I may not have a PC that can handle the vast majority of games, but I think there are so many things Steam gets right about its service. The first ones that come to mind are the implementation of wish lists and being able to gift games to another person.
PlayStation? Are you listening?
Earlier this year I wrote about a handful of tweaks I’d like to see made to the PS4, namely the addition of wish lists and the option to gift someone a game digitally. How this isn’t already a thing is beyond me.
I mean, sure, I don’t know much about coding (my extent of coding knowledge was put into play when I designed and tweaked this website), but the addition of those two features could only result in more money for Sony.
On Steam, if a game on your wish list goes on sale, you get an email alerting you to that fact. You can pop in, buy the game, and it removes it from your wish list.
I would love it if Sony allowed you to add games from the PlayStation Store to a wish list, and then sent you a notification whenever one of those games went on sale. I’d also love to be able to look through my friends’ wish lists to see what they were hoping to get. If you could secretly buy them a game they wanted, then the next time they logged in they received a message stating, YOU HAVE A PRESENT! how much fun would that be?!
So much fun.
Anytime I’ve wanted to buy someone a digital game (or a physical one, for that matter), I’ve gone to Amazon. It’s a roundabout way, but it works. If you buy a game digitally through the site, you receive a code to redeem via the PlayStation Store. It’s functional, but it’s not nearly as fun or easy as just gift bombing someone something you know they want.
Over the years, I’ve wanted to get certain games for certain people, and I’ve had to resort to Amazon. Once I’ve gotten the code, I’ve sent it to the person with little explanation. It’s still fun to have an element of surprise, but I do feel like Sony is blowing it on this front. I’m sure it would be a feature that would require some amount of constant attention on the back end, but I imagine the financial benefits would greatly outweigh the costs.
But, again, I’m not familiar enough with how that infrastructure works to know how lucrative it might be. But I can dream. And hope. Often times, I will just buy a game physically and send it directly from Amazon. There is something wonderful about getting a surprise package in the mail, too.
Really it’s just nice when people get to play games they want to play. I’m all for people enjoying themselves and having the digital experiences they want to have.
So, Sony, if you’re out there, please, please, PLEASE add this functionality to the PlayStation Store at some point. I imagine I’m far from the only person who would love it.
With that I ask: what will YOU be playing this weekend?
I, myself, am planning on more Dark Souls 3 tonight (it looks like we are close to beating the main game), some more Ghost Recon: Wildlands this weekend, and I’d like to get further in Wolfenstein: The New Order. I feel like I’m knee deep in so many larger games and I’d like to make some solid progress in any/all of them.
Please be safe out there friends. Cheers!