Sooner or later we are going to get an all new PS4 console and Sony needs to hear about what you the fans want! Around here, we've done quite a few polls and found out in some measure what the fans want. In many ways, the results can be extrapolated to let Sony know what their hardcore fans want from them in the PlayStation 4.
The Bottom Line: Price
You can trot out all the cool bells and whistles you want, Sony, but if your fans can't afford it they'll never see it. There have been rumors of a $1000-PS4 for a while now and from what we've seen the fans aren't going to go for it. In our "would you pay $1000 for a new PS4?" poll of almost 12,000 people, less than 15% of them would be willing to pay $1000 for a PS4.
Let's face it; $1000 is a lot of money for your average gamer. Even if they could save that money up in time for launch (and most people aren't very good at saving money), who's to say that they'd want to spend it on a PS4. There are a lot of other things that most people will be spending that kind of money on. Yes, a good PC can cost that, but the PS4 is not going to take the place of a desktop or laptop anytime soon.
The PS3 had a much more reasonable launch price - though it was of course considered outrageous by many at the time - and Sony needs to consider something more in that range if they want stock flying off the shelves.
What's in a Name? EVERYTHING!
A while back there was a rumor about the next PlayStation being called the "Orbis." The nomenclature fit in with the latest Sony handheld, called the Vita, but many fans were a bit put off by it. Sony has a great thing in their naming convention with the PlayStation. PS2, PS3, PS4...they all just have a great ring to them.
Unlike the Xbox naming convention that went off the deep end a bit with the Xbox 360, Sony has a good thing here and it would be a shame to waste it. While it's great to sit around in a board room and be the guy with supposedly great ideas, our "what should sony name its next console?" poll showed that fans overwhelmingly want to stick with "PlayStation 4." In fact, more than 74% of those who took the poll want to stick with the Playstation 4 / PS4 name.
Let's hope then that "Orbis" is just a working title for the project that will become the PS4.
Backwards compatibility has been a point of contention for quite a while. The PS2 had it in spades; the PS3, not so much. Everyone knows that backwards compatibility is therefore possible - it just depends on what factors Sony takes into consideration when making the decision. You spent so much money on your PS3 games collection, is that fair?
Most fans say that they'd be more likely to purchase a PS4 if it could play their PS3 games. That way, they could continue playing those games and at the same time they could delve into a few PS4 launch titles on the same console as well. Our "do you think the PS4 will have backwards compatibility for PS3 games?" poll has shown that a majority of PS3 fans want the inclusion of backwards compatibility and think that it will be there when the time comes.
Other Bells and Whistles
Looking around at what people are saying here and on Facebook, you get a pretty good idea about what people want besides the things we've already talked about. Without getting into a lot of technical jargon, the main things that you see pop up again and again are cross game chat, increased speed, an integrated camera, and integrated WiFi/Bluetooth. These are minor things that are currently included in other devices, so Sony squeezing them in shouldn't be a problem. It's just a matter of them taking the time to do so.
We are the fans, after all, and Sony has to give us what we want if they want to be super successful with their new console. I have a feeling that they have a lot of this stuff in mind and then some. I believe that when they finally reveal the PS4 that we'll be blown away by it - provided we allow ourselves to be blown away. There will always be naysayers, after all.
So what do you want to see in the PS4? Keep in mind that Sony may read this, so put some thought into your idea and let them know what you think!
Article by - Brett Huffman
Insert Date: 06/02/2012
While we are still unsure of the PS4's price, it is estimated to be far lower than the PlayStation 3 originally was priced at in an attempt to appeal to all gamers. For up to the minute PlayStation 3 pricing news, visit the Official PS4 Experts PS4 Price Page!
Originally rumored to be called the Orbis, fans desperately wanted to see Sony retain the PlayStation brand name. Those fans got their wish as the official name for the console is the PlayStation 4.
Unfortunately, the PlayStation 4 is not backwards compatible with any past PlayStation console, though Sony has discussed methods of bringing older games to the PlayStation 4 audience. For For up to the minute PlayStation 3 compatibility information, visit the Official PS4 Experts PS4 Backwards Compatibility Page!
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 04/22/13
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