PS3 automatic downloads no longer exclusive to PS Plus

Sony will release a new PS3 update today which expands the console’s automatic downloads feature to all PSN users. Once PS3 firmware version 4.50 is installed, console owners will be able to make use of the feature that enables the system to automatically download software updates and PlayStation Store purchases.

Users can set a two hour time interval for their PS3 to turn on from standby mode and check for updates as well as content to be automatically downloaded. This ability was previously restricted to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Today's update also introduces the ability for data to be transferred from PS3 to Vita over Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, eliminating the need to use a USB cable. Additionally, new options for Trophy privacy settings allow users to set which awards are visible to other players.


  • JarkayColt - October 2, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Praise the heavens! I hate getting home from a day at uni and finding that my PS3 needs to do stupid software updates whenever I just want to sit down and play something. Seems a bit petty, but the internet can get pretty slow. Makes sense for it to do that sort of thing during the 8 hours I'm not at home!
  • zelta38 - October 2, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    Very nice move, great to see such a crucial feature come to all users of the console, can only help improve the experience for everyone (and simplify their firmware code base by removing certain online checks).
  • Eightboll812 - October 2, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    Thank you GR. Honestly one pet peeve of mine with Sony is that you get these mandatory updates and they don't tell you what is new. When I upgraded last night, it only told me about the trophy privacy feature. It didn't mention the other two features. Most updates don't even list a single feature. Yeah, I know I can go find this somewhere, but why not just tell me right there while I'm upgrading. I also wish when they released updates they would have a 1-2 day window before it's mandatory, so that my console would have had a chance to update on it's own instead of me turning it on and being forced to upgrade which defeats the entire point of the feature in the first place.
  • BladedFalcon - October 2, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Well, that's cool. Definitely will see how it works after I get home, anything to avoid being greeted with the fucking "You have to install this shit" message is fine by me.
  • kursedkey - October 2, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Huh. The day after I get Playstation Plus, too...
  • Eightboll812 - October 2, 2013 10 a.m.

    I think you still have to have plus to have auto-backup of saved games, which is just as handy as auto-patching.

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