With the PlayStation 4 announcement days away (or so everyone assumes), it's time to ask an important question: What will be the most critical selling point for the new system?
As it's a video game console, one can easily make the argument that games are still the most important element. After all, power, reliability and cost are basically meaningless without the games because you won't buy the machine without software you want to play. On the other hand, many might want to purchase the PS4 for future titles, and not necessarily for what arrives on launch day.
Then again, power might be essential for maintaining a certain status in the industry; a status the PlayStation 3 – and consequently, PS3 exclusives – earned. It could also help give Sony the edge in appealing to developers who wish to push the envelope; many designers have said this generation that their visions couldn't have been brought to fruition on any console but the PS3. Of course, if the machine sh**s the bed within the first few months, power and games really don't matter in the slightest, 'cuz now you have a busted console. Here's hoping the PS4 doesn't have any huge mechanical issue(s) when it first launches.
Lastly, there's the cost. It's usually the #1 question out of a consumer's mouth, especially these days. It could have the best games in the world, a boatload of power, and what appears to be fantastic reliability right out of the gate, but if someone deems it too expensive, it'll still sit on the shelf. So which consideration is most crucial when it comes to Sony's new PlayStation? Games, cost, reliability or power?