Something Fun for the New Year

December 27, 2010 Posted by zachary

PS3I got a PS3 for Christmas. Not just any PS3, a Backwards Compatible PS3. I can play all my PS1, 2, and 3 games on it. I am very excited about that. That was my only hold out on getting one and my wife came through.

Starting it up, I needed to update the console to the latest firmware. I would have kept the current version as to be able to use the Other OS feature, but I really wanted to be able to use Netflix which requires the latest firmware version. So I carefully weighed my optionsĀ  and decided that I would probably use Netflix more than Linux (I have Linux on my personal computer).

Back to the update, I started the update and sat there for 10 minutes and watched it move from 0% complete to 5% complete and got a bit annoyed. I had read all the stories about the update process and how slow it is, but you can’t really comment until you have experienced it first hand. So my wife and I switched over to the Wii and played Lego Indiana Jones 2 (one of my other gifts) and played that for about an hour. By the time we were ready for bed, the update had completed. Not sure if it took the full hour or not, but that was an hour that I was not on the PS3 thanks to the update process.

In comparison, when I got my Wii last year, the update that I had to make then, took all of 10 minutes. 10 minutes or an hour, I think I would rather wait 10 minutes.

The next thing I noticed was the really bland UI. Luckily, it is possible for the user to change the UI. I look forward to that. My brother showed me some resources to check out to find some new UI schemes and even create my own. I have a few art assets that are just dying to be turned into an icon set.

So I will be enjoying the next year.

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