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Three Things the PS3 Still Needs | PS3Blog.net

Hey everyone. I know we’ve done a ton of posts like this, but to be frank I don’t tire of thinking about how the PS3 can be improved. I know that it’s improved a lot already, but that’s not what this post is about. So I’ll tell you right off the bat that if you complain about the topic of this post, I’ll delete your post. My blog. Can do what I want. Ok?

I’ve seen a couple blog posts recently about this topic, and the things they were asking for were so small and insignificant I had to wonder if they gave the topic any thought at all, or are just looking to scare up readers with idiot ideas.

But with all the small things they could improve, I can only think of three major things that would improve my PS3 experience. Your mileage may vary. Here they are:

  1. Network Volume Support
    DLNA is nice and all, but I really want the PS3 to be able to find network shares on my local network and use media files that it finds directly. I’m finding that the DLNA solution isn’t a good fit for the way I have things set up. My NAS can’t run DLNA software effectively, and I don’t want to put yet another machine on my network to serve content off my NAS if I don’t have to.
  2. Cross Game Chat
    I want to be able to set up chats with just one friend, and for it to work within a game or cross games. That way I don’t have to worry about chatting with others or hearing their inane remarks.
  3. Profile Support
    You’ve seen the posts about this recently. I feel that is important for PS3 games to support settings, trophies, and other profile information on a per-gamer basis, even when they’re playing the same game on the same system at the same time. Or should I have said “especially” instead o “even”?

With all the updates Sony has given us, there are mostly only minor annoyances left with the PS3 experience. But these major ones still bother me and I hope that Sony can bring something to the table for us.

  • Yeah I think these would help a lot, especially a search function for music, pictures and videos.

    Personally all I really need is a better internet browser for both PS3 and PSP (Chrome just got released, use that if you have to Sony), and full mp4., avi. and wmv. support, as well as for the PSP. Then I will seriously be set for a long time and would consider the PS3 fully fledged.

    Though I will admit that there are a lot of little things which can make the experience better, such as custom avatars for PSN, a more crisp remote play screen (it looks terrible, like there;s a blur effect) and the management segment should utilize a PSN store type system instead of some unrelated software that takes forever to load.

  • Pc

    Most important to me is In-Game chat. I would also love for Sony to require developers to implement trophies and custom tracks into their games.

  • Well… number 1 is a non issue for me, I installed Mediatomb on my NAS πŸ˜€

    I’d rather see better and more lenient codec/container support. Many videos I have need to be recoded, but I don’t want to do that, since it means loss in quality.

    Cross game chat will surely come and be nice… but since I “never” chat, I could live without it^^

    Linux support for the RSX would be nice too, but I dunno if that ever happens… Not because Sony “is afraid” of games (bullshit is what that is), but because of driver support (would cost Sony money), sadly.

    An automatic switch off of the idle controller and/or console would be nice to save energy.

  • fadi

    well i agree about the trophies but sony cant just send a patch and make it work they can get suid for it

  • Shqype

    TVersity allows you to share all your media on your PS3 … you can stream music, pictures, and videos, and even copy them to your PS3 hard drive. You can find it here: http://tversity.com/

    Profile support is being added with LittleBigPlanet, and I believe that future titles will incorporate it in the future as well, just as they are with trophies.

    Cross-game chat should hopefully be added in the future.

  • DroppingDueces

    Umm, I don’t know if you follow playstation news at all but your third request, Profile Support, has already been in the works of being added. Since you haven’t paid any attention. At one of the big game conventions, where LittleBigPlanet was being shown off, one reporter had asked about that. Point blank. They gave him a straight up, “Yes, it is coming.” So, since you probably don’t know when that game is coming out, we’re probably going to have to wait until the later weeks of October to see this feature.

    (Sorry for the dick-ish attitude but I’m just getting sick of you people complaining without doing the research.)

    Have a good day! πŸ˜€

  • DroppingDueces

    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2008/09/02/lbp-multi-user-logons/

    There you go. I did the work for you. Read this article. (Don’t wet yourself. …. Too much.)

    DroppingDueces – add me on your PS3

  • Shqype: I’m aware of TVersity. It’s a great product. But it still requires that I have another PC on all the time, in addition to my NAS. I’d prefer my PS3 to be able to access those files directly. AFAIK, the 360 can do this.

    DroppingDueces: And if YOU did YOUR research, you’ll see that I already did a blog post about this. The Sixth Axis did not substantiate their statements, even though I requested them to. So my request stands.

  • DroppingDueces

    They weren’t the first site where I got the CONFIRMATION of Profile Support. Just the first one I found so I could quickly respond.

    I do not remember where I heard it first. I will go back and check out my history but I remember, explicitly, a Sony rep talking about this feature. The only reason I remember this so vividly is because I too am looking forward to this feature.

    I’ll look for it tomorrow after my morning classes, because it is too late.

    (Funny thing. I was actually trying to find more of your posts, because I appreciate that you use proper grammar. But the site didn’t have an easy “Search by blogger” site search. None that I could find quickly. Albeit I didn’t try hard.)

  • John

    Like Cruiz browser and codec improvements are the most important (along with navigation and a depper folder structure for music/videos, give us old-fashionned hierarchical folders, that works a lot better than any album/artist/whatever tag folder ersatz).
    Cross-games chat I don’t really care about, I’ve got phone for that if I want to.

  • Hi, I love these topics..

    1.) I’m running a specially compiled version of Mediatomb on my Linux bases NAS. Compiled with the javascript options so my files show up the way I want on my PS3. The only problem and that problem would be solved by your request is I can not delete the files I do not need anymore with the PS3 I have to use some other gadget for that..

    2.) I agree, and would like to see the message of chat request blinking (maybe as a nice little icon) as long that somebody is waiting for it! because the 3 second message we get now is way to short.

    3.) I hope the LBP profile support is firmware related so every game can use it or can be patched..

    4.) Still waiting for bigger file sent support, just want to sent some 8mp+ photo’s to some friends.. do not see the problem it’s my and my friends bandwidth so Sony stop this restriction.

    5.) The powersave mode for the controller (Segitz ;)) should be on this list.. Yeah I know I use my PS3 more as a media player…

    6.) Background installing and possibillity to cancel the install. Come on this installing is only copying files to the HDD no changes in registry or other funny stuff.

    7.) Sorry I know.. lazy me, but remove the plugin question in the browser!

    I have more but you are right they are small changes… not for this post..

  • Megulito

    β€’ last time online
    β€’ better/ up to date flash support for ps3 web browser
    β€’ more memory dedicated to browser
    β€’ voice messages
    β€’ inter game voice chat,
    β€’ when i press x on on a psn name thes add the option to view messages
    β€’ .option for dedicated button options or combo buttons
    β€’ square equal new message when in xmb or holding l2 will be the short cut button the you press x for music triangle for messages o for ps store square for headset setup,
    β€’ option for forced ingame custom soundtracks,
    β€’ rearranges interface slicker looking designated areas for battery info for time n date and other such right now time and date overlap battery
    β€’ info option to change news bar to full length scrool
    β€’ rss reader/ music and video auto download
    β€’ easer acces to news
    β€’ word file reader for psp and ps3
    β€’ cross compatibility with aim,
    β€’ games owned / played list,
    β€’ last time on option,
    β€’ option to alert when your friend is playing the same game as you
    β€’ option for cycle ability ex; when u scroll right from friends list it goes to system settings and when u croll all the way throught videos you go back to the top
    β€’ quick tap context dependent ps3 button options: options to use one or more, settings can be changed
    o will go directly into a message if a message was just received
    o will go directly into new messages/ inbox when multiple new messages are received
    o will go directly into trophys earned/ received screen when pressed after a new trophy is earned
    o will go right into the music player when a song has just started range can be changed to be from 3 seconds to 5,10,15,or 20
    β€’ fast forward and rewind in music player at all times x2 x10 x30 x60 x120
    β€’ the ability to real time chat instead of just going back and forth message to message
    β€’ more visualization or at least options to add more via download\
    β€’ youtube psn specific channel on website with you tube features put onto psn allowing posting of videos / recording from game or eyetoy camera
    β€’ ability to attach more/ bigger files/ types in messages
    β€’ limited in game xmb for ps2 and ps1 games
    β€’ ability to limit xmb choices to certain tab
    β€’ more room / info slot for online profiles longer comments
    β€’ ability to copy media/games wirelessly to and from a psp
    β€’ increased media server functionality and codec for video
    β€’ ability to out put sound thru hdmi and other outputs
    β€’ ability to join and invite games from xmb
    β€’ xmb clan features
    β€’ self installs on firmware and games
    β€’ back ground games installation
    β€’ back ground game installation for blue ray titles
    β€’ ability to access limited browser during gameplay
    β€’ *low power standy by mode very important when not using full resources like listenin to music
    β€’ ability to leave ps3 in download mode where it downloads games and demos and suto shuts off the ps3 (also a low power mode)
    β€’ update to ram in future systems / ability to use memory card slots to updrage ram
    β€’ upgrade to blue ray drive as fast as possible in future harware
    β€’ the return of the emotion chip and memory card slot and 4 usb port maybe one in the back aswell in a special premium version
    β€’ ps3 hibernation mode where the game can be pause and the ps3 be put into sleep while a task is done and you can resume where you left off when you come back
    β€’ video play list / continuous play of video files ex goin from one file to next
    β€’ better ipod/ music player support
    β€’ the ability to network and have special network ps3 in the same house or on the same network with the ability to share media
    β€’ portable copy feature will all movies/psn games
    β€’ portable copy resoulutin would be reduce/ compress to make file size smaller for psp
    β€’ The ability to sign in multiple psn accounts for multiplayer games/ trophies/ online
    β€’ Ability to attach and easily detach a psn id to a controller (easily or never assign them )
    β€’ Controller sleep the option to make the controller sleep when inactive after 1min, 2,5,10,30
    β€’ Skpye
    β€’ Unread message icon
    β€’ And reminders that pop up every 5-10or 20 mins after initial event
    β€’ Community/ chat room/ boards and micro games that can be played bu anyone chess uno lil micro games
    β€’ Playstation calendar that you can enter you schedule in and that is updated by playstation serves with events, tournaments, release dates etc promotions so you can go over your own schedule and sony as the same time
    β€’ Music free music/ music store
    β€’ Trophies turn into eventual points for psn games n movies compete for levels for special perks but spend and give up perks for games trophies spent cannot be off set by trophies earn thro play of game purchase so if u can earn 20 trophys for a game the game should cost like a hundred trophies points
    β€’ Trophies are still kept to be viewed but u give up points and levels for them and the do not count toward trophy score(this need to be heavily revised)
    β€’ Actuall digitall locker to save stuff and retrieve it when done like when u buy a new hard drive
    β€’ Auto status update/ more status’ like if im watchin a movie itll say watchin a movie or busy automatically or idle or sleeping
    β€’ Animated back ground (very small)
    β€’ Xmb ps eye support
    β€’ Psn id password option as well as option to individualize content (but not mandatory) ex so I can make it so when some one else logs on a difff psn they cantaccess my media
    β€’ The ability to save multi different wireless configs and a wired one
    β€’ Ability to buy backward compatibility add on reasonably priced
    β€’ Ability to buy ps1 – ps1/psp converter or pay 1-2 dollars to convert them using the system and install the into ps1/psp format

  • Megulito

    my list πŸ˜€ not major but neat

  • Sean Gaffney

    The only thing I’m desperate for would be Skype. It’s on the PSP so why not on the PS3 already. Then I may get some use out of the Eye Toy which has been monumentally under supported by Sony.

    Everything else is nice to haves. Cross game chat I wouldn’t use. I only talk to my friends when playing along side. I have a phone for other times πŸ™‚

    So, just to reiterate. SKYPE and SOON !!!!

  • Numero duo.

  • DroppingDueces: It’s the article before this one! Sorry there’s no search by author option.

  • Jack

    How about a microphone included in the huge price tag!

  • Sean Gaffney

    Jack:
    What is your criteria that makes it a huge price tag ? I don’t think so. Gaming, Blu-ray, DVD upscaling, media player, internet…

    Seems quite reasonable to me.

  • Noobz co.

    I really want two tings in my ps3:

    mkv support for hd movies

    ps2 bc via software emulatin on all ps3’s

  • @Noobz co.

    I use mkv2vob (you can download it from doom9.org) and it converts mkv to playable ps3 titles, mostly without recoding. Only if you have .mkv’s with DTS it wil convert to AC3 because the ps3 does not support DTS in files other than on blue-rays..

    And the ps2 emulation I think will come back to all ps3 when the ps2 is at it 10 year plan because then we can (hopefully) download the ps2 games from the psn.. but this is just my guess..

  • Lakuma

    How about when you import a Music CD to the HD the PS3 grabs the album cover art and maybe the lyrics automatically? I know you can get the album art htat being served from TVersity, etc but it would be nice if the PS3 did this automatically?

  • @pax Yeah, mk2vob works dandy. Tho they could save us the hassle..

  • Kicks

    In response to Megulito, you are able to see when your friends were last on….
    Just not from the XMB πŸ™

    If you’ve linked your PSN account, you can see what they’re doing and when they were last on by going to http://www.us.playstation.com/MyAccount/PSNL/FriendList

    Why they can’t pull that info into the XMB is boggling

  • Mike

    1 would be very nice. DLNA is a kinda ****ed design (not surprising – microsoft had a lot to do with it), and it’s really intended for having a single (insecure of course) per-household, central server machine on all the time which does a lot of the work, and then has relatively brainless ‘renderers’ which show the content. i.e. the ‘big beefy microsoft home server’ model, not the tiny embedded server-on-a-hard-drive NAS model that the market has actually embraced. I’
    I’m sure all the media patent holders don’t mind it either, since the server needs all the software licenses to grok the data, and so do all the renderers, the consumer has the priviledge of having to pay for some royalties many times over.

    Since the ps3 has a lot more guts than a ‘media renderer’ needs, it could really do all the work itself – and do it a lot better. Since Sony have no interest in selling server boxes with windoze licenses – unlike microsoft, they really have no reason to push this stuff. And given that hardware is getting smaller/faster/smarter all the time, the DLNA ‘central-server’ model is already outdated. A network mount would be great though.

    The other things mentioned don’t seem important to me for a game machine/media centre. Cross-game chat is a bit strange – sounds like you want it to be a telephone too?

    Also note they can’t really use things like samba for network share access, or chrome for a web browser. Because of the licenses (at least in part), they would need to provide not only any source code they used, but also the ability to change those components in the running system. Not going to happen. So they are stuck with licensing/authoring inferior products or simply going without.

  • PATMAN UK

    2 of these have already been completed in firmware updates you can talk to friends via in game xmb and theres now trophy support and added content to ps3 profiles. Could you not also use a media server like tversity?

  • Huh? I think you misunderstood my points.

  • Rock

    Wow, “Megulito” has a LOT of great ideas that would greatly improve the PS3 experience. I also agree with the author’s list of 3.

    But most of the stuff posted by Megulito have never even crossed my mind, yet they would save me a lot of hassle, or add little extra abilities that would be greatly appreciated and would make the PS3 that much better.

    Especially that Sony calendar thing. They could just integrate it with the news update thing.

    Also seeing how Sony wants to connect everybody so much, I don’t understand why they don’t just include a gaming board. Clicking on an icon in the XMB would take you to a list of mini-games that you could play alone or compete with other PSN users.

    Megulito’s list really got me thinking. Why doesn’t Sony allow us to customize our PSN profiles more like Myspace or Facebook? Just add an extra tab where we could blog, etc.

    All these little things Megulito listed and some of the stuff I mentioned would bring users together and make the PSN feel more like a community.

    I can only hope Sony eventually come upon these ideas. Xbox Live would stand no chance against this full fledged list. ^_^

    By the way, is there anyway we can get in touch with Sony and offer them ideas for firmware updates?

  • Rock

    Wow, “Megulito” has a LOT of great ideas that would greatly improve the PS3 experience. I also agree with the author’s list of 3.

    But most of the stuff posted by Megulito have never even crossed my mind, yet they would save me a lot of hassle, or add little extra abilities that would be greatly appreciated and would make the PS3 that much better.

    Especially that Sony calendar thing. They could just integrate it with the news update thing.

    Also seeing how Sony wants to connect everybody so much, I don’t understand why they don’t just include a gaming board. Clicking on an icon in the XMB would take you to a list of mini-games that you could play alone or compete with other PSN users.

    Megulito’s list really got me thinking. Why doesn’t Sony allow us to customize our PSN profiles more like Myspace or Facebook? Just add an extra tab where we could blog, etc.

    All these little things Megulito listed and some of the stuff I mentioned would bring users together and make the PSN feel more like a community.

    I can only hope Sony eventually come upon these ideas. Xbox Live would stand no chance against this full fledged list. ^_^

    By the way, is there anyway we can get in touch with Sony and offer them ideas for firmware updates?

    Henning, do you have any way to get in touch with Sony at all and give them yours and our ideas? I believe PlayStation Blog or something has had a special event before where people could give their ideas to Sony or something of that sort.