PS4 Video Sharing Is Getting Some Big Improvements

PS4 Video Sharing Is Getting Some Big Improvements

The mega-success of Twitch. The popularity of top Let's Play video creators. Sharing your video game experiences has become an increasingly important part of how folks talk about the stuff they love and hate. So, it was a bit of downer when Sony launched the PS4 with recording and sharing options that presented owners with hurdles and a walled garden. That's going to change with the console's next update. That's right: you'll be able to turn off HDCP and upload footage wherever you want.

In a blog post today on the official PlayStation blog, Sony announced that a future update will let you turn off the HDCP protection that prevent many recording devices from capturing footage:

This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalise your video clips, and you'll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the SHARE button to a USB drive. In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI, a feature we've previously said would come after launch. We recognise that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we're excited to deliver this option with PS4. There's a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more — there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone.

This means that players won't have to use the widely known but unendorsed workarounds that can capture footage off the PS4. And the ability to put that footage on a storage device provides even more flexibility for people who want to share their gameplay clips. No date's been provided for when this update will hit, though, so don't go re-wiring your set-up just yet.


    I get the impression that by the time I buy a PS4 and/or xbone in 12 months or so, they'll finally have all the no-brainer features in place. Maybe even the ability to play media files :O

      By the time you buy a PS4 or Xbone in 12 months or so you'll have finally beaten Dark Souls!

        Pfft, did that 2 nights ago!

        EDIT: Now it's all about running through NG+ like a god. Capra Demon? You're going down first time... BAM!

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          Your overconfidence will be your downfall.

            Has already been several times :)

            Still feels pretty damn good to get retribution on those jerks who previously made my life hell.

      I'll get one once the DLNA support comes; because I'm not about to spend money to downgrade in that field. Also, some decent first-party games other than Second Son should be out by then!

    I hope this isn't a bubble.

      There'll always be a market for entertaining well made videos. Whether that's a paid market or not is another matter but someone will watch stuff. Hell, my videos get an average of 4-5 viewers and I only know 2 of them personally!

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        Yeah, but now with easier ways to stream/upload videos, we may be seeing oversaturation that make people sick of the whole thing. Eventually people might go, "Eh, I'm bored of Pewdiepie screaming and making faces". Hell, I have recently had trouble watching Game Grumps. Although that's mainly because I'm finally sick of Arins gay jokes and beat boxing.

        and you're views aren't going to increase if you only mention them! You have to post links whenever you're somewhere people might be interested!

          Pfft, I don't want to be some kind of sad act posting links to stuff! I want people to find me in obscurity so in the preposterously unlikely event that I become famous, I can have a tiny clique of people saying they liked me before it was cool. Then I can make videos about how much I hate idiots like that.

          Just put a 1 after my current username & that's my youtube one.

    The steaming function is nice, but with crap upload speeds, I'm unable to stream, it stops a lot.

    The post (which, incidentally, is here: did say coming weeks which implies the next major update. It'd better, I plan to get a PS4 next month and I want to record War Thunder stuff with a mate.

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    If you guys aren't already, I highly recommend following the Playstation EU blog. They regularly post sales, the upcoming instant game collection titles and updates like this one, among other things.

    Haven't seen one shared to social media yet, but ready to click "hide all posts from playstationetc" when they do start appearing. Like I give a crap about watching someone else play unless it really is something special.

    If they're making HDCP optional, is there any conceivable reason why a user would want to leave it on?

      Was just thinking the same thing myself.

      People that want to record - No.
      People that don't record - They probably won't even turn it off in the first place. It makes no difference.

      The thing that's probably better asked is "Is there going to be any downside to turning it off?". Not using HDCP on Blu-Rays for instance prevent you from outputting in HD.

        I'd kind of assumed that this would disable HDCP for games while leaving it enabled for Blu-rays. It'd be a bit shitty if they make the feature intentionally obnoxious.

          You'd hope so wouldn't you :). I was kind of suggesting what others here have, and hoping that they don't limit the game's resolution while it's off. That would be freakin stupid.

    The share feature is fun, but the crashing that happens in the current editor which seems to corrupt the entire video is a pain. So I'm looking forward to this. Hopefully we'll be able to trim middle sections out of the video

    Why will HDCP removal only be an OPTION?! My tinfoil hat is saying that there will be a resolution downgrade in all captured footage...

      This is what I'm wondering :). There has to be a downside.

    When we get features that cater to the majority, I'll give a shit.

    Anyone else keep accidentally hitting the SHARE button??

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