The clock has struck midnight here on the East Coast, which means that it’s September 1st (holy crap, how the time files). That means that the new PlayStation 3, known colloquially as the “PS3 Slim,” is officially on sale at retailers worldwide (though many stores began selling it a few days after Sony announced it at Gamescom).
System software version 3.00 is an almost entirely visual update. It gives the XMB the most significant makeover it has seen during the life of the PS3. Unlike the New Xbox Experience, though, v3.00 doesn’t provide a completely new interface for the console -- the XMB is something that Sony has implemented across (“axross”?) many of its electronics devices, so it’s obviously a design that they want to stick with. Instead, the v3.00 update is more of a redesign, offering numerous tweaks that combine to make the PS3 easier to use and navigate (while doing a better job of advertising Sony’s products and services).
Main Features Revised in System Software Version 3.00
For a round-number (that is, ostensibly major) update like 3.00, I was expecting the download to take a while. But to my amazement, the v3.00 update downloaded more quickly than any firmware before it. Over my Verizon FiOS connection (note: my PS3 is on Wi-Fi), my unit took -- I kid you not -- less than five seconds to download the file (unfortunately, the PS3 doesn’t show how large firmware updates are, so I can’t estimate how fast this one was downloading). I mean, I was looking down at my watch when I pressed X to start the download, and by the time I looked up, it was already done. The installation process checked in at a more pedestrian time -- about three and a half minutes.
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