PS4 firmware updates could be relegated to the background, says Yoshida

By Dave Cook
21 February 2013 12:18 GMT

PS4 firmware updates could be so seamless that you’d never know they were happening in the background. That’s the ambition of SCEE president Shuhei Yoshida.

Anyone who has ever moaned about yet another PS3 update will surely enjoy this sentiment. Speaking with Eurogamer, Yoshida spooled off Sony’s five principles for PS4 – Simple, Immediate, Social, Integrated, Personalised – and admitted that even Sony doesn’t like announcing new firmware updates.

So keeping in line with Sony’s goals to make PS4 ‘simple’ and ‘immediate’, Yoshida said, “Number one: it has to be very simple to use. And number two: it has to be immediate. It’s not easy to do. If it was easy we would have done it already. So unless we refocus our effort to these things, the system will never be easy to use or immediate.”

When asked if this would mean a move away from intrusive and clumsy firmware updates, he replied that he hoped so, and added, “It’s about the implementation phase. It’s all about how it gets implemented. So we have to wait for the final product, but our goal is always like that. So there will always be firmware updates.”

That said, Yoshida wants to relegate these updates to the background, rather than having them hinder the experience, “So it’s already been done. Like the PS Plus service actually does it, where it’s downloaded but it doesn’t install. So it’s kind of half-baked.

“So we wanted to make it so people don’t have to wait for anything. If you have one hour of your time, you want to spend one hour playing games, and that’s our goal.”

Would this be a dream come true for you Sony fans out there? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, get every shred of information and ever trailer from last night’s PS4 reveal here.

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