Most wanted PSN online gaming features
Posted by: Ahmed Al-Dajani 01/Sep/2009
On May 15, 2006, at the PlayStation Business Conference, Sony unveiled their online service for the PlayStation 3, tentatively named "PlayStation Network Platform" with free online play. The full list of features available at launch was announced at their TGS 2006 press conference.
Now the PSN is so much more improved and stable than the day it was first released and Sony also managed to add unique features like playstation HOME which is a dream that comes true for a lot of social life simulation fans and also a nice set of downloadable games available on the PSN store.
Well, online gaming is where PSN really lacks, and I'm not claiming that PSN is not good enough, but undoubtedly it still needs lots of improvement at that reach, just check out the list below and you will probably find out that implementing one or more feature from this list can really improve your online gaming experience being a PSN gamer.
Lately the Firmware 3.0 went live on the PlayStation Network, and while it provided a lot of general improvements to the PS3 as a console, the latest firmware lacked what PS3 gamers needs the most to improve their online gaming experience.
Cross game chatting
One of the most noticed PSN shorts is the lack of the cross game chat feature, Sony PS3 firmware developers is trying their best to invent any any other acceptable communication channels between PSN gamers, but I can assure you that they will never succeed because simply Sony's alternatives are all text oriented and I think we all agree that text chatting will never replace voice chatting even after they added the chat rooms where a small discussion to agree with your friends on which game you are planning to start playing online can take no less than ten text replies!
Online friends party
Experienced online gamers can really grant the importance of this feature and how much pain in the ass it could preserve!
Online gaming will never reach even near "bugs free" level due to the varied factors that any network depends on, and the fact that most of the online games sessions depends on one of the gamers inside the session "Host" who may simply switch off his console, and now WHAT? you will start gathering your friends again.
Now simply with online party available, the PSN can treat all the party as one player, whenever you disconnect while matchmaking you can rejoin your party in no time and start searching for another game without loosing your time gathering your friends.
With all of the great content available on the PSN Store, PlayStation Network cards make a great gift for family or friends, but it's unfortunately not available everywhere, PAL region is still waiting and people who believes in "I Don't Give My Credit Card Online" still have to wait! PSN cards can give a huge push to the PSN Store sales figures specially that there are so many "other world" countries still not listed under the PSN covered countries list!
Online gaming zones
One of the coolest XBL feature, which is also still missing at PSN is the ability to choose your gamer zone, which can easily helps in telling others the kind of player you are, and also it could be counted as another step that ensures you synch up with like-minded players when matchmaking and guarantee a much more enjoyable gaming expreince.
Games & Players Rating
The ability of sharing your own rating for games is still missing on PSN, after all you can never find better rating source for your most anticipated games than gamers them selves and an average rating of more than 10000 users can really make your mind.
On the same level we would be more than happy to if we could submit reviews about other players we played with, and I don't mean negative ones I mean both negative and positive reviews and later these reviews can help gamers in finding like-minded players when matchmaking, and also it may help the PSN and online games admins in discovering cheaters so quickly and minimize their interference level.
By reaching this point of the article you probably saying to yourself that this guy is just comparing the PSN with XBL, and he meant to mention everything above which are already available on XBL just to let the PS3 fans down, but let me tell you that this is not the truth.
Before you start Criticizes me, I just want to say that the XBL also have it ups and downs, but it just seems like they listen to their players a little bit more, PSN gamers for example were requesting cross game chat for more than two years now and Sony's PS3 developers are still working on so many other features, despite the fact that some of these features seems much more technically complicated than cross game chat.