PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.40 Allows PS3 Downloads From The Web Store

Just a quick snippet of unexpected news for a Saturday night. Sony has updated their website with details on the features that the most recently pushed firmware – 4.40 – has introduced.

We had previously though it was just the usual stability and improvements that comes with an incremental firmware update – the like of which we’ve seen from Sony almost countless times for the PlayStation 3. But Sony usually reserves the x.x0 firmware updates for slightly more significant improvements. Well, it seems like 4.40 is no different, although it’ll be a while before we can fully benefit from the big new feature.

In May, Sony plans to unlock the ability to allow users “to download content purchased from [their] online store to their PS3.” There’s going to be a “detailed guide” for how to make the most of it, apparently, but hopefully they’ll make it as seamless as possible so that you can browse the SEN store via the website and set up all your downloads to your PS3 from a web browser.

You can also use your Sony wireless stereo headsets with PS2 Classics you’ve bought off the store now. But that’s not exactly a headline-grabber, is it?


  1. Very cool. I expected them to do this at some point, as it makes perfect sense.

  2. A nice addition. Something I expect I will use, if it is hassle free of course…

    • I wonder if features like this are coming to the PS3 now so that Sony can work out the kinks before they launch the PS4.

  3. Surprised they haven’t done this earlier.

  4. Two things:

    1. Great news
    2. About bloody time!

  5. Hopefully they’ll update the app to get onto the store to take full advantage of this.

  6. The less I have to use the store on the actual console the better.

  7. nice.

  8. This doesn’t make up for the fact they’ve removed Costume Quest and the DLC from the store, meaning I can no longer 100% it :(

  9. Nice one Sony. Queuing up downloads from work will be a great new feature.

  10. But still no sign of any new music visualisation since FW2.10.

    • Couldn’t agree more. There’s all to often a reminder as to how Sony feel incapable of looking after everything properly.

      Why hasn’t this been explored properly and turned into the situation we have with dynamic themes? Sure, 95% of them are crap but that means there’s twenty or so lovely ones to enjoy. I want that for visualisations too.

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