PlayStation 3 Firmware Update v2.70 Gets Text Chat
posted on 04.01.09 at 08:45 PM EDT by (@salromano)

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Eric Lemple, director of PlayStation Network Operations, has finally revealed firmware v2.70 for the PlayStation 3 tonight. The most noticable feature in this update is Text Chat, allowing friends to speak via a little insant message box with up to fifteen online friends using an on-screen keyboard, wireless keypad, or other peripherals.

In addition to the text chat, some new enhancements have been made to the Friends list. You’ll now be able to sort them via their online status. You’ll be able to attach larger files to messages you send to your friends (increased from 1MB to 3MB).

There’s also some enhancements to the video service on the PlayStation Store. First off, video files you’ve purchased from the PlayStation Store can be backed up to an external storage device and then restored to PS3’s internal hard drive for playback – so you can clear up space on your hard drive and then restore the video anytime in the future. Videos you’ve purchased for PSP system can now be transferred to PS3 for playback.

Now, all these features sound great, but “text chat”? I mean, we couldn’tve gotten voice chat first? Check out a preview of the firmware below. The update is set to release “soon”.

PS3 Firmware (v2.70) Update [PlayStation.Blog]

  • incredibilistic

    The text chat is okay. Not sure I’ll use it much but, like you said, why couldn’t they include in-game voice chat too?

    Oh well. I’m sure it’s coming. I just hope we don’t have to wait another 6 months to get it.

    Kinda feels like iPhone owners. The iPhone is finally getting cut, copy and paste as well as IM but at least Apple took the time to add a host of other features that are actually useful.

    Anyway, good to see a new update.

  • outkast1115

    omg Sony i signed up just 2 write this who gives a f**k about text chat!!!?? Come on really man y’all need 2 get it 2gether 4real I work at gamestop and I’m always defending y’all o xbox360 has this o they have that I hate hearing that but man Sony u r letting me and a lot of fans down 4real get it right hirer some better and faster people God by tha way y’all r going we will never catch up 2 xbox360!!!!!! and that’s sad 2 say man 4real i feel like ps3 needs voice-chat,more in-game music games, and last but not least MORE AND BETTER PSN GAMES!!!!! xbox live arcade is killing us that’s all people want when they come in 2 buy a xbox360 o i just want it for live. SONY GET IT TOGETHER AND SOON

    • FiftyQuid

      Great update. Once the PS3 gets voice chat it’ll be identical to XBOX Live without the monthly fees. Nice job Sony.

  • Skittles

    Fantastic update.