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Submitted by Failcube 816d ago | opinion piece

5 Missing Features The PS4 Needs ASAP

Game Rant writes, "As we know from the critical responses and our own impressions and review of the PS4, the system is a strong gaming-focused console that's missing quite a few key features.

Many of the multimedia entertainment functions of the PS3 are inexplicably absent in its predecessor so we're going to take a look at five key features and functions that Sony needs to implement in the PS4 asap so it can earn the "next-gen" description." (PS4, Sony)

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kiz2694  +   816d ago
Haha they called Mark Cerny, Mike fail.
Failcube  +   816d ago
Great comment on the actual content and console. Troll.
Mikelarry  +   816d ago
@ fail

you fed the troll, lots more are gonna start popping up
kiz2694  +   816d ago
Didnt mean to be a troll, just that they really cant be credited if they don't know who Mark Cerny by now. Evem my 14 year old brother knows who Mark Cerny is.
CryofSilence  +   816d ago
Great comment on the comment on the actual content and console. Troll. ;) Comment-ception!

OT: Most of the suggestions there are indeed necessary to urgent updates.
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FamilyGuy  +   816d ago
"so it can earn the "next-gen" description.""

BS, multimedia has nothing to do "next gen gaming", those are added bonuses. We expect them, sure, but this is basically saying "the PS4 isn't next gen" without them and that's completely untrue.

Anyway, I'm waiting for these to come through update as well as I use them a lot on the PS3.
The Killer  +   816d ago
when they say ps4 needs 5 things ASAP, it sounds like ps4 sales are lacking.

i think it would be more correct to say 5 new things that will make ps4 better.
UltimateMaster  +   816d ago
So what?
How bout Gaikai? We all knew it is coming in 2014. That I look more forward to that MP3 or DNLA.
You can't expect all the features to be there on Day-1. Same goes for the Wii U when it first launch it needed a day-1 patch. Same goes for the lack of External HDD support on the Xbox 1.

I know a little something that's called, Patience.
DragonKnight  +   816d ago
Failcube, your article is terrible.

First of all, you jump on the MP3/DLNA bandwagon which tells us all we need to know about your article right away. Secondly, they aren't important enough to be labelled as "needed ASAP"

HDMI capturing is already confirmed to be coming in a patch, so that was irrelevant to put in. Plus, even if it weren't, how many people do you know that are serious about game capturing that they don't know all the HDCP workarounds?

Youtube also isn't important enough to be an ASAP needed feature. For one, there are ways to get your video on youtube anyway, and there's already Twitch and Ustream, plus the PSN sharing, so there are plenty of ways to share your video. We don't even know that Sony WON'T be bringing it.

And finally the interface. That part of your article needs to be removed. For one, Sony's interface has received a lot of praise, secondly that part is entirely subjective.

So yeah, poor article is poor. Sue Sony for focusing on games before fluff first.
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ShinMaster  +   816d ago
MP3 playback and DLNA are on the way

You can get around HDMI capture:

Better interface?
F off

NegativeCreepWA  +   815d ago
My list would be different.

Blue tooth support for existing mics and other accessories.

Noise cancellation software built into the console software, those ear buds are horrible and I'm already tired of hearing everything in peoples backgrounds.

Change the store layout and get rid of the massive amount of PS+ adds, I'm already a subscriber no need to have in my face at every turn.

And a feature to mute the PS eye mic without having to plug another mic in.
FamilyGuy  +   816d ago
They called Mark Cerny "Mike", fail.

You comment might have been easier to understand in this form. At first glance it looked like you were laughing because they called Mark Cerny "Mike Fail", as a derogatory name alteration. Might've gotten less disagrees had it been clear. My first thought was "How childish" till I realized what you meant.

That sites credit was already suspect from the article description, them not knowing Marks name just makes it worse.
Rockefellow  +   816d ago
Well, that's more along the lines of proper grammar than it is a simple question of "form." And if you expect N4G Users to give a damn about writing coherent statements, well, you're delusional.

I agree with your assertion, too. Even more laughable is the fact that half of their list has been confirmed to be coming in a patch; if I remember correctly, Shu even stated it'd be the second patch after launch.
The_Infected  +   816d ago
"The interface requires too many steps to perform functions"

This is a load of shit. It's the fastest and most simple UI ever. Yes I have my PS4 and I've played around with it a lot so I'm not making stuff up.
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DeadMansHand  +   816d ago
Agreed. In a span of 2 minutes I went from playing g battlefield to creating a party chat then added a friend of a friend who wanted to see ACBF so I booted it up, created twitch account and was playing SP while he watched. All seamless and smooth.
Mikelarry  +   816d ago
from that list the only thing I personally want "asap" is dlna support as i don't uses any of the other features, as for the interface i cant really comment on that till i use it cant wait for the 29th.
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MajorGecko  +   816d ago
none of the consoles have said whether they will support moving your OWN video files and mp3 files to the console, something is up here seems like we are getting 1 track machines
nevin1  +   816d ago
Can someone list the list. I'm not going through pages.
PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt  +   816d ago
its stupid save yur time
mushroomwig  +   816d ago
Half of these have already been confirmed to be coming in an update down the road, and having a better UI is just an opinion.
MoonConquistador  +   816d ago
Post me a link. I've seen stories of Sony are listening to feedback and would consider it for future updates, but mp3/dnla/external HD support has not been confirmed for any future update
mushroomwig  +   816d ago

'So as we speak, people in Japan - the system guys - are discussing when we can put these features in."'

The article here on N4G doesn't say anything about external HD support.
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Anybody know why some of my movies aren't available on my ps4? I bought Iron man 3 on my ps3 and I can watch it on ps4 but none of my other movies like Avengers or 007.
CryofSilence  +   816d ago
Try customer service. This community typically isn't a good one to ask advice from.
P0werVR  +   816d ago
The Block button, oh the block button. Delusional as alwasy with you fanboys. Facts overwhelms I see. Well, expect the decline beginning Day One.

Post Marked
CryofSilence  +   816d ago
Aww. Post stalking me now. Got a crush on me? Cuuuuuuuuute.

Anyway, what an apt description of yourself. :3
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P0werVR  +   815d ago
You'll transition to the Dark side guarantee it. A lil' arid since the 15th I see.

Day One Gaming Stamina.
CryofSilence  +   815d ago
Truth be told, I may not ever get a next-gen console. Most of my gaming, what little left there is as a Ph. D. student, is on PC. Quick to assume typically leads to quick embarrassment. You should have perceived my distance and apathy toward the conversation by my vague replies and playful statements of fact.
sprinterboy  +   816d ago
14 days dude
PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt  +   816d ago
useless article
Zancruz  +   816d ago
The top 5 things I need is.... (In order)

5. Netflix needs to add SuperHD & 3D movie playback back to their app.

4. Youtube App.

3. Custom UI/ Wallpaper and Dynamic Themes.

2. Flash player support for the internet browser.

1. USB Support with full MP3 playback in a music app and in games.
Master-H  +   816d ago
What i would really like is external hard rive support, because you're really gonna need that space with all the crazy installs, the rest mentioned in the article don't really bother me, except maybe for mp3 support but i wouldn't say it's needed ASAP. Also disagree with the fifth one, the interface is simple, efficient and elegant, i like it as it is, the PS Store could use a new look tho.
swishersweets20031  +   816d ago
i want access to the avatars that i purchased on ps3. i have to go to my ps3 to change it.
Daves  +   816d ago
I'd like to add a beautiful visualiser to go with the future CD and MP3 playback.

I used the PS3 version quite a bit.
cyclindk  +   816d ago
Pause downloads? I can't find it...
Toon_Link  +   816d ago
Yep I totally agree with that. I was downloading ac4 the patch and the exclusive mission pack all at the same time and the main DL was going the slowest and I wanted to pause the other 2. Also I'd like to be able to turn off my controller.
cyclindk  +   816d ago
Turn off controller:

Hold PS button while in game or in an app, go to adjust devices, then turn off device, select device (controller).

Alternate: in main system menu, do the same thing or go to settings, devices, turn off device.

Also you can setup power save options, and whether or not the controller powers off on its own (power save settings), and so on and in what time intervals, 10 minutes, 30, 60 et cetera.
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RedDevils  +   816d ago
you can hold the ps button for 10 second and it will turn off by itself
Toon_Link  +   816d ago
Thx for the tip! I totally forgot you had to do the whole power saving option back on the ps3 till you just mentioned it. :)
cyclindk  +   816d ago
I'm figuring it all out for myself as well, just browse around and junk, you can find all sorts of little tidbits. I didn't even think to look for the turn off control deal till you mentioned it. It's a tad bit more convoluted getting to the right menu, but it's there.
MikeGdaGod  +   816d ago
1, 2 are valid....4 i would like...the rest aren't important to me
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OrangePowerz  +   816d ago
Only things I want are 3D blu ray playback and suspend mode.
WeAreLegion  +   816d ago
- Pausing downloads
- Folders
- Custom backgrounds, including dynamic themes
- Custom profile pics (Not just Facebook)
alexkoepp  +   816d ago
I think the bottom line is that there is no reason for the PS4 to not include ALL the functionality of the PS3 plus more, im sure it'll come but that is beside the point and i for one am disappointed that it does not.
nigelp520  +   816d ago
1. OtherOS
2. Playstation Home
3. Life at Playstation
prodg52  +   816d ago
Being able to use motion control while browsing webpages would be nice. Or the ability to use the touchpad.
jacksjus  +   816d ago
I think the assessments were fair in this article, however in the end it's a gaming console. Isn't that what this is about? Do we not have enough access to Facebook and Netflix already? So when you tell people not to buy a gaming console for non-gaming reasons it sounds like hating. Just my opinion.
MadMen  +   816d ago
MP3s - Really stupid to be missing

Media Server - SONY should have software for this in 2013

YouTube - Stupid to be missing

Other than those 3 things, system is solid.
Visiblemarc  +   816d ago
I actually disagree regarding the UI. I like the new UI a lot. Doesn't hurt that it runs butter-smooth, either.
mochachino  +   816d ago

That blue is making me blue. Bring back wallpapers or at least allow me to change the colours.
JediDiah  +   816d ago
In my "What's New" colum there is nothing? Broken? Also Netflix is STEREO ONLY like the WII U with no 5.1 .....HELLO!!!
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NeoTribe  +   816d ago
I need a way to mute the mic on the damn camera. I have to unplug it from the back in order to disable it as a microphone in game. That's a pretty basic setting that's completely missing.
NewVegasTroop  +   816d ago
Now that the PS4 is out, can someone tell me if you can transfer videos, music and pictures to the PS4 harddrive just like on the PS3?

I dont have a PS4 yet but I would like to know this.
kewlkat007  +   816d ago
The better interface will come but I think it needs somewhat an overhaul, it's not so different. Menu trees are too deep.

The media capabilities, I cannot fathom why that is not part of the console day 1? The Ps3 did all that so makes no sense to me, unless they had other plans or things were being rushed.

PS3's motto was "It does everything" so how is it great "Greatness awaits" when you strip features.

All the others stuff is probably in due time type Patches, I mean, these consoles had to be shipped so some things had to be rushed.
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Hicken  +   816d ago
... features are only stripped when they were in the console and then removed...
kewlkat007  +   816d ago
Yes like Sony's Other OS, which was stripped out. Then Sony comes out with a PS4 and downgrade it's media playing functionality. However you may want to put it and whatever helps you sleep.
Hicken  +   816d ago
Yes, you could argue otherOS, and that's fine.

... but the PS4 is a completely different product. It not having something a previous product had isn't stripping features, no matter how you want to slice it.

Stripping features is removing features already present in a device. Media features that were never there in the first place can't be stripped: memory cards support isn't stripped.

She's not a stripper if she starts off fully naked, and you can't strip a wire if the cover's already removed.

Sony set a target of what they wanted to do with the PS4- which was focus even more on games than the PS3 did- and as a result, various media functions happen to not be there at launch. Like otherOS, most people didn't use it, or didn't use it much, and so it wasn't deemed a priority. That all these media functions you complain about will be added in really makes it a pointless complaint.

"Greatness Awaits," by the way, is a gaming-focused slogan... hence the gaming-focused commercials that contain it. It's different from the PS3's stance as an all-around multimedia device... but then this should all be evident already in how they've handled the PS4 from the start: Games first, everything else second.

Not sure how that's not getting across to you.
kewlkat007  +   815d ago
Whatever makes you sleep.
copperstill1  +   816d ago
I agree that some of those features are needed but that does not compromise the console at all. Its a great console but I wish you could customize the UI screen with your own background or at least be able to download pics from a second screen device. It would kick butt if you could stream your music Bluetooth as well. As a gaming console I think it a solid choice.
DivineAssault  +   816d ago
Im not compaining because 1, i bought PS4 to play games.. 2, i like hearing the game music & sound effects while playing.. & 3, sony said they were focusing on game content FIRST, media second! Thats why i love sony & thats why i buy systems.. Its going to be patched to do all these things ppl are crying about so take a chill pill, put on your headphones & listen to your ipod, & quit nit picking when they created a marvelous machine for everyone to enjoy.. Sure i would love to have those options & i would love to use my pulse elite headphones even more but im happy i got this bad boy & can use it.. There will be so much more added to the system later that theres no need to worry & b*tch... Greatness is here & greatness awaits
ShinnokDrako  +   816d ago
So, let's see. All starts with:

"the system is a strong gaming-focused console that's missing quite a few key features".

And the "key" features are?
- Lack of CD and MP3 --> right, a gaming-focused console needs that to be next gen. I guess my MP3 player i bought 10 years ago is next gen, good to know. Btw, it's going to be implemented.
- DLNA support --> damn, how could i play my games without it?!? Oh wait, it's going to be implemented too... good or i would trash my PS4 otherwise!
- HDMI video capture --> what? How can i survive without it?? My gaming console hasn't it, someone saves me!!!
- Youtube support --> no, i can't believe it... please, tell me it's not true.... a key feature like Youtube support must be there or i can't play my games, damn you Sony!
- A better interface --> sorry, i don't know what to say. Oh right, "Xbox One is better! Win8 interface (Metro) is wonderful!!!!"

Good, now that i see the missing KEY FEATURES i can go to cancel my PS4 pre-order. I love articles that enlighten me!!!

/s (if ppl didn't understand)

I see those as extra features, something that people could like but nothing that people really need to play. And Yoshida confirmed anyway that MP3 and CD are being implemented, Youtube could be coming soon and HDMI... there are other ways to capture, people will manage anyway, somehow. And the interface? Well, i love clean and fast interfaces, i guess is about tastes.
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