Yesterday the PlayStation Network went offline for 14 hours whilst Sony’s engineers carried out essential maintenance. Now that it is back up and running, normal service has resumed, however given the fact that the PS3 recently celebrated its 5th birthday we thought that Sony may have a surprise for us up their sleeves – perhaps a new firmware update.
Firmware update 3.73 for PS3 has been out since October 18, 2011, therefore we half expected Sony to launch the highly anticipated 4.0 update when the network came back online a few hours ago, did you? With a major software update coming to Xbox 360 soon you would have thought that a high priority for Sony would be to further improve its console before Black Friday and the Holiday Season.
If you check out a few of our recent PS3 firmware update4.0-related articles you can see there are high expectations for its release, we can pretty much guarantee that it won’t bring cross-game chat, but that’s not a big deal for everyone. A recent discussion on our website saw huge feedback from our readers, most people want the firmware update to bring a new web browser (preferably Chrome-based), improved XMB and in-game music – how about you?
Perhaps Sony will be rolling out the update soon and the recent down-time was related to this, but as a PS3 gamer I hate the way such secrecy has to surround update plans, why not adopt Microsoft’s approach and tell us that firmware update 4.0 is being developed and then list some of the features and improvements they are planning to bring to PS3? Also when maintenance is scheduled why not explain why it is taking place, this would keep PS3 gamers far more patient during hours of inaccessibility….
Did you think the November 17 PSN outage may be related to new features and improvements being implement to enhance your PS3 experience?
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