The rumour mill has been grinding for well over half a year, and it now seems all but inevitable that the next generation of consoles will dominate this year's E3. This being the case, we've drawn up our wishlists for the features we want in the next offerings from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.


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Tom Orry, Editor

I'd really like to see every game playable from the hard drive without needing a disc - whether purchased digitally or installed from a physical copy. I took my Xbox 360 to my parents over Christmas and the majority of games I played were those downloaded from Xbox LIVE - having the convenience of playing what you want without the disc clearly counts for a lot. There must be a way to make it happen without causing widespread piracy.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have both got some excellent titles available via Xbox LIVE Arcade and PSN, but in the iOS world we live in, a proper (well advertised) digital store for smaller titles, priced similarly to the Apple App Store, would be great. The Xbox 360 already has this to an extent via Indie Games, but the majority of those titles are sent to die and because of it the quality isn't nearly as high as on iOS.

Speaking of Xbox LIVE, the cost of the service (which I have been fully behind for a long time) is starting to grate slightly now that PlayStation Plus for the PlayStation 3 offers so much for your money. A similar free game and discount scheme for Gold members would be excellent.

The PlayStation 4 also needs to radically improve its update system. I'm fed up of having to sit through lengthy firmware updates all the time and wait while large game updates are downloaded when I just want to be playing. At the moment, if I know I want to play something on the PS3, I boot it up the day before to make sure it's got time to update ahead of playing it, which is ridiculous.

Due to the rise of YouTube some form of in-built video capture with direct upload functionality would be superb. Some games already allow this to some extent, but it's not supported on a system-wide level. PVR tech in consoles doesn't really excite me when it comes to TV (I have that through other devices), but recording game footage would be a nice addition.

The use of the Wii U tablet as a portable games console is a great idea, and I'd like Sony to really push hard to make the exact same experience possible between the PS4 and PlayStation Vita. Remote play in some titles is already there for PS3 games on Vita, but it should be an option for every title.

Having said all that, if I can get PGR 5 on Xbox 720, God of War 4 on PS4 and a new Mario game on Wii U close to launch, I won't really care what features each console has.


Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor

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I want better pads from both Microsoft and Sony. The next Xbox controller needs a D-Pad that can actually be used for, y'know, games, and Sony need to overhaul the DualShock 3. I'm sure they'll keep the old design, but for the love of all that is holy, they need to fix those spongy L2/R2 triggers.

In terms of the actual machines, it's harder for me to make specific requests – when it comes to the next gen, it's the games I'm more bothered about. That being the case, I want the consoles to be as developer-friendly as possible; there's no point giving the consoles extra graphical clout if they're going to be a nightmare to work with. Let's make them more user-friendly for us, too – I echo Tom's plea to fix the PS3 update system.

I want cloud saving to be a standard feature for both machines, so that I can use my (massive) hard drive as a media centre. In Microsoft's case, this also means support for .mkv files and the like. I know it's pointless to hope for a lack of motion/voice control gimmickry, but I'm going to cross my fingers (in vain) that these features don't get too much emphasis in terms of user interface. While we're on the subject of wishes that won't come true, I'd also like Microsoft to ditch the points system and replace it with normal cash transactions, like on PSN. It annoys the hell out of me that if I want to buy a 600 point piece of DLC, I have to fork out for 1000 MS points. The only reason this setup exists is to make people spend more, and I hate it.

Finally, it'd be nice if we could avoid all that RROD / YLOD bullshit this time. No more wrapping consoles in towels, please.

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guyderman

I want 8 bit graphics with colour clash!
Posted 09:43 on 01 April 2012
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EverTheOptimist

A built-in teasmade with alarm clock would be pretty sweet. 'Wake up, it's time to play!'

My wants are pretty simple: slicker games that stay at a consistently high framerate and overall better structure within the menus. I'm still enjoying my PS3, but the XMB is an ugly, ugly menu!
Posted 15:36 on 30 March 2012
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draytone

DLC Management is something that really needs addressing, at the moment I pay for stuff and download it then it disappears into this kind of ether. If I can't hold a physical box then at least let me view my DLC in a nice little library.

I also hope the same ***** doesn't happened at the beginning of this generation as it did with the last... I'm looking at you Microsoft.
Posted 09:47 on 30 March 2012
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MrGloomy

My thinking is, if the next Xbox is as aloud as a jumbo-jet, it should actually have the ability to fly. The PS4 should actually be able to be used as a George Forman grill and the Wii-U...well, I suppose it could have a build in remote function in the controller so you can easily turn the channel when you get bored (trollin')
Posted 12:25 on 11 January 2012
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Trip-l

I just want PGR 5!
Posted 11:09 on 11 January 2012
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MrHEWBO

I would like an option for the console to download patches for my games and such whilst i'm not using it, kinda like steam. There's nothing worse than having to spend half an hour being kicked out of party chat, stranded like a lonely goat on a forgotten island detached from xbox, especially when you only have limited time to play.
Posted 15:00 on 07 January 2012
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natemike

I agree with most of the suggestions. I would like to add one. I know it might be tricky to pull off, but I would love to bypass all of the intro movies, logos, and warnings when starting up a game. I understand those must be shown the first time you play a game. But it should not take 2 minutes to continue a game that has previously been played several times. Wouldn't it be wonderful to turn on your console pick a save file and after a short loading time start playing from where you left off.

Steam already has cross platform play and cloud saves. With Steam I can purchase a game once, play it on multiple systems (one at a time), and keep the same save file on the cloud so that I can continue a game I started on my desktop on my laptop. I think this is the future and will be a major advantage for Steam if the consoles don't implement these features.
Posted 18:51 on 06 January 2012
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Clockpunk

I echo Martin's sentiments regarding the importance of being able to manage digital libraries. There is a lot of streamlining potential for all the meta-details for titles.

Other than that, the article seems spot on with what would make an ideal set of platforms for consumers all-round.
Posted 14:49 on 06 January 2012
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andyb2610

I share Emily's wish of cross platform gaming, but am also not holding my breath!
Posted 12:57 on 06 January 2012