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What Sony fans need from the next PlayStation

We asked fans and two of our favorite PlayStation-focused sites about what they want, nay need, from Sony's next console.

Sony is expected to announce its next PlayStation console at its February 20th press event. Every day until then, Shacknews will look at PlayStation's history, and analyze what that could mean for the company's future.
Fans. They may parade around the internet, making a mess of YouTube comment pages with half-truths and insecure attacks on other platforms. But, they are an important part of a console's lifeblood. Without a dedicated army of fans, systems can launch... and simply disappear. Over the past three generations, Sony has amassed quite an army of gamers loyal to the PlayStation brand. For many of these gamers, PS4 (or Orbis, or whatever they end up calling it) will be an automatic day-one purchase. Others, however, are still on the fence. We asked fans and two of our favorite PlayStation-focused sites about what they want, nay need, from Sony's next.

This is PS4's trojan horse

PlayStation Plus The great thing about subscription services is that it keeps customers engaged in your ecosystem. PlayStation Plus has evolved over the years into a truly great service, one that offers a tremendous value with its Instant Game Collection. Like Netflix, access to that library of content disappears when your subscription ends--and for many, Plus is incentive to continue onto the next PlayStation system. "At this point I am so heavily invested in the PlayStation Ecosystem there isn't much they need to do. All of my friends are on PSN, I have a ton of trophies, and I have a PlayStation Plus membership for the next few years," Chris Kuspis, Editor-in-Chief of PSN Stores told us. Glenn Percival, Editor-in-Chief of PS Nation, echoed that sentiment. "Not only maintain, but escalate the status quo that's been established in the current generation. Keep online services free, keep what's being offered by PlayStation Plus," he told us. @Geekrocker told us the same on Twitter: "More PS+ free games/features." Free PlayStation Network Access Oddly, although many PlayStation fans are subscribing to PlayStation Plus, they also want PlayStation Network to continue offering free access to online gaming. @UnnXandros told us: "No bull----, meaning free PSN (although I pay for Plus). No second-hand BS." ReaLgoesWronG also thinks free PSN access must continue. "Honestly if XBL stays the same course w/fee then that's already a deal breaker for the next Xbox," he said.
Frustration at Microsoft's move towards "general entertainment" could be seen in multiple responses, including this tweet from @berthiaume: "I want a dedicated gaming machine, not a set-top box." Backwards Compatibility Although PS3 launched with full backwards compatibility, the feature was removed in later versions of the console. Recent reports suggest PS3 games will be supported on PS4 through Sony's newly-acquired Gaikai tech. But how important is BC to PlayStation fans? Apparently, very. "To keep my interest, PlayStation 4 needs to support the full back catalog of PlayStation digital content. Everything that the PS3 can play, the PS4 must play at the bare minimum," Nick Kosmides, Features Editor for PSN Stores said. "Backwards compatibility is more important in the upcoming generation than the last," PS Nation co-host Josh Langford added. "I don't care how they do it, through hardware or software emulation, through the Gaikai technology, whatever. I've spent a lot of money on the PSN over the past 6+ years and I don't want to keep the PS3 plugged in just to play those titles."

Sony must continue to support indies, fans demand

The Games Finally, at the end of the day, it's all about the games for PlayStation's most dedicated fans. "Keep bringing awesome and unique exclusive titles," Percival said. "Just keep being PlayStation. Offer games like Uncharted, God of War, Sly Cooper, Wipeout, Heavy Rain, LittleBigPlanet, MLB The Show, Sorcery, Killzone, inFamous, Twisted Metal, Hot Shots Golf, Shadow of the Colossus, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Warhawk, and well, you get the idea." "Sony's ability to attract innovative teams to create content for PSN has lead to some of my most enjoyable gaming experiences these past six years. If Sony can continue to bring fantastic games to PSN when they release the next PlayStation then my money will continue to support them," PSN Stores' Andrew Brewer added. Intriguingly, Sony fans seem hungry to see brand new IPs, and see Sony continue to experiment with new studios and new ideas," PS Nation's Emrah Rakiposki said. "Sony should continue to take chances on those abstract games that may not necessarily appeal to the masses." "Letting studios take a break from their respected franchises next generation would be great," PS Nation's Michal Cwick added. "I want to know what Guerilla can do outside of Killzone or what Sucker Punch has up their sleeves after inFamous." "I would have to say that Sony should continue to be unafraid of taking chances with new concepts. One thing that has always separated them from the competition is their willingness to stray away from the cookie-cutter "sure-hit" genres and give studios a chance to try something new. The gaming world is starting to see a lot of clones, and it would be nice to see Sony continue the trend of letting games like Journey, Flower, Shadow of Colossus, inFamous, to be made under their belt," PS Nation's Rey Barrera said. "The PS4 needs to have games that are offering unique and compelling that will make me want to hit that power button. The console can look like a piece of wood for all I care. I just want some unique gaming experiences that no other console provides," PS Nation's Nathan Hensler noted.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    February 18, 2013 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, What Sony fans need from the next PlayStation.

    We asked fans and two of our favorite PlayStation-focused sites about what they want, nay need, from Sony's next console.

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      February 18, 2013 1:35 PM

      Interesting angle asking other sites, I like it.

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      February 18, 2013 3:07 PM

      As a High spec PC/Every Nintendo console/360 owner, what would make me buy a PS4 is.. a controller that isn't shit, backwards compatibility, free internet, good local multiplayer, big jrpgs and exclusives.

      That's it.

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        February 18, 2013 5:09 PM

        the ps3 is already all this...

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          February 18, 2013 5:49 PM


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            February 18, 2013 8:32 PM

            Insomniac was able to do this on Resistance 2 I believe. But as far as I know it was a special circumstance/work-around. Sony definitely should make local multiplayer more viable to multiple accounts/users.

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          February 19, 2013 12:36 AM

          PS3 has no local multiplayer except CoD and like.. Rock Band or whatever, which every console offers. I'm talking.. actual incentive to buy the console over 360, which has the only local FPS worth playing, Halo.

          Btw, I got my 360 in 2010, started with Halo 3, so I'm not some fanboy, I literally bought the 360 over the PS3 because it sucked for multiplayer.

          But worst of all.. the controller is the biggest piece of shit in the world. Convex analogue sticks. Really small and tacky and unergonomic. Your fingers are in constant pain trying not to slip off the damned triggers if there's any extended gameplay and they like to map gun triggers to the bumpers for some reason (probably because their triggers are shit). Like.. you have to switch between trigger fingers all the damned time if you have an extended FPS playthrough because it's so uncomfortable on your fingers.

          I owned every Sega console, every Nintendo console and the 360 and I have never used a controller anywhere near as horrendous as the Playstation one, yet they stick to it like it's some golden formula. It's not a golden formula, it's shit.

          Also, not a great fan of trophies over GS.

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            February 19, 2013 2:36 AM

            I like trophies over some number, but I HATE the way they work.

            If I unlock a trophy and I don't know what it was for, I will want to check it out, but the damn "Synchronizing" BS is terrible.

            Thankfully, I don't care about Achievements or Trophies at all so it's not a huge deal in the end.

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        February 18, 2013 8:43 PM

        360 has limited BC and paid internet and almost no big exclusives or JRPGS
        Wii has a shit controller and (with the exception of that Xeno game), no real big JRPGs

        So why are you expecting such huge things out of the PS4 that you don't seem to mind with your other consoles?

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          February 19, 2013 12:31 AM

          Wii has a /great/ controller, much better than shitty dual analogue for FPS, and anyone who doesn't realise that has just never played an FPS on Wii for long enough to realise it's true. It's literally point and click, like with a mouse. Dual analogue is grindingly slow, even on high sensitivities. The only problem with wii is turning.

          But I buy the Nintendo consoles because of the great exclusives. SSB, Mario, Zelda etc. . Don't care about third parties for that.

          Reason for the 360: It's actually got good local multiplayer (even if it is just Halo). PS3 has nothing. Zip. You can't sit and play four player unless it's shitty CoD. I don't mind paying for multiplayer on one console, only reason I would care about it on PS4 is I don't want to pay for 2 subscriptions.

          360 has ToV, RoF, Eternal Sonata at least, but yes.. PS wins on JRPGs. But, again, no local multiplayer and the controller is fucking shit.

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            February 19, 2013 3:00 AM


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              February 19, 2013 7:07 AM

              I say this as a PC gamer, and a 360 owner. If you haven't noticed how good Wiimotes are for FPS, it's because you never gave them a chance. For things that are on the screen, apart from the latency I would say it is more responsive than a mouse. Again, the only problem is turning, but you can set the deadzone of the screen at which you turn, and the turning speed, so in that respect it's equal in turning to dual analogue. It's just infinitely better than using sticks.

              Imagine playing Time Crysis with analogue sticks. That is what every FPS is like compared to a wiimote.

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            February 19, 2013 4:22 AM

            i don't understand your local multiplayer?
            there are a couple of games i play witth my friends locally on my ps3 all the time
            little big planet and things like that for the girls, and uncharted/earth defense force/racing games/psn games
            i even have a vita so whatever game supports cross play, i can play on my vita while my friends use the tv.... or even just use the ps3 in the living room if i want the whole screen to myself

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              February 19, 2013 7:26 AM

              I played LBP and it just isn't a console seller to me. For racing, I would just break out various Mario Kart games or F Zero or Burnout or NFS. EDF is 2 player, Uncharted 3 is 2 player. I'm not talking about having one friend over and playing something coop splitscreen, I'm talking >=4 player multiplayer for a group of friends. PS3 has pretty much zilch. 360 is bad for it as well, but it has the Halo franchise, which is really solid for local multiplayer.

              If I want to game on my own I'll game on PC, so I can have a sensible control scheme.

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            February 19, 2013 6:53 AM

            The Dualshock controller rocks all socks, especially if you're playing anything OTHER than FPSs, though I also never had a problem with it playing FPS games, maybe because my hands aren't stupid. Maybe you wouldn't have so much trouble if all you played wasn't testosterone fueled shoot-em-ups and little-girl-waifu simulators.

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              February 19, 2013 6:57 AM


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              February 19, 2013 7:15 AM

              What else would I play on a console? I have a PC for proper gaming.

              For me, a console is something to hook it to the TV and play with friends, and play exclusives you can't get on PC. So.. the only stuff that interests me that you can't get on PC are JRPGs and Nintendo's catalogue of excellent first parties. The only stuff I would play with my friends are FPS + SSB/Mario Kart + GH/RB (which 360 and PS3 both have).

              I prefer playing indie games on the PC though I have bought the occasional one on a console. I got Meat Boy on 360 for instance, and 106%ed it with all bandages etc. . I used the shoulder buttons for run, and they were almost constantly held down. I imagine that would've been impossible on a PS3 (though I don't even know what PS3's indie scene is like; I was under the impression it wasn't great).

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      February 18, 2013 8:49 PM

      Sounds like that ship has sailed if Sony is announcing tomorrow......

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