10 Moves PlayStation MUST Make
Sony, we love you but...
We're more than a year into the current console generation, and the strategies of the Big Three are starting to become clearer.
Nintendo are happy to march to the beat of their own drum, Microsoft are ravenously devouring developers in a bid to achieve their final form as Corporate Overlords, and Sony...
Well, Sony will hopefully let us know what they're thinking in their upcoming State of Play. Because for the last 18 months, the company seem to have been winging it like two ten year-olds in a trenchcoat trying to buy liqour.
Watching Sony stumble into this generation (also like two ten-year olds in a trenchcoat who successfully bought liquor) has been embarrassing at times. From telling their customers that cross-gen games weren't part of their plans - then immediately backpedaling - to trying to convince the world that £70 was a fair price for a video game, Sony have rapidly burned through the goodwill generated by the PS4's success.
This list will talk about how the company can rectify those gaffes, and what other moves they can make to ensure that PlayStation owners don't look back on this generation thinking about what might have been. And to get us started, let's look at one of PlayStation's oldest services...
10. Scrap PS Plus
PS Plus used to the greatest subscription service in gaming, but now... well, let's take a look at its most recent games: Ghostrunner, ARK, Team Sonic Racing and Ghosts of Tsushima: Legends.
Or, to put it another way - an 18 month old indie game that regularly sells for under a tenner; a badly designed survival game at least three years past its prime; the worst entry in the SEGA racing series; and a DLC pack that's already free if you bought the base game.
Honestly, as a long-time PS Plus subscriber it's hard not to feel more and more let down with the service each passing month. The standard of the "free" games (that you have to pay a subscription for) has been declining steadily since the turn of the decade, and with Microsoft's Game Pass offering games of similar (and often superior) quality each and every week, PS Plus feels like an embarrassment.
There's a Haruki Murakami story where one of the characters talks about meeting a classmate who was queen bee at high school, but has since lost everything that made her special. Her beauty has faded, her wit has dulled, and the only one who hasn't realised it is her.
PS Plus is that former beauty queen. Its time is up, and it needs to accept that rather than pretend everything is still like it was when it ruled the roost.