Now, Sony, these may not be mind-blowing ideas for your ailing console, the PS3, but I feel gamers as well as others could enjoy a couple of features you already possess and add those in an upcoming update for 2009.
There are two things I would like to bring to your System Features drawing board, as well as attention are as follows.
SKYPE: You gave PSP owners the ability for Skype on your newer models so I cannot see why you wouldn’t be able to program this rapidly growing software to your XMB lineup.
The PS3 is capable of going to the internet, just like the PSP. Combine the Bluetooth capability of your PS3 with Skype. Give the console a selling point that the 360 and Wii cannot say.
The word “exclusive” is always a welcome addition when you try to sell your product to the market. Imagine how this sounds: “Sony brings you closer to your friends and family with the addition of Skype. Just connect your Bluetooth headset and you’re ready to start. Exclusively to Sony PSP and now Playstation 3 consoles.”
Maybe a gamer wants to play with a couple of their friends but their friends are not logged onto the PSN. If you had Skype on the PS3 and you happen to see your friends on Skype, via their PSP, PC, or Laptop, all you have to do is give them a ring. This could make for more entertaining gaming nights.
Or maybe someone who isn’t much of a gamer uses their PS3 as a media center or just for watching Blu-rays. The addition of Skype gives this type of person, also, a tool they can use. Now they can call a relative or friend over this software and use the headset as they move about their living room area, or wherever their system might be, using their Bluetooth device while they are cooking dinner, taking care of their children, sitting on their couch, or whatever.
INTERNET RADIO: Here is another item, Sony, that you can add to the PS3 XMB. With dozens of stations covering multiple genres of music, why not give the PS3 owners another reason to feel glad about their purchase?
Make the streaming Internet Radio Player another feature for your “one device to cover your media needs”. This tool could be great for parties, get togethers, something to be playing in the background as you do chores, your homework, or just something to have as you relax.
Then when you add the two to the XMB, it can look a little something like this:
So there you have it. These two things could possibly boost morale with your PS3 users. I hear some are not happy with the way the PS3 is going for the time being. I do enjoy my PS3, but of course I would always like to see more come to the system.
Yes I know that you can use a PC, PSP, Mac, Laptop, etc for Skype and Internet Radio, but having them on the PS3 can make living a little easier by sparing some electricity and lifespan of other electronic devices.
This is a new year, Sony. It is time to start turning things around. I know you have it in you to make the industry a better place for gamers and all Sony product users alike.