This is just part 1, I still have many things I would like to cover. I just briefly ran over a few ideas in my head and this is the result.
As people of this world we have expectations about everything. We expect things to be on time, to run according to plan, and to be flawless. This does not exclude those same envisions in our gaming systems. We have come along way since the days of pac-man and Pitfall. We all remember our first time playing a video game, we were opened to a world of unlimited imagination. The only restriction we had were limitations in our technology. We are now in the year 2013. Never being at a higher technological level. We are faced with the development of the next generation of video gaming.
What are expectations?
expectations plural of ex•pec•ta•tion (Noun)
1. A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
2. A belief that someone will or should achieve something.
Our belief is that something should always be improving in an upward motion. If I release a product that is a great success, then when I release my next product, it shouldn't just be as good, but much better than my last. When you have these kinds of trends when do these successful products end?
The best example of this is the history of Sony’s PlayStation. Sony has had a great success in the video game industry. With the PlayStation, PSone, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3, Sony has made their mark and proven they can run with the best; of course with the exclusion of handheld products. Sony is now faced with a problem that can make or break their next console. This would be trying to meet the expectations of the consumer.
I was reading an article recently by an author named Tynan Muddle at His article got me thinking, what do I think Sony needs to do to make their next console a success? Then I was wondering what is the criteria for success? Is it sales? Power of the system? Gaming library? Quality of the product? In this article, “PlayStation 4 Should Focus on Innovation, Not Power” Tynan has come to the conclusion that Sony needs to step down on the power and focus on the innovation aspects of the next console. In Tynan’s opening statement, “Sony need to focus less on sheer power for PlayStation 4 and more on groundbreaking features if they want to recapture their former glory”. That is a great idea. I mean, what has made Sony so popular over the years? It has been great innovations to make gaming easier while giving you a product that you want to play. They gave us an easier way to game over the internet with the PlayStation 2. As we have seen with the PlayStation 3 they have grown this aspect with features such as “PlayStation Home” and “NetFlix”.
Tynan also claimed something needed to change, “But the demise of PlayStation 3 presents Sony with an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. To shock the gaming and non-gaming populations alike with never-before-seen features and abilities, packed into a modestly powered machine”. While he may want a modestly powered machine, I want something much different. What could fill expectations more than having a “complete” multimedia system in your living room? The PlayStation 3 is a powerful system. But, it doesn't provide an excellent online surfing experience. Could Sony make a gaming system that could also be used like a home computer desktop? Think about it, how hard would it be to make this sort of system. Honestly it wouldn't be very hard at all. I know a lot of people like to play games and they also use the internet. If you strengthen the online capabilities with the next console you could integrate a system where you could play games and use the internet at the same time on the same screen. I’m just shooting in the dark here, but has any other console done this? No. None of them have done it at least to the extent that has already been done by Sony.
We could go on and on about what each one of us wants from this upcoming console. But, the fact remains that there will always be expectations that won’t be met. Here is a list of a few things that I wouldn't mind to be thought about:
-Improved Online Compatiability(To that of a Desktop computer)
-Solid State Hard Drives
-Improved Installation/Updating System
I recommend they also continues to use the Blueray player because the quality if continue to be high.
In conclusion, power and innovation go hand-in-hand. It has been like this ever since the days of Atari, then SEGA vs. Nintendo, and now Nintendo vs. Sony vs. Microsoft. It will continue to be about power and those expectations that that power brings.