Electronics Arts has finished a major software project that will enable gamers to use a single identity across a variety of gaming platforms.
With the new software, a customer buying an EA game will be able to play and track their activity across various platforms like the XBox 360, Playstation 3, iPhone gaming, Facebook and more. So, for example, if you were playing Battlefield on your XBox and your friend on Playstation wanted to play, you could potentially play together if the game design permits it.
The only drawback is that you have to play EA games (unless other games begin to license the tech) in order to benefit from this service, and with the news that they would be putting micro-transactions into all future games, offering them the ability to track everything you do in gaming isn't too appealing to me. So many of the socially convenient features we see being added into the latest generation of gaming software and hardware seems focused more on tracking your activity for marketing than offering you a good gaming experience. But I'm a jaded old man, you can read the full rundown of the project over at Gamebeat and draw your own conclusions about the new software.
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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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