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8:30 AM on 03.28.2014

Again? Vita firmware update 3.12 is out now

I just updated my Vita firmware yesterday to start playing Conception II, but upon waking up this morning to continue I was prompted with another update message. Even if you just pulled down Vita firmware 3.10, you'll want to...

Dale North


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11:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Firmware update lets Vita display 500 home screen apps

I found myself needing space on my Vita for the first time when trying to download Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD. Then I learned there is no easy way to delete things from your Vita aside from deleting individual bubbles, which dele...

Steven Hansen

2:00 AM on 11.27.2013

European PS4 buyers can download 1.51 update early

The PlayStation 4 is all set to launch in Europe this Friday, and those of you eager to jump on Killzone: Shadow Fall or Resogun as soon as humanly possible once your brand new machine is all hooked up can download the 1.51 f...

Brett Zeidler

3:45 PM on 11.15.2013

EA support site says PS4 firmware has 'stability issues'

EA added a support page to its site that was taken down very quickly and, as of this writing, is still down. It claimed that the PlayStation 4 firmware required for all PS4 users to download is causing stability issues for al...

Brett Zeidler

10:30 PM on 11.04.2013

PS Vita firmware 3.00 is here and it'll change your life

Sony loves firmware. It loves firmware so damn much. Truth is, the company only keeps churning out new machinery as a vehicle to bestow the wondrous salvation that is firmware upon the earth. And with the PlayStation 4 nearly...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 10.02.2013

PS3 update allows automatic downloads for all

[Oh, hey, look at that. This update is available right now. Too bad it decided not to alert me to the installation. You might want to do the manual update thing.] Yet another update is due to arrive on your PlayStation 3, but...

Conrad Zimmerman



Wii U 4.0.0 update allows Wii Mode off-TV play photo
Wii U 4.0.0 update allows Wii Mode off-TV play
by Tony Ponce

Alright! The long-awaited summer fall Wii U firmware has arrived! We've been patient, and now we finally have our unified account system! Thank you for answering our cries, Nintendo!

...

Wait... where's our unified account system!? RACKIN' FRACKIN' VARMINT!

So we didn't get the one thing that we all really wanted. What did we get? Well, we can use USB keyboards, for one. Headsets plugged into the GamePad can now be used in Wii U Chat, a Friends List icon has been added to the main menu, and Wii software now supports Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound.

But the big new feature is the ability to play off-TV while in Wii Mode. Unfortunately, you still can't use the buttons on the GamePad, so you'll have to fish out a Wii Remote even for games that use classic controls. You have to stand the GamePad up against something and point the Wii Remote at the sensor bar built into the controller, making sure that the GamePad is far enough away from the TV so that the main sensor bar doesn't pick up your signals. Long story short, it's got potential should Nintendo finally allow GamePad button mapping, but right now it's just a thing to tolerate.

Check out the full list of additions below.

Wii U System and Feature Updates [Nintendo]

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6:30 PM on 08.07.2013

New PS Vita update lets you access cloud saves quicker

A new system update for the PlayStation Vita has added a number of new features. The biggest being the ability to quickly access PlayStation Network servers so you can now upload/download save data from the cloud, so long as...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 06.27.2013

PS3 firmware 4.46 is out to fix what 4.45 screwed up

Sony loves releasing firmware more than anything else, but it may have been a bit too eager to thrust firmware 4.45 out of the gate, considering it bricked a load of PS3s. Luckily, your PS3 is not totally ruined, and Sony's g...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 06.22.2013

Sony fixing 'bricked' PS3s with more firmware next week

Sony was brought back down to earth this week when their latest firmware caused some problems for PlayStation 3 owners. Update 4.45 released on Tuesday evening with the intent of adding trophy notification options and improvi...

Kyle MacGregor

10:25 PM on 06.18.2013

Do not update your PS3, latest firmware bricking systems

[Update: Sony has temporarily pulled the troublesome patch and is investigating the problem.] PlayStation 3 owners looking to use the system's online features this evening may have already noticed a prompt to download the lat...

Kyle MacGregor







Wii U v3.0.0 update is live! OMG NO MORE OVERSCAN!!! photo
Wii U v3.0.0 update is live! OMG NO MORE OVERSCAN!!!
by Tony Ponce

The Wii U version 3.0.0 update went live a short while ago, introducing a host of fixes and other significant tweaks. Of all the new features introduced, the one I'm most excited about is NO MORE OVERSCAN!!! WOOOOOOO!

That may sound like such a minor thing to be bothered by, but it bugged me personally to no end. Having the edges of the screen cut off and possibly missing out on important information just outside of my view? Balls to that! Unfortunately, my TV is such that I couldn't manually adjust for overscan, leaving me to pray that Nintendo would eventually address this issue.

Consider this problem addressed! A new TV settings option allows you to scale the size of your picture should your TV be among those that were held back a few years in school. Previously, this tweak was only available within certain apps like the Miiverse and the Internet browser, but now you can apply the changes on a universal level -- you can see the before and after comparisons in the gallery. After being told several times I should suck it up and buy a new TV, I feel vindicated.

Bone up on the rest of the changes further down.

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2:15 PM on 04.09.2013

Upcoming PS Vita update adds streaming video and folders

Contain your excitement, because Sony is set to release a brand new PS Vita firmware update in the coming days. A notable improvement is that web streaming will finally be possible. Even more notable is that you'll be able to...

Tony Ponce

9:00 AM on 04.05.2013

New 3DS system update fixes crashes from prior update

The 5.1.0-11U update has been released for the 3DS, which essentially does nothing other than fix the faulty update that was launched late last month. I had no issues myself, but a lot of people were reporting that their unit...

Chris Carter

6:30 AM on 03.27.2013

Wow! Check out these new Wii U system update load times

The above video has been making the rounds straight from Nintendo, showing off the new and improved system load times for the Wii U April update. The demonstration shows off the astronomical difference (like 15 seconds per t...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 03.26.2013

The 3DS gets an update that improves the eShop

[Update: please be sure and heed the warnings in this Reddit post, as many people have encountered major errors after the patch -- specifically, your system icon will break, leaving you unable to fully fix the update. If your...

Chris Carter