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PS3 Firmware 4.0: Next major update discussed

Each time we see a minor update to Sony’s PlayStation 3 software we’re met with a bucket load of features that users want, also a few problems different users face with the system. The idea of firmware updates that don’t bring new features, and instead fix security and bug issues will only keep PS3 users happy for so long. So we wanted to look at the future and what PS3 Firmware 4.0 could bring, which will be the next major update.

There are a number of things that could improve the PS3 in my opinion; these include the biggest feature most of us want, which is “Cross Game Chat”. Also the store needs a little redesign and I’m sure a few of you have ideas for the XMB. While they redesign the PS Store, it would be good if Sony could add some PS2 games for users without backwards compatibility.

I’m sure Sony will be adding a lot of Vita features on the next major PS3 update, but many users still want simple things like a black default theme option, or even better a color wheel would be amazing. The web browser also needs some improvements, although some users would like the choice of another browser like Google Chrome.

One of the major issues we’ve seen is with the memory usage and speed of in game XMB, and this can be helped by removing pointless icons and make the whole interface cleaner, although I’m sure others will disagree thinking it is already simple enough. What’s your view?

Use the comments to let us know the most wanted features you have for PS3 update v4.0, and do you think cross game chat is even possible?

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

Contact Daniel Chubb: daniel@product-reviews.net

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Bugvey
Bugvey

I want an Xbox-PlayStation super console that covers all the features one could ever ask for… ever!

Jeremy Harless

I know with the fact the PS3 has been out for 5 years now there’s not much that Sony will change, but for the PS4 i’d like to see: Better xmb, in-game music, cross game chat (would be awesome if it could be skype), better web browser (preferably Chrome), the ability to make your own avatar (but try to make it so it doesn’t end up like black ops were all people do is make penis’s.), i’d like to see functions that don’t later get taken away, maybe a recording feature, a facebook app, real backwards compatibility, safety features so that we can feel… Read more »

James Johnstone
James Johnstone

And also I agree with The_Newtype please allow us to change our Online ID plus I dont mind paying like £1:00 to change it so sony please do it for us and we will all be happy and crossgame chat and password protected username not psn but the user on the ps3 and i could go on forever

Robbie King
Robbie King

To be able to password protect my system, set a image off the internet as my avatar, better music visualizers, better XMB/ Theme customization, Google Chrome Internet browser, latest flash player, to be able to play music in ALL games. I could go on forever…

KiR l LEG3ND
KiR l LEG3ND

Its funny cause as a loyal customer of sony for over 8 years…xbox has covered all of the ps3 complaints…i own both systems and by far i have faithfully switched the xbox..worrwhatied about a web browser? what cell phone does not have a better web browser than the ps3’s? Also, if u wanna be that stupid to buy a ps3 for the blu ray then shoot urself…i bought one for my family for 80 dollars…the only thing ps3 is good for would be exclusives of games u cant let go…for me it used to be metal gear…now its only uncharted..and… Read more »

Danakerim
Danakerim

PS3’s Internet Browser needs a SERIOUS overhaul. I’m not even kidding around it’s such garbage!!!! Also, music playback should be aloud during PS Store browsing. Why must I sit in silence while I’m using the store? Another meager option I would personally enjoy seeing is better control over how to arrange the DLC games, instead of the standard recently played, creation date, etc. I want Rage to not have texture loading issues can you fix that somebody plz?? k thanks <3

Jordan Weaver

Yea its a cash grab. I’m boycotting PS store until I get my backwards compatability.

Jdonahue79
Jdonahue79

Put backwards compatibility on the PS3s that currently don’t have it. It really burns me why I can’t play my PS2 games that I already own on disc, yet I can play them from the PSN.

Guest
Guest

PS3 needs a YouTube app. Using the browser is a horrible experience. All videos are in 240p and the player is garbage.

Hui
Hui

MKV support.
Region-free DVD playback.
NTFS support for external USB drives.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Haven’t you heard Daniel, cross game chat isn’t possible on the PS3! Jackass, do some research!
Google Chrome would be a massive improvement as far as the browser is concerned. An improved in game XMB would be very appreciated. I personally would like to be able to customize the XMB to have the music, game, etc. where I want.

chris denby

I love the XMB as it is, it’s simple and effective. however in game i think something new that loads faster would be appropiate such as friends list, headset, (music for supported games) chat rooms this wouldnt take hardly any memory and would be easy to navigate then all these whiners may get the xgame chat

BigM1998
BigM1998

Faster in-game menu, cross game chat, and I want the browser to not freeze on me. :/

Anonymous
Anonymous

Allow us to change our PSN network ID.

That is all.

Rob Canning

How about, while DL’ing a demo, game, DLC…it installs while downloading. I hate to bring up the Xbox and all, but as a dual system owner, DL’s take much less time on the xbox because they install while it’s being DL’ed. I hate the fact the you have to DL a big file that could take 1/2 an hour then you have to wait another 10-15 mins for the game in install. Please join the two so it makes for a much faster DL’ing.

David Rodrigo Lara Angeles

the browser does not need improvement, it needs to be replaced, even ie explorer 6 would do better

Roy Zepeda

Give us a fast WORKING REAL browser (Chrome) that will allow us watch live streams, HD videos on YouTube etc. Pandora radio or Google Music (for those with invites) and Weather channel app. Sign in to your PSN account with maybe your Google Account or your Facebook account to connect and find your friends alot faster. Twitter integration. That’s it SONY, make it happened, PLEASE.

Ryan Statz

sony has already stated that cross-game chat is not even possible on the PS3, so please… for the love of god… stop requesting it.  it isn’t going to happen.  ever.  

Cypher2999
Cypher2999

Make it so when I am streaming content from my pc I don’t always get dlna errors(or whatever they are).
And cross chat would be great but they already said they can’t do it.

Gregory William Wampler

Cross-Game Chat is impossible. Not only has Sony said this, but I have studied and found it to be true. PS3 will NOT be able to do Cross-Game Voice Chat.

On the other hand, PS Vita will have it out of the box…

XMB
XMB

we need new XMB SOON 

Andrew 'Sophie Davies' Churche

sony even said cross game chat will never come to PS3, as the due to how the xmb is coded it takes to much ram. XD

TVippy
TVippy

Ignorant speculations.

Carlborton
Carlborton

An easy way to find a song! I have thousands of songs and it takes too long to find a certain track. I don’t think they’re going to be able to speed it up much as there is more ram on my upcoming smartphone!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cross game chat is solved by using the skype on your PSP, but other than that I’m more interested in the future of XMB. Have a colour wheel similar to that found on Mac OSX would be really convenient having a primary & secondary colour maybe have a metallic option as well. They should allow icon editing on both PSP & PS3 so aside form the original icons you’re able to remove what you’re not gonna use. So if you don’t use skype on ur PSP just simply hide that icon, or for those of us in canada who don’t… Read more »

BRUTIKUS
BRUTIKUS

OH YEAH! IN GAME MUSIC IS A NEED IN 2012! CGC ok…ok we begrudgingly understand…BUT! Personalized sound track …? come on!  Worst case scenario.. in game music should be available after beating most games, I know a lot of effort and finance goes into audio production, so atleast make this available after some degree of game play– truly is a must have! Not to flame this stream but the death-box has had their mandate for years now on this..come on!

iPeeLavaLampGoo
iPeeLavaLampGoo

All I ask for is a much much better web browser. Doesn’t have to be Chrome, just update it for ONCE. And the XMB load time in-game is horrific. Either fix that or add a feature that brings me straight to my message inbox instantly during a game.

BRUTIKUS
BRUTIKUS

Upgrade the PS3’s out dated browser and create add-on link for crackle’s free and pay to play movies under video icon. Create a 2012 mandate that allows for established psn id’s to be used in local co-op play, providing both players opportunity for trophies. Create internet radio function, like psp under music icon. Upgrade the friends chat to be much more intuitive, using it reminds me of 1980’s Aquarius! Give specific trophies some virtual value within PS HOME. Any game similar to play create share should have room for personally created PS HOME avatar or simply let aforementioned avatar be… Read more »

Rich

Daniel — Cross Game Chat will never happen.  If it could have happened it would have already.  It would have come with PS+.  Cross Game Chat for PS3 is Dead On Arrival. Here is why — and as a “Journalist” you are the one that should be reporting this, via research and talking with PlayStation 3 developers. For Cross Game Chat would have to be added to the PS3 developer API.  Let’s just say they did this TODAY.  So Sony comes out and says PS3 developer API now supports cross game chat.  Each developer and each publisher would have to… Read more »

Mario Echeverria

Sony has confirmed that cross game chat isn’t possible due to RAM restrictions.

Yorick
Yorick

Sony has already officially said that the PS3 is not capable of CGC so get over it and stop asking for it already.

monstermons
monstermons

cross game chat? sony confirmed it will never happend, not enough ram on the PS3 to support it. 
i hope to see new dashboard and new features. a complete overhall. it might happend some time before vita. but  dont get ur hopes up sony loves to annoy their customers.

Dre
Dre

I agree the XMB is very slow when you are in game , and at times make you not want to look @ a message a friend sent you. And what about a complete overhaul of the dashboard its kinda outdated.

Lalancette306
Lalancette306

I really don’t care for cross game chat its pointless and sony know’s it

Amuller
Amuller

Dude how bout music while in-game

arch
arch

how about playing flash videos from the web? half of the websites doesnt work on Ps3

Anonymous
Anonymous

.mkv support that’s all I ask

Wesley
Wesley

I just want a decent web browser, that too much to ask for?

1bjorkedal
1bjorkedal

Please please Sony, add a Youtube app and I will forever be happy. God I hate watching youtube in 240 resolution on a 40 inch tv, this should really be adressed now

Vfx
Vfx

Flash and RAW photo Plugins… Screenshot ability. Better photo and video import and file management within albums. Photo tagging.

Martin Hague

A better web browser and incude an E-mail client

arch
arch

Sony, please DO NOT let us have cross game chat. Thats one of the most silliest things i’ve ever heard. I dont want to play games and listen some teens chating about something irelevant to the game. Leave this bulls**t to xbox fags.

Dollarman_11
Dollarman_11

they have got ps2 games on the store resident evil VX is on there

Adenicio
Adenicio

for the past month when the ps3 shuts off from the browser by freezing it sends the info to sony but months have past and the ps3 never got the web browser freezing problem fix.we also need more compatible games with remote play from the ps3 to psp.the in game xmb i agree need a few things out so it can be mutch faster cause it takes one year when your in call of duty just to type a msg to friend.home need more speed.and im sorry the cross game voice chat is possible all they have to do is an… Read more »

Ivan Elmanov

Cross game chat will never happen.

Glaciusx25
Glaciusx25

Cannot add XGC, not enough RAM. This has been discussed.

Ronref1995
Ronref1995

They should let u play games with xbox 360 online

Ozzy
Ozzy

we are missing the ability to be able to changes your PSN ID. Japanese accounts have it so should American accounts!

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