The gaming world has had time to savour the flavour and digest the news of Sony’ Playstation 4 press conference. While the conference itself focussed on memory, speed and graphics, Sony’s biggest contribution to the gaming world lies in its desire for us all to get social.
The Two Biggest Social Advancements the Playstation 4 offers Gaming
- The Playstation 4 provides editing software to let gamers share their experience with friends.
- Friends can take over a console from down the block to help the gamer overcome in-game challenges.
The Playstation 4′s social technology will provide gamer’s with skills that reach far beyond gaming
Being able to immediately capture video or an image and then show it to friends will completely revolutionise the community feel of gaming. It’s easy to make similarities between this new ability of the Playstation 4 and social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. In many ways, however, the social aspect of the Playstation 4 is so much better.
Because video games present challenges and creativity, the Playstation 4 encourages gamers to team work (by helping each other out in difficult sections of games), to discuss (the new versions of games like LittleBigPlanet, together with the social technology of the Playstation 4 are certain to have millions of gamers discussing creative subjects like level design) and to come together as a community.
If the Playstation 4 delivers what it promises, it is easy to see how it could be of benefit to such important areas as a child’s development. By encouraging young gamers to be more sociable, to create, to share and to help, the Playstation 4 is setting them up for success later in life. After all, team work, social skills and creativity are three of the most important skills a person can have.
Though it’s always risky to buy into the hype too soon, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Playstation 4.
It’s the diadem of good console and game design to encourage skills that extent beyond gaming. The Playstation 4 could achieve precisely that.
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