Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sony Updates PS3 to 3.7, Restricts New Functionality to PS+ Members

Here's the thing: Sony has finally released a PS3 update that isn't absolute horseshit.

Version 3.7 will give players the ability to auto-upload save files for their games, auto-sync your Trophy data (finally), and auto-download new system updates so you're not powering on your system after a month not playing anything worthwhile, only to find out Sony has pushed out 14 "security updates", to which you have to wait 40 minutes for the update to download and 15 minutes to install, to which you've forgotten about the game you're wanting to play.

OH! I almost forgot the most important thing: all of this is exclusive to PlayStation Plus members. The service that gets you absolutely nothing except discounts on a ton of shit on the Store - with barely any of it being worth the bandwidth - and free shit that, again, is hardly worth it that will barely help you break even on the price of the subscription service. The ├╝ber shitty part about this service? If you cancel forget to renew, Sony will restrict your system from accessing the free content until you do renew.

A reminder, PlayStation Plus is $50 and month ($18 for a 3-month span).

On the other side of the spectrum, Xbox Live ($60 a year, $25 for 3 months or $10 for a month) gets you online multiplayer (a much more stable service), plus access to ESPN, Hulu plus, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix and, with the later two possibly being the only things you would use asides form multiplayer, plus Gold-exclusive demos, discounts, offers and the whatnot.

Yes, I'm fully aware that Sony doles out free multiplayer, but has anyone had a truly fun experience while playing online on a PS3? I've had absolute garbage service while playing online. At least on my 360, my updates come few and far between, but they come with shit worth the update, downloads in seconds, and installs in seconds, without paying extra.

And my multiplayer is stable.

I'll probably get a slew of people saying that I just justified the PS+ price by pointing out Microsoft does the same damned thing, but Microsoft has you pay for features, not functionality. They're not going to make you pay extra for auto-uploading your save files to the cloud when the updates rolls out later this year, Achievements are auto-synced to their service, regardless of your LIVE tier (and have been doing so since the fucking system released 6 years ago), and updates download/install in a fraction of the time Sony's system does.

I guess being forced to download 3.7 for the PS3 to be restricted from all of the new console functionality until I pay for it is Sony's way of bringing new customers to their platform as well as keeping their customers loyal.