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In-game XMB accesses

PS3 game Trophies
2.40 firmware bricks some PS3 consoles

Many rejoiced late last night when Sony posted the 2.40 firmware update for the Playstation 3. The 2.40 brought a number of improvements to the platform including in-game XMB accesses, a new Trophy system similar in concept to Xbox 360 Achievements, and the ability for gamers to use music playlists within games (provided that the game developers provides a patch to support the feature).

Shortly after the update went live, many users began reporting problems with the update. A thread over at the official Playstation 3 forums is currently up to 61-pages and is filled with a number of irate owners.

According to Kotaku, the update is causing some controllers to malfunction, and in many cases, it bricks the system altogether. All Playstation 3 systems -- 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB -- have an equal chance in having problems with the update, so no one is safe.

There are currently numerous theories and workarounds being proposed by forum-goers, but no one fix has been found to fix everyone's 2.40 firmware woes.

Because of the widespread problems, Sony decided to pull firmware update. In a statement released this afternoon, the company said, "In order to further assess the issue, we have temporarily taken the firmware offline for further testing. We are working diligently to isolate the problem for those few consumers and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up."

No other details were provided on when the "fixed" 2.40 firmware will be uploaded or if a 2.41 firmware will simply be issued to address the problems at hand.



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RE: OH hai thur
By afkrotch on 7/2/2008 10:56:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you on that one. These are just useless features to me.

When I play a game, I don't want to bring up in-game music or even be playing music while in-game. I do like being able to access the XMB though.

Achievements. Don't care. Once I'm done with a game, I'm not going to go back and waste my time trying to unlock achievements that requires some stupid task. Always those really gay achievement like "you beat the game on easy mode 10 different times."


RE: OH hai thur
By Alexvrb on 7/3/2008 8:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
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Always those really gay achievement like "you beat the game on easy mode 10 different times."

Which game does this exactly? Also, I think you're looking at achievements the wrong way. They're a measure of how much of the game you've played and/or played exceptionally (depending on the developer's preferences). But you aren't required to do anything with them. You just play through the game as you always would, and you might get some achievements.

But the achievements are also there for those people who are going to do everything they can in a game anyway, they get something that says as much. So when they're bragging about how they performed such-and-such awesome task, maybe they'll have a little proof to back them up.

You don't have to play games any different if you don't care about achievements. Just because they're "useless" doesn't mean they're not cool to have. I could say that for strictly gaming, an internet browser is useless. That doesn't mean it isn't cool and useful to others.


RE: OH hai thur
By afkrotch on 7/7/2008 7:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
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Which game does this exactly? Also, I think you're looking at achievements the wrong way. They're a measure of how much of the game you've played and/or played exceptionally (depending on the developer's preferences). But you aren't required to do anything with them. You just play through the game as you always would, and you might get some achievements.


Dead Rising. Kill like 2000 something zombies, which require you to spend hours running around killing zombies over and over again. My friend actually did this. He spent like 2-3 hours in a car driving back and forth down a tunnel killing zombies.

There are some FPS games that have like get 1000 knife kills or some crap. Which you end up with online matches where a knife is your only weapon. If you didn't, no one would probably have such an achievement.

Also what kind of achievement would it be, if you get a few by just playing the game? If you go to a 5K run, walk the whole thing, and finish, was that much of an achievement?

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But the achievements are also there for those people who are going to do everything they can in a game anyway, they get something that says as much. So when they're bragging about how they performed such-and-such awesome task, maybe they'll have a little proof to back them up.


Ya, so will the thousands of others who did the same "awesome" task. Either way, when I hear ppl talk about doing such-and-such, there's no achievement tied into it anyways.

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You don't have to play games any different if you don't care about achievements. Just because they're "useless" doesn't mean they're not cool to have. I could say that for strictly gaming, an internet browser is useless. That doesn't mean it isn't cool and useful to others.


I don't play my games any differently. It's also only cool to have if you think it's cool. Personally, I think you're uncool, if you wasted your time unlocking all the achievements for all the games you have.

That's the problem I see with achievements. They are either extremely easy to achieve, so that everyone and their mother could unlock it or requires you to waste an excessive amount of time to achieve it. At which point, achieving it only makes you that much of a loser. You decide whether it's "cool" or not.


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