The following from BahumatLord:
I've always thought that one of the biggest failings in the way that the ps3 handles content is the fact that you can't sort items alphabetically. With the advent of Team Duplex releases and ReActPSN there are hundreds of available PSN titles. I have found a method for sorting your items alphabetically so you can find what you're looking for instead of sifting through dozens or even hundreds of other titles.
Warning: make a backup of your original file before modifying. I will also include 2 copies of this file so others can see what I've done. I highly suggest that you edit your own file. Using the one that I provide may cause unintended results and has only been tested on 2 consoles.
If your account is the first one on the ps3 then in the folder dev_hdd0/home/00000001/etc is a file called explore_view.txt
If your account is not the first one, then just find the corresponding 0000000? in your home folder and use that instead of 00000001
Open that file with a text editor and search for the following string (Note: the search string is one continuous line):
Restart your PS3
You're going to have to assign each game into a category. Some suggested ones are PSX, PSN, minis, NEOGEO OR Action, Adventure, RPG, Puzzle, etc but feel free to use any name that you wish. After assigning each item into a category and hitting your SQUARE button until you get into category view, when you go into your previously created categories your list will be sorted ALPHABETICALLY!!! See Sony - it wasn't that hard
Also it should be noted that if you wish to further edit this file you can do the same for your photos, videos, music, savedata, game data and trophies but I didn't have a use for that so I kept it simple with only modifying the game list. The key is to replace the "time_created" string with "title"
Here are the files from my PS3.
Again if you decide to use mine instead of editing your own file then you are doing so at your own risk!! There is a possibility of stability issues when using other user created files
This is my original unmodified file:
Download: original explore_view.txt
This is the corrected file:
UPDATE BuhumatLord has some further information he wished to add to the article.
I've gotten great feedback from you guys out there about sorting your psn content. I didn't include the other categories because I didn't need them, but you guys have been so great, I thought I'd update my guide to give you more options
The following are just the set ups for your categories and should not be modified unless you know exactly what you're doing:
Code: root.view_selected.photo=view_photo.month &root.view_selected.music=view_music.album &root.view_selected.video=view_video.all &root.view_selected.vmc=view_vmc.all &root.view_selected.savedata_ps2=view_savedata_ps2.all &root.view_selected.savedata_ps3=view_savedata_ps3.all &root.view_selected.game=view_game.tags &root.view_selected.friend=view_friend.all &root.view_selected.trophy_title=view_trophy_title.all &root.view_selected.trophy=view_trophy.all &root.view_selected.trophy_ex=view_trophy_ex.all &root.view_selected.friendtrophy_title=view_friendtrophy_title.all &root.view_selected.friendtrophy=view_friendtrophy.all &root.view_selected.savedata_psp=view_savedata_psp.all These are the search strings for your photos: Code: &root.sort_selected.photo_month=sort_photo.time_created_ascend &root.sort_selected.photo_year=sort_photo.time_created_ascend &root.sort_selected.photo_album=sort_photo.time_created_ascend &root.sort_selected.photo_all=sort_photo.time_created_ascend These are the search strings for your music: Code: &root.sort_selected.music_album=sort_music.track_number_ascend &root.sort_selected.music_artist=sort_music.list_title_ascend &root.sort_selected.music_genre=sort_music.player_ascend &root.sort_selected.music_track_initial=sort_music.title_ascend &root.sort_selected.music_year=sort_music.player_ascend &root.sort_selected.music_all=sort_music.player_ascend These are the search strings for your videos: Code: &root.sort_selected.video_title_initial=sort_video.title_ascend &root.sort_selected.video_imported_month=sort_video.time_imported_descend &root.sort_selected.video_album=sort_video.time_imported_descend &root.sort_selected.video_all=sort_video.time_imported_descend This is the search string for your Virtual Memory Cards (PS1): Code: &root.sort_selected.vmc_all=sort_vmc.time_created_descend This is the search string for your PS2 Save Data: Code: &root.sort_selected.savedata_ps2_all=sort_savedata_ps2.time_modified_descend These are the search strings for your PS3 Save Data: Code: &root.sort_selected.savedata_ps3_title=sort_savedata_ps3.time_modified_descend &root.sort_selected.savedata_ps3_all=sort_savedata_ps3.time_modified_descend These are the search strings for your PSN games (already discussed): Code: &root.sort_selected.game_format=sort_game.time_created_descend &root.sort_selected.game_tags=sort_game.time_created_ascend &root.sort_selected.game_all=sort_game.time_created_descend This is the string for your friend list: Code: &root.sort_selected.friend_all=sort_friend.presence_descend These are the strings for your trophy collection: Code: &root.sort_selected.trophy_title_all=sort_trophy_title.time_last_updated_descend &root.sort_selected.trophy_group=sort_trophy_group.default &root.sort_selected.trophy_all=sort_trophy.default These are the strings for your friend's trophy lists: Code: &root.sort_selected.friendtrophy_title_all=sort_friendtrophy_title.all &root.sort_selected.friendtrophy_all=sort_friendtrophy.all &root.sort_selected.friendtrophy_group_all=sort_friendtrophy_group.all These are the strings for your PSP Save Data: Code: &root.sort_selected.savedata_psp_title=sort_savedata_psp.time_modified_descend &root.sort_selected.savedata_psp_all=sort_savedata_psp.time_modified_descend These are more strings for your photos (sorted by month/year): Code: &root.view_sort_selected.photo_month=sort_photo_month.list_title_ascend &root.view_sort_selected.photo_year=sort_photo_year.list_title_ascend These are more strings for your music (sorted by albums): Code: &root.view_sort_selected.music_album=sort_music_album.list_title_ascend &root.view_sort_selected.music_year=sort_music_year.list_title_descend This appears to be the string for your active friend list on PSN (unneeded unless you've managed to get back on PSN) Code: &xs_root.sort_selected.friend_presence=sort_friend.title_ascend_only If you wish to modify any other category, look for the last "." in each string and modify the characters afterwards all the way to the end of the string.Known values include (but not limited to - I'm open to input from others): all default list_title_ascend list_title_ascend_only list_title_descend list_title_descend_only player_ascend player_ascend_only player_descend player_descend_only presence_ascend presence_ascend_only presence_descend presence_descend_only time_created_ascend time_created_ascend_only time_created_descend time_created_descend_only time_last_updated_ascend time_last_updated_ascend_only time_last_updated_descend time_last_updated_descend_only time_modified_ascend time_modified_ascend_only time_modified_descend time_modified_descend_only title title_ascend title_ascend_only title_descend title_descend_only track_number_ascend track_number_ascend_only track_number_descend track_number_descend_only
I'd like to take a moment to thank Jay-Jay for taking a look at this and giving suggestions. I hope this is useful to you guys out there.
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