Due to the fact that it requires a licensing agreement with Sony (which is considered expensive), a number of open source and homebrew PS3 SDKs are available in addition to a number of leaked PS3 SDKs.
The Play Station 3 uses the Xross Media Bar (XMB) as its graphical user interface, which is also used in the Play Station Portable (PSP) handheld console, a variety of Sony BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players and many more Sony products.
The process of updating is almost identical to that of the Play Station Portable, Play Station Vita, and Play Station 4.The software may be updated by downloading the update directly on the Play Station 3, downloading it from the user's local Official Play Station website to a PC and using a USB storage device to transfer it to the Play Station 3, or installing the update from game discs containing update data.When one category is selected, there are usually more specific options then available to select that are spread vertically above and below the selected icon.Users may navigate among these options by using the up and down buttons of the D-pad.
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The Play Station® 3 system software is the updatable firmware and operating system of the Play Station 3.