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PlayStation Camera Trend: Good or Bad?
Posted on Monday, June 23 2014 @ 16:31:23 Eastern

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As I sit here waiting for my PS4 to finish install the update 1.71, I begin pondering on how much people share their gameplay with their next-gen console(s). For Sony, many users have the option to stream their expressions by using the PlayStation Camera. This is positive/negative feature. Could be the same for Xbox One, but I'm much familiar more with PS4. Let's discuss this.

Buy a PS Camera and a PS4 SKU: It's a new trend I see. PlayStation 4 users everywhere are broadcasting with their PS4. It certainly isn't dying down. Even Sony admits they underestimated the demand of the PS Camera. Whether it's broadcasting Outlast Speed Runs or being a moron and broadcasting gameplay while you're still on embargo, PS4 sharing is amazing. As a broadcaster before PS4 ever was mentioned, I start feeling like a hipster amongst other PS4 broadcasters. When the PS4 launched with its ability to share, I predicted correctly how limited you are with broadcasting your gameplay. People don't know you need great upload speed to broadcast high quality gameplay. And with the PS4, you can't change the bitrate or any other format you want to send out. As I said before it's very limited, but it's great seeing this trending. It's even better seeing how much people are buying the camera for this reason.

People know entertainment is how you get viewers. So, buying a PS Camera to broadcast yourself and the gameplay is a +1 on your end. If you want more viewers, one positive is being a female with the camera. However, that could be a negative due to so much sexual harassment. Another alternative, which is a trend I very much dislike, is broadcasting The Playroom.

Back in the launch day of PS4, nobody was broadcasting The Playroom. It was pointless. Just you or somebody showing off the tiny droids and its motion sensing capabilities. How lame is that? One day, a fellow by the name of Mike (don't know his last name) used The Playroom to broadcast himself and his modded PS4 controller. It was going well, but what boosted his show was when he turned it into a call-in show, which I happily failed at Rick-Rolling him. I enjoyed this guy. He became viral and later on began broadcasting a legit show without much use of the Playroom. Little did I know at the time, he was the pioneer of broadcasting The Playroom. Great for him, but The Playroom trend disappoints me.

Why does this annoy me so much? Is it the fact that people just sit there and do nothing more with their PS4 beside responding to insults by commenters? I feel if you're going to broadcast with your PS4, broadcast the video games and not just you sitting in your room. Well, it's not just people broadcasting themselves sitting there or any sort of activity to annoyingly. The Playroom broadcasters do another skin-peeling trend that is just as equally annoying. And that's pointing the camera at the TV. Man, that irritates the sh*t out of me! It's like searching on YouTube for a video clip, and you get some jackass pointing a cell phone at the TV. I used to do that, when I was a kid, but please don't try broadcasting games by pointing the PS Camera at the TV. I'm not the only person who feels broadcasting the Playroom is moronic. Twitch itself bans users if they broadcast it. Ustream doesn't and holy hell, that's one of the very first streams I see in Live from PlayStation.

I want to know how you readers feel about this trend. I love when people broadcast their gameplay and themselves with the camera, but seeing people broadcast The Playroom just grinds my gears.

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