4 killer features needed via PS3 firmware not PS4

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With so much talk of next-generations consoles of late we are beginning to forget that current-gen consoles still have the potential to improve via firmware updates, today we will look into some killer features which Sony could add to the PlayStation 3.

Let’s start with something which we have covered multiple times in the past, cross-game chat, it seems strange that the PS3 has been available for almost 5 years without this functionality. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has been capable of this for years, therefore it is almost embarrassing to see that Sony has not given its flagship console such a function. To be honest with you the feature is a little over-rated but we have seen so many complaints about the lack of cross-game chat over the past few years we really can’t see the harm in adding it. Also a similar feature will be wanted when it comes to the PlayStation 4, so it would make sense for Sony to “test the water” with cross-game chat so they have experience with such a feature before the PS4 arrives.

The PlayStation 3′s web browser is a huge boasting point when comparing Sony’s console to the Xbox 360, but things could be better, previously we have spoke about Google Chrome coming to PS3 and we still think that this is a great idea. Why is it a great idea? Well, Google Chrome has a great reputation in terms of security, this is great considering the great PSN outage of 2011, but it is not just this which makes it a good idea, also Chrome has gone from strength-to-strength over the last year and is now many people’s first-choice web browser, perhaps synchronization between Chrome for PS3 and other versions of the app would be possible, we think that this would promote the feature massively. We think the web has moved on a lot since the PS3 release and its web browser is now showing its age, we need a faster more intuitive web browser with more support for today’s standards – what do you think?

In terms of the PlayStation Network we think it could do with a massive overhaul and the cap raised for the maximum number of friends, things have improved since the PSN down time, but there is still room for improvement. The entire user experience could perhaps benefit from a new take on the XMB, as for the PlayStation Store etc we are constantly seeing improvements made to many different aspects of the PlayStation Network in terms of functionality and features, therefore we think the steady improvements Sony is making are adequate.

Finally another feature which some may like to see is in-game music, this is something which the original Xbox offered, however since then we have not really seen consoles take this feature seriously. Obviously some game genres suit such functionality, whilst others don’t, we think that racing games and puzzle games would really benefit from in-game music, it would obviously not make the PS3 a great deal better, however we think that any extra features would be welcomed by most gamers.

These are the four ideas which we think could improve the PlayStation 3, however we would love to hear what you have to say on the matter, therefore feel free to get inventive in the comments section below. What new features would you like to see brought to the PS3?

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  • Athousandsteps03

    Hey Jamie Pert. This is great news hopefully the cross game chat will happen but I am not sure if you recognize this but in the Japanese PSN account there is a feature where you are able to change your PSN ID without losing trophies downloadable contents and everything else on your account. I was wondering if that can be added as well. Also what would be really nice is voice messaging for our blutooth users. I am sure alot of people are getting tired with the text messaging. Xbox Live has it why not PSN ? Think about it ? It will make PSN alot better. 

  • Waldo

    The ability to play more video formats would be nice.  support for NTFS would greatly boost video functionality as FAT32 supports limited file size.  My Samsung TV supports all the major video formats as well as NTFS.  1080p MKV files are no problem.

    • Anonymous

      NTFS is patented by Microsoft, not going to happen unfortunately.

      • Waldo

        Yes, it’s a pest.  Another problem I’ve recently stumbled across is getting PlayTV recording off the PS3 when they are over 4GB.  I know you can split the recordings up into smaller files, but only just realised this.  Doh!  Anyway, that aside.  Maybe support for EXT3, or if you want overkill; EXT4. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really have a need for cross-game chat on my PS3, so it’s not a huge thing for me.  I generally tend to refer to my PC for in-game communication, since Ventrilo/Teamspeak are far, far more robust than anything the consoles will offer anytime soon.  Wouldn’t object to it, of course, but really the only time I talk to other people via PS3 is a vid chat session w/ my EyeToy.

    I believe Microsoft patented in-game custom soundtracks, which is why Sony hasn’t gone any further down this road.  Unfortunately, that’s a tactic Microsoft often uses, so until we get a system with the ability to overlay music via the XMB (I’m pretty sure the issue is mainly system resources, most developers aren’t going to set aside anything just for soundtracks…not on higher end games anyway).

    Beyond that, my only real desire is if the folder system on the PS3 were a bit more versatile and easy to use.  People with massive music collections don’t want to sit there with a keyboard (or failing that, a controller), and rename several thousand songs.  That’s highly obnoxious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Bull/797235486 Matt Bull

    the first three im not worried about but in game music would be a good one.  however in saying that i believe its down to the developer not just a firmware update…..take for example fifa – you can set your own music in it, i even got to choose what song played when my virtual pro scored a goal…was a great added touch…..so it can be done without firmware, just the game developer needs to do it

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, unfortunately with MS patenting custom soundtracks delivered via the OS, Sony is unable to do this themselves without paying royalties (which isn’t gonna happen), so it’s up to the devs.  If they have the resources available, they usually do put it in.  If not, they won’t.

      • John

        Sony could do it, they own the worlds largest record company, this royalties talk is nonsense! Sony just doesn’t want to put in the time for custom soundtracks, they don’t like or think its necessary. 

        • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

          This feature is already in your PS3, some developers support it others do not.

        • Anonymous

          The US patent named “Method and Apparatus for Creating and Playing Soundtracks in a Gaming System” appears to cover any application that allows users to create soundtracks using their own audio tracks, such that they can be played during the execution of the game instead of the game’s default soundtrack.Comprising of a thorough list of points and diagrams, the patents stand out claim is outlined thus:

          1. A method comprising:

          - receiving a request to launch a game in a gaming system;determining whether the game has a user-associated soundtrack;
          - if the game has a user-associated soundtrack:launching the game; andplaying the user-associated soundtrack;
          - if the game does not have a user-associated soundtrack:allowing a user of the gaming system to select a soundtrack to play while the game is executed; andplaying a default soundtrack if the user of the gaming system does not select a soundtrack.

          Yes John, what I’m saying is nonsense, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

        • Anonymous

          The US patent named “Method and Apparatus for Creating and Playing Soundtracks in a Gaming System” appears to cover any application that allows users to create soundtracks using their own audio tracks, such that they can be played during the execution of the game instead of the game’s default soundtrack.Comprising of a thorough list of points and diagrams, the patents stand out claim is outlined thus:

          1. A method comprising:

          - receiving a request to launch a game in a gaming system;determining whether the game has a user-associated soundtrack;
          - if the game has a user-associated soundtrack:launching the game; andplaying the user-associated soundtrack;
          - if the game does not have a user-associated soundtrack:allowing a user of the gaming system to select a soundtrack to play while the game is executed; andplaying a default soundtrack if the user of the gaming system does not select a soundtrack.

          Yes John, what I’m saying is nonsense, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

      • John

        Sony could do it, they own the worlds largest record company, this royalties talk is nonsense! Sony just doesn’t want to put in the time for custom soundtracks, they don’t like or think its necessary. 

      • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

        “unfortunately with MS patenting custom soundtracks delivered via the OS”

        PS3 has this feature too.  Some games actually support it. So I am not sure how much the patent really plays here.

  • http://profiles.google.com/resident.evil.4.gamer Mark McMillan

    I want party system more than cross game chat.

    For Example: You could have a group of friends all join, and the leader could start up a game and it would automatically go straight to a multiplayer party (provided the game supports the number of people in the group)

    Also voice messaging, I hate having to type, and love to hear myself talk. So it would be a double plus.

    A more robust gaming profile, that would make it easier to view stats from other players. Things like their Bio, games played, whether they like the game, stats from games, trophies.

    I could list about a thousand features that they could add, but the disappointment that comes with realizing all of my cool ideas wouldn’t be added is too painful to continue.

  • James

    How about the ability to download and play PS2 games

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure most people would love this option, however, I have a feeling that it’d require a re-code of every one of those games.  Otherwise, I don’t think there’d be an issue with backwards comp. It’s really too bad they had to ditch BC as a money saving option. It sucks that when mine ends up dying (if it does), I’ll have to settle with a non-BC model. *grumble*

  • John

    To be honest I’m NOT impressed at all with Sony’s firmware updates! In fact, I am downright pissed off!!

    The browser is WELL out of date is very slow and barely works, doing anything on the PS3 takes too long, ESPECIALLY when trying to send a message in-game and there are so many other little things that really annoy me that sony could fix very easily but they have not, and I’m NOT happy! Sony should also put some pressure on companies to re-release hi-def versions of their old games, I want to plat Warriors and GTA:SA on my PS3 with MP included!

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      XMB performance like X360 Dashboard performance will vary game to game.

  • John

    To be honest I’m NOT impressed at all with Sony’s firmware updates! In fact, I am downright pissed off!!

    The browser is WELL out of date is very slow and barely works, doing anything on the PS3 takes too long, ESPECIALLY when trying to send a message in-game and there are so many other little things that really annoy me that sony could fix very easily but they have not, and I’m NOT happy! Sony should also put some pressure on companies to re-release hi-def versions of their old games, I want to plat Warriors and GTA:SA on my PS3 with MP included!

  • John

    To be honest I’m NOT impressed at all with Sony’s firmware updates! In fact, I am downright pissed off!!

    The browser is WELL out of date is very slow and barely works, doing anything on the PS3 takes too long, ESPECIALLY when trying to send a message in-game and there are so many other little things that really annoy me that sony could fix very easily but they have not, and I’m NOT happy! Sony should also put some pressure on companies to re-release hi-def versions of their old games, I want to plat Warriors and GTA:SA on my PS3 with MP included!

  • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

    Obviously Jaime Pert you have been writing on this website because you are the penultimate expert in this field.  So I am very, extremely embarrassed to make you aware that cross game chat will never come to PS3, as if the feature was made available every game would need to be updated with a patch.  Meaning every developer, every publisher would be engaged.  It won’t happen.  Sony has proven they don’t need that feature.  While you split hairs about XBL vs PSN PS3 is slowly but surely erasing the mighty Xbox 360′s 1 Year Lead.

    I am also embarrassed that you think the PS3′s web browser was responsible for the PSN hack, that is very embarrassing that you have that little understanding of network security.  Google Chrome has a reputation of being fast, not necessarily the most secure browser, again I am highly embarrassed I need to tell you these things you are the expert here.  Obviously you have the writers job!  They don’t just give those positions to any A-hole with an internet connection.

    I am so very embarrassed to tell you that both XBL and PSN share the same 100 person maximum friends limitation. 

    And finally I am highly and extremely embarrassed you were not aware that features like in game music have been in video games since games since the NES days.  Now if you are referring to playing your own music off the hard drive, I am so extremely embarrassed to enlighten you that feature IS available in the PS3.  Most developers do not support it.  Much like in game screenshots, in game YouTube capture.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Mondragon/100000454225870 David Mondragon

      Im truly truly embarrassed to tell you that your reply is embarrassing.
      The guy simply stated features than would make the ps3 better and here
      you are riding him like he started a fan boy war. I cant stand reading
      posts by people like you, if sony lost all your personal info and your
      identity was hacked, you would still defend sony even tho you don’t own a
      single piece of the company. I own both systems and seriously my ps3 is
      for sale. It doesn’t feel alive, they way you communicate with people
      online. Btw compare all multi-platform games, i guarantee you the ps3
      version always gets the shaft. Its a better system, but more difficult
      to develop for, so for the sake of time developers spend the same amount
      on each system and more gets done on the xbox version.

      If sony cant do something as simple as party chat or voice messages
      after paying $300+ for a console,  THAT’S EMBARRASSING. Their features
      are so lacking. Sony just wants to give you a barebones online because
      you pay nothing for it.

      Finally, why do you complain about these features coming to psn? It
      would only make it better. But no, because of your sony fanboy pride you
      dont want anything xbox has. I love being able to chat with like 5
      friends at once, we are all doing different things and yet we are still
      together. Ones listening to music, another on call of duty, another on
      the dashboard, etc. These firmware updates are crap on ps3.

  • http://twitter.com/Albaniaben Benit

    UPDATE THE BROWSER!!!!! PLEASE SONY!  ITS SO OUT OF DATE THAT IT CANT EVEN PLAY DAILYMOTION VIDS ANYMORE!