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Exclusive: Firmware 2.4's XMB features revealed

  • 25-06-2008 12:27pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 217 ✭✭ baz909

    Exclusive: Firmware 2.4's XMB features revealed
    Wednesday 25-Jun-2008 12:00 PM View, send, receive messages, manage downloads and play music in-game. It's all here...

    CVG has managed to get its grubby hands on the final list of features for the hotly anticipated Firmware 2.4 update, which was yesterday rumoured to be due early next week. But that's not the case we've been told...

    Speaking under strict conditions of anonymity, a source has told CVG that Firmware 2.4 is expected to launch in around three weeks' time. A quick look at the diary reveals that E3 is just under three weeks away. It doesn't take a genius to see that Sony's pre-E3 conference would be the perfect time to launch the Sony XMB assault.

    Announcing something and making it available at the same time is the way forward, as Microsoft proved by revealing Doom isn't just coming to Xbox Live Arcade, it's on Xbox Live Arcade a few E3s ago. Apple is known for this approach too.

    We've also scooped the following list of XMB features that you'll be able to access in-game. Here goes:

    Friend category

    View, send, receive messages

    Manage downloads

    Set the vibration feature of the controller

    Sign in to PlayStation Network

    Register friends

    Manage Bluetooth devices

    Terminate the game

    Music category

    Use the system BGM

    Work the system BGM operation panel

    Settings category

    Assign controllers

    View profiles

    Game category

    Set audio devices

    Use the voice changer

    As previously reported the update will also allow you to play back your own tunes in-game from the XMB Music column. It's unclear whether this feature will be compatible with all games or just new titles created with more recent development tools.

    The system BGM will offer functions such as Play, Stop, Previous track, Next track, Change repeat mode, Change shuffle mode, Change volume (five levels). When you stop the playback of your tunes, playback of the game music will then begin.

    Sony has yet to confirm or deny any of this and won't comment on rumour and speculation. If you ask us though, this is bang on the money. Not long to wait and see...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,940 ✭✭✭ nedd

    hopefully thats all true.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭ FreeOSCAR

    Did they mention anything on the trophy support?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,495 ✭✭✭ WarZoneBrother

    sweet about time..

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Funnily enough i was just thinking lately about the current message situation.

    You could be in the middle of a game and you get mail, only way to see it is to quit the game, considering its usually somebody asking do you want to play online its pointless replying, as by the time you do there either in game or even if they read it you won't know where to meet or if they read it unless you want to wait around on your PS3 main menu for a reply

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,940 ✭✭✭ nedd

    yeah i cant believe it took them this long to get it sorted.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 189 ✭✭ Ourlad

    If everything in that list is there it will have being worth the wait