If it wasn’t bad enough that the latest PlayStation 3 firmware culls Life With PlayStation, it introduces a couple of things that people might not get on with at all, including a fairly major change to the way Trophies are displayed, especially if you don’t have a Vita.
It seems, from the briefest of tests, that Trophies are now kept online, rather than on the hard drive – much like they are on the PS Vita. This means that when you choose to view your silverware be prepared for a fairly substantial wait – and on the first run you can’t back out of it until it’s done.
If you choose to switch to ‘offline’ mode (press Triangle to change) you won’t be able to see your Vita Trophies, which was really the whole point of the update, although it will be a bit quicker.
Naturally, once it’s fully synced it’s a bit quicker and the ability to see your Vita Trophies is clearly a bonus for those of us with both consoles, but it’s also clear that the implementation between the two sets is very different, requiring something of a fudge to get them displaying together.
Remember that Trophies have moved now, they’re under the PSN column.
Secondly, that SingStar icon we mentioned yesterday? It’s baked into the Firmware, meaning it can’t be moved or deleted – it’s always there. I’d have hoped this was a downloadable application and be invisible without the user’s action, but that’s not the case. Sadly, although it’s hardly a massive deal, that XMB is started to feel like there’s a lot of unused chaff in amongst the rows and columns.
Most frustrating, though, is that the issue with Vita-playing friends on your PS3’s XMB hasn’t been addressed. Surely the two systems use the same network – why can’t we see what they’re playing from the Friends list?