It's been confirmed that the PS3 exclusive, ModNation Racers is to receive a split-screen mode for up to four players.
Above: Not pictured - four-player split-screen
OK, so this isn't exactly groundbreaking news but it does make us think of the good old days of gaming. When devs were more concerned about delivering a fun affair than how many realistic chickens they could crowbar into a game. Especially when you consider that most racing games like Dirt 2 and Burnout Paradise don't have one, you could say that split-screen is deemed an archaic feature by current developers. Still, that doesn't stop folk demanding the return of old shit.
Remember the furore over SixAxis not having rumble? One minute rumble was being labelled as a last-gen function only for Sony to stick it into DualShock 3. If there's enough demand then things can change mighty quickly. So here's a list of old-school features that we'd love to see the return of on next-gen consoles...
Pressure sensitive buttons
DualShock 2 on PS2 has this. Lightly press X as you drive a car in GTA: San Andreas and you'd crawl through traffic slowly. Slam your fat digit down and you'd be bolt forward at pace. Perfect. We understand that the triggers are supposed to replace the need for this but the simplicity and immediate effect of 'the harder you push, the faster you go' is a great alternative to the sloppy triggers. Especially on PS3.
Above: A genius idea cruelly left out of current hardware
Before you start getting all uppity about this one, consider this: With wired controllers you never have to recharge them. We've had numerous occasions where we've been halfway through a level only for the low battery to flash up on PS3 or controller dies completely with only a hint of a warning on 360. OK, so wireless pads free you up and mean kids/pets/old people don't trip over the cable but at least wired ones keep you connected for as long as you want. We just want the option - especially on PS3 - we're not asking for devolution here.
Above: A controller with a trip-wire? Or a constant connection to you gaming?
Advantages of disc-based games: Better graphics, crisper sound quality and bags of room to cram even more into your latest game of choice. Advantage of cartridges: Almost zero load times. Whaddya mean we're mad? You weren't there man. You didn't see the things we did on SNES and Megadrive.
Above: Instant access gaming FTW!
So what have we missed? Is there an obvious old-school feature that you'd like to see brought back from the dead? Or are you completely happy with the way that current games are panning out? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.