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November 9, 2007
OK, we're all for useless tricks, but...
This one has us scratching our heads. Sony, internationally acclaimed electronics manufacturer and rootkit installer, announced a PS3 update that lets users "remotely start their PS3 using a web-enabled PSP and access real-time Playstation news via the newly announced Information Board."
OK, interesting part: You can use a PSP to remotely wake a PS3.
If we have a web-enabled PSP, can't we go directly to a web source for news, PlayStation and otherwise?
And they now let you customize the Cross Media Bar (rebranded from the XrossMediaBar? Was XMB too 74/|\3 1337?), the most fucked-up UI invented in the last 20 years. (Yeah, we're including a multitude of DOS GUI shells in that studied evaluation in case you couldn't tell.)
Other improvements that bring it squarely into the 20th century: Playlists, Skins, and Photo Playlists.
OK, we'll stop screwing around and comment on the one compelling feature. Apparently the update lets a PSP connect to your PS3 and listen to the music and watch the video there. That's kind of cool, or it would be if we hadn't already set up a Slingbox on our Tivo years ago so we could go so beyond that minor function that it's simply another boring Sony trick. We watch our home-recorded shows and movies on our phone.
Still for someone who has spent nearly ~$800 for their Sony PS3 and PSP setups, the ability to watch all those game preview videos remotely might be interesting.
OK, maybe not.
|Sure, we'll install it on our PS3 and check it out. We've got the time, the equipment, and the need to bitch about this stuff from a fully informed point of view.|
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