Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 7:35 PM by Guest
Sony has recently focused it’s efforts on a new model of the PlayStation 3 console, and to an improved online store with more features promised for the paying “PlayStation Plus” members, including more free games and content, and more reductions over both the PlayStation 3 console, and also the handheld PSVita.
The trouble is, Sony are currently experiencing a spot of financial hardship, and I don’t necessarily thing that they have chosen the best methods to deal with this. Here is what I would have done differently:
1) No new PS3
There was no real need for a newer, slimmer console. Both the PS1 and the PS2 only had 2 model versions, and the PSP got less successful as it got smaller and more model types (anyone remember the PSPGo?). Nintendo can carry off releasing new versions of the DS every 6 months, with a camera, 3D or making it larger, and Nintendo fanboys (and girls) will happily pay for the privilege. Sony’s fans are not quite so loyal, and we could have all waited with our Slim or Phat current consoles until the YLOD hit us, or the PlayStation 4 emerged.
2) Bring in Cross-Platform-Play
There has been little movement on the PSVita front really. The games aren’t spectacular, aside from a few early launch titles and the addition of Little Big Planet, and now that we have PSP games and PS1 games finally approved for use on the console, it seems that all I use my PSVita for is exactly what I ended up using my PSP for – retro gaming.
The PSVita is a powerful piece of kit. It has touch screens for intricate puzzle solving/surgery/crime fighting, and dual analogues for some pretty decent shooting action. All it is missing is the interaction with the PS3, and with Microsoft bringing in SmartGlass and Nintendo’s very own Wii-U leading the way, Sony had better pull it’s finger out if it doesn’t want to miss the bus! Initially, using the PSVita as an extra control pad would be pretty awesome, but eventually being able to play on the awesome touchscreen so that the TV could be used for other things, or carrying games on when you head out for work. I’d even encourage people to develop mini games for the PSVita, akin to the chocobo side game for Final Fantasy VIII, so that we could level up characters or acquire new items for use in the game, without actually playing the main game.
The PSVita has a lot of untapped potential. Sony focused pretty hard on making the console an impressive piece of kit (aside from the camera) but haven’t really developed it’s interactivity with other Sony devices, and that’s a shame.
3) Work harder with Bethesda
We all know Bethesda games are not the greatest supporters of PS3 gamers, judging by their appalling treatment of Skyrim fans anyway, but it seems to be due to their focus on developing for the Xbox 360 first, and then trying to cram it onto the PS3 hardware as an afterthought. Developers like Bethesda seem a little unwilling to sort the problem, and while it is not Sony’s fault that the glitches have occurred, it would certainly be in Sony’s interest to help smooth the relationship between the company and gamers, although given the latest news regarding Doom 3 BFG Edition (you CANNOT install the game on Xbox 360, without losing the option to play 2 other games on the disk completely), Bethesda seem quite content in annoying all of their future purchasers.
4) Bring out the PS4
I know the gaming market probably isn’t ready for it yet, and most gamers aren’t even close to being financially ready for it, but we need a new serious console. After seeing the buzz around the Wii-U at the Eurogamer Expo, everyone was keen to get their hands on it, even if the software provided wasn’t quite living up to expectations. We all crave new things, and perhaps the PS4 will allow a bit more interactivity with the PSVita (yes I have a bee in my bonnet about it), and also a slew of new games in an otherwise stagnant marketplace.
These are just my opinions on matters, and they may not be right or even financially viable for Sony. But in these times of recessions and global economic downturns, isn’t it time Sony came out fighting?
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