A new multiplayer social gaming platform for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems allows passengers to host, invite and play multiplayer games with each in the sky.
The so-called 'Playport' platform, which has been created by Western Outdoor Interactive, even allows airlines to host cabin-wide contests for gaming passengers.
"Basically, Playport finally brings value to gaming on-board that has not been matched," says Raoul Nanavati, marketing manager at Western Outdoor Interactive, which will be displaying its products at the upcoming APEX show in Seattle.
Playport will be available on Panasonic Avionics and Thales IFE systems, according to Nanavati. "It's actually something great for systems that are in place now," he says, adding that Western outdoor Interactive expects the system to be on board in "a few months".