recent update to Gran Turismo HD, a free download for PlayStation 3 owners via the PlayStation Store. Version 1.20 of the concept game features support for force feedback steering wheels – something that hard core GT fans have long missed until the recent update.

The PSP is also getting a firmware update to version 3.40, which is said to add expanded support for PlayStation Network titles, though no specifics were mentioned in the release notes. Also changed is the method of managing game certificates.

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Aggressive updates for the PS3
By Chaser on 4/19/2007 10:13:18 AM , Rating: 1
Good job Sony. Keep them coming :)

And thanks Dailytech for posting something PS3 positive for once.

First post :)

RE: Aggressive updates for the PS3
By Chaser on 4/19/2007 10:13:58 AM , Rating: 1

RE: Aggressive updates for the PS3
By therealnickdanger on 4/19/2007 10:29:52 AM , Rating: 3
LMAO, he "beat" you by ONE SECOND!

And thanks Dailytech for posting something PS3 positive for once.

I'll come to DT's defense in that they post the good news when it's available. This is good news for the PS3, they need to keep at it!


RE: Aggressive updates for the PS3
By Chaser on 4/19/07, Rating: -1
RE: Aggressive updates for the PS3
By uzun on 4/19/2007 5:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
1080/24p output for the PS3, when playing Blu-Ray Discs? I was hoping this update would have it, maybe next one will.

RE: Aggressive updates for the PS3
By Samus on 4/20/2007 7:25:41 AM , Rating: 2
damn the ps3 is sexy looking. too bad it doesn't really do shit yet :\

Euro 1.70 update fixes lots of BC Issues
By dvdchas on 4/19/2007 6:58:18 PM , Rating: 2
Thought I'd post an update, following on from the 1.70 euro PS3 firmware. To be honest I'm amazed at how much better the BC is now. It auto detects my USB adapter for the PS2 controller, rumble works. And all but two of my games now work!!

Only these two won't load:-
1) Metal Gear Solid 2
2) Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner

With all these previously dead titles now loading:-
1) Gran Turismo 4
2) Guitar Hero II
3) Ratchet & Clank
4) SSX

These ones all still work, though possibly with less glitches now:-
1) Buzz - The Music Quiz
2) Buzz - The Big Quiz
3) Dancing Stage Fusion
4) Dancing Stage Megamix
5) Devil May Cry
6) Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
7) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
8) Rayman Revolution
9) Resident Evil - Code Veronica X
10) Resident Evil 4
11) Ridge Racer V
12) Timesplitters
13) Zone of the Enders

I have a few issues that I was wondering if anyone else has. My USB GT Steering wheel works with GTHD, but isn't detected in GT3 or was it GT4 with the PS2 emulation (maybe its just me)

Also the on the Guitar Hero 2 controller it looks like some of the coloured buttons are mixed up with Green and Red not working at all. Could this be because I got the adapter from Japan, or is there a general problem?

By theflux on 4/20/2007 1:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
Good to see they are keeping at it for you guys.

1st post :-)
By BZDTemp on 4/19/07, Rating: 0
RE: 1st post :-)
By killerroach on 4/19/2007 12:08:43 PM , Rating: 3
I look at it this way... the PS1 titles on the PlayStation store are actually a pretty good deal in comparison to a lot of other downloadable games for the other consoles, so making them playable on the PS3 (your means for downloading them) isn't too bad of a way to expand your gaming portfolio for not a whole lot of scratch. It's a win-win situation... if you're a Sony fan, this gives you a lot of fairly good games at an attractive price point, and some of them may even allow you to wax a bit nostalgic (not as much so as the NES titles on the Wii Virtual Console, but I digress). And if you're a Sony hater, just consider that those who forked over all that cash for a PS3 could probably use all the cheap games that they can get.

Personally, that's one of four things down on my checklist of stuff that needs to happen before I get a PS3. Now, all I need is to see a few more top-tier titles (probably by the end of the year), a price drop to $500 (I can dream, can't I?), and a Linux driver for the RSX chip, and I'll have a much harder time not pulling the trigger on getting one.

I guess these sorts of improvements get put into the "better late than never" stack for Sony (which seems to, oddly enough, happen quite a bit).

RE: 1st post :-)
By SunAngel on 4/19/07, Rating: -1
By medavid16 on 4/19/2007 11:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
most of these updates are to stop piracy, with features embedded. if you don't know, read around, you'll find it.

Slowly but surely...
By daftrok on 4/19/2007 12:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
They're getting to what the PS3 should be. They're pushing the games and soon they will have a decent game library. Now just make it $499.99 or lower and I'll get it!

Does this mean...
By OutsidaII on 4/19/2007 6:40:53 PM , Rating: 2
Are there going to be any non supported PS2 games now that rumble has been enabled? If I remember correctly that was the reason why many games were non-functional on the PS3.

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