Xbox One's preview programme allows console owners to get to grips with major firmware updates ahead of time, enjoying new functionality and tweaks weeks before they're officially deployed... but as with any beta there are always risks. Numerous participants have reported several worrying disc drive errors over the last fortnight, as a result of installing April's offering.
Luckily Microsoft have taken feedback on board and promise to squash these bugs in the official release, and the workaround reads like a scene from the IT Crowd.Click here to read more...
The Xbox One's lacklustre party formation and friends options were an annoying sticking point at launch, throwing up all manner of annoying workflow issues, but Microsoft are gearing up to respond to feedback ahead of Titanfall's launch. A new firmware update is slated to roll out on March 11th, containing a completely revamped party interface and a 'recent players' list to efficiently add new acquaintances to your friends list.
It's a welcome if overdue update, which you can see in action by way of a new video fronted by Microsoft PR guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and engineer Richard Irvin. However, once sorted, they'll be free to address some uniquely European concerns.Click here to read more...
Earlier this week we saw the latest PS4 firmware update pop up when we turned on our PS4s. Keen to see what new feature we were getting, we had a look what was included with the new 1.61 update. With the previous update mainly focusing on adding official headset support, we were hoping for something directly targeting the dreaded CE-34878-0 error message which appears on a regular basis for many gamers, either causing corrupted save files or even crashes when browsing their capture collections.Click here to read more...
Sony have announced that a firmware update will be awaiting gamers on launch day in order to add some essential features. Firmware update 1.50 will only be around 300MB, so shouldn't take as long as the Xbox One's day one update at least.
The update will unlock Remote Play (use the Vita instead of your TV), Second Screen (Vita/tablets/mobile function) and the video sharing and spectating features. There's also multiple logins, the play while you download feature, voice chat, facial recognition and voice commands and a background music player. But most importantly, the update will unlock online multiplayer and DVD/Blu-ray playback functionality.Click here to read more...
Following a botched PS3 firmware update last week that bricked a small percentage of consoles, Sony have now issued a functional version of version 4.46 that allows you to hide trophy notifications. For those affected, they've also published a step-by-step guide to reviving your ailing machine.
You'll need a PC, USB Stick and some sticky-backed plastic. Check it out after the break.Click here to read more...
The latest PS Vita firmware update, v.2.10, allows us to organise our apps and games into folders rather than taking up loads of separate screens. It also implements some extra tweaks, which we've rounded up below in case you don't want to click on that magical moving picture box above.
V.2.10 rolls out today alongside the weekly PSN update.Click here to read more...
The next Wii U firmware update, scheduled for next month, will finally address the painfully sluggish OS. Considering that it takes the best part of twenty seconds to load the options menu, not to mention quitting back to the main menu, this embarrassing state of affairs has been a thorn in our side since the hardware review.
A new video, embedded above, shows how much of a difference the firmware update will make. It should start background downloading once available, and frankly, it can't come soon enough.
Nintendo's latest 3DS system update, issued earlier today, makes a few subtle changes to the eShop and downloads. Not only has the marketplace received a visual revamp, but the sleep mode downloads can be used immediately without returning to the main menu, and future system updates can be downloaded quietly in the background. A few people have reported some issues post-patching, but NintendoLife reports that a workaround fix is available.
There's plenty to look forward to on the eShop this Thursday, including Game Freak's HarmoKnight, RPG/brawler Code Of Princess and Luigi's Mansion 2 (probably best bought as a cheaper physical copy).
The first in a number of Wii U speed and stability firmware updates is rolling out today, clocking in at around 30MB. It's a relatively small improvement, but it's just the vanguard of a wave of promised patches that will add new features and speed up that sluggish OS.
Remember that you can download firmware v2.1.3. U in the background - chances are your console will queue it up automatically.
Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the Wii U, weighing in at 625MB. The patch promises to fix some "stability issues," though due to Nintendo's put-upon update servers, they've warned players to expect download times of approximately one hour. If your console is connected to the internet, however, it should automatically start to download in the background.
Some users are reporting that the update reduces the embarrassingly long application load times, which was a key criticism in our Wii U review. Once I've thoroughly tested these claims, I will update the article accordingly. UPDATE: load times for all applications save MiiVerse remain unchanged. No dice.
In our full review, I suggest that the Wii U is a nifty piece of kit that will be fantastic fun for early adopters, but will need more support and improvement in several areas to be considered a true console contender. The next few months will be very interesting indeed.
The Wii U's mandatory day-one firmware update that adds MiiVerse, backwards compatibility, internet browsing, online play and other core features will be pre-installed on consoles as of next year, Nintendo confirmed today.Click here to read more...
Sony's constant battle against custom PS3 firmware may have hit a major obstacle in the form of decryption keys released by a group of hackers, which can decrypt any changes Sony makes to the PSN security code in future updates.Click here to read more...
Sony have rolled out a PS Vita firmware update to coincide with tomorrow's European launch. New features include the map application on the home screen, an overhaul for the Near app (featuring an improved discovery screen for up to 100 players) and an updated store review system that allows you to instantly publish your user reviews on Facebook. You can get the full details over at the PlayStation Blog.
The PC content manager - a must if you don't have a 16GB memory card and plan on frequenting the online marketplace - has also been updated and is available to download here.
The PlayStation Network has been formally rebranded to become the Sony Entertainment Network as of today, thanks to PS3 firmware update v4.10. As well as changing the name (excuse me if it takes me a while to adjust, I'm set in my ways), the new firmware also optimises the web browser to make it display content-rich pages much more accurately. Users have reported that sites like Youtube and Twitter now run much faster. The system clock can now be automatically set via the internet every time you log onto PSN - which can be activated by browsing into your 'Date and Time' settings.
You'll need 180MB of free space on your PS3 hard drive or flash drive, depending on how you prefer to deal with your updates.
The PSP has also been updated to v1.60, which adds a new map app on top of the SEN rebrand.
Sony has confirmed that a major new PlayStation 3 firmware update, version 4.00, will be arriving this week. It's primarily designed to prepare the system for the PS Vita, allowing your home console to act as a content sharing device for games, music, pictures and video. You'll also be able to back up your downloadable Vita library.
Other feature include:
I would assume that beefy security updates also come as standard.
Following reports that the new Xbox 360 firmware update may prove incompatible with a small number of consoles, rendering them unplayable, Microsoft have advised those affected by the issue to get in contact with them either over the phone or email by heading over to their Support Site.Click here to see why you probably won't be getting a shiny new Xbox Slim...
As well as waiting for a strong first-party games lineup, the 3DS is still waiting on a major firmware update that will add the eShop virtual marketplace, web browser, DSiWare transfer functionality and other upgrades. The update was originally slated for "late May," but according to a new note on Nintendo of America's website, it's been held back by a couple of weeks.
The firmware update is now dated for the "evening of June 6th" in North America, meaning that us Europeans can expect it the next day if it's set for a simultaneous global rollout. The Japanese launch is also set for June 7th, which interestingly happens to coincide with Nintendo's E3 presser. I daresay that more details will be forthcoming during the convention. [via Joystiq]