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Problems With the PlayStation 4

There's room to improve with the PlayStation 5.

Oct 15, 2019

Sony's new machine, the PlayStation 5, is going to arrive at the end of 2020, as they'd recently confirmed. While we're still in love with our PS4s, that doesn't mean that everything is perfect and hopefully the team behind the next PlayStation is considering for themselves what can be improved on their next system. Here are some of the problems we have with the PlayStation 4 that could likely be fixed on the PS5.

The PlayStation 4 is awesome, thought it has some room for improvement.The PlayStation 4 is awesome, thought it has some room for improvement.Courtesy of TechRadar

The DualShock 4's Overly Sensitive Triggers

It's already been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will have an improved controller that'll bring improved triggers along with it., However, this doesn't mean that one of the most annoying features of the DualShock 4 is going away: those obnoxiously sensitive triggers. Let's say you're sitting down to watch YouTube or Netflix so you'll likely set down the controller on your coffee table or couch. You'll likely move something slightly, bump your table, or sneeze and your triggers will immediately activate and your video will skip forward or backward in a frustrating way. This may seem overly nitpicky but considering this plagues me once every few days, it's one of the first issues I hoped for a solution to with the inevitable DualShock 5.

The DualShock 4 isn't a bad controller but it's definitely not perfect.The DualShock 4 isn't a bad controller but it's definitely not perfect.

The Slow-Moving Menus

When I picked up my first PlayStation 4, the launch unit felt snappy and responsive with games loading up quickly and the main system menu moving around fluidly. Cut to 2019 and things have slowed down substantially. While the system isn't as sluggish as the Xbox One, crashes aren't entirely uncommon and the system hitches up pretty badly whenever I'm hoping to capture a video or play some music. This isn't as much of a problem on smaller games but whenever something sizable enters my system, like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Call of Duty, I'm crossing my fingers and praying whenever I press the Share Button. This is another area where Sony suggested we'd see some substantial improvements on the PlayStation 5.

The PS4 menu looks nice but can sometimes run pretty slowly.The PS4 menu looks nice but can sometimes run pretty slowly.

Sluggish Social Sharing

The PlayStation 4 made some big promises out of the gate in regards to social media. Despite some serious slowdown, you can still record videos and screenshots of your gameplay but when it comes to sharing your moments of glory the PlayStation 4 falls short of the strides made by the Xbox One. Though both machines make it easy to post your content onto Twitter or Facebook -- at least until the recent suspension of that Facebook-feature -- there's no way to get access to these clips away from your machine without social media. On Xbox, you can pull up the Xbox App on your phone and at least pull up your clips to share with your friends but no such service exists on PlayStation.

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If last week's update on the PlayStation 5 is anything to go off of, it seems like Sony's head is in the right place. We still have a long wait ahead of us until we actually have this system in our homes but we'll likely be getting some official information on what we can expect sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed that the first thing they fix is those darn-triggers on the controller.

Sharing your content is a key selling-point of the PS4, too bad it's too often too slow.Sharing your content is a key selling-point of the PS4, too bad it's too often too slow.
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By: Max Cannon