Here’s what you have to do to get your Xbox 360 online:
- Plug in an ethernet cord.
- Failing that, plug in the wireless internet adapter.
That’s it. You push the button, and it does all the heavy lifting. Yes, you have to know your WEP key if you want to go wireless, but that’s easy to get.
With Sony, though? There are screens and screens of unintuitive settings to slog through. I wanted to download FF9 onto my PSP. Should be easy enough, right? As it happens I did have my WEP key handy, and plugged it in. No big deal!
Then I tried getting into the store. It said I needed a system update. Fair enough, this is the first time my PSP had been online, of course it’s going to download some updates. So I went to the system update button. “Your firmware is up-to-date.” Um… okay. So the store is telling me I need an update, but the system update button is telling me I don’t. Get it together, guys!
Oh wait, there’s a network update button. So I press that, and — lo! — it has to download some stuff. And then restart. Twice.
So now I get into the store, and it wants me to set up a PSN account. Which means plugging in a bunch of information with that annoying cell phone-style text input thing. Four button clicks to input the letter S.
Ah, but now that I finally get into the store and select my game, they already have all my credit card information on file. Funny how giving them money is the easiest part of this entire process!
I… don’t really know what my complaint is here. I understand I need to keep my firmware up-to-date and I need to log in using a user profile. Just… does the process have to be this cumbersome? I feel like I’ve said “Accept” 500 times in the past 30 minutes.
…oh look, I don’t have enough free space on my memory stick. Time to back out and clear some room. Okay… done. Back to the store and– WHAT!? “Do you want to sign in?” Of course I want to sign in! Why did you sign me out!?
All that finally accomplished, and only 516 minutes remaining on the download. Huzzah!