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PS3 Slim Made Faster With Firmware 3.0

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 16 comments

Now faster than before thanks to a firmware update.

Did you snag yourself a new PS3 Slim? You should check to make sure that you're running the latest firmware, which is currently at version 3.0.

Comparisons of the PS3 Slim running the older 2.8 firmware and latest 3.0 firmware find clear loading time advantages with the newer system software. Check out the comparison videos embedded below:

PS3 Slim Faster With Firmware 3.0

PS3 Slim Faster With Firmware 3.0

Earlier this week we showed you the loading time differences between the new PS3 Slim and older PlayStation 3 model. While the final speedtest comparison between them has yet to happen, it seems that the PS3 Slim is the one to get if you want to be loading your games faster.

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    dtemple , September 2, 2009 9:07 PM
    The last speed test was between PS3 Slim running 2.76 and PS3 Fat running 2.80. That was an unfair comparison. The loading time difference on Batman Arkham Asylum between the slim and the fat was due to the slim not playing the intro clip that displays "Playstation 3" on the screen. My fat, running 3.00, does not display that screen when you start a game, meaning it has identical loading time to a slim for games.
    The fat was 7 seconds faster loading a blu-ray movie.
    So far, the slim has proven to be equal or slower in everything, but I'm not complaining since the system has a lot lower power consumption and price. I do, however, thoroughly enjoy playing emulated games on my Linux partition using my Dualshock3 thru bluetooth - something a slim can never do.
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    ben850 , September 2, 2009 9:08 PM
    still enough time to go pee, and grab yourself an ice cold beer.. so what's the difference?
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    ravenware , September 2, 2009 9:43 PM
    ....don't care. The constant reporting on the slim is getting a little silly.
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    warezme , September 2, 2009 9:46 PM
    sometimes load times and reading to different DVD media comes down to the DVD reader. If Sony is anything like Dell they may may use 2 or 3 different manufacturers for their drives. Some drives just suck, others are not to bad, and some depend on what media or firmware they have loaded as to how they will perform.
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    megamanx00 , September 2, 2009 10:00 PM
    And yet, I'm still not gonna get a PS3.
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 10:09 PM
    Who gives a crap, compare PS3 3 to PS3 Slim 3 and be done.

    -Dan
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    Honis , September 2, 2009 10:36 PM
    ravenware....don't care. The constant reporting on the slim is getting a little silly.
    3dan@dancomWho gives a crap, compare PS3 3 to PS3 Slim 3 and be done.-Dan
    I concur with these guys. Also, a power consumption comparison between all PS3 models using the new firmware would be nice.
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    gagaga , September 2, 2009 10:39 PM
    Ooooh, look! It *only* takes 30 seconds to start the lecture when you want to watch a movie!!!
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    gagaga , September 2, 2009 10:39 PM
    Ooooh, look! It *only* takes 30 seconds to start the lecture when you want to watch a movie!!!
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    tacoslave , September 2, 2009 11:02 PM
    ok slim = faster but fat = sexy so whatever
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    captaincharisma , September 3, 2009 12:05 AM
    tacoslaveok slim = faster but fat = sexy so whatever


    wow did you just admit your a chubby chaser :) 
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    amnotanoobie , September 3, 2009 8:07 AM
    As long as it works, I really don't see a problem or news here.
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    anamaniac , September 3, 2009 10:02 AM
    captaincharismawow did you just admit your a chubby chaser


    I know I like a woman with some curves...
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    Anonymous , September 3, 2009 11:27 AM
    nahh what woman has to a nice throw about body ;) 
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    kawininjazx , September 3, 2009 1:27 PM
    I can't complain about load times. When I toss in Modern Warfare on my porky PS3, I'm online and playing in no time. I don't care if it takes a few more seconds, like the other guy said, I can go grab a beer while I'm waiting.

    As for price, I got my $399 PS3 for $269 shipped with the Sony Playstation credit card promotion last December.
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    10tacle , September 3, 2009 2:44 PM
    I noticed absolutely zero difference with this update on my big brick 60GB PS3. And if you *really* want faster load times and already have a PS3, upgrade to a 7200rpm drive - something in the works for me.
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