Originally Posted by frankthetoad
But I don't want my PS4 to be a glorified Facebook machine. If it turns out to be just that...no thanks. It's scary. Why the hell do I want Facebook/[insert generic social media platform here] tied to my gaming machine? So I can show my high school pals I never really talked to in HS that I'm playing COD:MW23? I don't get it. I just wish they'd focus on the games and everything else should be secondary. If I want to browse the internet, I'll use my PC, laptop, HTPC, iPad, or smartphone. Will anyone really rely on their console for their primary browsing needs? I'm sure a small minority would, but this isn't Nintendo. Playstations and Xboxs aren't chump change. They're likely being set up in homes with other devices that can do these ancillary things far better. Don't try to do everything...just do a few things really well.
Nintendo has their market- They cater to the living-room party multiplayer games as well as Nintendo exclusives we know and love. Personally, I don't have people over to play wii and I no longer have the interest in Mario carts. Also have no need for their family/kids titles. They do a great job for what they bring and I hope they stick around.
Microsoft will surely bring something impressive that will be more than a gaming machine. It will likely have some form of Windows 8, and will serve other internet/multimedia/social interaction purposes. I am interested to see where it goes as well.
But I HOPE that Sony stops worrying about those markets, and focuses more on their own market. If they want to continue the Move and party-games.. even touchscreen controllers- fine. But make it optional. I want my gaming to be done with accurate, precise controls and an ergonomic controller. Please improve on that and not force us to use gestures or gimmicks. Take the dualshock- make the R2 and L2 buttons more like triggers, and don't try to go crazy like you did with the original PS3 controller. Focus on the processing power, Frames per second, load times, tearing, graphics, etc. Make a machine that can run games that other consoles can't. It will get you more exclusives and more hard core-gamers. Yes, keep the blu-ray player and if you want to have some internet use- fine... But focus on gaming, not on gimmicks. Personally, I would like to keep my PS1, PS2, and PS3 titles and be able to use them on the PS4 (or Orbis, or Omni, or PS4K, or Playstation, or whatever the flying fruit you want to name it),, I am not one to have multiple consoles hooked up... if it can't play my old titles, I will be selling them. I understand if current technology is different and including that B.C. is too expensive-- but without B.C., I will not be all-in on the PS4 just yet.. Basically, with BC, I'm 100% buying the PS4.. without BC, will take whichever machine has more power between Sony/MS.. But that's my opinion, and fully realize you can't have it all... I've also got 5 dualshock 3's.. 1 with a keypad. I've also got 4 moves, and 4 Navigation controllers.. I SELDOM play multiplayer at home, and purchased most of the peripherals used.. but would love them to at least be compatible with the PS4.. Ideally, I would use the new version controller for myself (98% of my gaming), and my other controllers would still be compatible in case I had others over.. One can only hope, right??
Basically, I just hope Sony improves what it has going and continues catering to IT's market. I have a respect for the other consoles and am not a "fanboi" or "hater".. but do prefer the Playstation series for what it is, and would prefer to buy the next one for those same reasons.. That's my 2 cents..