We all know what great a system the PlayStation 3 is. And yet, nothing is perfect is it? Its the same with the PS3… there are those tiny but significant features which Sony has missed out on, which it should – at least after listening to games rant about it time and again – implement. Here I will try to outline the little additions which are, in my opinion: really important, significant and yet easily ignored:
Automatic Syncing of Trophies
Let’s face it: this is one of those most-asked features which gamers want badly. What’s the use of associating your Facebook profile with your PSN ID to show-off your hard-earned Trophies if they need to be manually synced? Not very useful, right? Exactly.
Background download of games and patches
This one just makes sense. It’d would be really nice to have games being download in the background while playing in Singleplayer mode or any other mode which doesn’t use bandwidth. Although the same doesn’t apply for patches (the game would need to be restarted in order to install the patch), it make perfect sense for downloading games/demos.
Saving wireless network profiles
This isn’t a hugely-affecting feature, but it would be a nice addition – to save profiles of wireless networks you connect to.
Yes, we all know that Microsoft has patented the concept of playing your choice of music while playing a game. Still, a few games for the PS3 support in-game music don’t they? (case in point: LittleBigPlanet, even if its only in the Pod) This means that its possible, only that its up to the developers to implement. Well then why can’t Sony make it compulsory to have the ability to play music in-game, as compulsory it is for a game to have Trophy support?
Wouldn’t it be great to have Skype support for the PS3? The existing Chat Room feature could be completely over-hauled and Skype could be integrated with it! Word is that Sony is already looking into doing this…
This goes without saying: the current state of the XMB interface is abysmal. Sure its clean, non-clunky and simple to use, but at the same time it lacks all the bells and whistles of its competitor. The solution would be to make the current one more fancier and smoother when accessed in-game. There are a ton of posts over at the PlayStation Forums where enthusiastic users suggest how the XMB should ideally look like; and believe me, some of them look fantastic! I especially liked this one. Another great redesign is if Sony could seamlessly integrate PlayStation Home into the background!
A new browser from the ground-up
Google Chrome. Its the fastest, sleekest browser out there, made by Google. The PS3’s current Internet browser is anything but fun to use. Seeking Google’s help and support to develop a browser based on Chrome for the PS3 would be the best move on Sony’s part.
It would be real nice to have a picture of you as your Avatar, wouldn’t it? I realize many would prefer to have a wonky helmet or Kratos as their Avatar, but just having the option to do this would be good.
Full Facebook + Twitter support
Social gaming is the latest and hottest trend! And Sony should cleverly cash in on that! Criterion’s upcoming Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit seems to have got the social-gaming trick right with Autolog – the game’s own feature where it instantly notifies your friends if you’ve beaten their track record and such. Sony could follow up with a similar model which publishes your highscore, Trophies and such immediately.