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Sony PS4: Five next-gen features we want to see!

The Gadget Show  Tuesday 06 November 2012

Sony PS4: Five next-gen features we want to see!

Last week, a new report revealed some of the specs inside the long awaited Sony PS4. The Japanese gaming giant has yet to announce the fabled PlayStation 4, but it appears to be working with developers on it right now. With that in mind, we thought we’d dream up a wishlist of what we’re hoping to see in it: are your must-have features in here?

Launch day game streaming

Earlier this year, Sony snaffled up Gaikai, a service that lets you stream high end 3D games from the cloud. It’s clear Sony has plans for it inside PlayStation, but right now, an OnLive-like subscription service probably wouldn’t cut it. Even in Britain, broadband speeds aren’t up to delivering a smooth experience. But what if Sony just used Gaikai’s tech to stream games on launch day, so if you’d pre-ordered the disc, you could start the game at midnight on the day of the release by streaming it until the postman rocked up?

All in one catch up TV

Sony’s done a good job of getting all the major video services on the PS3, from Netflix to BBC iPlayer. But Microsoft’s done a better job since of streamlining all the different apps to follow a similar design on Xbox Live: on the PS3, they’re all a bit of a mess. Sony’s got a real opportunity to amend this with the PS4. What if it rolled all the catch-up services into one easy to use EPG, just like YouView on the fantastic new Humax set top box we checked out just last week. Why not even support YouView while you’re at it?

Read our Sony PS3 Super Slim review now

Voice control built in

Microsoft’s Kinect motion and voice sensor is useful way to boss your Xbox about with no hands, but it’s an expensive add-on that demands extra space on your TV stand. Sony could dispense with the motion cameras that make you look like a wally, and just build voice controls into the Sony PS4 – think Siri for games and TV.

Universal PS Vita streaming

Much like the Wii U and its tablet controller, you can currently stream a select few games from your PS3 to your PS Vita, including Ico: Shadow Of The Colossus. You can even play them on the go, streaming the game to your handheld over 3G. But it’s a piecemeal solution, and up to the developers to turn the feature on for their games. With the Sony PS4, Sony could start over with Remote Play, and make streaming of your new games to PS Vita (or even your smartphone) native to the system.

Cross game chat

It’s a simple little thing, and something Xbox 360 owners take for granted. But due to the way the PS3 was designed, it’s simply not possible to talk to your mates via headset while they’re playing a different game to you. Fans have begged and begged for the option, but it just can’t be done. Luckily, all the signs are there that it will be. The Sony PS Vita already supports cross game chat, so if Sony’s 2012 handheld can manage it, you can bet the Sony PS4 will.

What else would you like to see inside the Sony PS4? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Zain Nazar

Skype would be good and a fix up on the browser and a cheap starting price, connectivity to your Iphone/Ipod through cable, a new built in modem for better connectivity, Official Sony Playstation controllers with grip and R2 and L2 shaped a bit more like triggers so your finger doesn't slip off as much, something to make it not collect as much dust, a way to use headsets like turtle beaches - more ways to do things with bluetooth in general, but make it faster. USB 3.0 ports to charge controllers faster would be great! A way to change your PSN identity instead of making a new one and starting all over again. Games and DLC Launching out as the same time as it does on the XBOX 360 Market. Thanks

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Michael Gwynne

2 HDMI ports. So that you can play split-screen, but not split screen.

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to be able to play PS3 games on the PS4 and a new built in modem for better connectivity

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Jon Gough

Gran Turismo @ launch and they will own the world again!

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How about a decent web browser, MKV support.

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I'm sorry, "ICO: Shadow of the Colossus"? That isn't a game. There was a release of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus on one disc but there's no ICO with a sub title of 'Shadow of the Colossus'. Just a bit stupid to see incorrect information up.

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What about support for the existing controllers, so I don't have to buy a whole load of new ones yet again. What about bringing out the shadow of the collossus sequel "The last guardian" before I die? How about making the controllers stored and charge by just placing them on neat cradles on the PS4 box, rather than having to have loads of ugly wires everywhere. How about wirelessly streaming the game to my TV without neading the HDMI cable? How about making sure that the games are finished, so that you don't have to wait for a 600Mb update to download *every* time you want to play an online game that you haven't played for a week. How about having an option to buy the thing with a large and fast solid state drive, rather than having to fit one yourself?

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It must have backward support for games or I won't be buying a PS4. You watch Sony screw this up and either backward support will be limited or non-existent! Denali oh! A little like the PS3 :(

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Surely, backwards compatibility with both hardware -controllers etc. and games is a must! More connectivity (4x usb3 ports...). Better build quality, no more overheating issues causing the 'Yellow light of Death'. Maybe a superfast large capacity SSD , that in itself may help the temp. issues. I agree with the previous post - we need a big name game on release day; GT6, KILLZONE4 etc.

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a small add on screen on top of the controller so when you need to poo whilst playing you can it be good if it was a sound amplifier so that u can connect separate speakers to it and also control the tvs output that way you would require less big device on your table it be nice to have access to android games for light hearted games

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Frank Driver

Definitely the ability to play pre-owned games. Sony have really gone down in my estimations since announcing that games will be tied to an individual console.

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Should be able to play all gen games on one console. At the moment, the PS3 does not have PS2 compatibility, which is a shame.

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2x hdmi so you can play multiplayer via 2tvs instead of splitting the screen and also be able to play ps3 games or I will not get one I did have the first ps3 so I could do this however the fan noise was just to much so I got the slim

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You don't need two hdmi ports, just get a dual play tv...

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I was always lead to believe that the reasons Sony couldn't use some features that Xbox360 has is because Microsoft had signed a form or contract stating they own the technology and features so that Sony couldn't use them, i know for a fact Microsoft did it with the in game music option for all games otherwise Sony would have done it, they do have it but only for their exclusive titles.

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I have heard from another source online that the new dev kit they have is packed into a PC case and contains a 260GB Solid State Drive and a new unknown AMD processor with what appears to be a quad core Quadro graphics card with full Nvidia Physx capable of running games at their highest on 1080p at 60fps with support for dual screens. but like i said just a source online...

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Maybe the build in memory card plus one you can pull out? because my ps3 broke so i cant accses my data now so its a bit dissapointing so that would be good

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I think the biggest thing that needs adding to both the 720 and the PS4 is upgrade-ability. In 2-3 years they'll both fall short to pc's so adding some way of upgrading specs to suit new games. Skyrim is a massive game and the 360 can't keep up. It'll be fine for the first few years but after it's just another waiting game.

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