The Single Most Important Thing All Next-Gen Consoles Need Is... (Opinion)

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 16, 2013 09:23 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

What is it that all next-generation consoles need you wonder? The answer isn't fancy graphics and super-fast computing, but what all next-generation consoles need is a screenshot tool.

Yes, you read right, a screenshot tool.

Follow us

Playing video games has always been a fun experience for everyone who enjoys it. Given how enjoyable video games are, sometimes we want to capture certain in-game moments and share them with our peers; however, due to the lack of a screenshot tool, this is not possible in many games. And, that is very frustrating.

Of course some games come pre-loaded with the ability to take screenshots, but this is a feature that should be accessible by all video games and the only way for that to happen, is if consoles come with their own screenshot tool.

The PS3 launched for a whopping $599, and for something so expensive (and what Sony claims can do everything) it sure doesn't take screenshots. The Xbox 360 has cheaper hardware but it is no exception either. Microsoft has been issuing updates and adding new features to the console on a regular basis, yet no screenshot tool.

Taking screenshots is not impossible, you can do so via your camera, but the picture quality won't be impressive since it would be taken from an LCD screen, or a huge CRT screen if you are "that guy." There's also the option of purchasing third-party hardwares, which are expensive, to take a simple screenshot of in-game moments, but it should be simple as tapping a button.

With the Xbox 720 and PS4 in the pipeline, Microsoft and Sony need to add a screenshot tool to these upcoming consoles. Alternately, how about allowing third-party applications to be created so that some smart developer could give us a screenshot tool?

Make no mistake, a next-generation console is not considered next gen unless it has a screenshot tool. And, I'm not kidding.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Purported HTC Desire 620 Purported HTC Desire 620 leaks online, looks retail-ready
LG G Flex 2 to debut at CES 2015 in January, come as ‘major upgrade’
Archos 80 Cesium officially debuts as budget Windows 8.1 tablet
Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless on Dec. 10 for $399 contract-free
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Flipboard for Windows Phone Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now
Instagram releases Bolt ephemeral messaging app in select markets to challenge Snapchat
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics