221w ago - Update: A second concept video has now been added below!
PlayStation 3 Firmware update 3.0 added large gray boxes (see the third picture below) around each individual user ID, making for a cluttered look that simply didn't jive with the elegance of the XMB.
SCEE's PS3 Brand Manager stated on the EU PlayStation.Blog that "updates to firmware don't always suit everyone's tastes."
Thankfully, the Friends list is something Sony is "looking into based on your comments." Mark Bowles added, "We really do appreciate the feedback you guys give us, both positive and negative."
That being said, YouTube user tubescorch has shared some of his own PlayStation 3 XMB ideas along with a video below.
To quote: "Since the recent firmware 3.0 update the PS3 XMB is taking a turn for the worse. Here a some ideas on how Sony could improve the XMB."
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I believe that they need to put the friends list in a different location or have it more easily accessible to finding out who is online and such because as of right now it has too many steps to go through just to find out who is online and also to find new friends.