I’ve recently procured myself a PS4 – and I’m loving the console. In general, it’s a fantastic machine. I’d never say that I prefer it to the Xbox One, but at the same time, I wouldn’t say that the Xbox One is any better. They’re two very different machines, giving two differing gaming experiences. That being said, I do feel that there are four features from the Xbox One that the PS4 would benefit from. They might be small features, but sometimes it’s the little things that add up.
I’m a massive fan of customisation. I like being able to make something my own; to put my own stamp on it, if you will. Sure, there are some themes to choose form in the PlayStation store – but they’re not great. On the Xbox One you can upload your own custom backgrounds, as well as use screenshots you’ve taken from games and Achievement art too. Something similar on the PS4 would be great, just to make the console a little more unique to me. I’m sure that change will come soon enough, though.
Backwards compatibility (ish)
Sony does have a few ways for you to play old PlayStation games, with the main method being the streaming service, PlayStation Now. This isn’t a cheap service, however, and it also relies quite heavily on a strong and consistent internet connection. Sony have been working on a PS2 emulator on the PS4, with a few older games now available to buy and play. However, PS3 backwards compatibility is slightly more elusive. It’s looking like this won’t be happening, at least any time soon. Perhaps it’s because of the amount of work it would require to build a PS3 emulator to work with the PS4, or perhaps it’s because they want to try out the popularity of PS Now first, who knows. Either way, backwards compatibility more along the lines of the Xbox One would be a welcomed addition (in both mine and many gamer’s books!).
I guess that EA Access isn’t necessarily a feature, at least not one which Microsoft has intentionally implemented on their own console. It is one that they’ve partnered with EA to create, though, and it’s a really great service. EA Access gives you access to a number of great EA games, for free. From Peggle 2 to NHL 16, EA are constantly updating the ‘Vault’ with great free games to play. I say free, there is a £19.99 yearly subscription to pay. But, when you consider that a second-hand copy of NHL 16 would probably set you back £20 (in the UK, at least), it’s definitely worth the money. EA Access on the PS4 would be great, for me particularly, because there’s a number of EA games that I’d like to play with my PS4 buddies, which I’m not willing to pay full price for.
Achievement scoreboard / more friend competition in general.
One thing that Microsoft do very well is creating a sense of competition within the community. There’s a live scoreboard of Achievements, which updates whenever people unlock more gamerscore. You can compare your gamerscore increase with others, to see how you’re doing against your friends. You can also compare games to see if you’ve completed a higher percentage of a game than your friends, or if you’ve got more kills, for instance. That sense of competition is great, and it quite often drives me to picking up a game again, to see if I can best a buddy.
So there are a few features from the Xbox One that I’d like to see on my PS4. How about you? Is there anything you’d like your PS4 to be able to do, whether it’s already a feature of the Xbox One, or if it’s something completely from left field – let me know in the comments below!