PS3 XMB gets tweaks ahead of PS Plus revamp

The PS3’s XMB UI gets a slight change ahead of the upcoming PlayStation Plus review releases in a few weeks.

Sony announced earlier this month that the company’s proprietary game subscription service known as PlayStation Plus, will undergo a review. It typically gives fans access to online modes of various games played on Sony consoles, as well as hosting a variety of exclusive offers and content. This includes exclusive cosmetic DLC for PS Plus subscribers for titles like rocket league to free games that players can claim, such as character 5.

The biggest changes to the PS Plus service will be the new levels that will be introduced. The more expensive tiers will feature extra games including those from the PlayStation Now service and a variety of classic games from previous generations such as the PS1 and PS2. This service will now be dubbed PS Plus Premium and will go live on June 13 this year. Some fans have noticed that some changes are taking place that will be part of this new service, even on PS3.


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A Reddit user known as u/digidude23 posted a photo that showed the PS3’s XMB, or XrossMediaBar, had a change that reflected this new service. This user interface allows easy access to its features in horizontal bars. Games that are streamed to the PS3 via PS Now usually have an icon that indicates this. Now the icon has changed so it says it’s PS Plus game streaming.

Fans commented on this change, surprised that the PS3 console had such a big change, especially on the firmware side, as the console stopped supporting it, especially when Sony tried to shut down the PS3 digital store last year. Other Reddit users asked if this update had changed anything else, with the original poster confirming that a firmware update for the PS3 has been released.

This firmware update, version 4.89 more specifically, has a few changes, like PS Plus being reflected in the PS3’s online storage icon. Also, 2FA, or two-factor authentication, is now enabled by default and cannot be disabled. The original poster notes that this change to the legacy system was implemented to keep it safe and keep the PS Store running as well. PSN account management options are now also removed. Some are even wondering if PS Now and PS Plus cloud saves can also be merged, as both services will be under the same umbrella very soon.

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