The PlayStation 4 has been out for a few days now, and with the exception of some PSN connectivity issues over the weekend things have gone quite well. Sometimes even surprisingly so.
Yet we can’t help but feel that it can stand to improve a bit. Don’t get us wrong — the PS4 is the most feature-complete machine Sony has produced out of the gate, and we’re very happy with it overall. Now that we’ve been hands-on with its bevy of next-gen features, though, there are a few ways that the experience can be streamlined. If you have suggestions of your own, feel free to share them.
Let Us Change Our PSN IDs
Over the course of seven years, millions and millions of PSN IDs have been created and, for a large chunk of those users, have been the cause of long-term regret. Think about it this way — those who were 12-year-olds when the PS3 launched aren’t looking so good with their Ben 10 handles now that they’re in college.
While allowing users to attach their real names to their PSN IDs is a step in the right direction, we can’t fathom why it’s still impossible to change it outright. Microsoft has been allowing this for years on Xbox Live for a price, and we can’t help but feel that more than a few would be willing to shell out ten bucks to go with something substantially better.
Give Us Sortable Friends Lists
Speaking of PSN IDs, more and more of them are flooding friends lists now that the cap has been raised from 100 friends to a whopping 2,000. For reasons unknown, however, your friends are still presented to you in a single, big-ass list.
With the potential for having up to 20 times more friends than ever before, you should be able to create categories to help you sort through them all. Allowing a favorites list is a no-brainer, but we’d also like to make separate lists for friends, family, co-workers, and the like.
Allow Us to Export Screens and Videos to USB
Even with just a few short days under our belts, the Share button on the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller has been a revelation. Streaming gameplay is a breeze, while showing off cool moments with screenshots and video clips via social media is a lot of fun.
Sometimes, however, you just want to grab a raw JPEG from your hard drive without all the social fuss, and as far as we can tell there’s no way to just plug in a USB jump drive and put your pics and clips there. So far we’ve been uploading them to Facebook and grabbing them from the Mobile Uploads folder, which is far from ideal if your PS4 can’t connect to the internet for some reason.