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PS3 Update v3.40 and PlayStation+ Available Today

The official Sony PlayStation blog has just posted that firmware 3.40 and PlayStation + service will be launching ‘later today’. PlayStation + subscriptions will be able to be purchased along with improved connection between PlayStation and the socialbehemoththat is Facebook.

“..a separate, new PSN application will be made available on Facebook. This builds on the previous connection with Trophies and the ability to share purchases from the PlayStation Store. Now you can further integrate your PSN and Facebook accounts with this new application, which allows you to display your PSN profile on Facebook, send a PSN friend request to friends on Facebook and add the PSN application tab to your Facebook Profile.”

Here are a few highlights from the new PS3 firmware update (v3.40):

  • PlayStation Plus:PSNusers will be able to purchase membership toPlayStation Pluswhich is a new premium subscription service onPSNthat lets you expand and enhance your gaming experience and enable you to gain an exclusive set of features and content. Don’t forget though, all PSN users will continue to have free access to PSN’s existing and brand new features while PlayStation Plus subscribers will also gain access to an exclusive set of gaming features, content and functionality.
    • Games & Special Offers –access to great games every month worth over £200 a year, exclusive discount onPlayStation Storeand early access to demos and beta trails.
    • Exclusive Content –download and keep loads of new and exclusive premium avatars, dynamic themes and game add-ons.
    • Full Game Trial –Try full games each month for a limited period before you decide whether to buy them.
    • Automatic Download –Set your PS3 to automatically wake up, download and install all of your game updates, new game demos and even download the latest system software. All without you lifting a finger.
    • Limited Special Offer –To celebrate the launch of PlayStation Plus we are also offering users the chance to get hold ofLittleBigPlanetcompletely free. Simply sign up for a 1 year membership between now (29th) and the 3rd August 2010 and a downloadable copy of the award winning PS3 game is yours to keep forever.
  • Photo Gallery:A new network based photo sharing feature is now available on the Photo Gallery. The enhancement allows you to upload, browse and comment on photos on Facebook and Picasa. You can also opt to share your photos between your PlayStation Network friends as well as print photos from Photo Gallery.
  • Video Editor & Uploader:Video Editor and Uploader is a new function found on the XrossMediaBar (XMB), which enables you to edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3 system to sites such as Facebook or YouTube.
  • PlayStation Store Five Star Rating Support:Users can now rate PlayStation Store content they have purchased with one to five star ratings.
  • Power Save Settings:The default setting for PS3 System Auto-Off will be set at 2 hours, providing you with additional power save options and further improving power save features on the PS3 system.

Is there enough there to make you jump for a Plus subscription? Let us know in the comments if you will be updating as well as signing up for PlayStation +.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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