A few years ago the only people who really knew about firmware updates were computer technicians etc, however nowadays people update their smartphones, tablets and games consoles on a regular basis – it looks like Sony has looked at the current methods and decided that things need to be simpler when it comes to the PlayStation Vita.
Exactly what Sony’s developers have planned for the update is unknown, but here is Shuhei Yoshida’s (boss of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide) response when asked about current firmware update methods:
“I agree, it’s very annoying when you only have one hour in your busy life to play a game, and when you have to spend 30 minutes out of that one hour to update the hardware.” he also went on to say “So it’s not necessarily the frequency of how we update, it’s like you said—intrusiveness—of the current processes that we have on PS3 and PSP. I cannot talk about specific plans, but we are very aware of the issues, and we’d like to address those issues on PS Vita going forward”
As you can see Yoshida seems to be hinting at some form of silent firmware update system, however we think it is going to be hard for Sony to implement such a system. All firmware updates (to our knowledge) require a reboot, which ensures that a device is now running the latest firmware build – we can’t see how such a process could be silent, but we are sure that the innovative brains at Sony have some ideas.
We think that the minor updates could simply install in the background while your playing your games and apply themselves the next time the Vita is turned on – however forcing updates upon gamers is a risky business as we quite often hear of devices becoming bricked following an update.
It is nice to hear that Sony want to make the process less intrusive, but seriously guys and girls is it that bad having two wait a 20 or so minutes here and there whilst your device updates? We really think some people just like to complain about the littlest things – if you knew the hard work which had gone into the updates you would probably be a bit more understanding.
Do you mind having to wait for firmware updates to download and install?