Is the PS4 the ideal console for "gamer parents"?
I finally got around to watching The Verge's video review of the PS4, after struggling with my PS4 all day, and they mentioned a feature I'd forgotten about in the shuffle: the ability to pipe game audio through a standard set of headphones plugged into the controller.
I tried it, and I gotta say, it works well and it's pretty awesome - and that's just as a single gamer. When you start considering parents who have to deal with sleeping children, it's almost a necessity - several of my friends are already really, really excited about the potential.
Of course, piping game audio through headphones is just one piece of the puzzle. The other major piece is remote play on the Vita. Want to play a mature PS4 game, but don't want your children to see it? Kids want to use the TV and you want to play a multiplayer Assassin's Creed match? Just bring out the Vita and connect it to the console. It's not a perfect experience yet, but for a just-released product, it's pretty solid, and it'll just get better.
It seems to me like the PS4 is delivering for "gamer parents" the way the Wii U promised to but hasn't necessarily managed to follow through on. Only some Wii U games support tablet-play-only, while most if not all PS4 games will be supporting remote play. As for the Xbox One, it's major push seems to be to bring families together for TV/gaming experiences - which is great for entirely different reasons, but doesn't really seem to have any features for gamer parents whose families may not share their interests.
What do you guys think? Any gamer parents out their want to chime in?