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4 killer features needed via PS3 firmware not PS4

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?

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Benit

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  ITS SO OUT OF DATE THAT IT CANT EVEN PLAY DAILYMOTION VIDS ANYMORE!

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… Read more »

John
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… Read more »

John
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… Read more »

John
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… Read more »

James
James

How about the ability to download and play PS2 games

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… Read more »

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
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… Read more »

Waldo
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.

Athousandsteps03
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… Read more »

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