New PS3 Firmware Update Tells You What You Might Like

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Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Is your digital wallet burning a hole through your digital pants? It's hard to decide how to spend cash tied up in the PlayStation Store if you aren't privy to what else is available on the storefront, and that's an unconventional issue Sony is hoping to remedy with its next firmware update, which will add a "You May Like" section to the Store.

"You May Like" will work similar to how Amazon or iTunes recommendation engines do. You buy something and then the storefront shows you a list of other purchases owners of the content you purchased have bought as well. It's a simple idea that may help less-in-the-know people find sick games like Elefunk, Gravity Crash, or maybe even Flower.

As always, the firmware update is mandatory if you want to keep connecting to the PlayStation Network, and it's available now. But the recommendation feature, according to a PS blog post, won't be available immediately. Instead, it'll go live a bit later at the end of this month. On a side note, if you plan to play a game this week, you might want to get to updating the firmware now. You and I both know how much of a damper updates put on what could be a good time.
 

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== TEASER ==Guiding people to their next purchase seems to be something of a focus at the moment, with Microsoft rolling out Destination Arcade, a new Xbox Live Arcade browser application, last week. It doesn't toss up recommendations, but it does allow you to sort by customer rankings--provided you care to wait for all the digital boxes to load.

It's weird. These platforms continue to grow and, as recourse, we get bite-sized clutter sorters. You have to figure an end-all UI swap is in the works for everyone. Browsing based on recommendations or even rankings is fine and all, but it's just not enough. There's too much out there already.
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#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

Is your digital wallet burning a hole through your digital pants? It's hard to decide how to spend cash tied up in the PlayStation Store if you aren't privy to what else is available on the storefront, and that's an unconventional issue Sony is hoping to remedy with its next firmware update, which will add a "You May Like" section to the Store.

"You May Like" will work similar to how Amazon or iTunes recommendation engines do. You buy something and then the storefront shows you a list of other purchases owners of the content you purchased have bought as well. It's a simple idea that may help less-in-the-know people find sick games like Elefunk, Gravity Crash, or maybe even Flower.

As always, the firmware update is mandatory if you want to keep connecting to the PlayStation Network, and it's available now. But the recommendation feature, according to a PS blog post, won't be available immediately. Instead, it'll go live a bit later at the end of this month. On a side note, if you plan to play a game this week, you might want to get to updating the firmware now. You and I both know how much of a damper updates put on what could be a good time.
 

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== TEASER ==Guiding people to their next purchase seems to be something of a focus at the moment, with Microsoft rolling out Destination Arcade, a new Xbox Live Arcade browser application, last week. It doesn't toss up recommendations, but it does allow you to sort by customer rankings--provided you care to wait for all the digital boxes to load.

It's weird. These platforms continue to grow and, as recourse, we get bite-sized clutter sorters. You have to figure an end-all UI swap is in the works for everyone. Browsing based on recommendations or even rankings is fine and all, but it's just not enough. There's too much out there already.
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#2 Edited by CaLe (4757 posts) -

I don't wanna be first unless it's a video
 
Damn.. the one time I get to be first and it's a news post! My PS3 is in the cupboard waiting for The Last Guardian. F this noise.

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#3 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2748 posts) -

sure

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#4 Posted by Heartagram (1335 posts) -

My Ps3 Broke recently Every time i read about a ps3 product i get sad =(

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#5 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

My PS3 is sitting pretty at the pawn shop for about a year now

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#6 Posted by Burns098356GX (1368 posts) -

Wow, now thats a system selling feature!

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#7 Posted by DrinkBourbon (99 posts) -

Checking this out now. 
 
It's telling me that I might like cross game chat.

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#8 Posted by Godlovesugly (281 posts) -

Some people be saying they've pushed this out for stealth security updates.

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#9 Posted by scarace360 (4813 posts) -

well psn took ya long enough.

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#10 Posted by Kowalski (317 posts) -

How very very un-interesting

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#11 Posted by Yzzerdd (528 posts) -

I spent more time installing this update than I ever probably will using this feature. I appearate that Sony doesn't rely on the Spring/Winter time frames to roll out new features but this is obnoxious, actually I'm pretty over the way Microsoft announces updates 4 to 5 months before they come out

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#12 Posted by DarthB (272 posts) -

I really hope that Sony, Microsoft & Nintendo are keeping lists of all the features they have so they won't have to patch the shit outta the next gen of consoles.

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#13 Posted by get2sammyb (6686 posts) -

I don't really know why they released this stand-alone. It's a cool feature for sure -- but it didn't need a whole new update. They should have just included as part of the next PROPER firmware update.

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#14 Posted by JellyFish_Gsus (771 posts) -
@DrinkBourbon: Funny my one says that also
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#15 Posted by Marcsman (3613 posts) -

I don't know how they put my wife in the browser. She tells me what I like and dislike. Ha ha.
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#16 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

I thought it said "Bite-sized clutter stories".

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#17 Posted by Bluethunder35 (364 posts) -

Jesus, another update already? 

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#18 Posted by CompleteInanity (45 posts) -

You know what would be nice? If I could actually buy things from the Playstation Store. Their crappy address verification system refuses to recognize apartments, and their tech support is useless >:-o

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#19 Posted by rolento (275 posts) -
@CompleteInanity: I had the same issue.  All I did was put in the street address sans apartment number and it went right through. 
 
Pretty stupid, but at least it worked.
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#20 Posted by Skyler (64 posts) -
@CompleteInanity: Yeah, I had the same issue. Had to resort to buying the PSN cards in stores.
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#21 Posted by CompleteInanity (45 posts) -
@Rolento:  Yeah, I've tried that. Still no dice. Thanks for the suggestion though. Tried 3 different cards and at least 5-6 address combos on each. Called tech support twice. Their solution: Buy a PSN card. 
 
@Skyler: I think that's unfortunately the only option I have left. Either that, or move into a house :P
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#22 Edited by krazy_kyle (740 posts) -

These automated recommendation things never work for me. Not just for PS3 but for shopping on amazon or getting recommended music on last.fm. It never works well for me.

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#23 Posted by teekomeeko (774 posts) -
@get2sammyb: 
 
Usually these tiny updates are really bug fixes in disguise, with them throwing in an already-done feature so they can at least keep the positives coming.
 
In addition: why do people who hate PS3 comment on PS3 stories? I don't see the point of clicking into a story and probably not even reading it just to talk shit. I find that pathetic.
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#24 Posted by radioactivez0r (907 posts) -

If it's like Amazon, it will be annoying.  Amazon recommends stuff not only on purchases, but on pages you view.  That's pretty useless. 

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#25 Posted by Xeiphyer (5837 posts) -

Pro Tip: Set your location to Las Vegas and get 0% Tax on your purchases!

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#26 Posted by Jugganut (21 posts) -

neato

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#27 Posted by FunkSausage (62 posts) -
@CompleteInanity:  Hey try inputting your address on the USPS zip code lookup site: 
 
 http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp
 
and it will correct any format errors and provide your full address in standard format. Hope it works!
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#28 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -
@Xeiphyer said:
" Pro Tip: Set your location to Las Vegas and get 0% Tax on your purchases! "
Nice!
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#29 Posted by CompleteInanity (45 posts) -
@FunkSausage: How odd, I had definitely tried the address the way the USPS suggested (because it was still saved), however, for some reason it went through this time. I've been trying to get that to work for weeks. Who can figure the mysterious ways of the PSN? Thanks for the reply :)
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#30 Posted by FunkSausage (62 posts) -
@CompleteInanity: 
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help :)
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#31 Posted by thekingoftoilets (214 posts) -

All well, its still free.

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#32 Posted by ninjadodo (267 posts) -

I'm still waiting for the update that allows you to TURN OFF trophy notifications.

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#33 Posted by SoothsayerGB (1500 posts) -

Interesting.  But I don't use PS3 store.  There are no games, so I use it for a Bray player and porn container. 

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#34 Posted by ch13696 (4760 posts) -

Good way to keep up on the news Nicholson. I found out about this as soon as I turned on my PS3.

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#35 Posted by DanOConnor (23 posts) -

FINALLY IT'S ARRIVED. THIS IS THE FIRMWARE I"VE WANTED, FORGET GOOD FEATURES LIKE CROSS CHAT! I NEED A STUPID RECOMMENDATIONS TAB WHEN I TRY TO BUY ONE GAME!

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#36 Posted by Morganraid (8 posts) -

Anything that helps get people to play good games is fine by me.

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#37 Posted by Jazz (2351 posts) -

I'm still waiting for the update that stops games telling me they want to update while i play the game...EVERY 3 MINUTES. 
Fuck sake Sony. FIX THAT NOW.

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#38 Posted by Dunkelheit (49 posts) -

Whoopty-fucking-doo.. I WANT ICO/SOTC IN HD NAO!

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#39 Posted by blacklab (1994 posts) -

Getting kind of tired of the constant updates.

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#40 Posted by Trucker_Sean (48 posts) -

I thought that buying PS Plus would make it automatically download. Fail.

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#41 Posted by Shadowhawk101 (14 posts) -

As cool as this is, kinda quick.

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