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What's In Store For The PS4?
by Nolan Hedstrom on Feb. 1, 2013

There have been a lot of rumors and speculation surrounding the Playstation 4 from Sony. With their upcoming press conference we might even find out in a few weeks. Some of the biggest topics are RFID chips imbedded in the discs, a new controller, and a revamped XrossMediaBar. Now I’m not saying the PS3 is a bad system but Sony could stand to make a few improvements.


RFID chips in the discs

The purpose of imbedding an RFID chip in a game disc would be to limit that disc to a single console. This means no more lending games to friends, playing on two different consoles you own, and no more game rentals or used games. That last one is kind of a big deal. Restricting the used games market would hit retailers like GameStop HARD as they make most of their profits from these sales. I know a lot of people who trade in and buy used games, myself included, and this would have a large impact on peoples wallets. So are there any benefits that could come from limiting a game to one console?

Cheaper games: There was a huge leap in the cost of games with the latest console generation; $60 is a lot to pay for a starving college student. One of the reasons for this steep price was because game developers were losing profit to used game sales. And it’s likely places like GameStop make more off a game than the developer does. In an attempt to recoup some of their lost profits game prices went up; though developers still struggle to make ends meet. If you could no longer play a used game and had to buy it new there’s less need to pad the price of the game for more profit. I know it’s wishful thinking but wouldn’t paying less for a new game be nice for a change?

Free Downloadable Content: DLC has been a hot topic recently among us here at 4Player as well as every gamer. Remember when you’d beat a game and unlock an alternative costume for the player or even get to play the game as a different character, all for FREE? Well that has become a thing of the past and now we pay for everything from costumes to hair color, most of which doesn’t change gameplay that much. If the price of games didn’t drop and they stayed around $60 there should be no reason to have to pay for DLC for a game. Everything small should come with the game or should be in a free update, for larger expansions they shouldn't charge ridiculous prices. I'm looking at you Capcom $40 for Dragon's Dogma expansion? Come on! If you have to pay full price for a game expanions should be in the $5 to $10 range max. 


A new controller

Sony has been using the current DualShock style controller for their past 3 consoles. DualShock came out in late 1997; that’s 15 years of the same style controller with a few minor updates. Now we all remember the atrocity that was the original Sixaxis design; a horrible hot mess of a boomerang. I doubt Sony is going to make that mistake again, but you know they have to have been trying to come up with something new. I doubt the new design with be drastically different from the current one; they’re going to drive the DualShock into its grave. There have been rumors of an LCD touch screen on the back of the controller, but I’m not sure what I think about that. What would you touch it with? Would you take your middle fingers off the triggers? Would you use your ring fingers and leave the main support of the grips to your pinkies?  I think both of those would be odd angles for your fingers, but I won’t knock it will I try it.

There’s also speculation of biometrics in the grips of the controller that register things like your pulse and temperature. So is this going to be like Nintendo’s Wii Vitality Sensor? We all know how well that did. I’m curious as to if current features will remain in the new controller. Will there still be pressure sensitive buttons and what about Sixaxis? I don’t really remember using the pressure sensitivity or Sixaxis as of late for anything relevant. My assumption is that since most developers are creating games for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 they don’t bother adding in those extra features for the PS3 and just map the buttons the same on both controllers. I wouldn’t mind if they took both out personally. However if said features are removed that would mean if the system is backwards compatible you wouldn’t have access to those them in older games so they might have got themselves in a corner with that one. Either put in features no one is using, don’t put them in and have it effect backwards compatibility, or let people use the DualShock 3 which would limit sales on a new controller. 

XrossMediaBar

I have never been a huge fan of the design of the XrossMediaBar. The interface is so busy with buttons for this and that; I only use the settings section and maybe five or six other buttons on the entire display! The information box on the top right is too cluttered for its own good. The box is small so it has icons and a tiny ticker which I doubt people sit  and read as it scrolls across useless information. The bad interface aside, I will say Sony did some nice things with their XrossMediaBar. It's fast and smooth compared to the Xbox 360 and the Wii or Wii U. They have nothing on how quick Sony got their home screen moving. The popup keyboard on the PS3 is also lightning fast and the word prediction using past used words is extremely helpful. I wouldn’t mind them keeping a similar style interface provided they clear out some of the useless clutter that it currently contains.

I am excited to see what the next console generation has in store for us. I used to be a “Sony Fan Boy” but over the past few years I starting leaning more towards my Xbox 360 for personal preferences in the consoles interface. Maybe with this new console Sony will convince me to come back, or at least leave some clothes at their place and stay over more often. Do you think this will be the first console ever  I buy on day one?  Do think and LCD on the controller is a good idea? What improvements do you want Sony to make? Leave your comments below.

*Also I know Kaz Hirai isn't CEO of Sony anymore and it will most likely be Jack Tretton making the announcement but Kaz is so much cooler. 


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  • zlade 2 years, 7 months ago

    PS4 is looking to be expensive...

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  • Hudson518 2 years, 7 months ago

    So is the ps4 supposed to look exactly like the Ps3?

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    • Nolan Hedstrom 2 years, 7 months ago

      It's just a photo and I doubt it. No one knows exactly what it's going to look like.

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  • Jacobisalemon 2 years, 7 months ago

    I'd really like to see what they have in store for the new PSN as a whole. After being on it for more than 5 years I was really disappointed to not ever see it change other than small additions that were for the most part useless. Of course the price is going to be another topic of interest based on the PS3's first 600 dollar price tag, but of course i'm also worried about the new controller. I'm not sure if i can adjust to anything too radical.

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    • Nolan Hedstrom 2 years, 7 months ago

      I do like that Microsoft has constantly be updated the Xbox 360s dashboard since day 1. Look how far is has come! Sony seems to just be satisfied with how theirs looks. I didn't want to go into price cause I have no idea what it will cost but it better not be more than $500. I mean come on... Don't give me that $500 for a 120GB hard drive and $600 for a $320GB hard drive crap either. If I can switch out the hard drive myself for a larger one I'll be happy.

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  • wing2k12 2 years, 7 months ago

    Also heard that we may hear something about a streaming service for video games, similar to what OnLive has done. Wonder if we will hear about Gaikai? In any case, Feb. 20 will be an exciting date.

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  • Pokop 2 years, 7 months ago

    The only retail price of games that will make me consider buying discs with RFID chips in them is $10.

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    • Pokop 2 years, 7 months ago

      Plus, I REALLY doubt that DLC will ever be free. No company is going to miss out on a chance to make more money; that's why DLC exists in the first place (in most cases). Especially not with publishers like EA and Capcom abusing it.

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  • Nadia 2 years, 7 months ago

    No matter what turns out, I don't think I'm ready for a new Playstation. I doesn't feel terribly long ago that I bought my PS3, and only recently got really into using it. To invest in a new console? Mmmm, I'll probably wait it out.

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    • Nolan Hedstrom 2 years, 7 months ago

      It does go against their 10 year life cycle, which I never saw as a viable option, but technology is constantly growing and if they want to keep up with PC gaming they HAVE to put something out. It just sucks that it will cost a lot when it comes out. I don't want a new system either, I would like them to make some substantial updates to the current one.

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      • CommanderZx2 2 years, 7 months ago

        I believe the 10 year life cycle was Microsoft's for the 360. Every Playstation has only had a 6 year life cycle. PS1 - 1994 PS2 - 2000 PS3 - 2006 PS4 - 2013? If anything the PS4 is a year late.

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        • Nolan Hedstrom 2 years, 7 months ago

          The 10 year life cycle isn't when the next one comes out it's when they discontinue the current one. You know like the system lasting 10 years. PS1 - 1994 - 2006 12 years PS2 - 2000 - 2012 12 years PS3 - 2006 - ? can you see this console lasting until 2018? doubt it. I will also say that those consoles only lasted maybe a year or two after the successor came out. Maybe they were still manufacturing PS2s last year but no one was making games for them any more.

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  • dumon 2 years, 7 months ago

    "$60 is a lot to pay for a starving college student." You said a mouthful there. To be honest, I'd be perfectly ok with them just bringing DualShock back. I've used it all these years and I'm just that used to it.

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  • Rev 2 years, 7 months ago

    It better be something larger with a decent fan and cooling system to prevent freezes or overheating. I can live with a sacrificed case design if it means I can play games without some hardware error.

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  • Arxidus 2 years, 7 months ago

    I am so scared for next-gen. It could either be really sweet, poopy, or not be all that significant of a jump at all.

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  • grenouille 2 years, 7 months ago

    I just don't want to have a broken product after a couple years of use and then have to buy the new model of the same system because the initial model was flawed. If they release something as durable as my ps2, which is still going, I will be happy.

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  • specdotsign 2 years, 7 months ago

    Y'all need to grow some balls and embrace the future. I can't wait for the next batch of console games. With technology improving and all this cloud bs-mumbo-jumbo, it's all just so exciting. I guess most got burned by the first batch of 360's with the RRoD. I know I did. That didn't stop me from enjoying my 360. I don't give a care for Live, as it's possibly one of the greatest scams in history, so my 360 got little play. Still does to this day. Anyway, I'm excited for next gen.

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