If you are a regular PS3 gamer, you will know that Sony’s next firmware update to version 4.00 was supposed to be deemed a ‘major’ update with a lot of expectation placed on Sony to deliver some brand new functionality to the XMB. We can tell you that firmware 4.00 is now live and available to download, but you may be disappointed, perhaps even a little bit shocked with the lack of new features.
We say this, as rather add new features to PS3 users, all we’re seeing is some added functionality to the PS Vita, which is due to launch in Japan on December 17. The new update will allow Vita owners to transfer all their media content, which includes photos, music and games to the PlayStation 3 console and also back up Vita system data if needed.
You’ll also be able to get Vita firmware updates via the PS3 if you don’t have a WiFi or 3G connection, and view messages on the PS3 which have been sent using the Group Messaging app on the PS Vita.
Apart from some minor PS Plus tweaks, that’s all you are getting in firmware update 4.00. No major new XMB features to play around with, definitely no cross-game chat and no User Interface changes either. A lot of you will be disappointed we’re sure, as it would have been nice to have a fresh look to the current aging XMB style, and it now asks questions on what major features Sony are going to bring to their system before going live with the PlayStation 4.
The fact that firmware 4.00 adds no new notable features to the PS3 adds further frustration for gamers, especially since Microsoft recently announced that their latest Dashboard Update for the Xbox 360 will be going live on December 6th, which will not only give Xbox 360 owners a brand new UI overhaul in the style of Windows Phone 7, but it will also add plenty of video content and support to control the entire dashboard using Kinect.
Did gamers expect too much from Sony in relation to their firmware 4.00 update, or are the company worthy of criticism this time for their failure to once again deliver a firmware update which PS3 gamers are pleased with. If you have already installed firmware 4.00 on your PS3, let us know your thoughts on the lack of new features.