Why PS3 Software Updates Suck


I picked up Killzone 2 about a month ago, alongside Infamous and Resistance 2. I’ve been occupied with other games, but I recently tried to give this game a go. As per usual, the system required me to update the software if I wanted to play it online. As per usual, the process was slow, horrible, and didn’t actually work until after 20 failed attempts.

If my PS3 was working properly, this process would still suck. Oftentimes, you’re required to download updates that range from few dozen megs to over a gig. After sitting through 15-30 minutes of downloading, the system then needs to install the update, which is a separate process. Maybe I’m old school or ignorant to PC gaming, but this process is crazy to me. For XBOX 360 owners, you bat an eyelid towards system updates. They take a matter of seconds at best and maybe 5 minutes at worst.

On top of this, my PlayStation 3 for whatever reason hates my network. Whether my connection is wired or wireless, I have difficulty signing in, staying in and downloading updates. When I try to download patches, my system will often stall within two seconds of the update starting. The only thing I can do is try and try again until it works. Unfortunately, this can take dozens of attempts at worst. I’ve had this problem since I bought my PlayStation 3 a few months ago. Since no one else I know has had this problem with their PS3, I think it’s an isolated case. Still, this isn’t any more comforting knowing that I’m the only one with this problem and as far as I know, no way I can solve it. There probably are some settings I can tinker with in my router to optimize performance, but I wouldn’t know where to begin, nor should it be necessary for me to even take such steps to fix the problem.


After about an hour of failed attempts, it magically worked. Unfortunately, by the time I got it to work, my desire to play the game right then had waned completely. Maybe next time, Killzone 2.

3 thoughts on “Why PS3 Software Updates Suck

  1. Bill February 8, 2012 / 12:15 AM

    Updates suck. Build a damn game that works.

    Okay, buy our car and later will fix the brakes. GM went out of business for that great practice.

    “Background download of this content is not possible” Bullshit !
    If you want to lie to me, tell me I look good.

    Policy update requires a 20 meg download. Bullshit !
    If you want to lie to me, tell me I’m too stupid to understand.

    I like the game, politics suck. PlayStation is political.
    Grow a set (of balls: cohones: whatever) and be honest with the updates.
    And please, not monthly. It’s NOT that important.


  2. N8 August 31, 2012 / 1:43 AM

    You are not the only one with this issue (Difficulty downloading updates). I have experienced this same issue. As a casual gamer that does not play that often I end up spending more time Updating than actually playing. Turning on your console excited to play and having to wait 30 mins for updates sux. I have an XBOX 360 as well and I have to say it is better than the PS3 😦 because of this issue.

    • Jett August 31, 2012 / 7:54 AM

      Connectivity issues don’t seem to plague me as much now that I live elsewhere, but I can see the updates being a huge bummer for casual PS3 players. Thanks for the comment! Also, I’m sorry that you also suffer from the updating issues 😦

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