But what would be ideal is an official, easy-to-use video conversion program for PC that would allow you to convert video files to a nice PS3-compatible format and size. There are third party/homebrew converters out there already, most notably Red Kawa's PS3 Video 9, which works quite well, but an official product produced by Sony itself specifically for PS3 would be better.
Auto demo installing
It's agonising enough waiting for the hottest new 800MB demo to finish downloading from PSN. All you want to do it play and that status bar moves ever so slightly, almost like it's enjoying torturing you.
But when it finally does hit the 100 percent mark, you then have to install the bloody demo, which can take another five minutes. ARGH!
If only the PS3 was to download the files to the right places directly - or gradually install the files in the background as the download progresses - there would be no need for a separate install process.
We're loving the themes on PS3, and some of the custom themes floating around are incredible. But there's just one problem with themes - we like the standard background too much. Sometimes too much to mess with it.
The default background is slick - that wavy thing that swooshes onto the screen on boot-up, and (we wonder if you noticed) the background base colour that changes depending both on the month of the year and the time of day. It's awesome. How can you swap all that for a static, unchanging image? But if themes also had time-sensitive features or other animated tricks, that we could live with.
In-game PS1/PS2 memory card creation
Picture this: you whip out one of your favourite old PS1 games, and play it for three nostalgia-filled hours. You decide to save your progress and continue your trip down memory lane another day, only the virtual memory card you created on your PS3 appears to be full and you can't save.
Simple - just create another virtual memory card, right? The thing is, you can't do that without quitting the game (without saving of course) and going back to the XMB. That happened to us recently, and we weren't too happy about it (it was Populous, since you ask). Fingers crossed Sony clocks it before we put a Dualshock 3 through the telly.
We know, this is such a tiny little feature, and surely one that would take one of Sony's firmware wizards five seconds to conjure up, yet nowhere on the front-end XMB can you find the time without going into the time settings menu.
It's slightly ridiculous that when using a multi-core super computer that allows us to wirelessly play games, send text and speak to people on the other side of the planet, we have to rely on a mobile phone or watch to find out the time. Sometime's it's the little things that count.
Menu screen explanations
Another relatively small request: when you highlight options in the settings menu it would be nice to get a little explanation of what they each mean or do. Of course, we might know what most of the options do, but not every little Jonny is going to know what Full Screen RGB is.
What's better out of Linear PCM and Bitstream sound? What the hell is the Bitmapping option all about under music settings? If you know the answer, good for you. Many won't, and referring to online manuals is no fun. It would be nice for the PS3 to explain itself.
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