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PS3 Firmware 2.40 - Out Not!


Jul 12, 2007
(So was Super Stardust HD patch 4.00)

UPDATE: 7/2/2008, We are aware of a limited number of consumers experiencing an issue with installing firmware 2.40 on PLAYSTATION 3. While our consumer services department has seen a low volume of calls on this topic, we are committed to enabling the community and XMB access features delivered in the 2.40 update. 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. The Knowledge Center will be updated with information as it becomes available; please check back here for further details.


There is an thread here asking users is Firmware 2.40 bricked their PS3 consoles. Only ONE person (marvelharvey) in the 800 post long thread reported yes. Their brick was due to a corrupted HDD, which reformatting fixed.

Marvelharvey said:
I managed to format my HDD and get my system up and running again... so that leaves zero people on GAF with bricked PS3s?

If you installed the firmware successfully, you are fine. No one on GAF or the wider internet has reported about HDD corruption / console bricking after successfully installing the firmware. There is even a message to this effect posted on the PlayStation Blog.

the_bay_mafia | July 2nd, 2008 at 4:36 pm
so what about people who already have 2.40 installed?

Jeff Rubenstein replied on July 2, 2008 at 4:41 pm
We’ve received no reports of hardware issues following a successful install.


Gaffers have posted the following links to the 2.40 Update:
# http://games.internode.on.net/filelist.php?filedetails=18672
# http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9D6NE8HK
# http://www.filefactory.com/file/a305e0/n/PS3UPDAT_PUP

This will allow you to update your PS3 to firmware 2.40 via a USB drive.


You cannot access in-game XMB while watching DVDs or Blu-ray, or while playing PS1/PS2 games. (Not even PS1 classics from the store). In the PlayStation Blog FAQ they said they were looking into getting in-game XMB working for movies.

Games need to be patched to support trophies and custom soundtracks, even with the new update.

The following games currently support custom soundtracks through the XMB:
- None

The following games currently support trophies:
- Super Stardust HD. (Requires free 4.00 patch. Temporarily withdrawn. Click here for GAF thread)



* Displaying the XMB™ screen during gameplay
You can now access the XMB™ screen while playing PLAYSTATION®3 format software.
* Searching the Internet from the XMB™ screen
You can now perform an Internet search directly from the XMB™ screen.

* You can now see the system clock on the XMB™ screen. The date and time that were set under [Settings] > [Date and Time] are displayed.
* When using a keyboard, you can now clear the entire text entry field at once.
* The Users icon is now displayed when you press the PS button for an operation that cannot be performed.

* You can now turn off the PS3™ system from the XMB™ screen using the [Turn Off System] option.

* You can now set the PS3™ system to turn off automatically after updating the system software.
* [Reassign Controllers] and [Controller Vibration Function] have been added as options under [Accessory Settings].

* You can now print images from a playlist.
* You can now sort items that are grouped in a folder by month or year using the
[Film Date date down] or [Film Date date up] options.

* You can now use a mini-size control panel while playing music.
* You can now play music content encoded in MP3 Surround format.*
* MP3 Surround can only be used when playing music content in Linear PCM format.

* You can now use the [Frame Noise Reduction] and [Block Noise Reduction] settings for video content that is saved on the hard disk or storage media.
* You can now play upscaled video content that is saved on the hard disk or storage media. When the video content is played, it is upscaled automatically to match the screen size.
* Upscaling of Blu-ray Disc (BDAV) video content is now supported.
* For DTS playback on DVD-Video and Blu-ray Disc media, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 for DVD-Video and DTS-ES Matrix for Blu-ray Discs are now supported.

* The procedure for quitting PLAYSTATION®3 format software has been changed.
* You can now collect trophies in games that support the trophy feature.

* [Search] has been added as an option in the browse mode menu of the Internet browser.

PlayStation Store
* Store has an option for List mode
* Placeholder icons have been updated

* The number of Friends who can be added to a Friends list has been increased from 50 to 100.
* The [Information] screen has been redesigned and renamed as [Profile].

Other Stealth Additions
# Reassign controllers and vibration function can be changed through xmb (accessory settings)
# System can be shut down through xmb (users section)
# Parental controls have changed a bit
# Photos have more sorting features


Neogaf: Firmware 2.4 coming July 2nd - Features Videos now online
PlayStation Blog: Firmware v2.40 FAQ
PlayStation Blog: Firmware v2.40 Walkthrough Part 1 (In-Game XMB)
PlayStation Blog: Firmware v2.40 Walkthrough Part 2 (Trophies)


Jun 19, 2005
72% by the time I posted this (0% when reading post #1 of this thread).

Woah... updating now.

EDIT: Wahahahahahahaha ! I'm done. You lot better update now so we can send messages like there's no tomorrow.


Jan 2, 2008
it's going quite smoothly for me...do NTSC-J and NTSC PS3's download from different servers and/or based on what region your account is registered under?


y'all should be ashamed
Dec 7, 2006

Who's gonna be the first to point out something that's already been there? I'll start.

"Whoa, Information Board?! That's totally new!!!!"