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November, 2009:

Social Networking Integration != Gaming 2.5

Firstly, yes I am a bit of a X360 fanboy.  Actually, that’s not true, I’m an XBL platform fanboy.  I do REALLY want to like the PS3.  I’d love to be able to get rid of the noisy, hot, unreliable, X360  – but as yet I haven’t found a compelling reason to do so.  Perhaps the next time I get the RROD…..

This week, both Sony and Microsoft released updates to their consoles adding Facebook (both vendors) and Twitter (X360 only) integration.  Whilst both platforms have different levels of integration, the same problem is common to both vendors – IT’S A PAIN IN THE ASS TO TYPE ON A CONTROLLER!

Yes, yes, yes, both the PS3 and X360 controllers have mini-keyboard add-ons available but that still makes it only slightly more useable than an old school mobile phone. I guess you can also use a USB keyboard if you really want too…
When I was checking out the X360 integration and my inner monologue was moaning about this problem, it suddenly dawned on me that I was thinking about the whole integration thing in the wrong way…. (more…)