February 8, 2013 by thedavidryan
The Playstation 4 wishlist
February 20th 2013 – Mark down the date in your calendar, book the day off work or even call in sick if you have to. February 20th is the biggest day of the gaming year so far. Why? February 20th 2013 is the day gamers across the world will (fingers crossed) know everything there is to know about Sony’s new Playstation 4 console.
Sony recently announced that they are to hold a press event in New York City on the 20th February discussing the “future of Playstation”. While this may be a gigantic curveball, many believe this event will be to showcase their new gaming console to the world. With that being said I have kindly compiled a list of 5 things I believe the Playstation 4 MUST have in order to eclipse their long time Microsoft rival.
1 – Free online play
Not what you were expecting right? Well to put it simply people like stuff for free. So, to have something for free with the PS3, then taking it away with the PS4 would be a very bad move. The free Playstation Network feature is one of Sony’s biggest unique selling points and if they were to scrap this in favour of a subscription based online format like the current Xbox 360, then gamers would be outraged and heads may slightly turn to the rival Xbox.
2 – A 2013 release date
Sure, you could argue that what the Playstation 4 console needs most is X amount of RAM and Y amount of graphics capability etc. However that only means something to a very slight portion of the gaming community. Joe Bloggs who likes to play the odd game once a week won’t give a monkey’s ass how many processors the new console will have, whereas they will care if they can get a shiny new gaming console before the end of the calendar year. Also, by releasing the PS4 this year it will give Sony a dominant advantage over Microsoft as they plan to hold back releasing their rumoured Xbox 720 until further down the road. Strike while the iron is hot and all that.
3 – Backwards compatibility
When the original PS3 console shipped, it featured a very unique chip that gave it the ability to play your old PS2 games. What a brilliant idea right? You don’t want to throw away your beloved old games every time a new console gets released do you? Unfortunately though, following Playstation 3 consoles, such as the PS3 Slim, came without the chip and thus the ability to play your old games anymore and backwards compatibility was condemned to death.
Existing rumours suggests that the Playstation 4 will continue where the later PS3 models left off and will completely disregard the option of backwards compatibility and will focus on next generation titles. While you can argue change is good and Sony will make more money this way, just imagine how cool it would be to play Playstation 2 classics on a console as powerful as the PS4 is predicted to be.
4 – Social functions
Social media is the biggest buzz word online at the minute and with no signs of that changing, Playstation needs to capitalise on this ongoing trend by adding a whole host of social functionality to its new PS4 console.
The only social features of note on the PS3 are the ability to share trophy stories on Facebook and see what your friends are playing on the friends menu. While this was fine when the Playstation 3 was released all those years ago, times have changed and so has people’s social behaviour.
Video streaming sites such as Netflix offer social integration to where you can see what your friend is watching on Netflix and when they watched it. Wouldn’t it be cool to log onto Twitter and Facebook to see ‘John Smith is currently fighting Nazi zombies on Call of Duty’ or ‘Chris Thomson is participating in unprotected sex on Grand Theft Auto’? You bet your ass it would!
5 – More exclusive titles
While Playstation gamers have undoubtedly been treated to some classic Playstation only titles in the past few years (Uncharted, Heavy Rain etc.), it is just as important if not more so to release even more Playstation only titles when the PS4 eventually hits shelves.
I am a Playstation gamer through and through; however I must admit I felt a twinge of jealousy when Xbox used to release highly acclaimed exclusive titles such as Halo or Gears of War to their Microsoft console. For that reason, Playstation needs to get some long standing revenge by producing exciting PS4 only titles in an attempt to sway unsure gamers to rightfully choose Team Sony.
Here’s an example, what if the Playstation 4 is released 18 months before the Xbox 720, imagine the time and potential that would bring to release exciting games that can only be played on the Sony system. Even the most loyal Xbox gamers would get itchy feet and something so simple like intrigue could prove to be an influential factor in winning the next generation console war.