There have been a lot of new features appear in this generation of consoles, and I was thinking about just how many of them I already take for granted. I have put together a list of features from the current generation of console that I would really miss
1. An Online Marketplace
Since the release of the Xbox 360, I have really enjoyed playing some games that up until the current generation, I would never have looked at. I am talking about the Xbox live Arcade games that these days, we take for granted, but before wouldn’t have found their way to a main console, or if they had wouldn’t have sold well. Not only are there new games experiences like Geometry Wars, Alien Hominid HD and Catan, but also re-releases like Lumines, Puzzle Quest and Rez.
I would never have brought any of these games in a traditional boxed format, but I have probably spent as much time playing them as I have some of the big blockbuster games like Bioshock and Halo 3. So without an online marketplace, I would have got much less out of my console than I would have done.
2. Ability to be patched
In a perfect world, this wouldn’t be an issue, but sadly even the big budget games need a tweak now and again and these days there is no reason why a game can’t be patched. The 360 and the PS3 obviously already have this and even the Wii does (this needs checking), however it is really frustrating finding a bug on a PSP or DS game and knowing that it will never be fixed.
3. Constant Online Presence
The 360 has this, and 99% of the time the PS3 does as well, but the Wii doesn’t and this annoys me.
4. Easy Social Networking
The 360 does this really well, the PS3 does this badly and the biggest criminal is the Wii. I don’t want to have to hand out a new friend code every time I get a new game. Come on Nintendo!
5. Roaming Settings and Unlockables
When I log into a friends console with my GamerTag/PSN name, I should be able to get access to all the things I have unlocked on a game at home. Now the 360 has this to an extent, where some game unlocks (like the Halo 3 Armor) are tied to the GamerTag but again, the Wii is awful at this, where even purchased VC games are tied to the console and not a log in account. Perhaps in the future you will be able to upload your saves to an online space, or have a chance to syncronise your console to online servers. I am sure that all of my game saves ever come to less than 1gb in size, I can get much more online storage than that with a free hosting company or even a free e-mail account, why can’t this be included with, for example, my Gold XBL subscription?
The 360 shows a glimmer of this idea with a few of the things they have done, but I really hope that in the next generation, my saves and unlocks will truly roam with me.