PS3 Firmware 2.80 No Longer Optional – Goodbye Bandwidth

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One of the greatest contributions made to gaming in this generation has definitely got to be services like Xbox Live (Not new but vastly improved) and the Playstation Network, making it simple and easy for gamers to hook up and play games together.

As South Africans, we like to watch our bandwidth due to the ridiculous costs involved and if you have a PS3 and like to play multiplayer games on PSN then be prepared to fork out a little more or forfeit your ability to play games.

More after the jump.

According to a report from, certain games are going to require the update to work online.

This means that if you don’t have it then you can’t play them online with your buddies that do. The good news so far is that it looks like the update only affects certain titles, but one of those titles may be your favorite game.

The best idea would just be to make sure you download the update, it will probably make your life easier in the long run, even if it means even more bandwidth costs.

Source: TheSixthAxis

Last Updated: July 21, 2009

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Nick De Bruyne

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  • Kale

    Well so far alot of PSP games that require the firmware update have had it included on the UMD. If Sony is making this mandetory don’t you think they would/could include it on the ‘space stricken’ blu ray disc?

  • Kale

    No offence but this just sounds like a time to run down the PS3 again rant.

  • To be fair I did not make any pokes at PSN at all, this is pretty straightforward and a pain in the ass for South Africans.

    You make a good point about the updates on the disc, I really hope that they do it but I somehow think that they won’t because no one really cares about bandwidth except us.

    At the same time, people need to also stop seeing articles like this as anti-PS3 and more as a heads-up, no one can change the fact that it’s going to happen unfortunately.

  • darthdad

    I think some games do have the latest firmware on them. I can recall being asked to update with a game a while back, just can’t remember which game. :blush:

  • easy

    i don’t know what the problem is?

    i have loads of updates a months between osx and vista and a few other applications, the +-150mb that sony’s fm is weighing in at… is almost pleasant.

    i understand most people don’t use their pc’s enough to warrant keeping current with updates, and mainly use their bandwidth up on their consoles… but then again, just calculate how much time you play online then you’ll see where all you bandwidth goes… 2 less hours online play should be more than enough for a firmware update!

  • 4cereals?

    Dude its like 140MB…

    Whats more, you can download it using local bandwidth which last I checked costs around R10 per GB.

    Therefore, the bandwidth cost is about R1.40.

  • To be fair the majority of people don’t know how to swap between international and local bandwidth for this update.

  • LousyGamer

    Yet another article that’s cleverly written to undermine the PS3 without checking facts. The “reporters” on this site are XBox fanboys with hormonal problems. From now on referred to as XJox or XJokes. If you want real gaming news then go to or thats where most of these XJokes get most of their stories from there in any case. Should the update be important for a game to work it will be included with the game. Makes sense? :sick:

  • Ruslan

    Well, honestly the PS3 is getting undermined by its own PR department. What idiocy is this to keep releasing senseless updates ( flash player fix anyone ) in their monthly cycle of PSN updates? Whatever happened to conference voice chats? Etc? Please, get your facts straight before jumping on the xbot wagon.

  • Darkling


  • easy

    to be fair… its a free service, and it does a pretty good job while gaining momentum and strength in services offered.

    but i suppose that’s not good enough for some people, especially those that don’t own the console.

    anyway, this is such a dumb argument… :sleeping:

  • WitWolfyZA

    speak for yourself i pay R200 for a gig at Iburst

  • Ruslan

    Not everything thats free is great. You should know that. πŸ˜‰

    Just looking at the example of BF1943 with PSN which is free, yet the subscription based X360 gamers are leading the kill count by a far bigger margin.

    FYI I own both consoles. :getlost:

  • Ruslan

    Or what? πŸ˜†

  • WitWolfyZA

    We all know that the PS3 is a great console… But do we who already have a massive library of Xbox games wanna convert to PS3?

    I for one no. maybe if the GF gets a promotion i’ll be able to own both

  • easy

    you missed my point.

    i am in no way saying the psn trumps live, i was merely stating that the psn is in all tense and purposes a fledgling service and has had a remarkable boost in the last year or so.

    hence the constant(roughly quarterly?!) upgrades to better the service. i for one do not see that as a bad thing… but thats me.

    fyi i’m super happy you have both consoles… you’ve made my day :biggrin:

  • Ruslan

    I would prefer the quarterly updates to have relevant important fixes than cosmetic stuff. But thats me. πŸ™‚

    Two good points that PSN has is its CC local functionality and the ability to download your PSN purchases/trials via local cap.

  • Ozzy

    owning both consoles doesnt make you any less of an idiot xbot – which you are.
    your owning both consoles is nothing more than a ruse to mislead everyone into thinking you have a balanced opinion – which you dont.
    you should actually sell your ps3 because you dont deserve it.

  • 4cereals?

    Well then you should use your media space to inform them, instead of moaning about a problem that is easy to solve don’t you think?

    This is why people are moaning that you are knocking the PS3 unfairly.

  • Ozzy

    releasing regular updates is a good thing. shows the commitment of the ps teams drive for continuous improvement.

    nick of lazygaymer, shame on you for trying to belittle the whole process. using 150mb as a reason to say goodbye to bandwidth is silly. but at least you keeping up the consistency of this blog, which is to show how juvinile south african journalism really is. :cwy:

  • 4cereals?

    What area do you stay in?

  • WitWolfyZA

    The East Rand , in JHB

  • Darkling

    Or lousygamer might turn into a troll like creature.. :pinch:

  • WitWolfyZA

    Well we all know how frequently the PS3 gets updated with pointless firmware updates of rediculous sizes so ill say its plausible

  • I’m lost, we seem to be getting a lot of insults over this yet the story ended by saying that the best idea is to download the update… For a more indepth discussion on this I recommend listening to the latest podcast where Nick and the guys discuss it in detail.

  • 4cereals?

    Eish, well I take it ADSL and Neotel are not available where you are.

    Sucks to be you :p

  • Ruslan

    Oh that… you know its easy to push PS3’s owner buttons now dont you. :tongue:

  • spl0it

    You PS3 Fanboys are way to aggresive, Have a coke and a smile πŸ™‚

  • 4cereals?

    The issue is that the entry is written very subjectively, and from the point of view that 150MB download is an outrageous amount of bandwidth, which just does not float.

    Even in SA, 150MB really is not a lot. Especially when ADSL users can use local bandwidth which costs around R10 per GB.

    Nick responded to my post saying that most PSN users wont know about PSN using local bandwidth.

    SO TELL THEM, instead of casting the whole thing in a negative light. Sony is only trying to improve its product, it shouldn’t get unfairly lambasted by the media.

    The vast majority of PSN users will be connecting through ADSL, and can make use of local bandwidth. That should be the story. That is helpful.

  • Ruslan

    You dont like it dont read it. Go to the gaming websites the previous upset PS3 gamer mentioned. :whistle:

  • Ruslan

    As a PS3 user you do know you cannot download PSN updates via local bandwidth. Only PSN Store items can be downloaded via local bandwidth.

  • WitWolfyZA

    Nah its not that. I burst costs me R250 a month with a 1mb line so its good enough… Lag gets hidious at times..

    I wasnt prepare to pay like R1200 or whatever for them to come and install a ADSL line. Iburst was the cheaper option… Only buying a booster nails you

  • 0rk0

    The fix might also be for PSN games which is “online only” and doesn’t have a disc version to include the firmware update on…just a thought…

  • easy

    i wouldn’t call them pointless as there has been a very tangible improvement on the psn as well as the xmb.
    and it is not that often they come about. well i would call often every single month, which isn’t the case.

  • Darkling

    πŸ˜† ………….. :ninja:

  • Ozzy

    speaking of which, have you managed to find an online hangout where everybody doesnt loathe your presence ruslan?

  • spl0it I hear you are mentioned in the podcast this week, your fame seems to be never ending πŸ˜‰

  • WitWolfyZA

    Sssshh your screwing up my arguement πŸ˜›

  • spl0it

    Awh Shucks :blush:

  • Incidentally, firmware 2.80 is hosted locally at

  • Wow, everyone had a field day in here while I wasn’t looking. I am not sure what all the fuss is really about and why the name calling has started again.

    150 mb is not a lot of bandwidth, but that isn’t true for everyone. I have gotten complaints because the podcast was 40mb instead of 30mb so take everyone else into account as well. Some dudes have 250mb 3G accounts and so on so it makes a difference.

  • easy

    i’ve just realised… you must be a ps3 fanboy!
    you’ve clearly (and might i add, cleverly) dropped the quality of the podcast to ensure the ps3 guys have enough bandwidth for the fm updates…

    to all the naysayers out there, resounding proof of Nick’s ps3 loyalties πŸ˜‰

    just thought i’d lighten the mood :biggrin:

  • Awww, you figured me out :tongue:

  • Ruslan

    Nah, its just too easy to push the buttons of okes like you. I suppose you are one of the okes who leaves anonymous remarks to users on forums about their PS3 comments? :whistle:

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