We're heading into an exciting time in the video game world with new hardware on the horizon. Nintendo was first out of the gate in November with the Wii U and it rumors are starting to heat up on what Microsoft and Sony has in store later this year. Given then usual lifespan for systems, now's the time that we usually see big announcements from companies and given how Sony has a big reveal coming on the 20th, it only adds more fuel.
When it came to the last "next-gen" generation, it's an easy case to make that the PS3 lost. Due to the easy accessibility of the Wii for everyone and online play on X-Box, the PS3 was the odd man out. Heading into the next round, I thought of some things that might help them claim the number 1 spot again:
1: It may seem like a big task, but putting out their first party titles once a year may be the way to go. Out of all three systems, I loved Sony's titles the most with Uncharted, Heavy Rain, and God of War. I know games like Madden and Super Mario catch heat for "being the same game every time", but I trust that studios like Naughty Dog can put out quality products every year.
2: The PS3's interface is boring as hell. It just doesn't pop like the X-Box 360's or have the sweet elevator music in the background like the Wii. It may sound trivial, but that should be a major revamp with the PS4.
3: Connecting with friends is a super huge thing in gaming wether it's playing or just talking in a group chat. The PS4 needs to have a better way of connecting with friends other than standard message sending back and forth.
4: I can't really say much about graphics. I'm sure they'll be better and incredible as always.
5: Price....Nobody is going to pay 500 dollars for a system, not in this economy. Sony will take a hit with a lower price point, but if the launch titles are on point (fingers crossed for Watch Dogs), that should make up for it...
It's really hard to gauge where Sony will land in the next round of the video games arms race since it's still early. The one thing that hurt them with the PS3 was the poor showing in their multiplayer and motion sensing games. It seems like the theme the past couple of years was play together and Sony came up short. In a couple of weeks we'll see what they have in store and if they'll be able to turn things around.
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