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PS3 firmware update allows players to download games from PSN website

The changelog for PlayStation 3's Ver. 4.40 firmware update reveals some innovative new features such as allowing gamers to download virtual games to their console from the PlayStation Network website.

Recent news on the upcoming software update for the PS3 has revealed that Sony plans to implement a new option that brings extra convenience to PS3 users across the world.
The changelog for Sony's new firmware update for the PlayStation 3 sheds light on the new feature along with the additional changes included with the update. The version 4.40 update will introduce the ability to download PlayStation 3 games to the console directly from the official PlayStation Network website.
This not only gives gamers options when purchasing content from Sony's digital marketplace, but also spells out additional convenience for users as they can purchase content on the PSN Store and download it to their console on the fly.
Users will have to wait a bit before this new feature becomes active, however: it's not planned to become available until May 2013. Until then Sony is working out the kinks and finalizing the option to make it more efficient and safe.
Additionally, the update will restore stability to some system features and also adds game support for a few wireless headsets.
Below you can find an excerpt from the official changelog for the Ver. 4.40 Firmware Update:
  • "System software update 4.40 will allow users to download content purchased from our online store to their PS3. This feature is not available yet and will be activated in May 2013. Keep an eye on eu.playstation.com for a detailed guide explaining how to make the most of this feature.
  • System software stability during use of some features has been improved.
  • The wireless stereo headset (CECHYA-0080 / CECHYA-0086) and the stereo headset (CECHYA-0088) now support PlayStation 2 Classics that have been downloaded from PlayStation Store."
Version 4.40 was released on March 21, 2013 and is now available for download.
For more information on the update such as new features and the firmware update's official changelog, be sure to visit Sony's System Update page.

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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