The current next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and PS4, were released back in 2013. It was a simpler time. Before Brexit. Or Trump’s America. Celebrities seemed to live forever and face swapping was still in the realm of Nicholas Cage.
I wouldn’t say that console gaming has come on leaps and bounds since then. I don’t think that it’s had as big an impact on the way we play games as the 360 / PS3 generation. Still, there’s a lot to learn from this generation, when thinking of the next.
Interchangeable and up-gradable components
The biggest change I’d like to see in the next generation of games consoles is a move away from the generation format entirely. Sure, I like the excitement and the build-up around a new console. Marvelling over the graphics. The improved power.
But in general – I just want a console that’s up-to-date. Why wait years for an upgrade when you could go months? If consoles could have interchangeable parts, much like a PC, I think we’d be on for a winner.
Updating, rather than replacing
Following on from interchangeable components, I’d like to see games following suit. Why pay out for a new COD every year when developers and publishers could just release a hefty update. I think it’ll keep the games feeling fresh, without saturating the market.
The same goes for console updates in general. I like the way that the Xbox One is constantly being re-iterated and re-designed, from a UI perspective. It makes the console feel new, even after all this time, and I appreciate that.
Cross next-gen platform play
One day, my friend. One day I’ll be able to play against someone on a Microsoft console, on my Sony console.
Microsoft have already introduced it for one or two games, namely through Rocket League. In my opinion, it works really well.
A practical hard drive
Storage should not be expensive. I can buy a 2TB external hard-drive from Amazon for around £50. So why would the Nintendo Switch ship with just 32GB of off the shelf memory? Sure, you can buy an external hard drive to use as an extension, in most cases. But that’s not the point. This is 2017 damn it.
Backwards compatibility, off the shelf
Backwards compatibility shouldn’t be an added bonus. We bought their games on older consoles with our hard earned cash. We invested in their new console with cash that was equally hard earned.
Granted, Microsoft are rolling out backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. But it’s a slow process. And that’s not before the inevitable re-releases and remasters.
Sony are still holding firm, though. Making gamers invest in a separate service to play some of their favorite PlayStation classics.
There’s a few of the things that I’d like to see from the next-gen consoles. Maybe that won’t be the Scorpio, or the PS5 – but I can hold out hope.
What would you like to see from the next-gen consoles? Let me know in the comments below!