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PSXE Poll Update: Sony Fans Would Hate An "Always-On" PS4

There's a rumor going around that the new Xbox will be an "always-on" machine; i.e., users will have to be connected to the Internet at all times to play games (even those that aren't being played online).

When we asked the PSXE community how they would respond to an "always-on" PlayStation 4, the results were pretty decisive- Most would just hate it. And that might in turn affect their ultimate purchase decision.

Personally, I can't possibly comprehend the need for an "always-on" system. As far as I can tell, the only reason for it to exist is for the manufacturer of the console to spy on you. I understand that you can constantly be connected with your friends but I have no need for that. In fact, I'd hate it. To be honest, I have no desire to showcase everything I'm doing with my game console; my privacy is invaded enough on a daily basis, thank you very much. But anyway, that's just a mini-rant. ;)

This week, we all consider a variety of critical factors before opting to purchase an expensive new gaming console. What's #1 on your priority list? Is it the games? Is it the reliability? Is it the price? Is it the power and potential of the system? Decent arguments can be made for each; which is most important to you?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, cell architecture, x86, amd

4/14/2013 9:26:04 PM Ben Dutka

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 10:44:33 PM

I'd have to say reliability would be my top priority. Playstation has never had a shortage of good games in the long term view, and price is definitely something to be debated, but I don't mind spending more if the chance of my console crapping out is lower. Power and potential is already addressed, mostly anyways, by the positive response of developers to the specs. And multimedia... meh. Just let me have music and blu rays and I'm good.

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Shepherd Book
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 10:45:50 PM

For me, it's all about the games. I bought the PS3 at $600.00 and I'm not worried about the price for the PS4, but it must have the games I want to play.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:09:18 PM

Price was the number one factor for me, but due to recent events, games have the top spot. I paid off my truck, so I now have a little more disposable income. As long as nothing unexpected occurs, I'll be making a move to the next gen a little sooner, provided there are games ready at launch that I want to play.

If I feel the price is ridiculously too high, then games will fall to number two again and the price will hold me back.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 11:38:49 PM

I hate to be a fence sitter on this one but I would all of the above. Each is tied in to the other. Games rely on the reliability of the system and if a system is reliable, good, but it needs good games to benefit from it. Power and specs ties in with reliability as well.

Price is key as well. If the system is reliable and there are good games for it, the price... needs to mirror that. If its way over board, well, I will wait, if reasonable with what is offered, I might buy it. The features as well are key for me. Everything that has been shown so far, which is mostly social networking features, is not important to me. So am I going to pay a premium price for a whole lot of features I am not interested in, reliability and the games aside.

So its a loaded question with many options. All the above. This is not a car where I can pick a choose what I want. This comes with many features and components. Unless Sony give us 2 or 3 versions of the PS4, but I doubt it will be on features, it will be on hardware. Specifically the HD I'm sure.

In older posts I said I will wait long after the launch and see what happens. I am sticking to that until I see the whole PS4 product.

Keep Playing!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 7:30:29 AM

I won't put a vote in on this poll because I feel the same way in that my answer would be all of the above. I'm considering the whole package not just a part of it.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 12:03:50 AM


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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 4:28:00 AM

not exactly surprising.
only reason why manufactures would want online systems is to help prevent piracy.
a watchful eye making sure everything going onto your system is suppose to be there.

as for priorities on a new console, there can only be one.
whole point of a new console is to offer things the predecessor couldent.
no ones going to buy the ps4 if its 300 bucks, has re releases of ps3 games, is as reliable as a wood burning stove, if its not offering any new features or nicer graphics now are they?
exactly why its so disappointing, because the differences are not half as big and encouraging as they should be!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 4:39:29 AM

I would like the new PS4 to come in blue!

And additionally power, price and penetration!

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 2:31:51 PM

You mean like how the PS3 comes in blue pretty much everywhere but NA?

I like Sony a lot, but the regional restriction b.s. pisses me off. Every region should get identical merchandise, as far as hardware is concerned. I can understand regionalized software, Japan gets some WEIRD games.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 9:04:47 AM

Tough one. Definitely not games or price. As I buy probably 1 out of every dozen games released I'd say that there'll be plenty for me to choose from and as long as the price is fair considering the spec I have no issue there.

Multimedia functions such as cd/dvd/br playback is important but I do have other ways of playing those.

Reliability nearly clinched it as there should never be a need to replace a system within it's reasonable operating life. Something I have been forced to do. My PS3 hardware experience has cost me £715/$1080 so far.

In the end I voted for power and potential. I want the whole gamer audience to be excited by the PS4 7 years + after launch. I don't want gamer fatigue to set in after the first couple of years because we're seeing nothing new and special from the hardware.
This is made worse by annualisation. What if the new itterations of a game all look similar and only slightly improved on those released before it? Sales will plummet and IP's will die because sales were less than expected.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 12:50:53 PM

Games are first priority; though, I see hardware being very much correlated with that.
Based on developer feedback the PS4 looks to be a dream come true so I expect some nice things from the next-gen.

Always on for me I think is exactly that. It being a mechanism to spy on us. Of course that's not how MS will position it. They'll say how it'll make them more aware of how better to serve us by analyzing our playing habits etc. To make a bigger better tomorrow in gaming. Problem here is that it seems to me to be an even more generalized profiling of gamers. Kick the niche investments to the curb and capitalize on the general gamer by catering to the masses. This will also include efforts on their part on how to monetize entertainment through various pay-to-play schemes. To me there's only one destination with this direction and it spells bad news for dedicated gamer types.
I think the more dedicated gamers will revile this, so too will the press, and MS may be in for a gen that causes them to lose ground with their next xbox.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 12:56:18 PM

oh yah, always-on opens the in-game advertising flood gates.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 3:24:51 AM

Yep. The instant gaming goes Always Online and I no longer own the games I buy, I leave the party.

My #1 priority for all of the next-gen is simply to have more varied and more tasteful games. My enthusiasm for gaming has really taken a beating in the past 3 years, as release after release is full of nothing but horrific violence, non-stop cussing and pornographic sex content, included just for the sake of having it there. All while previous suppliers of optimistic games have lowered themselves into the mire and become indistinguishable from the rest--looking at you SquareEnix. This is not "mature" gaming, not the way the industry will grow (it seems to be shrinking, eh?), and is simply not healthy for any artistic medium. The game makers are having a major identity crisis, trying to be exactly like each other, but slightly different, and it's really unappealing.

I want fresh, optimistic games which will lead the way forward. Not more blood-soaked killing simulators. I want good things which I can play in mixed company, that I can feel proud to show as representations of my chosen hobby. I have a mighty hard time doing that at the moment.

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