The latest update for the PlayStation 3, version 4.50, opens up a much requested feature to all PSN users, where it was previously only available to Plus subscribers. Players will also be able to share data between their Vitas and PlayStation 3s over Wi-Fi, eliminating the necessity for cables.

You can check out the full list of upgrades below. If the update is not already available, it should be available a little bit later tonight.

  • Auto download of system software updates has been expanded to support all PSN users.
  • Auto download support of purchases made on the Sony Entertainment Network will be made available to all PSN users.
  • New options for trophy privacy settings allow users to set which trophies are visible.
  • Data can now be transferred from PS3 to PS Vita using Wi-Fi or an ethernet connection.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
I'm happy to see the auto download service extended to non-PlayStation Plus subscribers. PlayStation Plus has proven itself to be a worthwhile investment for heavy PS3 users, but this particular function seemed a little excessive. From the beginning it seemed like something that should have been available to everyone, especially considering how much people complain about the PlayStation 3's frequent updates. I wonder if auto downloading for everyone will extend to the PlayStation 4, or if it will revert to its old habits once the next generation arrives.