So many of Sony’s PlayStation 3 firmware updates come and go that the common joke on the interwebs is that they usually do nothing. However, the latest firmware update to the PS3 should not go unnoticed. It has a couple of nice additions to the console, and even one that could be considered better late than never. It is one that is sure to be on both the PS4 and the Xbox 720 consoles when they release. Hit the jump for the rest…
Firmware 4.40 consists of three main features:
1.) System Software Stability during the use of some features has been improved.
——Yawn, right?? LoL
2.) The wireless stereo headset (CECHYA-0080 / CECHYA-0086) and the stereo headset (CECHYA-0088) now support PlayStation 2 Classics that have been downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
——Better, but still not a groundbreaking update worth the whole 5 minutes it takes to download it. haha
3.) System Software update 4.40 will allow users to download content purchased from our online store to the PS3. This feature is not available yet and will be activated in May 2013. Keep an eye on eu.playstation.com for a detailed guide explaining how to make the most of this feature.
——Now THAT’S what I’m talking about, Sony!!
So, it appears like Sony is adding in functionality to the PS3 so that we can browse and purchase content from the Web version of the PlayStation Store from our PC’s,tablets, or phones while away from home. The PS3 will then kick on and download said content at home and [hopefully] be ready for us to enjoy once we make it back home after work, etc. The only bad part is that it says we have to wait until May of this year for it to work. I guess all good things take time, huh? And Sony isn’t always punctual about the timing of certain things.
This is a feature that we all know will make an appearance on the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4, but for Sony to patch this in for us near the end of the PS3′s lifecycle says a lot about their commitment to the platform and to their own 10 year cycle for their gaming consoles.
I also believe that seeing things like this is a testament to how long we might see both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 being supported even after the newer iterations of said devices release this Fall.
What do you guys think about this feature? Do you like having to wait until May for this to work? Tell us below in the comments.