Facebook befriending PS3 Nov. 18

[UPDATE] Firmware update v3.10 introduces native social-networking capabilities to Sony's console; photo layout, friends list tweaks also en route.

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Today, Microsoft's Xbox 360 gained two new community features as part of the Xbox Live fall update: Facebook and Twitter. PlayStation 3 owners, of course, could already access both of these services through their console, courtesy of the system's built-in Web browser. However, as was rumored last week, Sony will more tightly knit the social-networking service into the PS3 as part of firmware update v3.10.

Facebook's new icon on the XMB.

As detailed in a video on Sony's official PlayStation Blog, firmware update v3.10 introduces a native Facebook application to the PS3's XrossMediaBar (XMB). Through the Facebook application, gamers can select an option to upload their trophy accomplishments to the 400-million-member online network. The functionality will also let gamers automatically post updates on what content they purchased through the PlayStation Store.

Though the feature won't be available as part of the v3.10 update, PS3 owners will also be able to share game-specific information on their Facebook accounts in the near future. According to Sony, developers will be able to select certain elements such as in-game accomplishments or stats that can be shared on Facebook.

Beyond Facebook integration, the v3.10 update delivers a handful of tweaks to the PS3's firmware. The XMB's photo section now displays images in a grid format, as opposed to the strictly vertical layout that had previously been available. Sony also made changes to the PSN friends list, adding among other features the ability to change the background color of profile pictures.

[UPDATE] Though Sony did not initially provide a specific date for when firmware update v3.10 would be available, it has since announced it is available as of Wednesday, November 18.

Discussion

159 comments
fatbadger88
fatbadger88

Result...as such....I worked out that its because my account is the sub account on my dad's PS3. I don't get why sub accounts cant have facebook too but maybe they will fix that in future patches.

fatbadger88
fatbadger88

@dragonuk82 No its definitely not in there, my version is 3.10 but is there anything else I need to do? thanks for the advice though, turns out they have singled me out lol

dragonUK82
dragonUK82

@fatbadger - go to account management, its in there. I'm in the UK also.

fatbadger88
fatbadger88

I've gone into my account management section but no facebook to be seen, is it missing from the UK version does anyone know? As so far it looks like it.

Nobri
Nobri

@PandaBear86 Didn't the 360 get Grand Theft Auto, Tekken, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy (soon), and Metal Gear Solid (soon) from being Sony exclusives? The answer is yes. You can't say they're copying them. Facebook was already technically on PS3 since launch...

Nobri
Nobri

@NEWJERSEY-DEVIL @Stec13 You have to go to the Playstation Network tab, and look under Account Management. You should be able to set it up there, and when you earn a trophy, it should as you if you wanna post it to Facebook. If you don't see it there, I have no idea what's wrong.

NEWJERSEY-DEVIL
NEWJERSEY-DEVIL

I don't get it i added it to my facebook, But i don't see it on my facebook. In other words it doesn't work....

Stec13
Stec13

I got the update but I don't see the Facebook feature!? wtf

win64
win64

any idea why its so slow to download at a 20 meb broadband speed

Killeropolis
Killeropolis

I may not ever use this, but it is nice to be able to know i can use it

StarvingPoet
StarvingPoet

@awaltzforvenus Your toilet updated your FB status and I saw it on my live feed!

stopher2501
stopher2501

Great another 'feature' that i won't use, and maybe i'm the only one here but i prefered the old picture layout. It's good Sony are thinking of ways to make there console more useful and appealing but there are plenty of other things to focus on, avatars being top of my list (petty i know but they are bad) improvements to PSN connections? i'm forever losing connection (yes i've checked my equipment and settings) and i'm not alone in this. In short thanks Sony but think it through from the gamers point of view.

jpsaply
jpsaply

Lets see....I bought a gaming console to twitter...nope. To use facebook...nope. For music...nope. To fill in that empty space on the shelf...nope. Oh yes! for gaming content! DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! Sony and MS need to get back to the basics. Worry about getting quality games to your consoles and not waste time with social networks. Most of us own PCs for that.

aallx
aallx

V3.10 is out, and lol, I love this feature! What better way to show off my trophies than posting it on my wall!

monson21502
monson21502

@MSG-Deathscythe, only had 2 system ever brake on me. my 360 got E74, and a week later my ps3 got YLOD. not sure what you ment by enjoy paying for my *first servings* [maybe wrong person?] anyways dont feel sorry for me about my 360 its fixed for free. but i am and was sad my ps3 wont be fixed for free right at the worst time of the year. great games and the worry about buying presents for others... i just cant afford to pay sony 200 bucks to fix my ps3 right now.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

@monson21502: enjoy paying for your "first servings?" sorry you had to drop in here while your rrod360 is being repaired ... again. : (

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

You see all that mentioned up there^^^^ ITS FREE BABY!!

ali-009
ali-009

Another win for sony!!!,now gamers can upload trophies and show them to all thier friends,now there is no reason to get Xbox 360 (if there was even a reason before),there is a lot to come for PS3,and this is just the start,and for anyone who says that the web browser of PS3 is good enough,sorry but that web browser only works if you want to watch HD youtube videos,this is awesome and i'm sure there is a lot to come.

sonicmask
sonicmask

Sony is now becoming embarressing.... They should leave this to xbox...Xbox is like a sidekick... It breaks and only does crap communication for money!...Sony just keep the games coming!

xJackelx
xJackelx

The 360 didn't have this as an exclusive. They simply had an application that integrated it. PS3 users have been able to use the built in browser since day one for their social networking, if they so choose. As for the social communication requests, try HOME ?

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

I like how Xbox had exclusivity to facebook... for an entire DAY. Who says these consoles aren't pretty much neck and neck?

Lightchaos-20693173927190915074555969291770
Lightchaos-20693173927190915074555969291770

Ok we get the facebook app, but how about an ability to change our PS3 username in the next update Sony. I know a lot of people want this and they should add this in the next update plz!

San_09
San_09

i dont give a damn about FB on PS3. How about Cross voice chat so we can actually TALK to those on our friend lists. How's that for social communication?

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@unassigned exactly. this new "addition" to the xmb is just wasted space.

Unassigned
Unassigned

I already have a PC for this but thanks anyway.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

FB on PS3? That's OK, I don't need the PS3 posting on a social website that its robbing me of my social life LOL

jmaxdeathscythe
jmaxdeathscythe

Look people, of course it took it a little while longer to come to PS3. That other time was spent cracking kiddie porn passwords... geez, don't you read the other articles?

futurecardinal
futurecardinal

@mjc0961 the future in gaming is intergrating applications such as facebook, netflix, et cetera on the consoles. nothing is hardcore about the Wii so sorry to burst your bubble and it is a console that had its run and now sales are now slowing down because people see how childish it is.. and even tho I am a PS3 gamer, when project natal on Xbox releases you can kiss your Wii Wii goodbye.

kamizuka
kamizuka

i want to know when this update is comeing

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

I find it interesting how MS mentioned this ages ago and now its just arrived but the PS3 will have it sooner.

Smoolander
Smoolander

Make xbox live free you stupid morons Microsoft. All these features you keep crapping on about also go to the competition and are free, so do the same bloody thing.

robgam3r
robgam3r

i just hope the update dosent brick anyone ps3

awaltzforvenus
awaltzforvenus

First my computer, then my phone, and now my PS3 (browser use aside). Next, my toaster and then my toilet. It's only a matter of time before we can use Facebook with only our MINDS.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

OMG i had fun reading xbox's fanboys comments its hilarious.. kid these days.. lol

Jettero-Heller
Jettero-Heller

@KingOfOldSkool... Even more importantly (for me) will there be an uninstall feature usable while these apps are STILL in vogue. These social engineering stes were beyond retarded BEFORE Sony & MS leaped onboard. I would seriously like to have the option of opting out of this & keep my information on PSN where it belongs.

OwnageGuy
OwnageGuy

here go the 360 fanboys. we get everything you got and its FREE. suck on that. 360 noobs stay off the ps3 news if u got nothing good to say.

Chadley10
Chadley10

Play games, not systems. Noobs...

thrasher510
thrasher510

mjc0961 the wii may be user friendly, but community wise it doesn't have things like Home on the PSN where people could be talking to each other in literally a virtual room. just because the games you play on the wii are practically all friendly, it doesn't mean 360 and PS3 dont have friendly games.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

Sony copies everything MS is doing this gen. Guide button, trophies (acheivements), hard drive, in-game XMB, various online features, and now this Facebook app.

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

Well there goes another one of the 360's fanboys arguments. Once again, 360 fanboys used to have '360 HAZ THIS WE WIN 4EVER!!!', and PS3 fanboys end up saying 'PS3 HAZ WUT U HAVE 4 FREE N00BS!!!'. I wonder how long it'll take for the 360 to surrender...

KingOfOldSkool
KingOfOldSkool

I guess the only question that remains is whether or not there will be an uninstall option when some of these fad social networking sites inevitably crap out or at the very least fade away from relevancy.

Patapon250
Patapon250

Isn't it lovely folks? All of the Xbox fanboys are coming out of the woods to bash Sony to make themselves feel superior. Sooner or later, I'll be called a "sony fanboy" by some immature person, but so be it.

Patapon250
Patapon250

@mjc0961 How true. Honestly, stuff like twitter and facebook are for those who feel that it's important sharing anything and everything that they are doing with others. Systems are for games, not for those dumb websites. If you want facebook and twitter, you use a COMPUTER. I'm not flaming here, I am simply stating personal opinion about this... "Puts up Flame Shield"

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

i won't use it to post trophies on my wall or anything, that'd be kinda weird, but i like the fact that it doesn't clutter up the XMB. i really hope that there is a transparent option for the friends list since my preferred theme (Aniom) has a Top white and bottom black background.

IUltimateOneI
IUltimateOneI

Does Sony purposely avoid bringing Universal Chat to PS3, or is it just something that takes more work than expected?