Top 10 features the next SEGA console should have

Let’s be positive, there will be another SEGA console some day (I hope!) and it will need unique features and even catch up with features to make it stand out against the competition. So if SEGA announced a new console soon, these are the features I think they need to have.

I think I know a ton of you have your own features you would like, so comments are always open.

No proprietary add-ons and cords

Nothing make me more mad than having to get two fucking arcade pads because the Xbox 360 won’t take a PC arcade stick, but the PS3 will. That is just frustrating. I also hate having to get a special ‘power’ cord that costs way too much and is only made by the console manufacture.

I’m glad that HDMI is becoming a standard and so is USB for consoles. I would love if the power source and other items used the same standards as other devices. Why buy a ton of crap we don’t need?

Custom dashboard

This is another thing that both Sony and Microsoft got wrong and Nintendo actually did it correctly. I’m not saying that Nintendo’s dashboard for the console is better than Microsoft or Sony’s, but I do give them props for allowing you to add and take off icons at will. There is always a new update on the HD consoles that adds more icons/tabs I will never use that start to clutter my dashboard. If they allow us to customize, the more the better.

Also bring themes like the SEGA Saturn dashboard, now that is a dashboard!

Always connected, always have background downloading

Got a new game? Awesome, pop that baby in. An update! Well put it in the background; you can’t? That sucks! This is something that should be standard next generation. There is no point of me looking at a ‘status’ bar all the time. Let me get on and do something else.

I have noticed that on the PS3/360, if you are playing older games like PSone or Xbox, you can’t be signed online at the same time. That is nonsense, SEGA should have an always connected (if you want to be signed in that is) service.

The back catalog of classics

This is where SEGA excels at, a huge back catalog of rare and forgotten games that need to make a comeback. SEGA is bringing some of their Master System and Genesis games back via download and compilation discs; but what about Dreamcast and Saturn?

Re-releasing SEGA games on their own console can even give them a better idea of what games will sell if they bring them back.  Say, if a game like Panzer Dragoon Saga sells a ton of copies, there is obviously a demand for it and production should be lower since it’s on one console.

Phantastic Home Room

Let’s be honest, there is money to be made with social ventures like HOME and Xbox’s Avatars. Sony reported tons of sales on their HOME service, regardless of it launching with pretty much nothing. Sure, now they are taking fan request and improving it, still could use a ton of stuff to do.

So how can SEGA compete with something like HOME? I think it is quite simple. Have a Phantasy Star Online game built into each console. Let’s be honest, the damn game is like crack, imagine if they got everyone hooked and sold special edition outfits and themes for your room for extra cash? What about decorations? They could even have ‘Game Rooms’ sort of how developers have their own spaces on Playstation Home. What else? Questing with a ton of friends, building XP and chatting it up. Not to mention, SEGA can also release ‘mission packs’ ‘expansions’ and other things to make money.

Smart Trophies/Achievements

I think we are all trophy and achievement whores sometimes . I have to admit, it’s a good way to have people buy games sometimes, they see a game for budget price and they pick it up to boost their score. Sounds odd, but it happens. I think SEGA should approach a new way of doing this sort of stuff. I think they should have progress built in. Like let’s say you have a trophy that says “Kill 40 people with an AK-47.” If you click on details, it should show your progress and say 20 killed, that way you don’t have to do guess work. I know SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing has something like this build into their game (picture above), this should be mandatory for the next SEGA console. Also separating DLC achievements/trophies from the regular game.

Other features that SEGA can think of playing around with are disabling trophy/achievement notifications and letting people delete trophies. I mean, we all rented a game before and didn’t unlock a achievement in it, why have it on the list? How about giving virtual items for free if someone unlocks some special task? That would rock.

We want to see clouds!

[Wonder if I can get my Gears of War saves back…]

I’m shocked this isn’t a standard , saving all information on a server. I’m talking about your saves, it would be amazing if you can access them off a server anytime and anywhere by just logging into your user name.

I mean, they already store your purchase information, achievements/trophies and friends list; why not saves? Seems like the most important information or at least one of the most important things for a gamer.

Give me my apps or give me death!

This is something that most console manufactures don’t really try to exploit, applications or having a store for them. Apple knows how to handle this, letting people submit apps for their store and them approving them, making it a selling feature for their mobile phone and iPod Touch.

Sure, some consoles are getting applications like Facebook, Twitter and Last.FM, but it’s way too far in-between. In the last 5 years, you only have like 4 applications? No, having a huge store and letting developers submit their applications would be amazing.

Updating your VMU to something amazing

This is something that a lot of us Dreamcast owners liked. Sure the VMU had issues, it didn’t have the best support and the battery would die too quickly. So there was always room for improvement.

I think adding a new one, with a color screen that can support apps, double as an MP3 player and play Genesis era titles would be amazing. Not to mention even play some videos, that way you can have all the content you payed for on the SEGA store, sync to your VMU and take it on the go. Fancy pants!

Snap away motion controller

Lets be honest, motion controller seems to be the future now that all three consoles have some sort of motion controller in place for the near future. I think SEGA should design their next controller to be snap away, that way you can use it as a ‘classic controller’ and a motion controller if you needed.

I think one of the biggest issues with the whole motion controller future, is buying extra controllers, look at how expensive controllers are these days. They will end up costing you about $60 each, after all is said and done. Imagine having to only need one controller and that controller serves two purposes? Genius!


11 responses to “Top 10 features the next SEGA console should have

  1. Orta says:

    Number 11: blue skies in games.

    Sorry, had to do it.

  2. MadeManG74 says:

    Saving games to an online service/server would be great! Stop you having to unlock things all over at a friends house.

  3. Emmett The Crab says:

    You had some great ideas. I don't want to think too hard about it, because then I will want to buy it.

  4. DJ Fob Fresh says:

    Genius, George, Genius.

  5. Sharky says:

    Genius nothing! the best ideas were sooo mine!

  6. -backwards compatibility with Dreamcast games, and a full Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast library for download

    -a range of wireless controllers (Saturn Pad, Dreamcast pad, some new "whatever the new system is called" pad)

    -Synergy with the current Sega arcade games, perhaps the VMU compatibility that was promised with the Dreamcast but only appeared in one or two Japanese consoles

  7. crackdude says:

    Barry, your first two points are great! But as to the third… meh lol It didn't work back then, why would it now that the arcades are practically dead?

    Great ideas! Still, I don't think Sega will be releasing any console. Then they would have to really try hard to make a good Sonic game to sell in only one console…. and that's no good.

  8. Sega Uranus says:

    Great ideas, sure, but do you know how much it would cost to build a console that would play just SEGA CD, Saturn and Dreamcast titles? The VMU idea is amazing on paper, but so was the 32X!

    It would be smarter if SEGA was going to do something like this, if they just reboot their entire outlook. Why make everything backwards compatable if you cannot make money from older games? Might as well sell them in download service-like stuff. Seeing as how they are already doing that on basically every platform, I do not see the point in SEGA making their own.

  9. I've always thought Sega should have a download channel that the 360 and PS3 should access, same with Capcom and SNK. Rework the whole marketplace structure to sort by publisher/dev rather than by genre.

    It may not be a Sega console, but it would be as close.

  10. <blockquote cite="comment-548">

    Barry, your first two points are great! But as to the third… meh lol It didn’t work back then, why would it now that the arcades are practically dead?

    Maybe not a device you plug in, but maybe a network that accesses your home profile at the arcade. A simple keypad would do the trick. Like, you have VF5 at home, go to the arcade and punch in your username/password and presto: you play as your custom character.

  11. cube_b3 says:

    This is possibly the weakest article you have ever written George with the exception of the snap away controller and a VMU upgrade your entire article is about how the other designers should improve their current game.

    Their is nothing Sega about it.

    I expected better.

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