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I would like to start off by saying that these are things I believe the PlayStation 4 would be better off with and greatly improve the console as a whole. Noting that there is no current info on the “Real” PlayStation 4 at this time, this is all just rumor and speculation as to what I would like to see in the PlayStation 4. So without further ado… let’s begin!
1. 2015 Release
Whoa! 2015? That’s pretty far off! Well, it is, however I believe that Sony is making the right call when Jack Tretton said on Game Trailers at E3 2012 that it is more important to take the time to build a quality machine. And in three years’ time not only do I believe that the PlayStation 4 will come out last, but also come out better prepared. Three years of advancing technology, updating hardware, and launch title development can give the PlayStation 4 enough time to complete all of the other objects on this list!
2. Fully Redesigned PSN
Okay so let’s run this down because there are a lot of aspects to a fully redesigned PSN. My PSN “2.0″ would need to obviously have cross-game chat and the Party System from the PS Vita for sure; however I would also like to have the trophy system show me both my PS3 trophies and Vita trophies all in one place! I would like to add that with Vita/PS3 trophy integration I want to be able to also compare trophies a lot faster. Faster speed, better comparison layout, something where all my trophy information is able to be evaluated, compared, and understood in one simplistic screen.
Enough about trophies however, a newly designed XMB or menu system for the PS4 is a nice change from the norm of the PlayStation 3’s cross media bar. User Interface changes need to include a design that is not only easy to navigate and organized, but also needs to remain customizable.
By the way, with the new user interface, I would love it to be, that when I get a message on PSN 2.0 that I can just tap the PlayStation button when I see a message notification appear and read the message instantly! For more on this check out number 6.
3. PlayStation 4/Vita bundle
With the advent of a PlayStation 4, a bundle with the Vita would be a great choice for consumers to have, not only to get the latest technology behind the PlayStation 4, but for an extra $100/$150 consumers will also get the PlayStation Vita at a deal that should be of at least $50 off the regular price of the Vita. Note that this mans by 2015 there will be a Vita price drop (which is extremely likely within the next three years. For more on Vita/PS4 integration please read number five.
4. $399/$499 Price Point
Alright I know the PS3 was given an outrageous price point at around $500 or $600 dollars and I know this also seems kind of steep, however if you look at the state of Sony as a corporation and their need for profit. The right game line-up at launch with the right features and marketing, Sony can pull this off. Tons of people got in line to pay $600 for a PS3, so tons more will likely line up for a $500 or $400 PS4. With time and if the price drops regularly, Sony can be very successful with this tactic and make a killer console! I know I would pay that much for the PS4!
5. Vita/PS4 cross-play enhancements
There is already cross-play on the PS3 with save transfers and competitive cross-play, however with the PS4 there needs to be a whole new level of support for this type of function. Support, support, support! I want at least half of the games that are released on the PS4 to be able to use the Vita in one way or another. From using it as a rearview mirrors (like the how Gran Turismo was supposed to use the PSP), to using it as a second screen, Sony can earn a massive leg-up on Wii U from utilizing a strong connection with the Vita, and the use of the Vita as a PS4 controller is very necessary for this to be fulfilled.
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