XMB displays icons horizontally across the screen that be seen as categories. Users can navigate through them using the left and right buttons of the D-pad , which move the icons forward or back across the screen, highlighting just one at a time, as opposed to using any kind of pointer to select an option. When one category is selected, there are usually more specific options then available to select that are spread vertically above and below the selected icon.
Users may navigate among these options by using the up and down buttons of the D-pad. The basic features offered by XMB implementations varies based on device and software version. Also, XMB offers a degree of multitasking. However, unlike Remote Play between the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita, the problem with PS3 was that it only supported a "select" few titles and results were often laggy.
Not only that, but in the case of most such games, their saved games actually transfer back and forth between devices, allowing players to pick up from the moment they left off. Different software titles use Cross-Play in different ways. For example, Ultimate Marvel vs. Non-game features[ edit ] Similar to many other consoles, the PlayStation 3 is capable of photo, audio, and video playback in a variety of formats. It also includes various photo slideshow options and several music visualizations.
Furthermore, the PlayStation 3 is able to play Blu-ray and DVD movies as well as audio CDs out of the box, and also capable of adopting streaming media services such as Netflix.
This feature enabled users to install an operating system such as Linux , but due to security concerns, Sony later removed this functionality through the 3. According to Sony Computer Entertainment SCE , disabling this feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system. The settlement was approved in September It can for example print images and web pages when a supported printer is connected via a USB cable or a local network.
However, not all PlayStation 3 models are backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2 games. Some later models, most notably the 80GB Metal Gear Solid PS3 consoles are also backwards compatible, through partial software emulation in this case since they no longer had the PS2 CPU in them, although they do have the PS2 GPU in them, allowing for reduced backward compatibility through hardware-assisted software emulation.
According to a news story on Polygon: Under normal circumstances, PlayStation 3 consoles are locked so that they can only run software and operating systems approved by Sony.
When a PlayStation 3 is successfully hacked, users can perform actions that would otherwise not be possible or allowed on the console, such as play pirated games and run unauthorized operating systems.
With access to these areas, users can decrypt security updates and work around the authorized PlayStation firmware. This allows PlayStation 3 firmware updates to be modified on a computer so that they can be run on a modified console. There were a number of updates in the 1. There were quite a few noticeable changes, and in version 2. Similar to versions such as 2. The most noticeable change in the version 4. With this update, the PlayStation 3 also gained the ability to transfer videos , images , musics , and game data to and from the PlayStation Vita.
The PlayStation 3 system software is currently still being updated by Sony. Withdrawal of update 2. The fault was explained to have been because of certain system administrative data being contained in the HDD. Shortly after its release, a number of users complained that the system update caused their system's Blu-ray drive to malfunction.
John Kennedy had purchased a PlayStation 3 in January , claiming it worked perfectly until he installed the required firmware update 3. However, after installing 3. The first one was filed on behalf of PS3 owners by Anthony Ventura. The lawyers for the plaintiffs reviewed the request and said that this is fairly common at this stage of the process and that the case would be reviewed before a judge in November SCEA also made claims that they were not the division solely responsible for the removal and should not be held responsible despite conflicting information to the contrary.
Ultimately, in , Sony settled with users who installed Linux or purchased a PlayStation 3 based upon the alternative OS functionality.