Rumor: New firmware to allow background download for game patches


Let’s face it – it can be pretty annoying when you fire your game up and it says you have to download a patch before you can proceed. A lot of patches aren’t exactly quick downloads, especially if you’re itching to go on and play whatever it is you’re hooked on. Good news. Sony might be working on that little inconvenience by letting you download the patch in the background while you go and play.

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Unlike the usual downloadable media or game content, you don’t have the option of background downloading for patches. You’re forced to wait it out until it’s done updating. TheSixthAxis reports off the record that they’ve got word that this will change via a future firmware update. That means that when a patch comes up, you can download it right away while maintaining use of your PS3.

Of course, Sony won’t be commenting on this rumor. But we would, won’t we?

[via TheSixthAxis]


Written by: Ace - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Rep on April 27th, 2010

    That would be sooo awesome!!! It´d be the first positive and really useful update in a while!!!

  2. #2 by Jay on April 28th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    I’m hoping it’s true. Hopefully, it will periodically ask you which games you want to have automatically updated when updates are available (like if you played a bunch of new games since you last selected titles), or, at least, select the options from a menu of all previously played games

  3. #3 by SL33PY on April 28th, 2010 [ 2371 Points ]

    I’m hoping they’d advance that bit and push for a really good solution… Mine :)

    My idea is that the PS3 fetches all patches for all known games. Even better would be that you can activate for each game that you own whether or not your PS3 has to get the latest patches automatically.

    If you boot your game and a patch is needed you only need to sit trough the short install of the patch and you’re ready to go immediatly

  4. #4 by Tosh on April 28th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    I really hope this is true, it really can be annoying at times.

  5. #5 by hobbes on April 28th, 2010 [ 30466 Points ]

    how bout it’s a setup feature for each installed game data/ to turn off/on auto patch downloads?

  6. #6 by EdEN on April 28th, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    Sony changed the UA with version 3.30 saying they could download things to your console without you having to agree to it so it does seem like it’s pointing at this.

    Between getting my Slim in november and right now I’ve lost 5-8 hours of game time while waiting for all my new games to download the new patches…

  7. #7 by Sinlock on April 28th, 2010

    Anyone playing a game like Burnout Paradise can agree that this a needed feature. It’s one reason I havnt played on my Slim.

  8. #8 by Smegmazor on April 28th, 2010

    Interesting, considering that the Demo and Game downloads pause in the background once you start up another game.

  9. #9 by Kicks on April 28th, 2010 [ 559 Points ]

    I’d just like a way to also have demos/content/games installed as they download and not require that they be unpacked before they can be used.

  10. #10 by Marc Macayan on April 28th, 2010 [ 3516 Points ]

    Im hoping that this is true

  11. #11 by kennygk on April 28th, 2010 [ 25663 Points ]

    Yes i really want this update


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