PlayStation 4 News update
This is partly due to the fact that Sony is finally keeping its promise by adding the suspend/resume feature that was promised when the system was announced. Why is this a big deal?
No more asking for a few more minutes to get to the next save point, nor will you have to worry if say ... a kid wakes up in the middle of the night and begins to vomit. You can save and pick up your progress again at any point.
The Xbox One had long offered this feature, and Sony is finally giving it to PlayStation 4 owners. It may not sound like a huge deal, but for players who are often called away on other family-related business this is going to be a life saver, and it's inclusion in the PS4 is long overdue.
More people will be able to play games
Here is the full list of updates for accessibility:
- Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller.
- Zoom for displayed pictures and inverted colors for all system functions, apps and in-game.
- Text-to-speech for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party.
- Enlarged text for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party, as well as the system’s browser.
- Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI for all system applications (but will not apply to games or third-party applications).
It's likely that many of our readers will be tempted to blow these changes off as minor to the point of irrelevance, but if you're one of the millions of players who enjoys games and has to deal with any number of issues that impact your sight or manual dexterity this is a literal game changer.
To put it bluntly? More people will be able to comfortably play more games, and that's a great thing. A wider pool means that more people get to swim, and Sony just took a few steps towards making the most popular current-generation console a bit more welcoming for many people. Well done.
The PlayStation 4 will be more social
Sony's ultimate goal is to make sure you don't even think about picking up games on other systems, and social features are a big part of why that would happen.
One of the most important steps towards that goal is making the PlayStation 4 the best platform for social gaming. People want to play on the same console as their friends, and seeing that all their friends are playing something will be more likely to push them towards making the same purchase. No one wants to be left out of the fun.