Rumor: PS3 To Get Background Downloads Of Updates
PlayStation 3 owners have been waiting on cross-game chat but there's one other feature that has been requested: background patching.
Evidently, TheSixthAxis has the unofficial confirmation that background downloading of patches will become a reality at some point. This would allow you to move forward with other machine operations while a new update for a certain game downloaded, although in my experience, those game updates typically don't take very long. This is still a rumor, too, so don't go around saying it's an irrefutable fact. It would be quite cool if the PS3 could somehow manage to know what games you played recently and, while you're off adventuring in another title, the console goes and downloads the necessary patch. Technology is a crazy, wonderful thing. But I'm also willing to bet that cross-game chat is a more-requested feature and for online players, it's one that's long overdue. At the same time, the free PlayStation Network continues to be a big lure, as Sony claims there are around 39 million active PSN accounts across the PS3 and PSP installed user bases.
We'll have to see if background downloading of patches will be confirmed; in the meantime, we'll also be checking around to see of cross-game chat is a still a distinct possibility.
4/27/2010 8:53:53 PM Ben Dutka