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Automatic Game Updates

Idea 1345 | Posted in by | March 17, 2010

The PS3 automatically searches for game updates and downloads them in the background.Therefore potentially avoiding the need to wait for several updates to download the next time you start up a game.

With a PlayStation Plus subscription, game updates and firmware updates can be downloaded automatically.



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RGS-14  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Love this idea! But maybe there should be a option under settings where u can pick which games to this for.


Detsuki-G  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

This is a great idea. I can see some complications but I have some ideas:

We Set which games we want to be updated.
If updates need to be the only thing running like they do now- there should be an option to start the search for the updates and have the system turn off when all updates [and current background downloads] downloaded and installed.


JackDusty  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I just posted a very similar idea (probably corssed over in moderation-land).

I invisage a kind of library of all your games and you can set a schedule to check for, and download updates. Obviously you can manually remove old games/rentals


tirminyl  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Make this an optional setting.

I suggest for those that opt in, you can use the remote play functionality by remotely turning on a users PS3 to download a game patch/update. You can also perform this when the PS3 is inactive for x amount of time.

I will also say that making patches and updates downloadable in the background will be a huge improvement as well. PS3/PSN game updates can be pretty large since there is no size restriction. So when a user just wants to hop onto the system to play a quick match, it can cost them time if it must download a 200mb file. Or, if a user just picked up LittleBigPlanet for the first time, having the option to download ALL those updates in the background while they continue on with the game will give them a better experience.


TyphoidHater  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

While it should be optional (as most settings should be), this idea is a no brainer. So much so, that I too submitted this idea after limited time spent searching to see if it had already been put forth.


skywalker6705  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

One method to make this simple would be to check for games with any installed Game Data and Save Data, and inquire for updates on those IDs. Add these updates to the background download and when they complete have them remain in the download queue as complete until manually installed or the system quits, installing on shutdown. Would keep the Game Category clean, and avoid the issue of having to provide icons. Background install would be preferable but is probably unlikely due to patent conflicts.

Giving users an option to disable the background downloads on the system menu would be enough to keep it from being a problem for those with poor bandwidth or who don’t care.


Aprisaiden  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

This is a good idea — but it would be to be optional are some PS3 owners are running low on HDD space.


Harlockian  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

At the very least, update the downloadables on the store with the newest version. Games that you immediately download shouldn’t have to be patched before you can play it.


DrowningRabbit  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

@Harlockian, EXACTLY what I was going to comment here.

It’s frustrating to download a game and then have to wait 10 minutes to play it after already having to wait for it to download/install. It may not be too long, but look at a game like Burnout: Paradise.

Now I won’t be surprised in the least if Sony has painted themselves in a corner a bit due to how the download system works, but hopefully it can be changed without too much trouble. I’m referring to the download list, and it looks like it’s only giving a listing of games you downloaded in it’s original form, not any kind of dynamic list. For example, it still lists Gran Turismo HD Concept 1.1, and then when it was downloaded at a later date, Gran Turismo HD Concept 1.2, even though the original was no longer in the store.

However to lend credence to the list being at least slightly dynamic and able to be updated, people who downloaded Gripshift originally were told to go into the PSN Store and re-download it to get an updated version of the game.

It’s a conundrum.


Dandonian  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

As people have said, we would need an option to set which games to check for.

I would also like the ability to preinstall games so that when I get my game home from the shop, I’m not waiting for an hour for it to update, install, then install again like I just did with Heavy Rain.


meeekael  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Brilliant idea. I often wont play a game if i have to update it first – or go offline.


Tailsnakes  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I remember someone proposing a “Game Collection” feature before that kept track of any game that you played on your PS3 that you wanted in it and automatically downloaded game updates while your PS3’s internet connection was idle. This also has the fringe benefit of allowing you to look at peoples collections and we know how much people love bragging rights.

+1 for this feature.



drivatar  |  March 18th, 2010 at 4:03 am


I don’t want my system to download things at random times I don’t know about.

Make a game update section in the store where you can download updates for every game.

Might be incompatible with games that require certain things installed on the HDD.


AndyVance  |  March 18th, 2010 at 6:22 am

This needs to be an option you can toggle on/off in the dashboard – if they did that it would be fine but i have a 40gb monthly download limit and a fairly rubbish connection so i prefer to have more control of when its downloading updates.


TheDeathAvenger  |  March 18th, 2010 at 7:34 am

This is one of my most wanted features.

Ideally it would be possible to have the choice between it automatically downloading new updates or manually notifying you of new updates (and the option to turn it off completely). I was thinking that this would include a list of games (made up from the games you have played, and if possible games you don’t yet have but will be getting). With this list you could set each game individually to be updated automatically, manually, or not at all. There would also be the option to remove games from the list that you no longer have/play.

Since the updates can’t be downloaded in the background (unless they could change that), there would have to be a few options:

1. To check for updates at a certain time (it could start up the PS3, check for applicable updates, if there are any download and install them, then when it’s finished switch the PS3 back off).

2. Have it check for updates whenever your PS3 is on (and connected to the internet), and then when you choose to turn off your PS3 it stays on to download and install the update(s), then switches off when finished.


Blackwtr_Merc  |  March 18th, 2010 at 8:01 am

Good idea, but it should have an on/off switch.


SuperFlyXXI  |  March 18th, 2010 at 8:41 am

I’ve had this idea for years now! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! I give this 2 HUGE thumbs up! Do it now! There’s no reason it can’t be done. XFire has been doing it for years now. And Steam does it too.


andycapps  |  March 18th, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would take this a step further and request that they be downloaded and installed in the background.


danwii  |  March 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am

would love to have updates auto download in the background is a great idea, especially as they take so long i never understood why when i update the same game on psn and xbl it never takes more than 30 seconds on xbl and can take hours on psn.


zinezune  |  March 18th, 2010 at 10:21 am

I agree with you @tifosiotaku!


johnnewhouse  |  March 18th, 2010 at 11:21 am

definite opt-in on this one. i would love it, but i would like to turn off certain games that i may have just rented and probably not play again.
but i would like it if it would check game saves and then automatically download and install any updates for them games that have not been opted out.



MannozaMarz  |  March 18th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Totally agreed. It’s fine when the server is fast, but a pain when 200MB patch needs 5 hours to download. The latter definitely needs background download!


AnthonyTonyMagic  |  March 18th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

It should be an idle-mode thing. The PS3 should know when you’re doing something that doesn’t use all its resources, like playing Minis, and spare an SPE for background downloads. They should pause as soon as we start doing anything processor intensive


canadianstryker  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

i love this, but it needs an opt-in. i might not ply every game on my list and therefore might not want the download of 600mb taking up space.


johndrinkwater  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Rumoured premium PSN feature, automatic game updates, so I cant see it coming soon in the default firmware 😮
Damn it.


desserts000  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Why can’t it turn on in the night and do the updates automatically?


Flynn_Arrowstarr  |  March 18th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Eye of Judgement and Hot Shots Out of Bounds were especially excruciating as each update was downloading literally hundreds of files. Haven’t played either game for a long time, but I’m almost afraid to boot either one up for fear of another couple of hours waiting for 400 files to download…



Spyro2000  |  March 18th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Why not (optionally!) power on once a day on a given time, search for patches, download and install them, then power off?



xplosneer  |  March 18th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Yes, if not totally automatic(for those with bandwidth caps, etc) just make it an option.

Having to wait 15 minutes to download an update is lame. Sony could just build in a file-check to make sure it’s not corrupted once it’s downloaded.


Transient  |  March 19th, 2010 at 1:48 am

I like this idea. If not automatic, then it should allow background updates, maybe similar to how Home does it for the different locations.

At the very least they should let you chat with your friends and let them know why you’re taking so long to join the game.


Wheresatom  |  March 19th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I agree. I use Life with Playstaion 24/7 when not playing games or watching movies so if my PS3 could at some regular interval. Some low demand time of checks like this would help server load during peaks also.


mrfight67  |  March 19th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hate having to download massive patches very frequently (like pain or burnout), and more annoying when they fail, and you have to start again. Really would love this


surfernuts  |  March 20th, 2010 at 1:36 am

i know you wouldnt be able to play the game the patch is for but would be nice to have some of the XMB. music, movies stuff that wouldnt kill the processor while downloading patches


Kleeyook1989  |  March 20th, 2010 at 7:02 am

Totally agree. I can’t stand downloading Disgaea 3 patch for 5 hours, and then my internet got disconnected when it was about to finish. 🙁


AussieMonster  |  March 21st, 2010 at 3:20 am

I would love background downloading. I hate it when you put a game in and it starts to download the update and then your friends message you and you can’t even message back.


Cesarcsrf  |  March 21st, 2010 at 12:40 pm

kind like steam and xfire

definitely ! do it!


OmegaSlayer  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 5:13 am

This one is really brilliant.


akibake  |  March 23rd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I agree. At least, we should be able to play an offline game while the update is downloading.


Goatie999  |  March 24th, 2010 at 8:24 am

Great idea. I would also want to see a scheduler on this feature so that I can have updates downloaded at times that I get free bandwidth from the ISP so that I do not use all of my monthly allocation on game updates.


elliotcathcart  |  March 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am

yeah it should, i had to get a 400mb and 500 mb update for one game, the 500mb took 9 hours by itself over night, internet wasnt going to fast that night. I also made an idea to have the option to auotmatically turn off system after update would be nice go to work come home ps3 off. But that would put them out of jobs, less ylods. The idea appeared up later that night it was gone again, not a duplicate that happened twice whats going on?


jackthemayor  |  March 24th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I like the idea. My only suggestion is that the updates are only downloaded, and then you can decide whether or not to install the update the next time you start the game. Also make it so we can choose which games are a priority for updating.


DarthSpooky  |  March 24th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

This would work, but only with a lot of options, and yes, a scheduler. If they make it as friendly as Vista’s automatic updates I’d be cool with it.


permutated  |  March 24th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Probably the best idea of this entire blog.


CrystalX3D  |  March 24th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

This one is so obvious I wonder why we still don’t have it. A few ideas:

1. Have a game list for all the games you’ve ever played so that you can remove rentals, demos, and stuff you don’t play anymore and/or don’t want to auto update.

2. Have the system turn on at a certain time (like 2am) to check for any new updates to games on game list. System turns off after downloading and installing all updates. This is much less of a nuisance than having the system trying to download and install stuff in the background while you’re trying to do other things.

3. Be able to set the time intervals for when to check for updates (every day, every week, every other tuesday, never, etc.) Also be able to set the time of day.

4. Make it so that it only does the auto update if the system is off at the predetermined time so that it doesn’t interrupt you if you’re doing something.

5. Also include the option to do an update search manually when the system is on.


skywalker6705  |  March 26th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Use search function next time.

Congratulations on distracting people with a duplicate topic and taking 1000 votes from the other topic, keeping it from the top of the stack.


noid69  |  March 29th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Wanted to submit this one as well. I already had a feedback form filled out half a year ago – no answer.

Killerfeature. “we want to play!” *loading*


YellowMegaMan  |  April 1st, 2010 at 6:45 am

I don’t want my PS3 to automatically download updates for me, as this idea suggests.

All I want is for the dreaded “You cannot perform background download of this content” message to go away and just let me background download it. Even if I can’t play the game the update it’s for, the system could at least let me play something else or watch a movie! Stupid design, that’s what it is.

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