As a PS4 owner, I just wanted to write this post to say thank you to Microsoft. Why you ask? I want to say it because of XBox Live. You see, despite Microsoft entering the video game market at a time when Sony was untouchable, they were always ahead in one aspect. Social gaming. Microsoft saw the future with the XBox, and the future was connecting gamers who weren’t in the same room. And that type of forward thinking has spawned one of the greatest aspects of the PS4…..the Share button.
For the uninformed, the share button is a button on the Dualshock 4 that allows you to share your gaming experience with the world. You can upload screenshots and video clips to the internet using it, or broadcast your gaming sessions online with one click. Last gen, my friends and I would talk about how cool it would be if there was a way we could watch each other’s NCAA league games through the system. Little did we know that time was coming. The best part about this feature is how simple it is to use. I was worried the process would take more time than it was worth, but that is far from the case.
I was told by a friend that as of December 12th, the PS4 is responsible for 10 percent of twitch streaming since its launch. I dont know how accurate that is. But if it’s true, that goes to show the impact the Share button has had early on. I reckon that number will only grow as more people get their hands on the system. Personally I thought the idea was cool, but I was skeptical about how much I would actually use it. Now I can’t imagine not having it. That’s the mark of a great feature addition.
Pull off a cool move in your favorite sports game? Share a screenshot. Get a trophy and wanna help others? Share a video. Cool glitch? Share it. Earned that platinum trophy? Share it. Playing a friend online after you’ve been talking smack on FB/Twitter? Broadcast it and let others watch. Upload a video of that time you ran in a room and killed 5 opponents by yourself. Share a screenshot of you standing over the dead body of your latest boss victim. It’s just awesome to have these options in this connected world. And even though Sony’s system has the button, Microsoft is definitely responsible. So I just wanted to salute them. It’s only right. I’ll talk to y’all later.