The PlayStation 4 Could Be Announced On February 20th, Here Are the Key Points For Improvement
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on February 10, 2013 at 04:25 PM EDT

PlayStation 4

The hash tag #playstation2013 has been shuffling around the web and catching fire. Many are proclaiming that it is the inevitable launch of the PlayStation 4. While this might be true we can only speculate as rumors are running rampart and sources could be paper thin. However, let’s look into what the next PlayStation console needs to do for next generation.

No Delays

The PlayStation 3 at one point and time was known as the DelayStation by some gamers. This is due mainly in part to heavy hitting titles getting pushed back in development because the PS3 was “too hard” to develop for. Titles like Metal Gear Solid 4, and GranTurismo 5 were titles that suffered from these delays. If Sony wants the PlayStation 4 to succeed it is required to improve upon development accessibility for third party developers and publishers. If done correctly, this will make many fans that left during the PlayStation delays return with hope. In creating a well-loved brand there is one thing that always remains true, consistency. No matter if you are a student, developer, or writer being able to keep up with consistent quality assures success. When you show day in and day out that you can provide for your consumers. Their faith in you is restored.

How are they going to do this? This may be a question that plagues many of you out there. The idea here is to get great first party launch titles and awesome third party support. We see the relationship that Ubisoft has had over the years with Nintendo and its console exclusive title Zombi U. We have also seen the relationship with exclusive content for Assassins Creed III and the PSVita game Assassins Creed Liberation. Will that be the end of that? I find it highly unlikely. Ubisoft takes prides on innovating and reinventing. The PlayStation 4 seems to be the perfect place for them to do so. If the PlayStation 4 can get this publisher and others on board to create new IPs than the possibilities are absolutely endless. Delays happen, but making them minimal or nonexistent benefit Sony and the PlayStation brand.

Better Backwards Compatibility

PlayStation 3

Backwards compatibility was pretty much nonexistent in this generation to an extent unless you owned a fat PS3. Than after that, it didn’t exist because they got rid of it all together. Soon after you had to buy old PS2 and PS1 classics on the PSN store. It was really a confusing process early on in the life cycle of the PS3. That is way this next generation PlayStation 4 has to clarify what it is exactly trying to do. It must have backwards compatibility right at launch so gamers won’t feel cheated into having their previous systems obsolete. Another factor is backwards compatibility with PS3 games to make sure that all PS3 games are able to be played.

If you give consumers the ability to play all of the previous console titles, it adds more value and convenience to what the consumer is looking for. If a hardware manufacturer makes a console, handheld, etc. It must be more accessible to a broader range of consumers. I really felt that this generation was hindered by a lack of backwards compatibility. In fact there are still games that I own on the PS2 that can’t be played on a slim or super slim.

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  • Jeremy Barnes

    All of the rumors point to no backwards compatibility. They also plan for online activation of games to eliminate the used game market. I’ll be passing on it.

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      I highly doubt they would get rid of used games on the PS3. If you make those games obsolete whats the point of trading them into to places like gamestop. Gamestop and other retailers that take trade ins would be out of business.

  • pick up bart

    I was opposed to the idea of next generation systems “locking” out used games, but a writer at IGN made a good point; how other services already do this and I don’t really seem to care. For example the app store, you don’t buy a physical copy of anything, you don’t even own it. Just a license to use that app, same with Steam. Those apps are only a couple dollars though, I get it, but we’re going to see more digital content with every future iteration of gaming consoles. I don’t see brick and mortar stores lasting forever, even if you can get games for cheap.
    Hopefully much like Steam, lets see if games on demand are a little less taxing on our wallets.

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      The only way that I see Sony and the PlayStation 4 doing this is incorporating Galkai after their acquisition earlier this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/calbarrang Carlos Albarran

    No backward compatibility and locking games because they are “entitled” to dissapear used games marketshare. Anyone who believes this is fine is a sucker. PREDATORY CAPITALISM.

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      That what it would appear like and the impact on used game shops like GameStop would be tremendous

  • clevelandchief

    Well if I cant play my old games and I have a console already with a ton of games then buying a new console ranks low on my priority list…

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      You have every right to think that.

  • DarthDiggler

    Backwards compatibility will be a last gen feature. It’s a nice thing to have on your feature list, but by and large people don’t use it all that much beyond the transition between consoles.

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      Personally I like backward compatibility I feel it is easier as a system seller for many consoles at launch

  • RyanGonzo

    I could really care less if it has backward compatibility. As soon as I get a next gen system whether it be the PS4 or the Xbox 720, I don’t EVER plan on playing an older generation game. Why would i? I just spent all this money on a new system, I want to enjoy it with newer and better games that utilize all the aspect of the system.

    • http://twitter.com/theownerz Gregory Laporte

      Thanks for your input.

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  • Thommo-san

    As an ‘older’ mid forties gamer, from my perspective, I would like to see the following:

    1. Clarification as to whether the unit is a gaming machine solely, or a gaming machine with multiple media capabilities.

    2. If the unit is meant to be used as a music / video player; stop half arseing around with those capabilities and make them truly functional; i.e. a music player better than itunes, and just about every video codec supported.

    3. I know the base unit always starts out expensive, but please release a premium unit that fits on top of my ‘standard’ sized home theatre components. let it have an enormous hard drive and multiple USB 3 ports. I’ll pay extra so that it fits within my cabinet.

    4. If the unit is pretty much just a games machine, great, but please include more LAN titles. Living in Australia, we have a fairly slow internet speed (like many parts of the rest of the world). Not being able to LAN GT5 has been really frustrating. I have 3 50″ plasmas ready to go, alas no dice (if there is a way to LAN GT5 I would really like to know)

    Just my thoughts….

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