Over the weekend I learned how to turn my new PS3 into my old one. As I made the transition I had to make a surprising choice that got me wondering yet again about a feature the current consoles lack.
I’m not sure why — and I could be missing something — but the Wii and the PS3 don’t allow for easy interior redecorating.
Neither Sony nor Nintendo’s console lets me move my the placement of my downloaded games and demos.
Download a PS3 game and it is put at the top of a stack of items in the system’s on-screen menu, on top of the last PS3 game or demo you downloaded. With the Wii, players have each of their downloaded files dropped into the wall-of-TVs front-end of the Wii, each one appearing as an icon in that grid. As with the PS3, the placement is dictated by the order of your downloads.
Of all the possible problems with the Wii and the PS3, this is a vey minor one. But it’s a puzzling one nonetheless.
Why must “Super Metroid” on my Wii menu always be to the left of “World of Goo“? On my PS3, why did “PixelJunk Monsters” always have to be below “Linger In Shadows” and above “Calling All Cars“?
The reason is because I downloaded “Metroid” before I downloaded “Goo,” and downloaded those PS3 games in the order that they are stacked on my old PS3.
So when I got that new Wii? It was before WiiWare and before I had downloaded many Virtual Console games, so I didn’t get to move anything.
When I worked on setting up my new PS3 on Saturday? I went into my PlayStation Network, saw that I had downloaded 110 files since I first had Sony’s home machine and re-downloaded about a third of them. Once I did, I chose to manually install them in the order I want them to appear. I placed “Calling All Cars” at the bottom, because if was my first PSN game and seems like it should get that first spot. I put two of the “PixelJunk” games together so I could find them in the stack more easily. I put “Monsters” at the top, because it’s the one PS3 game my wife likes to play, and I wanted to spare her a precious second to access it in the application stack.
I welcomed the opportunity to move my files on the PS3 and re-order all my icons. But I wondered: why is the process of moving my menu icons for games so hard on my home consoles when it is so easy on, say, my computer desktop? Just drag and drop, no?
For the record, I don’t think you can have your applications on your Xbox 360 listed in anything but alphabetical order. Your Achievements stack, though, seems to be categorized by the time in your playing history when you first played each game that is listed. The newest game you play has its clump of Achievements listed first.
It is only the DSi, as far as I know, that lets you move files so that they appear in the order of your choosing. Just grab any icon with the stylus and drag it to where you want it to appear on the screen. That’s nice.
So, yeah, this is a small thing. But it’s a thing. Add it to checklist for Wii 2, PS4 and the Xbox 361? Thanks.