As is so often the case online, people aren’t happy. The PlayStation 3’s latest firmware update arrived earlier this week with a couple of admittedly eyebrow-raising additions. Alongside the ability to check Vita Trophies on the console, the update also implemented SingStar into the XMB, and moved some of the key components of the dashboard around.
The former, in particular, is causing a not entirely uncharacteristic rebellion on the PlayStation Blog. At the time of writing, over 835 posters have expressed their distaste for the new SingStar icon. The addition – which is only present in Europe at the moment – appears underneath the Games area of the XMB. It cannot be grouped into folders, nor deleted. Furthermore, it’s the default icon that loads if you don't have a Blu-ray inserted into your PS3.
Responding to the onslaught of critical comments, European PlayStation Blog manager Fred Dutton said: “Your feedback has most certainly been noticed and is being carefully considered by the relevant teams. If I have news about future updates, I will of course let you know immediately.”
We reckon the simple solution would be to move the SingStar icon to the Music area of the XMB. While it’s technically a game, it wouldn’t feel altogether out of place sitting next to the Music Unlimited icon. That way it would still be easily accessible to those who want it, while out of the way for those who don’t.
And while Sony’s switching icons around, it would be nice if it moved the Trophies icon back to the Games section. Firmware update 4.30 inexplicably repositioned the component under the PSN area, which, as far as we’re concerned, is a far bigger scandal than the SingStar icon.
What are your thoughts on the latest PS3 firmware update? Is the SingStar icon driving you insane? Let us know in the comments section below.