Dear Sony: Make The PS4 With Your Fans In Mind
Ever since I heard Sony was working on the next PlayStation, I've been a little concerned about the project.
While I always love all these great advances in technology and artistry, and I'm a huge proponent of titles like Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire, many of the new crazes this generation just haven't done it for me...and that includes digital distribution, multiplayer and motion sensing. I mentioned this before but now I'm appealing to Sony-
Please don't forget about your long-time fans who aren't constantly playing online, who don't necessarily think all games should have motion capabilities, who don't believe that a file full of "games" is the same thing as having a shelf full of actual physical games. I suppose, from a business standpoint, digital distribution and the more social aspects of gaming are a must for the future, but please don't forget all those gamers who haven't changed all that much over the years.
This isn't about living in the past or refusing to evolve; I believe a company can both evolve and continue to cater to its long-time fans who aren't all that fascinated with the many supposed "improvements." Square Enix couldn't understand this and look at their financial position. When it comes to hardware, if you completely change that which has made the PlayStation so popular for so long, that will be a fatal mistake. By all means, adapt to the changing market trends and landscape. I know it's necessary.
But I'm sure you can both acclimate to the altered environment and satisfy those who aren't looking for much more besides a piece of hardware that gives designers and artists more room to maneuver.
5/30/2011 9:03:00 PM Ben Dutka