If you have ever left your PS3 untouched for a long period of time, chances are that the next time you turn it on you'll have to download and install a firmware update. The problem with this has always been that you can do nothing while this is happening – and if your connection is spotty at times – waiting for it to download can take what seems like an eternity.
So it is good to hear that Sony's next console will at least address this issue by making those pesky firmware updates download in the background using a secondary chip that handles uploads and downloads. Basically you'll be able to download that firmware update and be allowed to do something else…
Sony Worldwide Studios Boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed this new feature and said that they are still working on making it so that firmware updates don't prevent consumers from playing games.
"The work is still going on," he told Eurogamer. "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, but what we want to achieve is [putting them in the background]," he added.
"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."