10 Things Sony & PS3 should Improve
Don’t get me wrong, I’m gonna get a PS3 as soon as I can get my hands on one. (I’m currently working on removing the fingerprints from my fingers. The harder part will be getting them not to sweat.) But that doesn’t mean that I don’t see things that Sony should do, improve, or inform us of, with the PS3. (Even though it hasn’t even been released yet. Actually, that’s part of the problem – we just don’t know some things yet, and Sony should tell us!) Here’s my list, in approximate order of importance to me.
- Four-Player Support
This is for Sony’s game divisions. Let’s see some four-player splitscreen support, people! The only game I know for sure supports four-player splitscreen is Resistance. Where are all the other games on this? Gaming is becoming more mainstream and more social. Therefore we need support for more players. Get with it Sony!
- PS2 Peripheral Support
Will I be able to use my PS2’s Guitar Hero peripheral guitar to play my PS2 Guitar Hero game in compatibility mode on the PS3? I contacted RedOctance and haven’t heard from them. (Actually, I did, but they misunderstood my question.) I haven’t heard anything from Sony.
- Improved Game Support for Gamer Songs
I don’t know of any racing games for the PS3 that allow you, the gamer, to use your own ripped music. That’s terrible. I really don’t like most music that’s packed with games these days. I downright dislike it, actually, and often turn the music way down or off entirely. So I think that Sony should mandate that game developers use this feature. Any game that uses music in an interchangeable way should allow you to use your own music instead. Period. (It also annoys me when EA pops up a little window that informs you of who is playing the current song. Guess what, EA? I DON’T CARE. That pop-up is annoying, and I wouldn’t want it even if it’s for a song I do like.)
- Networked Media
The PS3 should be able to read music, movies, or whatever, from any devices that it can see attached to the network. I don’t want to re-rip my CD library to play those songs on the PS3! It should just find my library on my network storage device, and use it. Same thing goes for videos and photos.
- DVD Video Upconversion
Why doesn’t the PS3 upconvert DVD movies to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p? It should.
- DivX Support
Where’s the love? We need DivX support, as well as support for any other popular media types you may have missed. (Can’t think of any offhand, but there must be some, right?)
- In-Game Chat
I may be wrong on this, but I understand you can’t talk to other people on the PlayStation Network via chat, unless you’re in the same game and the game supports it. That’s just not good enough.
- EyeToy HD
So what’s the deal with EyeToy HD? After talking some about the EyeToy a while ago, Sony’s gone silent about it. What’s going on?
- Better Friend List Support
It’s come to light that Resistance: Fall of Man will use its own friend lists. So you have to have your own Resistance friends list, separately from your PS3 regular friends list. Not a good sign. So far I’ve liked what I’ve seen whenever anything to do with Resistance came up. It’s a great-looking launch game, and I’ll be buying it at launch. But this friends list thing is not good. I don’t want to sign up for separate friends lists for each game I buy.
- What Up with Sound?
The other day I got an e-mail from someone asking about DTS HD Master sound and how to get it from the PS3. I listed the options, but it was just conjecture, because Sony hasn’t told use what the PS3 is capable of. Will it decode DTS HD Master surround sound? Or Dolby TrueHD? We know the PS3 will have TrueHD support, but we don’t know what that entails. Will the PS3 decode these formats and put them out analog? How? Or will it convert to PCM? What? We need some info, Sony!
So there you have it. My list of things I think Sony should do, improve, or inform us of. Did I miss something?