Easily one of the PlayStation 4‘s more exciting features is its ability to stream gameplay directly from the console. The feature, which uses either Twitch or Ustream, has opened the world of gameplay sharing to thousands of gamers, and allowed even more gamers the opportunity to see new titles in action before buying them.
To that point, Sony has shared some stats to demonstrate just how popular their streaming features are. According to the PS4 manufacturer, more than 800,000 PS4 owners have streamed their gameplay sessions and 7.1 million spectate sessions have been logged.
Additionally, Sony revealed that, since the launch of the PS4 on November 15th, PS4 gameplay has accounted for about 10% of the total content on Twitch. On Ustream, the average breaks down to about 30 minutes per broadcaster.
As far as particular games, Sony reveals that Killzone: Shadow Fall, Battlefield 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts were among the most streamed titles through the PS4. Considering those three games were some of the most anticipated next-gen titles, along with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.
When Sony first revealed their easy-to-use sharing and streaming features most figured they would help usher in a new era of “Let’s Play-ers” and the like, and clearly these stats demonstrate that. However, streaming with the PS4, and more specifically sharing videos, still needs work, and hopefully we will see Sony improve the experience in the near future.
In other Sony news, a new patent filed by the company suggests they may be looking to revamp the PlayStation Move controller for the next-gen. Granted, the DualShock 4 does incorporate some of the PS Move’s functionality, principally the light bar sensor, but this patent points towards a dedicated motion controller.
The major difference with this updated Move controller is that it boasts a flat design and what appears to be a touch pad interface, also like the DualShock 4. It’s hard to glean too much about the controller given the image below, but it certainly looks like the next iteration of the Move.
That being said, the patent was filed back in 2012, and published this month, so there’s no telling when Sony plans to roll out this Move 2.0, if at all. Like we mentioned, the DualShock 4 hits many of the same notes as the Move controller, but doesn’t restrict traditional gameplay possibilities (i.e. joystick movement) either. Moreover, the PS4 does support the current Move controller so there isn’t an immediate need for an update.
What do you think of this new PlayStation Move design? Do you think that Sony should release an updated version of the Move? Were you among the 800,000 who streamed gameplay from their PS4?