PlayStation 4: Sony Looks to Revamp Social

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(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – What social components does Sony have in the mix for the upcoming PlayStation 4? During the company’s announcement last week, Sony referred to interacting socially as “central to PS4 experiences.” And in the age of Facebook and Twitter, it’s something that will likely highlight the device’s features.

Users will notably be allowed to link their Facebook and PlayStation Network accounts – providing for things like “cross-game chat” and co-op play.

Uploading of gameplay is also something you’re going to hear a lot about. This will be provided for through what Sony describes as “video compression and decompression systems”. A “SHARE button” is included on the PS4 controller, allowing users to quickly edit, tag and upload video to social networks.

And forget past time; enter real time. With the PS4, users will be able to live stream gameplay via Ustream – a network of live channels. “During live broadcasts, friends can make comments on the streamed gameplay and, if a gamer gets stuck on a challenging level, friends can also join the game in completely new ways. For example, friends can offer health potions or special weapons when a player needs them most during actual gameplay,” Sony previously stated in a press release.

Sony announced the PlayStation 4 just last week, showing off a new device controller that features a touchscreen tab along with a light bar.

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