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How Game Streaming Went From Shaky Webcams To the PS4 113

Posted by timothy
from the my-insomnia-is-not-yet-that-serious dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A slightly different take on Sony's PS4 semi-launch this week. This article traces the history and growing trend of capturing/recording and streaming your gameplay on the internet, from the early days of Let's Play articles with screenshots to today, where pro-gamers make money by playing live on Twitch.tv, and the technology is built into the PlayStation 4: 'Multiplayer video games have been around since the beginning — just look at Pong. Sony's real breakthrough with the PS4 might not be the specs, but its ability to turn every game you play into a multiplayer one.'"
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How Game Streaming Went From Shaky Webcams To the PS4

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  • by Dyinobal (1427207) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:39AM (#42993943)
    Lets hope Publishers and developers don't decide that now every game must have a multiplayer component, no matter how little it makes sense. I'm looking at you Dead Space.
    • You better believe it!

      Sony is probably going to bake that into the developer handbook. That ought to add $10-$15 per game... And another "Xbox live" service mandatory with monthly fees to handle all the extra (forced) traffic. And an extra $15 for the special "sharing" button added to a $55 controller.

    • by drolli (522659)

      Its even more crappy if game developers try to "subtly push" you to support their spcial networking ambitions. Example: Asphalt 7 for android. A fun racing game, which i enjoy for short breaks or train travels. They have tasks, which are usually game-related, but at some point tasks appeared which were only reaalted to taking part in multiplayer events etc. now they block all the three slots available for tasks. I really dislike it. I dont intent to use the game as a multiplayer game, it was fine and fun wi

  • I cant wait to stream used games...

    Oh.

  • I laugh every time I watch it. [youtube.com]
  • by guttentag (313541) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @03:28AM (#42994063) Journal

    Sony's real breakthrough with the PS4 might not be the specs, but its ability to turn every game you play into a multiplayer one.

    This is not a breakthrough. They already did this with the PS3. Every time I turned the thing on I found myself stuck in a multiplayer game. When I wanted to stream Netflix videos, I'd spend 30-60 minutes in a tug of war between Sony, Netflix, Content Owners and Content Pirates... The Content Pirates would get an edge on Netflix, which would update its software to keep the Content Owners happy, but Sony would make the customers update over their network and lock up the machine for an hour once a week. That game got old so I stopped playing. When I wanted to use OtherOS, I found myself stuck in a multiplayer game between the hobbyists, Sony's marketing department, Sony's software developers, and Sony's legal team. Ultimately, that game got old too, so I stopped playing.

    One would think Sony would learn from this, but even if one head of the Sony hydra learned, it couldn't focus on the concept for very long because the other heads are too busy snapping at it.

    • by Nyder (754090)

      Sony's real breakthrough with the PS4 might not be the specs, but its ability to turn every game you play into a multiplayer one.

      This is not a breakthrough. They already did this with the PS3. Every time I turned the thing on I found myself stuck in a multiplayer game. When I wanted to stream Netflix videos, I'd spend 30-60 minutes in a tug of war between Sony, Netflix, Content Owners and Content Pirates... The Content Pirates would get an edge on Netflix, which would update its software to keep the Content Owners happy, but Sony would make the customers update over their network and lock up the machine for an hour once a week. That game got old so I stopped playing. When I wanted to use OtherOS, I found myself stuck in a multiplayer game between the hobbyists, Sony's marketing department, Sony's software developers, and Sony's legal team. Ultimately, that game got old too, so I stopped playing.

      One would think Sony would learn from this, but even if one head of the Sony hydra learned, it couldn't focus on the concept for very long because the other heads are too busy snapping at it.

      Can I have your PS3 then?

    • When I wanted to use OtherOS, I found myself stuck in a multiplayer game between the hobbyists, Sony's marketing department, Sony's software developers, and Sony's legal team.

      OtherOS was just a hack to put some computer functionality there to get around the EU game console tax.

      • by hairyfeet (841228)
        Nice to see somebody knows the truth, once they saw other ways to get around the EU console tax it was buh bye OtherOS. And as for media bullshit? Content providers suck and treat you like criminals, end of story. Between them and the ISPs that are starting to gouge with caps and overage fees this is why streaming will never replace discs, not because it can't technically be done, but because the greedy will shit all over it and ruin it for everybody else.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The REAL hardware is a low latency encoder block in ATI's GPU, that is used to create an H264 video stream that ANY modern device downstream, including tablets, can decode. This is the same tech used for the 'tablet' controller provided with Nintendo's WiiU. Essentially, open standards (for wireless and decoding) and a special on-the-fly encode block provide the ability to have low latency wireless monitors, the very thing Intel and others FAILED to provide with a wireless HDMI solution.

    For gaming, a wirele

  • MultiPLAYER? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist (166417) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @04:16AM (#42994197)

    So it's already multiplayer when one guy plays a game and others watch?

    In that case it's not that new. Even PacMan was multiplayer by that definition. Granted, mostly because we were waiting for that idiot to finally spend his last quarter so we can get a turn, but...

    • Most of the time we play single player games with multiple people. Just hand over the controller when you die or are stuck. And we always try to help the person playing.

      REAL social gaming!!

  • I don't get it, how do you turn Zelda twilight princess into a multiplayer game?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Use the DVD as a Frisbee?

  • by locopuyo (1433631) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @05:42AM (#42994375) Homepage
    multiplayer - a mode of play involving more than one player at one time in a computer or video game
    Someone needs to learn English.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 24, 2013 @06:14AM (#42994443)

    ...is considered multiplayer can watching porn then be considered group sex?

  • Having been fan of a not internet connected PS3, I'm going to skip the PS4 and just buy myself a nice linux gaming rig.

    I hope this catches on because Youtube will get stuffed with these useless video's. I wonder if google really has unlimited storage

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