The Daily Five: Overrated Next-Gen Features

October 8, 2013 | By | No Comments

Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 and a suite of features to get excited about back in February and June of this year. At the time, we were all blown away by it and couldn’t help but be surprised by almost everything they revealed. Of course this was aided by the pure adrenaline from all of the excitement that a new console generation always offers us. Now that we’re several months removed from that hype period and the new pre-release hype is just getting underway, I’m starting to feel like some of these features may just be a tad overrated in comparison to how much we’ve built them up.

Check out my five overrated features below and let me know if you agree or not. Also, take into account that these features I consider overrated due to what I feel is the estimated use the average user will get out of it.

Stream Online

There are thousands of people who love to stream games and interact with viewers while they do it, but the number is so small compared to the install base that this feature isn’t as a big deal as we make it out to be to your average gamer. Most of us will never use it or never use it after the fascination wears off. Considering there are tons of streaming devices already on the market, it feels like Sony could have utilize its time going in a different direction than attempting to put an entire market out of business (which this will eventually do).

Second Player Remote Drop-In Help

One of the coolest features I was blown away by was the ability to allow another gamer to enter your world, take over your controls, and help you get through a part of the game you’re stuck in. Unfortunately, I’m starting to think that this is going to be a rarely used feature. I mean, as a gamer, I have no desire to allow someone to finish part of the game for me. That just seems to take away from the whole experience. This is going to be great for your super-casual gamer that just wants to get through the narrative and enjoy it as it goes along, but the average casual and hardcore gamer is unlikely to utilize it much.

The Share Button

Sony has included a Share button to its controller that will enable a bunch of social media-driven options that include uploading gameplay to YouTube. If you take into account how many ISPs cap internet usage or monitor it, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to shy away from uploading massive amounts of data to the internet to share their gaming experiences. I honestly feel that, like the previous two features, this will be used a few times out of the box and then likely forgotten as time goes on. However, I think this feature is going to be used a lot in the competitive first-person shooter, fighting, and sports gaming world.

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