With the PS4 rumored to be releasing this year, and on the verge of being announced, I thought it would be cool to produce a list of features it should have. Feel free to add/modify, comment, etc...
Backwards Compatibility (PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP/PSV?)
A problem the PS3 has been struggling with, and a problem it looks like the PS4 will be struggling with as well. It was hard for the PS3 to emulate PS2 games because of the radically different architecture between the two, and if the PS4 rumors are true, this looks to be the case again, but I hope not.
A place for friends to get together, post stuff and w/e, sort of like the Wii U’s Mii verse except bigger, not only should there be groups for each game, there could be groups for anything; clans, sports teams, cities, etc…
This notorious feature has been begged and pleaded for, for most of this generation and it would be a serious shame if the PS4 didn’t have it, considering the PS Vita does.
One of the major disadvantages of consoles. Mods vastly extend the replayability of games, and keep old games fresh.
Multiple Ways to Play (DS3, Keyboard/Mouse, PS Move, PS Vita)
The nostalgic trite and true controller, familiar to all PlayStation fans, an obvious inclusion to the PS4.
Sony’s answer to the motion control craze of the last gen, a viable gaming option, that should be included for all fans
of motion gaming.
Keyboard & Mouse
While the Dual-Shock is familiar and good for many games, there are some games where K/M excel, including this
as a standard, would open the PS4 up to a whole new audience and many previously inaccessible video game genres.
Nintendo has shown the dual-screen experience is no gimmick and that it’s here to stay, Sony’s only logical answer is
PS4 / PS Vita functionality.
The XMB is simple and quick, but also old and stale, with both the 360 and Wii U offering superior, modern user interfaces, it’s time for Sony to rethink the PS4 OS. I’d like to see a modified version of PS Vita’s live arena.
Much like the OnLive arena, this would let you watch your friends/others play games.
Cheap Updates (Allow developers to patch their game with little to no cost)
The current cost to patch a game on both the PS3 and 360 is extremely unjust, and is causing indie developers to move towards pc.
Voice Integration (Voice search, Voice Messages, Voice Control)
Voice has been making serious strides these last few years, with Microsoft’s Kinect, Apple’s Siri, and Google Voice, this would be a welcome feature to the PS4.
Improved Browser (Chrome, Firefox?)
The PS3’s browser was acceptable…for 2006, times have changed, and the PS3 browser has not. Where’s HTML5, Java, Flash, Extensions, Tabbed Browsing, and not to mention the speed we’ve come to expect from our desktop browsers.
Day 1 Digital Downloads for all Games
An excellent start, that needs to be continued into the next generation.
Cloud Integration (Stream Demos, Full Games, PC Games?)
With Sony’s purchase of Gaikai this is a no-brainer, I just hope they implement the cloud in all the best ways possible.
Screenshots, Video Capturing, Live Streaming?
Gaming is already huge on the internet, and video sites like YouTube and Twitch are only getting more popular, so why not have built in features which allow user to record videos and upload them to YouTube, or stream live to Twitch? Many gamers would appreciate this, and besides it’s only free advertising.
Sack Persons (Mii/Avatar equivalent)
Wii(U) has Mii’s, Xbox has avatars, how about PlayStation gets sacks? Imagine your own little sack that you could dress up with any of the thousands of sack costumes available on the PlayStation store.
PlayStation Home Revamp
Remember when Home was announced and you were so excited? Then remember how it was a huge letdown, and how you never use it? While PS Home has been improving over the years, and does have lots of free games / cool things to do now, it’s still not anywhere near the expectations we had when it was announced, and needs a complete overhaul. How about letting us roam around with our Sacks(see above), giving us that trophy case we were promised, letting us launch any game from inside etc…
Separate PSN Accounts for Local Multi-Player
Allow other local players to sign into their PSN accounts as well, and earn trophies.
USB Power while PS4 is off
Allow devices attached to the PS4 via USB to be charged while the PS4 is off.
Automatic updates / online game storage for all
This is a current feature of PS+, however I believe all PlayStation gamers should be able to enjoy this.
We should be able to have multiple programs open at the same time. Imagine playing a game while listening to music, then being able to pause, open a browser and search for help on the part that your stuck. The Vita can do this, and the PS4 needs to be able to as well.
The ability to change your PSN ID
We should be able to change our PSN ID's without losing our games/movies/ps+ sub/etc… The 360 has allowed user this privilege for forever, although they do charge a ridiculous fee, I say allow users to change their PSN ID once every 6 months to avoid abuse/confusion.
PlayStation Store user reviews
Allow users to post reviews for all the games on the PlayStation store in addition to the already present 5 star system.
One of the coolest features in recent memory is Steams Greenlight service, which allows user to vote for which indie games they want to see ‘green lit’ for a release. The PS4 needs this feature.
Gifting PSN Purchases
Another cool feature of steam is the ability to gift purchases for friends. This also needs to be on the PS4
Tracking game time
Yet another cool feature of steam is how it tracks the amount of hours you’ve put into each game, and the amount of hours you’ve spent playing this week. The PS4 needs this.
Circles (grouping friends)
Google improved the standard friends list by adding the ability to add friends to different 'circles', this would also be a welcome feature to the PS4.
Yes it’s cool for your friends to see how awesome you are at games, but imagine if the rest of the world was also able to see?
Headset/ Mic bundled with every PS4 model
PlayStation’s online experience is supposed to be social, so why not give everyone a mic so they can talk together online.
Google Checkout/ Paypal Support
Why wouldn’t you want to give people more ways to pay?
Optional game installs (not mandatory)
Some people just want to play.
Sound over USB
The PS4 needs to be able to output sound via USB, the PS3 does not and as a result many gaming headsets can’t work on PS3.
PlayStation Forum/Blog app
Give the users direct access to the forums and news via the blog with their own apps.
Feel free to add your own suggestions as well, let's get a conversation going!