However, unlike Remote Play between the Play Station 4 and the Play Station Vita, the problem with PS3 was that it only supported a "select" few titles and results were often laggy.
However, it is clear that Remote Play with the PS3 was the testing bed for its much better integration with the PS4.
Early versions of the Play Station 3 system software also provided a feature called Other OS that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the slimmer models launched in September 2009.
This feature enabled users to install an operating system such as Linux, but due to security concerns, Sony later removed this functionality through the 3.21 system software update.
Furthermore, the Play Station 3 provides printing support.
It can for example print images and web pages when a supported printer is connected via a USB cable or a local network.
The initial slim PS3s SKU shipped with a unique firmware with new features, also seen in software 3.00.
Furthermore, they can use a service called Cross-Buy which allows them to buy certain games that support this feature one time, and play them in both Sony platforms.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.All other later models, such as the PS3 Slim are not PS2 backwards compatible, though users can still enjoy PS3 and PSone games on them.It also includes various photo slideshow options and several music visualizations.Furthermore, the Play Station 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.The process of updating is almost identical to that of the Play Station Portable, Play Station Vita, and Play Station 4.The software may be updated by downloading the update directly on the Play Station 3, downloading it from the user's local Official Play Station website to a PC and using a USB storage device to transfer it to the Play Station 3, or installing the update from game discs containing update data.This is similar to the later Play Station 4 console which also has two APIs, the low level GNM and the higher level GNMX.Unlike the Software Development Kit (SDK) for mobile apps, Sony's Play Station 3 SDK is only available to registered game development companies and contains software tools and an integrated hardware component.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.) covering any Play Station Vita software title that can interact with a Play Station 3 software title.Different software titles use Cross-Play in different ways. Capcom 3 is a title supporting the Cross-Play feature, and the PS3 version of the game can be controlled using the PS Vita system.