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Submitted by Festano 430d ago | opinion piece

The future of gaming is … social?

Now that the E3 and its aftermath is behind us, we can focus on what is really going on with these new consoles. Sure, the buffed graphical output and new IP are all that developers and gamers are raving about; but the real milestone here is social gaming. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Nintendo, PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment, Wii U, Xbox One)

Timesplitter14  +   430d ago
Only if it's well implemented. Games that just post updates on your twitter or facebook are the worst. Nobody wants to see that
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Alexious  +   430d ago
Yes, likely there will be a much tighter integration in next-generation.
GDDR6_2014  +   430d ago
That's one aspect that I just care about at all, just like trophies and motion control this gen
franciscos3  +   430d ago
I for one am not an avid participant in social when it comes to games. I tend to let my Raptr go buck wild and delete a few posts here and there out of respect for my friends and followers.

However, the Miiverse made the social aspect quite inviting - each game gets a 'community' and you can simply ask about titles you're interested in w/o having to go to obscure forums. And, as the article says, Nintendo has sited the Miiverse as why they're going to deliver Earthbound to the US and EU Virtual Console markets.

If I feel empowered, that I can influence publishers and developers on what I want to see in games, I will participate. I am very interested in whether PS4 and XBX can replicate this, as they should.
guitarded77  +   430d ago
I love the social aspect through apps. I want to share my screenshots, gameplay vids and achievements with my friends on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. I'm excited for the new features on PS4 and XBOX One. I just wish Nintendo would get on board with external social sites. If they would add a trophy/achievement system, and the ability to take screenshots and share them on Facebook and Twitter without going through Miiverse, they'd be doing themselves a huge favor. Everytime an "achievement earned" notification pops up on Facebook or Twitter, it's free advertising... Evey time someone posts a screenshot to the same sites, it's free advertising. Iwata has publicly said that he personally is not interested in suck things, but there are millions, if not billions that are. So just because he has no interest, the rest of us should do without.
_LarZen_  +   430d ago
Personally I love the social functions that are coming on the next consoles. But I understand that many do not care about it at all.

So there should always be a choice, forcing something on people never goes well.
guitarded77  +   430d ago
Well, yeah, but how is it forcing people. It's optional to use these social features. I had to manually set my PS3 to update Facebook, and I have to manually share my achievements on XBOX. It's completely optional.

With the latest PS3 patch, users can turn off trophy notifications. I never really understood how someone can hate trophies so much. I can understand not caring, but if I really didn't care, then I wouldn't care.
Abriael  +   430d ago
Oh hell no. At least not always, hopefully.
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Dagobert  +   430d ago
I don't like being social. I'm an introvert.

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