The Playstation 3 came a long way since launch. Thanks to numerous firmware updates, Sony’s high-definition video game system is much better today than it was in the past. However, the Playstation 3 still has some flaws that need to be corrected via new firmware updates. Here are the top five most requested features for future Playstation 3 firmware updates.
5. Less RAM Usage
It has been widely known that multiplatform games look better on the Xbox 360 than the Playstation 3. The main culprit for this disparity is that the Playstation 3’s operating system, the XrossMediaBar (XMB), uses more RAM than the Xbox 360’s operating system. Sony needs to continue reducing the amount of RAM the XMB takes up so that future Playstation 3 titles will look and perform better.
4. Better Communication Options
While the Playstation 3 has cross-game invite, it isn’t as easy to use as the one found on Xbox 360. Not to mention that you can’t have cross-game voice-chat. The fact is that many people still prefer paying for XBOX Live for the Xbox 360 instead of opting for the free online service of the Playstation 3’s Playstation Network. Therefore, Sony needs to establish a universal method to streamlining online communications.
3. More Detailed Activity List
You can see what your Playstation 3 friends are doing while online. It would be nice to see a little more detail put into the description. For example, instead of simply showing Killzone 2, Sony should also display whether your friend is playing single player or online multiplayer. A few Playstation 3 titles like LittleBigPlanet and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation already does this. Sony just needs to make it universal by using a firmware update to require other developers to jump in.
Furthermore, the Playstation 3 won’t tell you if your friends are doing anything else aside from playing a Playstation 3 game. It should be more convenient if you can know what movies they are watching or Playstation/Playstation 2 games they are playing on their Playstation 3.
2. Ad-Hoc Party
PSP connectivity with the Playstation 3 already sport several cool features. Already released in Japan, Ad-Hoc Party will allow you to connect previously offline-only PSP multiplayer games to an online network with the Playstation 3 acting as a server. Gamers can also chat with each other while playing PSP games together.
Over 100 titles are already supported with this upcoming feature. While it is an optional download, Sony should make it a permanent feature via a firmware update to encourage gamers to hook their PSP up with their Playstation 3.
1. Playstation 2 Backward Compatibility
Ever since Sony removed hardware compatibly with Playstation 2 games, many fans were calling for a full software support for Playstation 2 backward compatibility. Sony is missing out on potential sales if they don’t bring back this feature. Not to mention that complete software emulation is within reach as Sony has already successfully emulated the Emotion Engine. They only need to emulate the Graphics Synthesizer chip.
Of course, it is easier said then done. Still, it doesn’t stop many fans from hoping that Sony will bring back Playstation 2 backward compatibility for the Playstation 3 via a firmware update.