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Sony unveils PS3 firmware 3.15 with Minis, data transfer

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Dec 2009 13:57 User comments (28)

Sony unveils PS3 firmware 3.15 with Minis, data transfer Sony has unveiled the latest firmware upgrade for the PS3 today, version 3.15, which brings two main new features.
The first is the addition of the PSP Mini emulator to the PS3, allowing for playback of the Minis from your home console as well as your handheld. If you own any Minis already for the PSP, you can re-download it free from the PS Store for the PS3.

The second feature is data transfer between PS3s, which Sony explains as follows:

This feature enables you to easily transfer all of your saved data from one PS3 to another. So if you decide to get a new PS3 you can make sure you dont loose any of your existing content. Content such as games, game save data, and videos downloaded from PlayStation Network can be transferred to the new PS3 system and deleted from the current PS3. Other content, including personal media files (photos, music, videos), can be copied onto the new PS3 and remain on the current PS3 system.

The process is really simple

1. Turn both the current PS3 (A) and new PS3 (B) on and connect them with a LAN cable; PS3 (A) should be connected to the TV
2. On the XMB of PS3 (A), scroll to the Settings menu and select [System Settings] and then [Data Transfer Utility]
3. Follow the instructions on-screen and transfer data
4. After transferring the data, follow the instructions on-screen, and then connect PS3 (B) to the TV to view the XMB
5. If content that was downloaded from PlayStation Store was transferred as part of this operation, you must activate PS3 (B) before you can use the data. Log in to the PS3 system as the user who owns the content, and then select (PlayStation Network) > (Account Management) > (System Activation) to activate the system


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28 user comments

18.12.2009 14:04

I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive

28.12.2009 14:19

this was made so that you can get your save data on to a bigger HHD. i wish this came out when i upgraded my PS3 hard-drive to 320gb, this would have been so much easier.

38.12.2009 15:03

Originally posted by DXR88:
I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive
Opening up the system to remove the HD is above most users confidence level. There's no removable external hd like there is on the 360. But from what I hear about the prices on those 360hd's is that they're too expensive anyway.

48.12.2009 15:39

Pretty glad that theres a PSP Mini emulatpr with this FW update. Now I wish there was a PSP emulator update. That would be killer.

BTW, when is the date for this FW release?

58.12.2009 15:39

How many machines "could" this update ruin?

68.12.2009 15:42

If you can have downloaded content activated to both systems,
and this method just adds the staff to the HDD without deleting anything.....
This way will be easier to trade downloadable content, and you dont even reduce the times that you can re-download your purchased content from PSS.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 08 Dec 2009 @ 15:43

78.12.2009 15:43

Originally posted by xblade132:
Pretty glad that theres a PSP Mini emulatpr with this FW update. Now I wish there was a PSP emulator update. That would be killer.

BTW, when is the date for this FW release?
Dec. 17th

88.12.2009 15:48

Quote:
Originally posted by xblade132:
Pretty glad that theres a PSP Mini emulatpr with this FW update. Now I wish there was a PSP emulator update. That would be killer.

BTW, when is the date for this FW release?


Dec. 17th
Wicked.

98.12.2009 16:15

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive
Opening up the system to remove the HD is above most users confidence level. There's no removable external hd like there is on the 360. But from what I hear about the prices on those 360hd's is that they're too expensive anyway.
The PS3's HDD IS removeable and also upgradeable with using laptop hardrives. A screwdriver is all that is needed. You hardly need to disassemble a PS3 to remove the HDD.

Also, you can't just remove a hard drive in a PS3 and put it into another PS3 because the other PS3 will have to format the data on the HDD from the previous PS3.

The removable HDD feature is just so you can upgrade to a larger hard drive.

108.12.2009 19:11

Originally posted by wiimatrix:
How many machines "could" this update ruin?

As many as numerous online forums can make up?

118.12.2009 19:34

Quote:
Originally posted by wiimatrix:
How many machines "could" this update ruin?

As many as numerous online forums can make up?
Actually, the 3.10 did wreck my system. I'm not mad though, they'll do the right thing and get it working back to normal.

128.12.2009 20:17

Why can't I just transfer game saves via a USB thumbdrive?

138.12.2009 20:52

Originally posted by rosedog:
Why can't I just transfer game saves via a USB thumbdrive?
You can, but some game makers request that their gamesaves are locked so you can't.

148.12.2009 22:42

Street Fighter 4 is one of the games you can't transfer saved game onto USB drive.

158.12.2009 22:53

They should have done this before the launch of the slim...I bet they did some study that showed that people were not upgrading to the slim because of concerns over the work involved, locked gamesaves & DRM videos. Once it could be translated into sales, they had immediate incentive to fix the issue.

BTW...does this whole transfering DRM protected content over a standard network cable, direct to the PS3 system partition give anyone else any ideas? ;) ;)

169.12.2009 2:00

Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive
Opening up the system to remove the HD is above most users confidence level. There's no removable external hd like there is on the 360. But from what I hear about the prices on those 360hd's is that they're too expensive anyway.
its a little side opening on the ps3..... only hard thing about replacing your HDD is getting the cage off, the screws are put on so tight. i even strip one but i got it off with lots of WD40

179.12.2009 2:57

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by DXR88:
I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive
Opening up the system to remove the HD is above most users confidence level. There's no removable external hd like there is on the 360. But from what I hear about the prices on those 360hd's is that they're too expensive anyway.
its a little side opening on the ps3..... only hard thing about replacing your HDD is getting the cage off, the screws are put on so tight. i even strip one but i got it off with lots of WD40
They don't seem to set the torque very well...three of my screws were just finger-tight...the other felt like it was welded in! It must be done by a robot; no one would accidentaly tighten a screw that much.

189.12.2009 3:02

Originally posted by DXR88:
I dont get Sony Sometimes why do all that to transfer some files when all you have to do is remove the harddrive
That doesn't work. I went from a PS3 60GB to a PS3 slim and if you just swap the hard drives, the PS3 can't use that data since it's console-locked and will format the drive.

I had to use an external drive, backup and restore on the new PS3. Moreover, certain content didn't get transfered, like some old save game files.

I think this transfer feature is a great addition, but unfortunately, too late for me :'( (I've lost my Eye of Judgment save and won't put in the extra hours to get the last trophy of 100 duels, now)

199.12.2009 3:08

well that clears it, so its locked to a console interesting.

209.12.2009 8:16

Originally posted by DXR88:
well that clears it, so its locked to a console interesting.
Yes...I believe Sony made that clear quite some time ago as I remember reading that tidbit when I upgraded my 60GB to a 250GB over a year ago. It would also make sense not to allow 'Other OS'-formatted HDs to be put into new PS3 Slim units that don't support it.

219.12.2009 10:01

Originally posted by KillerBug:
They should have done this before the launch of the slim...I bet they did some study that showed that people were not upgrading to the slim because of concerns over the work involved, locked gamesaves & DRM videos. Once it could be translated into sales, they had immediate incentive to fix the issue.

BTW...does this whole transfering DRM protected content over a standard network cable, direct to the PS3 system partition give anyone else any ideas? ;) ;)
What you said highlighted in bold cracks me up. slim and upgrade are contradictory of each other.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Dec 2009 @ 10:02

229.12.2009 10:42

connect the two ps3s together? fail!

most people will only get another ps3 when the old one dies as happened with my ps 1s (3 died still got the fourth) and 2s (2 died still got the third)

239.12.2009 12:12

Originally posted by beanos66:
connect the two ps3s together? fail!

most people will only get another ps3 when the old one dies as happened with my ps 1s (3 died still got the fourth) and 2s (2 died still got the third)
So, you mean to say that you've gone through 5 dead PS systems total?? Where are you storing your systems, in the oven? If I were in your position, I probably would've given up on Sony by now if not on gaming altogether... geez, bad luck man.

249.12.2009 13:18

I was sooo hoping when I read up on this the other day that it would be the PS Cloud I read about a long while back...but it's not. Sony really needs to have a solution for us that have multiple PS3's and want...scratch that ~ NEED to have a shared/cross network gamesave solution of some sort to centralize our saves (if possible). Hopefully from what I read PS Cloud is that solution...question remains to IF and WHEN it may materialize.


259.12.2009 14:45

Nothing major in my book. My question is what update is this firmware upgrading going to be doing that we don't know about.

269.12.2009 16:03

I would go and buy another PS3 tomorrow if I could stream content from one PS3 to another PS3 wirelessly. Maybe it is already possible but I have not found out how to do this. So Sony please make this a possibility and sell me another machine.

279.12.2009 17:14

They should actually implement the Gamesaves being locked to your PSN ID instead of to the system. But there is a "bypass" I came across over @ Gaf (all props goes to the original poster(s)) ~

Quote:
There is a documented glitch that works like this:

- say I have accounts 1,2,3,4.
- If I initiate backup using account 1, then when I restore to a second PS3 I get accounts 2,3,4 restored normally and not 1. (my comment: by "normally" he means with no copyprotection restrictions!)
- If I initiate backup using account 3, then a restore works fine for account 1,2,4.
- so to get around it, create account tester or whatever name you want.
- use it to initiate backup.
- go to new ps3, create tester1 (must be different from all account names on original ps3). - Then use it to restore.
- Then delete it.

easy as pie. I have personally done it 3 times. 1 swapped ps3 from Sony, one sold and bought a new one, one was a friend's he swapped it for a Sony one.

You will have to re download all PSN games, game patches... But your videos, music and all saves and themes, settings, even account icons will be intact.


289.12.2009 18:10

hopefully this will fix the DS3 unsync problems. my brother had it happen when he was playing NBA 2k10. i resetted and resync at least four times before it would be stable wirelessly.


ps2: v7 scph-39001 - independence exploit - hdloader 0.8c - maxtor 300gb hdd
(+[__]%) psp slim ta-085v1: 6.60 PRO B10
wii (powered by bootmii/priiloader): 4.1u - d2x v10beta53-alt (base 56) - configurable usb loader v70r51/devolution r188 - wd scorpio black 7200rpm 320gig w/ ams venus ds2 enclosure

got a whole lot more to list . . .

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