December ’09 PS3 Firmware Wishes


Every once in a while I like to ruminate about how I would like the PS3 to evolve. Sony keeps updating the PS3’s firmware both with features I welcome (like in-game XMB) and features I don’t care about (like the half-hearted Facebook integration). I am a single console kind of guy, and that console is the PS3. (I don’t count the Wii, which is for the kids, which the kids snub for the PS3.) All my gaming friends have 360’s, and all but one also have a PS3. So maybe they would feel the PS3’s deficiencies even more keenly than I do. That said, I’m going to once again make a list of changes I’d like to see in the PS3.

Even though I’m numbering them, they’re in no particular order:

  1. Removal of Confirmations
    I’m playing online with my friends more now than ever, and this long-running annoyance is getting me here too. If I say to cancel a message, just cancel it dag nabbit! I don’t need the system questioning my every move. Especially for all the things that are so easy to do again if I didn’t really mean to go that route. Are you sure you want to? Please confirm that you want to. Is that really what you want to? Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh please YES! Just do it already!
  2. Better Party System
    I’ve often been to one of my friend’s places, and see how nice the party system is on the 360. It sure would be nice if the PS3 had a party system. Yup, sure would. And one that works! If it’s a system thing, would that get rid of all the problems I’m having in MW2 staying in the same party? Maybe 360 owners can answer this, but I’m quite frustrated.
  3. Better Voice Chat
    Either Sony has to provide better libraries to developers, or improve it themselves. I don’t know. But it’s really annoying that in one game the voice chat works flawlessly, wh.. in ano…. .ame . …’. ………. . word my …… …..
  4. Cross System Voice Chat with Auto Connect
    Maybe if Sony doesn’t want to fix the above issue, they can walk around it by provider their own system wide voice chat of high quality. This would work across any game or movie or whatever. And it would auto-connect. That is, you could start your PS3, and a voice channel is automatically opened to your friends. (Of course, your friends to easily and temporarily disable instant voice if they don’t want to be disturbed). But think about it. Wouldn’t that just be SO COOL?
  5. Auto Music
    I don’t know why this hasn’t been implemented a long time ago. But it would be nice if the PS3 started playing a random song from a specified playlist as soon as it starts up.
  6. Fix Autoplay
    Ever since firmware 3.0 (I think), autoplay is broken. When I start my PS3, the game therein doesn’t start. If I put in a game after the PS3 is started, then it’ll autostart, but that’s not good enough. I just want my old functionality back.
  7. Better Browser
    I don’t really think I need to expand on this one, do I?
  8. PSN API
    I’d like there to be an API so that third parties can tie into the PSN and get your friends’ online status, send them messages, check your own message, look at Trophies, etc.
  9. Improved Performance
    Hitting the PSN button on the controller while in game brings up the XMB agonizingly slow. Can anything be done about that?
  10. PSN Video Store in Canada
    Why don’t we have it yet? The USA has it. UK has it. Germany has it. France has it. Spain has it. Why not Canada?
  11. Better Home Integration
    I created a custom avatar of myself in Home. Why can’t I use this avatar in other games? The only thing I really like about the Wii is that when you play a game, you often see friends and family members in the game with you. Why can’t this be done on the PS3?
  12. Improve Home Itself
    Start Home. Wait. Press button. Wait. Wait. Wait. Press button. Wait some more. When done waiting, wait a little bit more. Yeah, like this is attractive.
  13. Space Reserved
    I know I’m going to think of more in a couple hours…. :)

Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by James on December 3rd, 2009

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more……

    Skype.

  2. #2 by Thierry on December 3rd, 2009

    remote play with ipod touch
    being able to play music from ipodtouch via ps3

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on December 3rd, 2009

    One thing that i would like that the 360 already has is being able to listen to ur music while playin games. My cuz has a 360 and the first time i seen that i thought it was pretty dope. PS3 should have this to.

  4. #4 by Ari on December 3rd, 2009

    DiVX 7 and MKV support

  5. #5 by Trieloth on December 3rd, 2009 [ 3426 Points ]

    Thats a reasonable list…have you heard how the sound is on the mics for the 360? people sound strange, almost robotic but it does work better than the PS3…as long as its payed for. I want a bunch of new avatars. I also want some kind of way to download all that stuff in Home with out being in there. Maybe during the start up of Home..my internet connection is extremly slow, so doing all them little downloads gets annoying and time consuming. One thing I like about the xbox is the Spotlight (not sure of name) but its where you can play with certain celebritys and it tells you about gaming events that might be going on.

  6. #6 by Emrah on December 3rd, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    Multiple PSN logins on the same machine, both for trophy acquiring and using of identity/settings: *mandatory* for all games with local multiplayer play..

    How could you forget about that?!!

  7. #7 by JimmyStewart on December 3rd, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    There’s a pretty good thread started by JimmyMagnum covering a nice collection of wishes in the forums.

    http://www.ps3blog.net/community/general-ps3-discussion/what-features-does-the-ps3-need/

    My vote would go to fixing all the issues with trophies. From having to constantly “sync” to bringing up the description of the trophy you earned immediately by pushing the guide (or the PS3 equivalent). This all just works on the 360… it should by now on the PS3 too.

  8. #8 by Pungyeon on December 4th, 2009

    The Home avatar integration would be amazing.

    I want to shoot people in my Echochrome costume, in MW2 free for all :D

  9. #9 by BenAustralia on December 4th, 2009

    My firmware wishes

    1. Browser improvement, the previously rumored Firefox for PS3 would be great. Current browser is also useless on a 4:3 TV.

    2. Better DiVX support and MKV

    3. Proper ABC iView intergration, not opening the browser when selected from the XMB.

    4. More video streaming in general available on the Australian PSN.

  10. #10 by Eddie on December 4th, 2009 [ 44542 Points ]

    I’ll be honest BlackStaffer….out of that list I only care about #2 lol.

    MKV support would be awesome.

    Custom avatars too

  11. #11 by Fleakitten on December 4th, 2009

    Custom avatars would be nice too. Most of the avatars available now are boring to me.

  12. #12 by mcloki on December 4th, 2009

    1. Custom Avatars. Maybe using the Home avatars fora consistent feel.
    2. Adding more codec support is always nice. mkv. But this is a bit cutting edge.
    3. Agree with the Store in Canada. But if Sony doesn’t offer it I can spend my money elsewhere.
    4. Online Party System. Just Hire Bungie to create one for you and then give it to your developers for free.

  13. #13 by Michael on December 5th, 2009

    1. Streaming of stuff from browser, particularly internet radio using playlist or m3u files. I can use ps3mediaserver to do it but it’s flaky and clumsy.

    2. A SIP phone would be far (far) better than skype. Still free internet->internet and lots of (cheaper) options for PSTN calls.

    3. More consistency across sony apps – e.g. photo viewer, browser, xmb media players, chat, playtv, eye create all have completely different ui and work differently.

    4. If it’s going to support flash video, at least fix it so it can play back at a decent speed. Currently dreadfully slow – basically unusable on a 1080p screen and barely usable at 720p. Preferably just support HTML5 video tag with a proper codec.

  14. #14 by tc on December 5th, 2009

    I want SKYPE for Playstation3, its now opensource and a there is a Linux client already. Come on SONY, make it happen.


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