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The PlayStation 4’s best feature?

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What do you think the single biggest defining feature of the PlayStation 4 is? The shiny, next generation graphics? The sexy touch-pad on the controller? Remote Play with the PlayStation Vita? According to Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, it’s the integrated social networking.

When asked to highlight one specific feature of the PlayStation 4, he said it’s "the discoverability of things".

"It’s like checking your social media every day," Yoshida explained in a PlayStation 4 Q&A. "I really like that people can find out about new games, information, and what their friends are doing, without even booting the game.

"For example, you can check out whether you have had new challenges from friends from the home screen of every game. All the important information is presented to you immediately. The same game might come out on PS3 and PS4, but playing the game on PS4 will be much more fun, I would expect," he said.

Of course, it’s pretty obvious that would be one of the system’s most notable features, what with that “share” button right there on the controller. What do you make of all this social media and sharing malarkey? As a social misfit who prefers his gaming solo, I generally want that stuff out of my games – but I do see how it could be appealing to some.

Last Updated: September 3, 2013

40 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 11:08

    XD

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 3, 2013 at 11:08

    I also see how it’s appealing to some.. people who have serious mental issues & can’t stand being disconnected for a moment. #foreverSP

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    • RinceThisandCochon!

      September 3, 2013 at 11:18

      All by myyyy seeeeelf! ALL BY MYYYY SEEEEELF!

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 11:19

        *you wanna be all by your self EVERYDAY*

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    • Sageville

      September 3, 2013 at 13:42

      Lemme guess you too have those FB friends that do status updates such as:

      “I’ve just woken Up”
      “Lunch was great”
      “I’m Tired”
      “My bowel movement is Nike shaped. I just did it!”

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        September 3, 2013 at 13:52

        I do have friends who do that, but luckily I’ve never seen it because I’ve never used FB 😉

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  3. TiMsTeR1033

    September 3, 2013 at 11:10

    mmmmm Cher 🙂

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  4. Hammersteyn

    September 3, 2013 at 11:12

    On fire with the headers today!

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    • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

      September 3, 2013 at 11:14

      Indeed, so much of lulz today!

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        September 3, 2013 at 11:17

        hehe

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 11:41

      someone say fire?

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  5. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    September 3, 2013 at 11:14

    Meh. Social networking. Thats so 2003.

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    • QwietStorm

      September 4, 2013 at 19:44

      And being a hipster is so 2014.

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  6. Spathi

    September 3, 2013 at 11:14

    The mere fact that people are reading this is proof that they enjoy gaming related news (or love the people at LG maybe?). If the UI can be set-up to provide the newest gaming news etc, I would love that.

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  7. Hammersteyn

    September 3, 2013 at 11:15

    Can I link the share button to my Whatsapp account?

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  8. RinceThisandCochon!

    September 3, 2013 at 11:18

    Yawn. This is the one thing I am least interested in. I couldn’t care a toss about what my mates are playing, unless I wanted to join them. I want a console to play games, not check their FB status.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 11:18

      SO TRUE! i doubt ill ever even “cher” anything

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 3, 2013 at 11:23

      I hate Facebook. Only use it for birthday reminders.

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      • Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

        September 3, 2013 at 11:28

        What is vleisbroek?

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        • Hammersteyn

          September 3, 2013 at 11:29

          The end of physical social interaction.

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          • Kromas

            September 3, 2013 at 11:49

            Is it not Lady Gaga’s new clothes line?

          • Hammersteyn

            September 3, 2013 at 12:11

            LOL who could forget that?

    • Hondsepop

      September 3, 2013 at 11:28

      Totally agree. I want to play games on a console, not whatsupping.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 3, 2013 at 11:29

      Amen. What I really find funny with Steam is the in-game alerts that tell you when a friend is playing a game. Okay Steam, do you really really REALLY think I’m going to stop playing a game to interrupt a friend while he’s playing a game to talk to him?

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  9. MacDoodle

    September 3, 2013 at 11:25

    This stuff doesn’t really matter to me, I just want a better means of joining and choosing local online games

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    • Double-O-Six and a half

      September 3, 2013 at 14:38

      I’m with you Mac… Any online “friend” that would dare interrupt me with shared videos, inane FB or twits while I’m embroiled in getting Sam Fisher to make Blacklist Engineers wet themselves or power sliding a Nissan GTR around Nurburgring or any other equally entertaining gaming experience would make me want to “unfriend” them with a real life 9mm brain hemorrhage…

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  10. MossySloth

    September 3, 2013 at 11:44

    It may be a bit premature considering the dearth of information in respect of the Xbox One as regards it’s price and release date but would it be possible for you guys to put together some kind of comparative chart which sets out the various features of both consoles. At this point, the release of information has been so gradual and so confusing that I can’t really remember the best and worst aspects of either. This mandatory, built-in social media BS is something I can do without, but it may be as invasive on the Xbox so I don’t really know if this sways my decision.

    I think a chart of sorts would be very useful closer to the release of both consoles.

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  11. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    September 3, 2013 at 12:08

    Sometimes I feel like gaming has become too complicated, with all the sharing, integration, cloud features, online connectivity, DLC, DRM….
    Part of me just wants the Sega 16 Bit days. Plug and play.
    IF I COULD TURN BACK TIIIME!!!!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 12:13

      and play sonic all over again and MK 🙂

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  12. Sageville

    September 3, 2013 at 12:48

    With our internets…..

    I can’t imagine sharing videos in this country, more likely the share button could be renamed “Disconnect from Online Multiplayer game”.

    I hope there is some sort of save now, share later feature.

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  13. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    September 3, 2013 at 13:27

    If I wanted to be social in a game I’d go to a lan…. Oh wait, they killed that off. Nevermind. I don’t want to be social in my gaming

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  14. Yateen Dayaram

    September 3, 2013 at 13:43

    Facebook in my games….meh.

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  15. Stanley Watson

    September 3, 2013 at 15:28

    I’m not huge into social media, but I do believe this feature is way more than ‘Facebook on my PS4’. I use an app on my Android, heyzap, to find out what games others are playing. Playing Minion Rush, and knowing I’ve got the biggest score out of all FB friends, is cool to me. It brings back the whole point of ‘High Scores’ – do you all even remember such a thing? I would play pacman for hours at the arcade just to get my three little letters into the top of the ranking.

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    • Dakan=PCnerdCryingBoutConsoles

      September 5, 2013 at 05:07

      exactly. Competitive + CoOp gamers like me (and you I believe) will LOVE these features. It’s not like you HAVE to look at other people’s profiles…. people on here are acting as if playing with friends + challenging friends for top scores + best moves is a BAD thing. Crazy. There is a difference between FACEBOOK and PS4’s “SHARE” button…..lots of noobs on here have no idea of the difference though.

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  16. Brian Murphy

    September 3, 2013 at 15:40

    The social media part, I’m not really interested in. However, the capacity to ‘preview’ games through spectating is a great idea. You can’t always get a true thumb on the pulse of a game from a reviewers video (or God forbid, a trailer). Watching a friend playing a level or two, could do what those reviewer videos could not.

    Beyond that, as a WoW player the concept of ‘sharing’ 15 min videos, could be useful for Raid-boss like encounters (both breakdowns and kill videos)…however, not all raid boss fights (or explanations) will come in under the 15 minute mark. So, that’ll have to be played around with a bit.

    Still, if it were me as CEO, I’d say the focus on delivering what developers wanted to make compelling and immersive games, and the power that gamer’s will need moving forward is probably the best feature. The rest is really icing.

    Either way, should be a great next-gen. I think both sides will start off under more equal footing, which will keep both sides competing against each other from the get-go.

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  17. Anna Smith

    September 3, 2013 at 16:06

    how dumb… social media…. who cares I bought my Playstation 1, 2, and 3 to play games I honestly don’t want a facebook box I want a game box maybe I should wait to purchase until Sony gets the message that gamers play games not facebook

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    • QwietStorm

      September 4, 2013 at 19:48

      The system is overflowing with games. I don’t understand people’s complaints about the social aspect, and I really don’t understand why people keep thinking it’s all about Facebook. If you tie your profile to your Facebook account, then that’s your choice. The console itself has its own social integration, however, so you are connected with your friends. If you don’t want to game with your friends or you don’t care what they are doing, then I would assume you either don’t have friends to game with or you don’t have a friends list. Point is, it’s like as if the system is run by Facebook. That’s far from the case.

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      • Dakan=PCnerdCryingBoutConsoles

        September 5, 2013 at 05:10

        exactly… just a few anti-social guys on these comments for some reason… but I am VERY confident the majority of gamers will love the PS4’s share features…especially the hardcore gamers that play in teams and clans or people that love coop games……. It is funny to see such stupid comments on here though… people actually thinking this is some facebook thing and nothing more… it’s MUCH bigger + better. Read up boys, before you make stupid comments.

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    • Dakan=PCnerdCryingBoutConsoles

      September 5, 2013 at 05:08

      PS4’s “SHARE” button isn’t just about facebook…read up about it… it’s for competitive gamers and coOp gamers who actually like playing with and VS others and SHARING their best games. Big difference between that and facebook, get a clue…………………….

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  18. Dakan=PCnerdCryingBoutConsoles

    September 5, 2013 at 05:01

    There’s nothing wrong with social. As long as your friends are gamers. Stop being so anti-social and play games with other GAMERS, competition + cooperation is where it’s at, and PS4 is the PERFECT console for the connected online world + gamers who want to play with friends and VS friends and to SHOW + SHARE stuff with FRIENDS. Can’t wait.

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