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

Get hype!
Nov 04
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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PS3 Update

PS3 update allows automatic downloads for all

Expect to install it later today
Oct 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
[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...

Wii U 4.0.0 update allows Wii Mode off-TV play

Sep 30 // Tony Ponce
Version 4.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements: New Features: A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass Support for USB keyboards An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software Changes to Wii U Menu: Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List Changes to System Settings: An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under "Internet" A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through "TV" Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under "Power Settings" when Standby Functions are enabled Changes to Wii U Chat: Added the option to view a friend's profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad Changes to Internet Browser: Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time Holding the R Button will speed up video playback Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots Added support for viewing PDF files Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent Improvements to system stability and usability: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
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But still no unified account system
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 sy...


New PS Vita update lets you access cloud saves quicker

Plus some other streamlined fixes
Aug 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...

PS3 firmware 4.46 is out to fix what 4.45 screwed up

Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Sony fixing 'bricked' PS3s with more firmware next week

Fighting fire with fire
Jun 22
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Do not update your PS3, latest firmware bricking systems

Just a friendly PSA...
Jun 18
// Kyle MacGregor
[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...

Wii U v3.0.0 update is live! OMG NO MORE OVERSCAN!!!

Apr 25 // Tony Ponce
Version 3.0.0 U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements: New Features: A standby function to download and install software while the system is powered off Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop will automatically install in the background once the download is complete Holding down the B Button while the Wii U logo is displayed during startup will load the Wii Menu *¹ Changes to System Settings: An option to transfer and/or copy between two USB storage devices in "Data Management" To facilitate this feature, you will now be able to connect two USB storage devices to a single Wii U console*² The ability to select multiple software titles when transferring, copying, or deleting data in "Data Management" The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV" *³ "Auto Power-Down" has been renamed "Power Settings" Options for the standby function are located within this menu Changes to Miiverse: Added support for the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller Handwritten posts will now also display on the TV screen during creation "Undo" and "Redo" buttons are now available when creating a handwritten post Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to Nintendo eShop: Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to the Internet Browser: Added support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller Added the option to change search engines when performing a keyword search Added the option to return to the start page from the bookmark menu Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to Download Management: Added the option to change the priority of downloads Improvements to system stability and usability: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience *1 User selection may be necessary*2 Only one USB storage device can be used during normal use*3 A similar option has been removed from Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, and the Internet Browser
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Speed fix? Funk dat! I can finally see complete images on my TV!
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 ma...

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PS Vita folders

Upcoming PS Vita update adds streaming video and folders

PS Vita v2.10 is the most exciting version
Apr 09
// Tony Ponce
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...
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3DS fix

New 3DS system update fixes crashes from prior update

Apr 05
// Chris Carter
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...
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Wii U firmware

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

April update preview directly compares both
Mar 27
// Chris Carter
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...
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3DS eShop update

The 3DS gets an update that improves the eShop

Small functionality added to 3DS storefront
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
[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...
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PS3 firmware

PS3 firmware update 4.40 released AT LONG LAST

Mar 21
// Jim Sterling
After what's felt like decades, Sony has finally gotten off its ass and delivered the thing we've all been waiting for -- more PlayStation 3 firmware! It's honestly been quite a while since the last one, and I was terrified S...

Wii U has another system update for you to download

Don't get too excited about this one
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
[Update: I guess I should mention that there's a 3DS update as well. It too adds "stability."] I don't even own a Wii U and yet, rather inexplicably, I felt a rush of energy upon seeing Nintendo tweet about a new system updat...

PS Vita firmware 2.01 update now live

Another month, another update!
Dec 04
// Jim Sterling
Sony, feeling that last month's PS Vita firmware update wasn't generous enough, has bestowed users another opportunity to watch a progress bar on their handheld system. Firmware update 2.01 is now available for download. ...

Reggie: Wii U update mandatory until after Spring 2013

Deal with it, basically
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
Those of us who braved the Wii U launch probably all remember the dreaded "hour long mandatory update" that added functionality that kinda sorta was important. Like, oh I don't know, the ability to do anything online. Reggie ...

Wii U supports background firmware download?

Why didn't you say that earlier?!
Nov 21
// Dale North
If the folks on Reddit are correct (when are they not?), hitting 'cancel' during the firmware update request on your Wii U will have the system downloading the update in the background. They say that once downloaded, you'll b...

Vita 2.00 update: Won't have to quit games to use browser

They fixed it!
Nov 19
// Dale North
Having to quit a game to use a game system's web browser is the silliest thing I can imagine. That was the reality for Sony's PlayStation Vita, but that changes this week with the ver 2.00 update. A tweet ...

PS3 update 4.30 out tomorrow, kills Life with PlayStation

PS Vita Trophy viewing added
Oct 22
// Jim Sterling
Sony is gearing up for a big firmware release tomorrow, v4.30. The most notable feature being added is the ability to view your PS Vita Trophies on the home console. The Trophy section is now listed under the PSN area of the ...

Latest 3DS firmware quietly locks out flashcards

Sep 26
// Dale North
Last week's 4.4.0-10U 3DS firmware update looks like a small maintenance thing, but it seems Nintendo has quietly pulled something pretty big in the background by making it to where most DS flashcards are block...


Any way you want it, that's the way Sony needs it
Sep 18
// Jim Sterling
Sony announced last night that a new firmware update for the PlayStation Vita would be coming soon [BREAKING NEWSFLASH: IT IS OUT RIGHT NOW!]. 1.81 improved drastically over 1.80, which was disappointing due to the fact that ...

PS Vita firmware locks memory cards to a single account

Aug 28
// Jim Sterling
Aside from making a spectacular joke out of the Vita's PSOne compatibility, Vita firmware 1.80 has done something else that isn't pleasing users -- it's quietly tied memory cards to a single PSN account. Before, Vita use...

PSOne Classics on Vita listed (it's already gone stupid)

Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
Although Sony promised over a hundred PSOne Classics would be available with the PS Vita's next firmware update, the truth is not quite so tantalizing. In North America, it turns out that only nine PSOne games will be purchas...

PS Vita getting over 100 PSOne Classics next week

Aug 21
// Jim Sterling
Sony has declared that the PlayStation Vita will initially receive access to over one hundred titles from the PSN's PSOne Classics library when it's updated next week. Big name games include Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Soli...

PSone Classics coming to PS Vita with firmware 1.8

Jul 03
// Jim Sterling
Sony has proclaimed that PSone Classic support will finally be unlocked for PlayStation Vita this summer with firmware update 1.8. No firm date has been provided, but considering the fact that Sony is in love with frequent fi...

PS Vita firmware 1.69 allegedly breaking Escape Plan demo

Jun 15
// Jim Sterling
If you downloaded PS Vita firmware 1.69, which released this week, and tried to play the Escape Plan demo, you may find it's not working. That is what folks are reporting on the EU and US PlayStation boards, anyway.  Thi...

The New Super Mario Bros. 2 announcement was actually the last bit of news from the Nintendo Direct stream, so excuse me while I travel back in time. On April 25, the 3DS will receive a new firmware update. The biggest signif...


PS Vita firmware 1.65 pulled for being broken

Apr 03
// Jim Sterling
It's not just videogames that get shipped in a broken state. Sony's latest PS Vita firmware update -- we're already up to 1.65 -- has had to be yanked from circulation after causing bugs on systems. The update was set to brin...

PS Vita firmware update 1.61 released

Feb 21
// Jim Sterling
People wonder why I make fun of Sony's firmware updates all the time. Well, the PS Vita is only just officially launching in the United States tomorrow, and we're already up for update 1.61. Start as you mean to go on, right ...

PS3 firmware 4.11 releases today

Feb 16
// Jim Sterling
Sony is releasing a mandatory update for European PS3 owners today -- firmware 4.11! It follows the release of last week's critically acclaimed 4.10, and will boast these amazing features for your PlayStation 3 home entertain...

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