Rumour: PS3 Firmware 4.20 Releases Tonight

According to a post on GAF, PlayStation 3 system software 4.20 will be released tonight.

The new features include tweaks to the wireless stereo headset options, time-off adjustments and the ability to copy multiple items of save data.


The full rumoured list is as followed:

Wireless Stereo Headset

When the wireless stereo headset (CECHYA-0080) is connected, you can now adjust the sidetone level for microphone audio. Select [Sidetone] under (Settings) > (Accessory Settings) > [Audio Device Settings].

  • Off: Disable microphone audio from the headset
  • 1-5: Enable microphone audio from the headset

Auto Off

You can now set the amount of time until the system automatically turns off. Under (Settings) > (Power Save Settings) > [System Auto-Off] you will be able amend the time for [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and for [Game/Other Features]:

  • Video/TV/Music/Photo – After 1 Hour, After 2 Hours, After 3 Hours, After 4 Hours, After 5 Hours, Off
  • Game/Other Features – After 1 Hour, After 2 Hours, After 3 Hours, After 4 Hours, After 5 Hours, Off

If you enabled [System Auto-Off] in system software prior to version 4.20, the selected time will be set for both [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and [Game/Other Features].

The default settings are [After 4 Hours] for [Video/TV/Music/Photo] and [After 1 Hour] for [Game/Other Features].

Save Game Selection

Under (Games) > (Saved Data Utility (PS3™), you can now select multiple saved data items, and then either delete or copy them as a group.

  • You cannot use [Copy Multiple] to select data that is copy-protected.
  • Some saved data cannot be copied.
  • The upper right corner of the screen displays: the number of saved data items that are selected, the total number of saved data items and the total file size of the saved data items that are selected.

We’ll let you know if any other hidden features sneak through.



  1. When are they going to add something really interesting for once

    • I really doubt they will add much new stuff to the PS3.

      • its a shame if they dont. they let the psp go without interesing updates for a long while. even just a couple of nice features will get people to turn it on and check it out. i dontbsee many interesting Vita updates coming soon either…

  2. The copy multiple save data is excellent, especially for the PES option files :) Took me well over 1 hour to copy last years option file :(

    • Great use!
      Just had an arse of a time deleting mine

    • This is great, now I can delete all the minis saves quickly. I’m no longer playing minis on the ps3, moved them over to my vita.

    • What a ball-ache that is!
      And deleting the old files. 3 or 4 button presses each file takes the piss.
      So, to sum up – great update!

      • It would have been even better in 2006 as part of update 1.10

  3. Glad they finally added multiple selection to the save data! Still hope it’s not a mandatory update…

  4. Finally, i no longer have to spend 5 minutes deleting saves from a game just because i can’t delete the entire group. Also where is the cross game chat? :P

    • Why would you want to delete game save files?

      • To make space (even if just a little) – I usually do this once i have traded a game. Utility & Save data is deleted so that the next game can be started on.

      • To make space or if i’ve not touched the game in months, delete them so i can begin anew when i touch it again.

      • To make sp… oh it doesn’t matter

        Deleting stuff you no longer own, or you’ve not played for ages & you don’t want to jump back in at the deep end is why I delete stuff

      • I understand why you’d delete game data as theyre hefty files but save data is pointless, plus I like to keep them as there are some games that give you bonuses and things for having played other games.
        Each to their own I suppose.

      • Some games have save files of over 10mb, it’s like deleting a song.

      • All those kbs & mbs add up in the end tony! Plus it’s sometimes the utility files that new games look for (Yakuza off the top of my head), so sometimes its just not enough to have the save there still.

        120Gb is just not enough to keep all of the save & utility files i would like, so i have to manage my space unfortunately.

      • I do the same as Forrest and as soon as I finish a game I never go back to it so I delete the game data. However with my save files I transfer them onto my external drive but erasing them, just incase I may need them as currency when the Fallout comes :)

    • Cross game chat isn’t coming, was confirmed a while back. They committed too many resources to other stuff, and now there isn’t anything they can do about it.

      • Cross game chat is a running joke on TSA.

      • It’s a standing joke that every time something happened to PS3 firmware, the PSN or the PSN Store that half the internet would predict CGC.

        Not so much resources allocated elsewhere, as the PS3’s god awful RAM

      • @Bodachi And countless other gaming sites!

      • “god awful RAM”

        Are these technically illiterate writers like cc_star still here.

        The PS3’s RAM configuration is significantly batter than the Xbox, as the XDR is in the region of 7x faster.

        The REAL reason X-GameChat can’t be implemented, is they can’t take back 20MB (or whatever amount needed) from the console without breaking all the existing games.

        Implementing non-gaming features is easy enough, as they all free up memory when the game launches, but IN-GAME services are a different matter.

        TSA need to get some more technical, less fanboyish writers, before the sites credibility is tainted by bad writers.

      • Might be better than the Xbox, but what about the Xbox 360? :P

        Clearly it’s not better than that, which HAS cross game chat (from Day 1, I believe).

        Not that I want it, I’m too anti-social to play online most of the time as it is, never mind speak over the internet (shudder).

  5. Everytime I hear about a new Firmware I get excited…then I get this…w/e.

  6. Crzz gamez chatz!

  7. One day i wish they would add the ability to click on your friends PSN name and watch what they are playing as they play it.

    • That day shall be the day that Sony buy OnLive

  8. How excitinzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  9. YES for the multiple game saves transfer/deleted for more space
    Ahhhh perfect got far too many multiple saves of Fallout, Dues Ex, Fifa, PES, Dead Space, CoD Classic etc……

    • CoD Classic is murder for save files – You get a different save file for every level if I remember (or maybe it was just me being riduculously anal & making a new save per level?)!

      • No you are right Forrest it creates a save file on all levels itself. I didn’t mind in case the PS3 crash but Fallout or Dead Space I made these saves myself every 10/20mins lol

      • Yeah, i tend to do the same, but the trouble with CoD Classic is that your individual saves are not collected in one or two save files as games usually do, but a seperate one per level!

        Then there are a few other save files that other than options, i am not sure whats on them!

      • That’s nothing mate, my WRC2 gamesave has 94 files attached to it of varying sizes…..maddnnnneessss!!

      • If you choose to download a PES options file you can have somewhere between 500 & 1,000 files to copy across… & then delete when you no longer play the game.

      • Wow, that pales my WRC2 94 save files into insignificance, 500 to 1000 files is insanity!!

  10. Why do they make such grand announcements for the extremely mundane?

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