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Published July 7, 2015

Update Frustration

I had one of those frustrating experiences again. The kind of experience that makes you yearn for a simpler time in console gaming.

My frustration is from the PS4 this time around but it applies to both consoles, so don’t think I’m being one sided. This kind of scenario occurs on both consoles right now.

I was looking to have something to play in bed last night, so before I shut off the TV after watching another episode of Tiny House Hunters (curse you tinyhome buyers!) I stumbled up to the entertainment center and ejected Dragon Age: Inquisition out of the PS4, a game that’s not so much fun to play via remote play, and slapped in DriveClub (#Driveclub?).

Quick trip to take the dog out one last time, and then back the bedroom to relax and test out the post PS+ Edition waters in Driveclub.

I turn on the Vita to find that it needs a system update, it hasn’t been that long since I played the PS+ games this month, so the firmware must be recent. Whatever, set it to update and put the Vita down. I’ll use the restroom and when I come back I’ll be ready to race.

Minutes later I’m back and ready to go.

Boot up remote play, log into the PS4. Can’t find Driveclub on the main menu, the disc is in but I still have to go to the library to find the game. Alright, let’s go.

System requires an update…

Well, here we go, what happens when I initiate a system update from Remote Play? You get booted out when the system restarts as I suspected. Try and log back in, won’t connect, must still be working. Wait a couple minutes, played some Murasaki Baby (man that game makes creepy noises non-stop). Log back in through remote play: success!

Alright time to race!

Driveclub requires an update… time left to download 20min

Well, time for bed.

After a half hour of updates and frustration I would still have to wait 20min to download an update for a game that has been installed on the system since February? This is not the console simplicity I expected. I would have had an easier time playing The Witcher 3, which just released a big patch 1.07, because my big complicated, difficult-to-use PC has all of my games updated and ready to go at any minute.

With the exception of the initial build; it’s beginning to be the case that PC gaming is so streamlined by various services (Steam, GoG, etc.) that it’s a simpler experience than consoles nowadays. Maybe I should’ve played 30 minutes of The Witcher 3 instead of trying to play a console game… maybe I would have gone to bed having played a game.

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