Rumor: PSN trophy screenshot
It seems as though last weeks announcement of the soon to be released firmware version 2.40 has sent the internet ablaze with speculation as to when it would be going live. From a recent posting on the PlayStation Blog, Eric Lempel revealed that the new firmware would provide in-game access to the PS3's "Xross Media Bar," PSN Trophies, and some new features that have yet to be announced.
Many have wondered what format these PSN Trophies would be presented in and it seems that the internet has found a way to leak out a screenshot of a PSN trophy card. Coming from an insider tip from a contributor known as "The Patriots" over at PS3Fanboy, this person revealed the first indications of what PS3 owners could possibly expect upon release of Firmware version 2.40.
The screenshot shows the user's avatar in the upper left hand corner of the Trophy Card with a breakdown of the user's trophy collection. The collection is broken down into four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, however details are a bit hazy on what merits each. The Trophy Card also seems to have 3 pages (the two pages featured below are unofficially labeled "gamercard" and "compare"), which appear to be able to be cycled through with the L1 and R1 buttons, but again, no formal indications are given to their specific functionality.
The picture below shows that your Trophy Card will feature a trophy total and a "level." Another Sony insider, "Gassy Snake," explains that each trophy type will be worth a different number of points. He divulged that there is a certain number of each type of trophy available for a given game. In order to progress through levels, he claims you will need to gain a certain number of trophy points and as you increase in trophy levels, this number will increase as well thus increasing the level of difficulty to reach the status of elite (or possibly Platinum).
"Gassy Snake" also reveals that the In-Game XMB will allow gamers to perform tasks such as background music playing, messaging and bluetooth headset pairing. Gassy claims that whenever a feature is not supported by the in-game version of the XMB, the PS3's interface will prompt you to exit out of the current game in order to access such feature(s). The In-Game XMB will be available to PS3 users by tapping the PlayStation button once on their controllers (holding the button down will bring up the menu PS3 owners have been used to pre-2.40)
As it stands, this is only a rumor, but could the potential PSN Maintenance scheduled for tommorrow be an indication that firmware version 2.40 is around the corner? Sony's Noel Silvia has already indicated that Firmware version 2.40 is in its final stages before release, leaving most PS3 owners anxiously waiting for the moment this new firmware goes live. Check back with PSU to get the latest updates on the 2.40 "madness."