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What I’d like to see in the next PS3 firmware update

05.15.2010 · Posted in Thoughts

The last two PS3 firmware updates have been more than a little disappointing.  The removal of the “Other OS” feature.  The framework for 3D gaming and video.  Nothing really good.  And now with lawsuits popping up, it’s time for Sony to save some face.  Here’s how.

PlayStation Web Media Players.

Ok.  My name for it kind of sucks, but imagine.  From the XMB screen, select Web Media.  A list of channels appear within the menu itself.  New channels are available through the PlayStation Store.  Select a channel to see a list of available shows.  Select anything, start watching.  Simple.  Easy.  Wonderful.

The concept isn’t new.  Boxee does it.  Sony could just as easily do it too.  They’ve already started with Major League Baseball.  The problem, I don’t watch MLB.  Networks is what we need.  YouTube, Revision3, and other online video sites.  And something for Canadians!  I’m tired of Canadians being second-class citizens for web content.

Sure you could use the web browser on the PS3 itself, browse to the website, navigate to what you are looking for, and ultimately watch the show.  With Flash support, it’s not impossible, but it sure is clunky.  A clean, nice interface for it would be great.

Sony, hear my call.  Build more web media tie ins.  Maybe even talk to Boxee about putting the whole Boxee platform on the PS3 itself.  That would accelerate the whole process.  And while you are at it, movies in the Canadian store would be awesome as well.

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