Rather late than never: In-game XMB with 2.4 firmware update for PS3

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Over at the official US Playstation blog, it’s been officially announced:

A new PLAYSTATION 3 firmware update (v2.36) will be launching soon, improving system stability when playing select PlayStation format software titles. We’re also happy to officially report that the 2.40 system software update for PS3 will include “XMB” access in-game. The update will also include “trophies,” an exciting new feature that we’ll be providing more details on soon, as well as some other new enhancements. We’ve talked about some of this on the blog previously and know that many of you can’t wait to get your hands on these features. You can expect us to share all of the official details shortly.

At last, is all I can say.

While in-game XMB should finally make it possible to listen to your own music or interact with friends who come online while  you’re in a game – what Live has been doing for ages, in other words – the trophies is kind of a blatant rip-off of achievements on the 360, in my opinion. That said, if Microsoft’s ‘Avatar’ concept proves to be more than a rumour, they will basically be ripping of both Home and Mii’s in one foul swoop.

Regardless of the amount of copying going on, I’m glad that Sony finally sorted this out. The past few updates have been infuriating in their lack of any progress made on the in-game XMB front, so hopefully this will offer a fully integrated scheme like Live does.

[Ed] Microsoft actually hold the patent for in-game music so I doubt we will see that in 2.40

Last Updated: June 19, 2008

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