Hey everyone. Welcome to another Flash blog. A blog that will be here today, and gone tomorrow. YAY!
Today's topic? The twitter campaign #BetterPSN.
This campaign was brought to my attention by a youtube video by AlphaOmegaSin linked below.
I decided to look into it and sure enough there is a campaign to tell Sony to improve PSN and how.
Now I have to stress something VERY IMPORTANT. I am NOT,
against improvements to PSN. I am going to criticize what people want,
and why they want it, and talk about things like the "instant gratification age", but that doesn't mean I think PSN is perfect because I don't.
This all started on NeoGaf, and has its own website. Link below.
So I thought first I'd go through the list items and talk about them,
and then talk about some other stuff.
- Better/More CDN's with universally consistent speeds that are
competitive with Live/Steam/Origin... etc
My terrible internet connection has not had a speed issue with PSN at all. And that's something people need to remember, YOUR internet speed can impact your experience the same, if not more, than Sony's CDNs.
It's also worth noting that Sony is the only company of all 3 mentioned that has their network on at least 4 platforms with varied needs, and
programs that tax it. PSN is spread pretty thin for a company like Sony.
- Free, unlimited (or at least significantly increased in size) cloud
storage for saves, as well as a family account feature set for saves
(no need for sub accounts), auto-sync save files as they are modified
Oh yeah, Sony will just take those servers they've been hiding out of
storage and just increase cloud storage size quickly and easily, and at
no cost to them. This is where the MS fanboys will be like "MS has
Azure" and go on about it, but conveniently forget that MS had to have
planned Azure long before you ever heard of it. Officially, Azure was
announced in 2008 as Windows Azure. It took 5 years after MS announced
Azure for it to arrive on their console.
The family account thing won't happen. The sub account thing is how Sony gets around charging you 50 cents on your credit card to
make a PSN account for a kid under the age of 13 because of the Child Online Privacy Protection Act.
Auto-sync would be cool, but it sounds like a feature for people who
don't want to have any actual interaction with their device beyond
turning it on.
- Username changing along with a username history system in the user's
No issue with this myself, but I suspect that Sony has a reason for
doing this. A stupid reason like "allowing people to keep changing
their username would make it difficult for us to administer any
necessary punishment should they violate any rules."
- Behind the scenes (less disruptive) maintenance
Stop crying that Sony maintains their network so that you can't
complain that their network needs maintaining. All companies have
different maintenance policies. Complaining that a company is taking care of their service is a First World problem. Use that time to actually take a break or something.
- Cloud storage for screenshots, especially trophy screenshots (maybe
recordings too if 30 sec or less?)
Now, I want to say "why?" to this, but my own experience with a tech
issue that corrupted my gameplay videos as I transferred them to a
flash drive make me say "yes, this" instead. I don't give a damn about
screenshots, but videos yes.
- Rentable servers for when official servers are taken down
Pipe dream. This isn't PC. This will never happen, you can count on it.
PS Store Improvements
- Fix bug that prevents users from accessing the Store in certain
situations, needing a reboot.
I'm not aware of this bug, unless it's the one where the store flat out
doesn't load at all, then yeah that stuff needs to get fixed
- Up-to-date digital titles (fully patched when downloading post-
Logistical issue. 3rd party title patching is the responsibility of the
3rd party, not Sony. Also, this seems like asking for games that won't
require you to update and that's unrealistic. It's much easier to get
you to update than it is to update the store with the updated version
of each game. PSN Store goes down every time Sony is updating it with
games, you really want it to go down when updating games with updates?
- Store wishlist, gifting system (cross-region gifting?)
Why? This isn't an improvement, it's a luxury. It won't enhance
anything and will just add more clutter to the UI which means longer
loading time. It also means people have to navigate to your page to see
your wishlist which is just a waste of time. It may just be me, but I
rarely bother going to the account page of anyone on my friendlist
because I have my console on to play a game, not stalk anyone.
- Correctly tagged games in the store
Unfamiliar with this issue. If anyone understands it, please elaborate
- Refined Store navigation, design, fluidity/polish and organization
Oh good God this. This all day err'day. I HATE navigating the store. I
much preferred the store design before the redesign because it was MUCH
easier for me to find stuff and had a much better search option.
- Refund system similar to Steam's
No argument from me but there are some business differences between how
Steam operates and how the Big 3 operate so I can see this being a
bigger headache than people think.
- Enhanced Store game pages, include user reviews, make
screenshots/videos standard for all titles.
No user reviews. They are never trustworthy and it's a waste of space.
Again, all this stuff requires more loading time and would slow down
the service. Though I do agree with videos being standard but, again,
that's an issue for the developers, not Sony as the service provider.
Sony can't put up videos they aren't given.
- Purchase and management of PS Vita downloads through the PS4 Store
Why? That's what your Vita is for.
- Better quality pictures and videos on game pages
Same answer as the earlier one. That's up to the developers, not Sony.
Save and except first party titles.
- Continuous trophy syncing
There's probably a logistical issue with this too. I have no real
opinion on this one because I couldn't care about trophies either way.
- Online/offline status
That this isn't already implemented is the most baffling thing of all
- Better friends list functionality with nicknames, grouping by
categories (games, relationship), and VIP tags tied to the notification
Really? Why? On PS4 you have the option of showing your real name or
your username, and you want to add nicknames to that? A bit much. Why
would you want to group your friend list into categories? They're
supposed to be your friends. I can see the Players Met list, but it's
pretty pointless to group your friends into game lists as well.
"Friends I play Uncharted with", "Family members better at Mortal
Kombat than me and so should be avoided." Meh.
- Enhanced user profile page showing favorite games,
screenshots/recordings, game wishlist, deeper activity sections (game
A wholly frivolous request that isn't actually an improvement. Can you
imagine the kind of data requirement involved in hosting screenshots
and vids for your friendlist to peruse? Already discussed the game
wishlist. Game stats? "Beat Cleric Beast in 30 seconds." Ok, so... what
are you going to do with that information? I don't know, I guess I'm
just "against" this because I don't see any relevant point in it and
it's not really an improvement.
- Account region change
This is probably a legal issue more than anything else. I can't see why
it isn't a feature beyond that.
- Deeper social integration (G+, Facebook, Twitter...etc)
Why? You need to tell every social site that you got a Bronze trophy
for starting a game? You want more sites to have your real name linked?
- Viewing friends' online statuses across PS3, PS4, and PSV
So you can see that they are offline when they use the "Online/Offline
status" feature you requested?
- Additional primary PS4 for multi-console households
Not going to happen RE: COPPA compliance.
- Tenure badge, let it be known how long you have been a member of the
Completely pointless save and except for fanboy arguments about cred
- Two-factor authentication (this one was actually bolded)
This is on the list because people still think PSN is the least secure
network despite those tools LizardSquad saying it took more work to
bring down PSN than it did Live. I have nothing against the "better
safe than sorry" attitude, but let's call things for what they are.
- Improved account recovery process
I hope you said this to literally every other service you use because
Sony's account recovery process is pretty standard. The only thing they
don't do is let you recover your account through your phone which is
actually MORE secure.
General usability Improvements
- Search function, better organization and filters for download
Wasn't this in PSN Store improvements? Redundant post?
- Universal game invites
Yeah. The "Players Met" list is a half-a$$ed way of doing this but is
- Direct developer/players interaction, statuses, in the game hubs
Hahaha, never going to happen with devs. You can count on it.
- Custom avatars (purchasable or own uploaded via PS app)
Should have been a thing since the PS3 launched, but is likely not due
to how people would just be uploading penis pictures, swastikas, etc...
I can't blame Sony for wanting to take moderation pressures off
- Refined activity feed (What's On section), fix a bug where playing a
game post-patch showing as if it was the first time you've played it
No opinion on this myself. I rarely look at the Recent Activity feed
because I know how many times I played a game.
- Share notification for recordings/broadcasts
If this means being able to inform your friend list of a broadcast
you're going to be having, that'd be a cool feature.
- Message system refinement
- Auto-resume downloads if network connection resets
Again, another demand that presents itself as users wanting to have as
little actual interaction with their device as possible, and yet at the
same time some of the features they've asked for require in-depth
interaction. How hard is it to press a few buttons to make sure your
game is downloading? You had to do it when originally buying and
downloading the game anyway right?
Ok, so that's the current end of the list. When I heard about this I
thought "watch, this list will be made absent any considerations about
what it would actually take to make this stuff happen" and I was right.
We definitely live in an age of instant gratification and low attention
spans. While I did criticize these requests, I can also still see why
people, at least for most of them but not all, would want them. BUT,
Sony have priorities. When they made a feature rich multimedia console
in the PS3, the same people requesting these features for the PS4 would
have been among the first criticizing the greater focus on features
than on games. This time around Sony went for a console for the devs
first and features last. You can't blame Sony for following the market.
Anyway, feel free to tell me why I'm wrong, call me a fanboy, etc.. in
the comments below. But you'd better be quick about it because this
blog will be blown away by the next 5 indie month blogs.