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Firmware 1.70 is available for your downloadationism

We're not sure if you can really engage in downloadationism, but without the downloadation, there is no -ism to -ation and there cannot, nay, shall not, be any PS3 firmware version 1.70 for you. You may be wondering what has changed in this surprise update -- we were, too. Luckily one of our tipsters saved us the research and let us know directly.

  • You can now download the PlayStation software from the PS-Store and play them directly on the PS3, if you don't have a PSP.
  • You can use saved data for the PlayStation software on the PSP (so, saves from the PS3 transfer over to the PSP?)
  • You can use the vibration function of accessories that are for use with PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format software.

This addresses two very big issues many people have had with the PlayStation Network and the PS3 as a whole -- downloading the PS-Classics and being able to play them on the PS3 and utilizing that old school vibration. So, if you've got a USB connector for the Dual Shock 2, let us know if it works. Because I'm too poor to go get a USB connector and would probably not be able to find one.

[Thanks, sullyj!]

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1. Whoops, I just sent the tip and then saw this. Sorry. :S

Posted at 11:21PM on Apr 18th 2007 by Macrike

2. "You can now download the PlayStation software from the PS-Store and play them directly on the PS3, if you don't have a PSP."

Apparently you still need to have a PSP hooked-up to your PS3 in-order to download PSOne games, so non-PSP owners don't have the luxury of playing PSOne games on the PS3 without a PSP yet. Hopefully this can be changed with a future firmware update, so all PS3 owners can play these games with or without a PSP.

Posted at 11:48PM on Apr 18th 2007 by TheGuy

3. The fw updates now include a short blurb on whats new, before you do the install.

Posted at 11:48PM on Apr 18th 2007 by humpty

4. ""Apparently you still need to have a PSP hooked-up to your PS3 in-order to download PSOne games, so non-PSP owners don't have the luxury of playing PSOne games on the PS3 without a PSP yet. Hopefully this can be changed with a future firmware update, so all PS3 owners can play these games with or without a PSP.""

THAT MAKES NO SENSE!!! Its already been like that since launch day...duh. It says what it says you can download PS one games and play them NOW on your PS3 with 1.7

Posted at 12:00AM on Apr 19th 2007 by el tonto

5. you can get a usb to pc adapter that works with dual shock for $6 at radioshack

Posted at 12:12AM on Apr 19th 2007 by chris

6. Nice! My Rez Trance Vibrator works now. =D

Posted at 12:18AM on Apr 19th 2007 by idz

7. Wow, that this is crazy. I didn't expect them to release this with so little fanfare! Downloading now. :)

-Colin

Posted at 12:20AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Colin

8. hmm.. i wonder if my autopopstation'd PSone games will play on my PS3. hmm.. :P

Posted at 12:29AM on Apr 19th 2007 by seamonkey420

9. I'm not surprised that Sony didn't trumpet this, like many of the minor things it updates regularly. It's not like they have a full time PR whore like Major Nelson to gush about every 25 yr old arcade game that gets released on XBLA. I have a few original XBLA titles, but seriously, stop releasing the old games that really show their age after a few minutes of play.

Posted at 1:40AM on Apr 19th 2007 by cheese

10. @5

apparently you're wrong.
3 is right.

I just updated my ps3 and then purchased MediEvil.
then when i tried to download it, i was told to connect my psp.

WTF!!!
:[
i'm pissed

Posted at 1:57AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Kevin

11. The store is being updated tomorrow to let you download PS1 titles without a PSP connected

Posted at 2:37AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Extinction

12. "I'm not surprised that Sony didn't trumpet this, like many of the minor things it updates regularly. It's not like they have a full time PR whore like Major Nelson to gush about every 25 yr old arcade game that gets released on XBLA. I have a few original XBLA titles, but seriously, stop releasing the old games that really show their age after a few minutes of play."

This is a PS3 site, why are you going off on a rant about 360? And bashing them? Nobody even mentioned 360 in the thread, and you start with your fanboy attitude? PR Whore? Because he's got a PR job? His job is to communicate with Microsoft and customers. Don't see why you're flaming him for doing his job, all he does is interviews and regular updates to his webpage. I'd love to see Sony implement something like him, so we had a clue what was coming and what was going on, isntead of having to read news sites to find out what's been updated.

Posted at 3:18AM on Apr 19th 2007 by scott

13. Skating games are all garbage... What kills me most, however, is that everyone keeps saying this is EA's 1st venture into the genre and it's not. They did Street Sk8ter back on the PS1 and it wasn't that bad of a game... easily more enjoyable than Tonhy Hawk games.

Posted at 3:22AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Gamesblow

14. And when will it be possible for EURO PS3/PSP owners to download PSone titles from the PlayStation Store?

Posted at 3:52AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Beano

15. Yeah Beano,

What about us frogs?

Posted at 4:11AM on Apr 19th 2007 by andy

16. Ok, now we Europeans just need to be able to buy and download the PSOne games in the first place... And where the crap is Mortal Kombat II?! US gets MKII, and EU gets Sudoku... Maybe after they've fired the top executives etc, they can get someone who can work with the EU PS Store, it's so irritating to always be a few months behind all the time!

Posted at 5:06AM on Apr 19th 2007 by XDamage

17. I just hopew this fixes the game stopping bug when you play Kingdom Hearts 2 on a PAL PS3

Posted at 5:21AM on Apr 19th 2007 by IanC

18. @#14,Scott, Major Nelson is a ‘Xbox Live Director of Programming’, and I can bring up the 360 if I damn well like to, because he takes every opportunity to bash the PS3 and the PS3 community with smartass postings and innuendo.

Posted at 7:01AM on Apr 19th 2007 by cheese

19. @ 16, 17, 18 : Indeed. Where are our PS1 games?

@ cheese: Justifying stuff with "someone else did it too!" is forever childish.

Posted at 7:34AM on Apr 19th 2007 by KJ

20. From what I understand the games will start to work (without the PSP) as of April 26th... Ass backward way of doing things but...it is SONY.

Posted at 8:07AM on Apr 19th 2007 by Colin

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