All the PS4 needs is -
1) dual HDD support, 1 SSD and 1 HDD (would come with at least a 160g SSD to start)
2) Upgradeable video cards, sony can release them once per 2 years or so and make them order only through there web site. the main reason games start to suck is the graphics stay the same after the first couple of years of the system.
3) USB 3.0 ports (2 in back and 2 in front)
Those are the main things, specially the upgradeable video cards, this would ensure a longer life for the PS4.
option 2 lock the "user" with a password. on ps3 any1 can still go 2 ur user & check ur msgs f u r offline unless u delete them. it's kinda privacy matter 4 some users.
Just as a side note to everyone asking for a cloud full system backup, the number being thrown around is 1 tera per account or machine...
Does everyone understand the shear tonnage of hardware? the user base at the end of 2010 was 43.3 million, and PS3 sold faster and better in 2011, Sony on target for 15 million units sold. Lets assume half of those sales are replacement for older or dead units, that's still 7.5 million... So around 50 mil people using a playstation.
50 MILLION Terabytes of storage...Lets look at the
I think I got all the zeros there, but I may have missed a few. In terms of hardware... using a 1" tall, 2.5" wide, 4" long sata internal HD (1 tera each). That is a 1" thick flat sheet of drives 2083 feet across (near a half mile) and 1667 feet back(that 5.5 football fields). So A basicallt a space big enough to play every NFL game in a week all at once with room for fans.3.4 million square feet of drive. Stacked into a block of 368 tall, 368 wide, 368 deep it become 30 foot tall, 76 foot wide, and 122 feet deep or 278,160 cubic foot storage server.
Lets be a little more reasonable about this. What the cloud needs to be is for Save Files, game preferences, account data and status, and content list. All those files together... (Unless you save a lot and use a new save file everytime) are not gonna take 1 terabyte, they are not gonna take 1 gig. These files are basically a database reference file. 100 megs is enough for that. The actualy stuff on your drive is already stored in PSN, so storing a seperate copy for everything by sony is a waste of time and resources. As users we do have some responsibility to back up our own stuff. The cloud no matter how big or streamlined will take longer than a local drive restore... Buy a portable drive and use the backup utility. Sony has enough to do making sure the account manager servers are up, and running.
What we really need is a recovery option that looks at our DL list in account manager and restores all our downloads automatically as part of a new start. I went through this when I got the second PS3... going file by file dling just my rockband files was crushingly long term process. With a cloud saved "Account data and status" file, the playstation could just be told "find my crap and get it back" and then walk away as it works. Don't need my own drive copied to the cloud, just access to PSN where all the content is already stored. One thing people seem to forget about digital commerce... As long as someone owns a digital item (game, movie, whatever) Sony will have it on a server for recall (hopefully). PSN is HUGE and all ose files have to live somewhere, probably a lot of somewheres.
We all want the best for PS4, but lets not ask for things that are such a strain that real advances are ignored.
I really think Sony needs to take some cues from Steam and XBL for the next generation. I think ease of use is becoming alot more important to people recently and Steam's social features and XBL's habit of connecting all aspects of their service with cross game chat would give PSN a serious boost in the future.
-1080p: PS4 needs native 1080p support for every game. Maybe even with 2K or 4K(not native of course)
4k would only benefit those folks with 80" or above screens, and would be an unnecessary extra to put into the PS4. There's more cons going against 4k for the consumer audience than there are pros. Unless you're a consumer with an AMC IMAX-sized theater screen
I think that there needs to only be a couple additions because the PS3 is HD 3D and isn't like the wii (Positives). I think alot of people would like cross game chat/parties. Basicly keep what made the PS3 great and add what makes people buy xbox live- quite simple