PS3 New Firmware In-Game XMB Demonstrated, Coming July 2

At last it's here: in-game crossbar menubar in the PlayStation 3. Sony's Eric Lempel says it's coming "very soon" on July 2 as part of PS3 Firmware v.2.40, and in the meantime he teases PS3 fans with its features, as well as the other new functions like the Google Search Bar or the new Trophy system, which looks great in the following video.

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It is pretty easy to work with: click at any time on the PlayStation button and XMB will pop up on top of the game you are playing. From there you can do anything you can normally do in the main crossbar: read and send messages online, change games, activate your Bluetooth set, or change the game music soundtrack to your favorite music playlist. According to Eric, it will work in "the majority of games." [Playstation Blog and PS3 Fanboy]

DISCUSSION

Monty
Monty

It may be a nice feature, but I am not certain how useful it is given that most people with a PS3 just use it as a Blu-ray player and rarely play video games on it.

@OMG! Ponies!:

It's little things like this and the Trophy system which show that Sony took its eye off the prize, allowing Microsoft to capitalize.

Sony was too busy making hardware that actually works rather than software that actually works. We could debate which is more important, but both companies were schooled by Nintendo.