As gamers, being able to chat with friends, teammates, enemies, and party members is something we demand in our gaming experience. After all, if you can’t coordinate or trash talk with people in the same room, you better be able to do it via a headset while you’re online.
Then we got a taste of video chat last generation, and we saw a whole new level of awesome. The PS4 has been around for almost three years now, and we still don’t have a feature considered commonplace in today’s world: video chat. That’s why today, I’m going to give you five reasons why the PS4 needs video chat.
5 Reasons Why Gamers Want PS4 Video Chat
These five reasons come from extensive research, and from the heart of a gamer. PS4 is an amazing video game console, truly, but as time goes on Sony is still adding new features, and one of them should be video chat.
#1 - We Were Told it Was Happening
This is my top reason. During CES 2015, ooVoo officially stated that they were planning to release a PS4 version of their video chat app sometime in the second quarter of 2015. It wasn’t just video chat, either. It was supposed to include the ability to watch videos and streams together, in addition to standard video chat.
Hm, it’s been over a year since then and we’ve heard nothing. In fact, if you head on over to ooVoo’s website, they have a support page that states:
We do not have plans to support ooVoo on Sony Playstation.
Something must have happened to make them cancel the plans.
In March of 2015 when the PlayStation Network TV show, Powers, showed a scene where two cast members were using video chat on the PS4 while playing a game.
It was later revealed by PlayStation that the scene used a PIP mock-up of video chat, and that Sony has nothing to announce at that time about video chat for PS4.
#2 - The Competition is Already Doing Video Chat
Microsoft owns Skype, which is one of the biggest video chat services in the world, so it makes sense that they would put it on the Xbox One. This means that Microsoft has been letting people video chat with the Kinect since the launch of the console.
For crying out loud, even the Nintendo Wii U, the lowest performing console of this generation, has a video chat! I’m dead serious, it’s called Wii U Chat and it uses the camera on the console’s tablet to video chat with people who also have the system.
I don’t think much else needs to be said on this point. Sony is always at the forefront of the competition, and the PS4 is selling like hotcakes. There shouldn’t be a single feature that Microsoft and Nintendo have that we don’t in my opinion.
#3 - We Have the Equipment (And the Technology)
The PlayStation Camera sold extremely well at launch, mostly because people wanted to use it for live streaming, and, wait for it, video chat. Since everyone else was doing it, we all kind of expected Sony to include video chat for the camera in an upcoming update, but it’s still not here.
I myself own a PS4 Camera, and I’m sure many of you do as well. If we can live stream with commentary right now, we’re literally a single app or update away from having video chat on PS4. It wouldn’t be incredibly difficult from a big picture perspective.
#4 - Imagine Video Chat...in VR!
It’s old news now that Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion, but we’re just not starting to see some of the ideas behind that purchase. Namely, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to use VR to connect people and transport them across the world into a place they’ve never seen.
Video chat is cool for the sake of competition, for being able to see your buddy’s face when you destroy them in Call of Duty, but when we add virtual reality to the equation, like PlayStation VR, the whole thing becomes a lot more interesting.
What if you could see through the PS4 Camera and into their living room? Imagine placing the camera on a table facing the TV so your friends can watch videos, streams, and games as if they were sitting in the living room with you. They can look around, turn to you while you’re talking, and then look back at the TV.
This brings a whole new level to virtual hangouts. It puts you in the living room with your friends. This one is still a ways, off, but with VR we can connect with each other and elevate your video chat to an entirely new level.
#5 - People Want This Feature
I wouldn’t be writing this article if people didn't’ want to see video chat on the PS4. I went online and looked, and I found forums and forums filled with PlayStation fans begging for this feature.
Case and point: people were promised video chat and it’s a feature we’ve come to expect from our modern game consoles and connected devices.
Over to You!
I can shout pretty loud, but together as gamers our voices can bring about the change we want. It’s a small feature, but it has a lot of implications as we move into the era of VR. Do you want PS4 video chat? Make your voice heard in the comments and on social media so Sony can hear what the gamers want!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 4/24/16
Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Sony Computer Entertainment. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!