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PS3 Automatic Updates No Longer PS Plus Only in Software Update v4.50

PS3 update v4.50 includes automatic downloads & updates for all PSN users, not just PS Plus. It also supports data transfer over Wi-Fi & Ethernet and trophy privacy settings.

In a move that brings Sony on par with nearly every other digital device on the planet, the new PlayStation 3 update today will expand the console's automatic update feature to all PSN users. The ability to do this was originally restricted only to PS Plus users.

Once the PS3 firmware version 4.50 is installed, all console owners will be able to set a two hour time interval for their PS3 to turn on from standby mode to check for updates.

Automatic download support of purchases made on the Sony Entertainment Network online store will also be made available to all PlayStation Network users, so that game and content updates can be set to automatically download at a designated time.

Any purchases made in the SEN online store (via PC or on iOS or Android) before that time will automatically start downloading during that interval. The intention is to increase the convenience of making digital purchases, and to allow the player to get their games quicker so that they are able to play the minute they get home. 

Additionally, with the new update, data can now be transferred from the PS3 to PS Vita using either Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection without the use of a USB cable, and new options for trophy privacy settings allow users the ability to set which trophies are visible.

A few additional smaller changes in the interface are:

  • [Closed Captions Settings] has been added under Settings [Settings] > Video Settings [Video Settings]. Set [Display Closed Captions as Specified by Content] to [Off] to adjust advanced settings for the display method.
  • "PlayStation®Network" has been renamed "PSNSM".

Well... Good. Finally.

I am not a console player. I haven't been for a while, although I have a long-lasting love affair with the PS2 and have had good intentions to buy the PS3 for years. I turned PC player while others were jumping ship to the PS3, found Steam, and haven't really looked back since.

As such, I may be biased... but the only thing I felt while reading the details of this firmware update was pure incredulity: the PS4 is on the cusp of  being released... and the PS3 is only now getting some basic functionality for all players?

Goodness, Sony... do you want a cookie?

Published Oct. 3rd 2013
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