- 30 Jun 08, 14:38 GMT
As I stated back in May, the in-game Cross Media Bar (XMB) for PlayStation 3 will be a reality on 2 July.
The lack of in-game XMB - so that gamers can check friend requests, send messages while still playing a gamer - has been one of the biggest gripes of PS3 owners since it launched.
But the feature will be introduced in the next firmware upgrade to the PlayStation.
Perhaps more importantly, the PS3 is introducing the idea of virtual "trophies", which represent your success in different games. These trophies will be on display to your friends.
Sound familiar? They should; trophies are a lot like Achievements on the Xbox 360.
And it's no surprise that Sony is introducing this feature: Achievements have been one of their truly innovative features of Xbox Live.
Super Stardust HD is the first game to implement trophies, with first-party titles like Buzz, LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm Pacific Rift and Resistance 2 to follow.
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