7 Features The PS4 Needs To Steal From The Xbox One

7 Features The PS4 Needs To Steal From The Xbox One

UPDATE: Click here for Part 2 – 7 Features the Xbox One Needs To Steal From The Xbox One

Sony and Microsoft are still doing a great job of butting their heads together as they compete for the number one spot in the next-gen console race (Sorry for now, Wii-U), but what our own experiences with both consoles have proven is that now more than ever, we wish that we could mash some features from the one into the other to make the ultimate console experience. We get used to some of the functions on a console, only to feel like they are sorely missed while using the other.

In Part 1 of this article series, we are going to take a look at what functions we think Sony needs to steal from Microsoft to make the PS4 even better.

So whether Sony decides to steal, acquire, boost, liberate or make use of the the five finger discount, here’s the features we would like them to steal for the PS4.

1. Frozen Game States While in Rest Mode

Walk up to your sleeping console and you can be continuing where you left off yesterday in literally 10 to 15 seconds. Need to leave in a hurry? No worries, just shut down and be on your way, knowing that whether its later or tomorrow, you can just boot that sucker up and carry on. Sitting through logos, more logos, legal information, menus and loading bars before you can play is not something you will miss very soon.

Its a great feature and one that we sorely miss when knocking out multiple extended gaming sessions on the PS4.

No wait, we didn't mean... sigh.

No wait, we didn’t mean… sigh.

2. A Bandwidth Usage/Stats Page

We love that with the Xbox One you can see hourly stats of how much data went through the console, how much it used all month and how much it’s using right now. Sony, we suggest you take the five finger discount on this one.

3. Controller Battery Life

When the competition’s controller is knocking out a week’s worth of heavy gaming sessions on one charge, its a bit odd that the DS4 barely makes it through one lengthy gaming session. You can say its a non-issue for you, but if Sony handed you the same controller with 20 hours of life on it, you wouldn’t turn it down now, would you?


We can’t decide if this is the coolest, or most Hipster-like idea we ever had for a pic.

4. Pinning Apps

Having a list of recently used apps is adequate enough, but Sony, give us the choice of what sits up front. We love that the Xbox One lets us pin what we want to our home screen, and we think the PS4 needs a quick launch menu too.

If anything, please, for the love of Kaz, let us move Netflix into the main queue so we don’t have to drop into a sub folder filled with an IGN and WWE app that we never asked for and aren’t actually even able to delete.

5. An Invite system that doesn’t require loading bars.

This is a sore point for the PS4 and something that really needs to be addressed. “I’m uploading my invite now, LOL!” is an inside joke with me and a co-op gaming buddy. “Great, I see it. Downloading the invite, I should be there soon! Hurr, hurr”.

The invite system is sluggish, literally has loading bars and requires way too many steps to just send an invite. We still think the Xbox 360 has the better invite system over the One, but for now, the PS4 is on the bottom.

6. Easily (and only) recording that awesome thing that just happened

“Xbox, record that”. It’s not how its done, but rather that it does it. Something funny or epic happens and you just wanna quickly grab it without ever really leaving the game screen. Importantly, we just want that short bit without having to trim or upload it this instant. Also, like the Xbox DVR, give us some options on how far back we want to save.

Before the internet, we posted our videos to YouTube in the mail.

Before the internet, we posted our videos to YouTube in the mail.

7. Rumble Triggers

We already covered our issue with the DS4’s battery life, but let’s just say that they sorted that out in future and it could handle some extra motors… we think that the rumble trigger feels great and should become a standard controller feature. Besides, most multi-platform developers have already included the feature into their game already.

Well, that covers a few of our main features that the Xbox One has that we wish Sony would steal for the PS4.

Keep an eye out soon as we delve into opposite land and take a look at the top PS4 features that we wish Microsoft would steal from Sony!

If you think we missed any features that you want to share with us, hit the comments below. Also let us know if you want to tell us of any PS4 features that you think the Xbox One should give the five finger discount to.

The next article in the series where we take a look at the Xbox One and give our list of what we think it should steal from the PS4 is now live and can be viewed by clicking here.


  1. Reason Freeman November 27, 2014

    And DLNA
    And more Apps
    More Voice Commands
    Stable service like XBL
    Beta preview program like XBL
    Better exclusive lineup like XB1
    Quieter console like XB1; the drive is so loud
    More emphasis on performance since recently more games perform better and frame-rates drop more due to PS4 trying to hit 1080P when it obviously can’t do it without sacrificing. CoD, AC Unity, Evolve, Dragon Age, FC4 all have better frames on XB1 according to Digital Foundry

    • datdude December 10, 2014

      is this bozo for real?!?!

  2. jacksjus November 27, 2014

    Based on the sells the PS4 just needs to be itself. If it were lacking to the point of complaints its sells would reflect this.

    Keep innovating and doing their own thing. Same for MS.

    • Guest November 27, 2014

      PoS4 sells on lies and overhype.

      • HalfBlackCanuck November 28, 2014

        Overhyped I’m with you (rather, the self-inflicted crucifixion MS provided itself early in it’s pre-release days) but lies? What lies?

      • Robert Taylor November 28, 2014

        The fact that you need to bash a company constantly really says something about your self worth. Choose what you want and keep it to yourself, grow a pair and use your real name

      • datdude December 10, 2014

        Said the guy who probably bought multiple 360’s due to red ring fiasco. Lies and overhype who, again? LOL.

  3. Guest November 27, 2014

    As if poor dying $0N¥ didn’t copycat enough already. They’re selling on lies and overhype alone.

    • Robert Taylor November 28, 2014

      The fact that you need to bash a company constantly really says something about your self worth. Choose what you want and keep it to yourself

  4. Zarbor November 28, 2014

    I don’t know about the PS4 stealing features but I agree that these features are an advantage over the competition that most gamers aren’t looking at in making their decision as to which console to buy. Once they choose one, that’s all they know or care to know. For those of us that have both consoles, The frozen game state is huge. I love it and since I’m a busy guy, it works perfectly for me.

    Bandwidth is cool but since that’s rarely an issue with FIOS its not as useful. What is is that battery life. I have to charge my dualshock seems like everyday. Its ridiculous. Fix the battery life Sony….its annoying. I don’t record so that’s not so useful but the rumble triggers are cool but adds very little.

    • datdude December 10, 2014

      Oh, I don’t know…how about buying a second controller so it’s not an issue? That’s what I did, as I always have for the multiple consoles I own. I don’t even think about the battery life as a result, at least one controller is always fully charged and ready to go. And don’t say you can’t afford it as you’re claiming you own both consoles. Smarten up.

      • Zarbor December 10, 2014

        That’s some dumb advice. No thanks. I just plug in the cord and charge while I play.. Much cheaper and smarter.

        • datdude December 10, 2014

          So, you just like to complain then? Got it. Typical crybaby.

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