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PlayStation LifeStyle's Top 5 Most Needed Firmware Features

With firmware 2.50 released, the PlayStation 3 has become a much more well rounded, functional home entertainment hub. So what else can Sony improve upon the PS3 with future firmware updates?

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sonarus3684d ago

Background installing would be fabulous.

Also an expanded profile page would be really cool as well. I think the folder options for games is nice as it is.

I want music player though sort of like 360 has

Omegasyde3684d ago

This list sucks.

Lets keep to the basics.

1)Cross game voice chat.

And that is it. Add "Home" and we are set.

SL1M DADDY3684d ago

Although it does not hit on everything I would want to see, it sure does hit on some pretty cool ideas. Kudos to the author here.

SaiyanFury3684d ago (Edited 3684d ago )

Most of these points are moot at best. I list my reasons below.

5. In game web browser - I don't think this is really necessary. If I need help on a game I can walk over to my computer and find the info I need. Better yet, I can open my laptop that's beside me on my couch and find it that way. Not to mention it's faster than the PS3's web browser interface especially considering I can use my laptop's keyboard. Yes I have a PS3 keyboard, but the interface is still somewhat limited between using the DS3 and the keyboard.

4. Background Demo Installations - You don't have have an extra 30 seconds to spare for an install. Wow. My life isn't so crowded with things that I need to do that I need to free up that extra 30 seconds just to play a game. How crowded up is your life that you can't spare 30 or maybe 60 seconds to install a demo so you can free up one entire minute of possible gaming time? I think I'd need to relax once in a while.

3. HDD Management - Is this really necessary? You download a few demos, and videos, but those are already grouped via the categories under the XMB, some by date. I've never had any troubles navigating the logical layout of the XMB. On top of that, the PS3 already stores downloaded content like photos into directories based on set criteria.

2. PSN Music Store - I have over 30GB of music on my PC, why would I need to buy more from the PS Store? I can store lots of music on the HDD and if I don't want to store it, I can stream it from my computer via the PS3's wonderful media server interface. I'm sorry, no matter which angle I view this point from, it comes up lacking in point. Custom playlists I would agree with, but for the most part this point is directed at people who don't have any MP3s on their computers or PS3s.

1. Social Site-based Interaction - Again, I don't think this is really necessary. The PS3 already has huge forums and sites devoted to the system where fans can interact and communicate with each other. Facebook and Myspace might be popular, but those are mostly distractions and trying to sort out all of the millions of people who own Sony products is a laborious task at best. People are free to network with each other through the PSN and various speakeasies throughout the WWW. A Facebook or Myspace account wouldn't make things any better.

These are only my opinions, but I think in logical terms, and none of these points make any real sense. Xbox Live and PSN have done great things in connecting gamers, and I don't see the need for a substantial networking overhaul.

prunchess3684d ago

Feck the rest of the firmware upgrades, cross game chat is the one needed! C'mon Sony its been a long wait and still no sign of it yet!

SaiyanFury3684d ago

People actually disagreed with me? Well feel free to list your counter arguments Phantoms.

uie4rhig3684d ago

in fw 2.50 you have the option to shutdown the ps3 when the 'downloads' are finished.. just so you know.. if you do this, it will also automatically install them ;) i used the feature after update, jsut to test, still had a demo not installed... soon as i hit shut down, and selected that box, it went to install it.. and switched off after..

just an FYI ;)

Tempist3684d ago

... Another list of complaints and demands. Look this list is awful. Now people are being retardedly nit-picky over things. For a year in game XMB was demanded and delivered and now this crap? come on. Give it a rest.

Instead of killing time writing lists on magical features that only a minority want to use, how about getting back to gaming and using features that are existant already. There is absolutely no need for lists like these. They really do make the PSN community look bad and like a gaggle of whiners.

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TheHater3685d ago

is what I personally think the psn need the most.

Shaka2K63685d ago

playstationlifestyle.net is my favorite website in the whole world wide web.

Sev3685d ago

Thank you very much!

FAQS3684d ago

To be very honest, i didn't knew this site very well!...but i must say that: your article is GREAT, indeed great list that you made out there! Continue to do the Good Work!

Time_Is_On_My_Side3685d ago (Edited 3685d ago )

5\ In-Game Web Browser
That's in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to a certian extent. What I don't get is what would be the purpose of broswing and gaming at the same time?

4\Background Installing
I can live without this.

3\ HDD Management
I discovered this recently that you can manage your games/video list by pressing triangle -> Information -> press cross (X). What I don't get is why don't you (Sev1512) create one (most played games) yourself through the same method?

2\ PSN Music Store
I think eventually all TV consoles that can will eventually. As of right now there isn't much music, but you can get Lair music as of now.

1\ Expanded PSN Profile
I think this is needed mostly with the bio. because you barely can't make one.

pwnsause3685d ago

"5\ In-Game Web Browser
That's in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to a certian extent. What I don't get is what would be the purpose of broswing and gaming at the same time?"

-Gamefaqs, nuff said lol.

"4\Background Installing
I can live without this."

-Yea same here, bit it can be pretty convenient and consume less time.

"3\ HDD Management
I discovered this recently that you can manage your games/video list by pressing triangle -> Information -> press cross (X). What I don't get is why don't you (Sev1512) create one (most played games) yourself through the same method?"

-True, true.

"2\ PSN Music Store
I think eventually all TV consoles that can will eventually. As of right now there isn't much music, but you can get Lair music as of now."

- I dont know why Sev thinks it wont give Itunes a run for its money, i Think it will, the fact we can connect our PSPs on the PS3, or connect to the PSN store within the PSP, it can be a major threat to Itunes and the ipod, it can lose gamers who use the itunes service. BTW Sony Killed their Connect Music store because itunes killed it. But they can make a comeback and that store is the key.

"1\ Expanded PSN Profile
I think this is needed mostly with the bio. because you barely can't make one."

-isn't Sony planning on doing something like this in the future with the playstation website? live view people's profile, trophies, user generated Youtube videos and what not? I believe this plays a huge role in Home though.

If theres anything that should be on this list its Cross game invites and Cross game messaging. We have the In-game XMB now. If we get these abilities then The PSN would be up to par with Xbox live.

another thing which i mentioned before is a Playstation Community calendar. say that there is an icon under the PSN that has such a function, you access it, and boom, you get a Calendar with Shipping dates on games and gives you information on playstation related things, like when a Tournament for game X will happen, or a gathering day for the Playstation community in your local area or something. Not to mention you can read natively from the PS blog with this application within that PSN icon. that can make the PS community come together with such a function.

Kratos2153684d ago

Can you tell me the difference between a cross game invite and someone sending you a message to play a game. I mean does it save time cause i would still think that you would have to change discs.

P.S this is a serious question because i have been hearing alot of people wanting that feature.

SL1M DADDY3684d ago

Here's my beaf with cross-game invites. I can't count the number of times I have declined a cross-game invite and then felt the need to go into my friends blade, find that friend online and shoot them a note saying why I declined. Personally, as much as I like cross game inviting, it can be equally a pain when one does not want to keep accepting an invite. With getting a message, I can quick reply saying "no", or I can say "be right there".

JD_Shadow3685d ago

That's what is needed. The USB camera and/or your photos that are stored can be good for this.

But this is something that would rule concerning customizing the profiles.

Close_Second3684d ago

And would it not have been great to allow gamers to use LBP to create a custom avatar you could use in PSN.

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