Today we have a minor update surrounding PS3 firmware 4.01, which is thanks to someone checking out the login area of Sony’s press website and this leads a few gamers to thinking the next PS3 firmware could be on its way.
First we’d like to point out that it’s possible the debug firmware this article
talks about could be for testing only, and might never make it to the public although we know a few gamers feel it’s time for another update soon. If you own a debug unit then feel free to share some insight in the comments, especially if you manage to download a copy of the test firmware.
Interestingly the news of another PS3 firmware update (4.01) has reignited some old feelings among gamers, especially with the regularity of updates on PS3 and Xbox 360. We’ve seen a few blogs with readers voicing their concerns over the amount of times an update is needed, and one gamer said “I’m getting tired of always having to update my PS3
” and then suggested two updates a year would be enough. This sounds good at first, but then you have to think about security and stability issues that might mean a lot more than two updates a year.
Download speed of firmware updates and regularity an issue for some
– It seems every PS3 and Xbox 360 owner has different experiences with updating their chosen console, and some people find it takes ages even with a fast broadband connection. Our two test machines, an Xbox 360 and PS3, are very fast at updating in most cases, although we’d love to hear your experience with updates?
We’ve also tested the benefits of the PS3 Plus service, and especially when it comes to downloading firmware. If you want painless PlayStation 3 updates then this is one option that allows for overnight installs and saving to the cloud automatically, but then this is going to cost you as well. Then there are other gamers that would say this is a more cost-effective solution when compared to Xbox Live. Let us know if you use Plus and if it’s worth the money in your opinion?
How regular do you think the PSN updates should be?
Some features are never going to come to the PS3, which includes cross game chat, although we’d love to hear your wishlist for future updates (one small update we want is the ability to delete Avatars).
In our opinion the amount of times we update the PS3 software should not be a big deal when compared to how much time we spend gaming, although weekly would be an overkill but they’re nowhere near that. Updates mostly always benefit the gamer and system, even if some firmware improvements are less obvious.