We're a year into the Xbox One and PS4 launching and more than two years into the lifespan of the Wii U. So I imagine there are some gamers who are most certainly thankful for some of the new features that these consoles have brought with them.

If you can't think of anything to be thankful for, no worries. Here at Gaming Blend we came up with a list of things we're thankful for in this eighth generation of home gaming. Check it out and see if these are features that helped make your gaming life that much better.

Share Play
It took Sony about a year to deliver on the promise of a Share Play feature for the PlayStation 4, but they ended up delivering in a big way. One of the extravagant features revealed way back when the new console was first announced, it was starting to seem like Share Play was one of those notorious instances of promising something that would never actually get delivered.

Color everyone surprised, then, when the feature was finally added in November of 2014 and, so long as both parties have a decent internet connection and the game’s publisher hasn’t decided to lock out the functionality (Like with the latest Call of Duty, for instance.), it actually works better than anticipated.

Not only can players hand off control of their game to a friend or casual viewer through the internet, but you can also invite an online friend to jump in for cooperative or competitive sessions in a game that doesn’t typically offer online play. It’s a pretty rad feature, making it easier to play with friends than ever before or find someone to help you get past a tricky boss without actually being in the same room.

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