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Ten Things We Still Want in PlayStation 3 Firmware


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316w ago - Gizmodo has posted a list of 10 things they still are seeking in PS3 Firmware. To quote:

10) Smarter Firmware Updates

Let me agree to terms and conditions–a tiny 1K file transfer–before downloading the whole software update. Then once the update downloads it can roll into an install without me having to push some stupid buttons on the controller.

9) Automatic Downloaded-Game Installation

We're really still manually installing most game and demo downloads? Seriously? No, seriously?

8) Real Keyboard Support

The PS3 "supports" a mouse and keyboard. But keyboard support is still not functional or assignable in most games. Some middleware solutions would be nice here, Sony. I should be able to play anything on a mouse and keyboard by mapping SIXAXIS/DualShock3 buttons.

7) In-Game Web Browsing

OK, so here's an instance where we can access the XMB while in a game, but we can't really access it. Because you can't browse the web while in a game. I'd love the option to look up walkthroughs...err...hints and tips without going to the computer.

6) Controllers Don't Charge Without PS3 "On"

Why do I need to leave on my entire PS3 to charge one controller? A firmware update could program the USB portion of the console to stay powered on while charging like, say, the Xbox 360.

5) PS Home

Oh, I haven't forgotten. Though I'm becoming more bored by this once novel concept every day it doesn't appear.

4) Account Management

Let's just stick all those account management menus into the PlayStation Store. That way if I need to make changes to my account (something that would probably be prompted by a transaction at the PS Store), I don't need to revisit dead gray screen land.

3) Background Folding@Home

I'm as lazily, unconsciously altruistic as the next guy, so work with Stanford to make Folding @ Home even better. Let me use it as a background process for when I'm just hanging out on the dashboard, or browsing the PS Store. I know that playing some MP3s doesn't use all of the PlayStation 3's power, so let's use some of that extra number crunching to cure the world, or whatever.

2) Screengrabs

Any game, any time, I want to be able to perform a screengrab. I want to then be able to save the screengrab to my photo library or message it to a friend. This software technology has long been figured out, and it'd be nice to have for showing everyone how awesome I am all the time.

1) Lower Power Standby

The PS3's primary standby mode is super low energy. But if you want to access Remote Play (XMB, pictures, etc) through the PSP, it's suddenly sucking as much power as five refrigerators just sitting there. Surely there is a clever way that the PS3 can be activated through an SMS or email system that would make it more eco-friendly than just being on all the time. Remote Play is not something I'll use every day. And because of that, I've turned off the function completely–which is a shame because it's a pretty incredible idea.

It's not that the latest firmware update is bad; it's that the whole interface is so pleasurable to use and packing so much customization (for a console) that the rough spots can stand out even more. Come on, Sony, let's make the PS3 unbelievable.



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neoavail's Avatar
#10 - neoavail - 315w ago
I think the in-game XMB for all PS1, PS2 and PS3 games is key!

oldirtysingh's Avatar
#9 - oldirtysingh - 315w ago
get ps2 emulator running, and be able to charge controller with ps3 turned off.

TGB's Avatar
#8 - TGB - 315w ago

3) Background Folding@Home


I'm constantly running F@H so this would be a major improvement

eldawglac's Avatar
#7 - eldawglac - 315w ago
I am still waiting for custom soundtrack support for every game i don't think this should be limited to if the developer wants to implement this feature to there game, it should be a standard.

Also u should be able to chat with your friends while you are playing a different game that they are. I think if u could use your psp as an moniter for the ps3 like if the ps3 is a location free base station not like in remote play were u can't play any ps3 games but Lair.

perzian111's Avatar
#6 - perzian111 - 315w ago
*In Game Music
*In Game Chat
*Make game installs Optional
*Full Video/Audio Support
*x3 Fast Forward on the music like psp
*When you highlight a friend and a more detailed status more then what game they are playing - like "Metal Gear Solid 4" then go on their profile and it says like on MGO or On Act 3 or something
*More mp3 player support like for me Creative Zen

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