Facebook Invades Xbox Next Week, PS3 Eventually

Fulfilling a promise made in June, Microsoft is trotting out a new firmware update Tuesday that lets you access Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm from your TV.

GamePro reports that Sony will be beaten but not outdone, and leaked images of its own PS3 also running Facebook, projecting a similar update on the way someday. It took the PS3 a year longer than the 360 to land Netflix streaming, so don’t hold your breath.

The question remains as to how useful Facebook access will be, but like a Swiss Army knife, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, I guess.

The way I see it, Facebook is for sapping away tedious work hours, not valuable “Modern Warfare 2” moments. What do you think?

Facebook coming to PS3 soon; FB & Twitter on Xbox Tuesday [GamePro]


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  1. legwork says:

    Unless FB is blocked at the router, which is a weirdly popular customer request these days.

    Not judging, just saying.

  2. shoelace414 says:

    It will probably post updates like “XXX has received the Great Job achievement”

    • Dyscord says:

      @shoelace414: To my knowledge, it actually doesn’t. You can use a third part site like Raptr to track your acheievments and post them on facebook/twitter if you want.

  3. Burning pakalolo not even noticing the weather says:

    that’s pretty awesome, I can’t wait to try this out on my XBOX 360.

  4. AHepburnGuy says:

    Hopefully XBOX can get Slacker Radio or Pandora on there too.

    • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

      @AHepburnGuy: I would be thrilled about Pandora.

    • Burning pakalolo not even noticing the weather says:

      @AHepburnGuy: +1 for Pandora. I am listening to it now at work and when I sleep at night I have it playing on my blackberry. It would be nice to have to on the tv as well for the days I am cleaning the my apt. and want more variety than my ipod.

  5. lawnmowerdeth says:

    For once I’m glad the PS3 isn’t getting something. I hate Facebook, twitter, and all that social networking garbage.
    (Yes, get off my lawn!)

  6. wooster11 says:

    I’m on the preview as well and love the Facebook app. I can easily read my news feed, read comments, post comments, and update my status. I’m not bombarded by advertisements and don’t have to worry about all those other silly applications. In addition, I’m able to see photos quickly and think the photos are exceptionally well done on the 360 – much better than the website version.

    I find it simple to use and a great way to FB. The only thing I’d love to see is achievement integration with FB. In other words, when you get an achievement, you have the option to publish it to your wall.

  7. gnordy says:

    Technically, PS3 already has Facebook, Twitter and Pandora (no Last FM). These can all be accessed using the web browser. Of course, the user interface on the 360 dashboard will make them much more user friendly than the PS3 web browser.

    I have both systems and I look forward to any kind of integration with new services. It would be nice if they make these optional additions, since not everyone wants to clutter up their dashboard/XMB with apps they do not want/use.

  8. gerrylum says:

    Well, seeing as the PS3 has a web browser built in, you COULD say that the PS3 has had Facebook since launch!

  9. steveliv says:

    FYI.. Facebook and Twitter on the 360 require a Gold Live membership. maybe when the facebook app on the the ps3, which will be of course free to access, is released, Microsoft might change the Gold requirement.

  10. Cant_stop_the_rock says:

    I’m in the preview, but I really see no value in the current implementation of Facebook integration. If I want to use facebook I’ll use my computer instead of typing on a tiny MS chatpad. If they had it integrated in a way that allowed you to use Facebook while you’re playing a game, that would be useful (so you could entertain yourself while waiting for a multiplayer game to start).

    I think the comments about being “bombarded by ads” are funny. Facebook has one small ad in the sidebar, while on the Xbox you’re looking at ads as soon as you turn it on (the ads don’t bother me on either, but they’re certainly more “in your face” on the Xbox).

    Also, you people know you can block applications, right? Or you can use Facebook Lite and not see ANY applications.

  11. Colonel Jack O'Neill says:

    Wish there would be an opt-out for twitter and facebook, I hate them and all social networking, and I don’t want to see them on my xbox.

    But I wish I could play last.fm while I’m playing a game, so while I’m mowing down cops in GTA4, I can be playing this song: