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PS4 video sharing needs fixing

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One of the most distinctive features of the newest generation of gaming consoles is the ability to easily share gameplay footage on social media. I have to admit that while I initially thought that such a feature would be gimmicky and seldom used, I became a convert once I found myself in a Battlefield 4 server on my PS4 and a fighter jet kamikaze’d itself into my face – I couldn’t keep that moment to myself, now, could I?

Unfortunately, all is not well with the sharing function as of late, and we can certainly add this to the list of launch bugs on the PlayStation 4.


Initially, sharing worked as advertised for the most part – a press of the Share button on the DualShock 4 controller sent you to an app that could bring up the clip of the latest 15 minutes of gameplay, which you could share in its entirety or easily edit down to a particular moment beforehand. The only common gripe was specific to the aforementioned Battlefield 4, as clips were sharing without sound. Fortunately, on December 5th, DICE rolled out a patch which included: “Enabled audio in PS4 video captures.” Problem solved, right?

Well, that problem was solved, but another has apparently taken its place.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that when I hit the Share button, the footage I’m presented with is not from the previous 15 minutes of gameplay, but rather a 15-minute chunk of footage that actually had occurred a half-hour ago, or an hour ago, or sometimes even more.

A glance at some posts on the PlayStation.com support forum indicates that many others have been having this issue for longer than I have, and it apparently is not specific to Battlefield 4. Rather, it’s a system-wide issue that’s making the footage-sharing function all but useless at the moment for many PS4 owners.


Of all gripes to have with a launch of a brand new generation of consoles, this is a minimal one. However, once you’ve discovered how easy it is to share an incredible moment in a game with your friends and hardly miss a beat, it’s tough to go back.

Fortunately, while the bugs are ironed out, these footage-sharing features only look to improve as time goes on. The Xbox One currently has a leg up on the competition in this department, as footage captured on that console is uploaded to their SkyDrive and can be shared anywhere from there – whereas PS4 footage is relegated to sharing only on Facebook unless you’re broadcasting directly to Twitch.tv (which doesn’t archive yet – once you stop broadcasting, it’s gone). That said, Shuhei Yoshida — President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios — had been quoted a while back saying that a YouTube app on the PS4 would be available, just “not on Day 1.” Hope remains that when the YouTube app arrives, so will sharing footage directly to the popular video-sharing website – effectively answering the prayers of the vast majority of would-be footage-sharing addicts.

For now, many of us PS4 owners will have to stick to the old-fashioned practice of simply wishing someone else was there to see that awesome multi-kill.

Last Updated: December 26, 2013


  1. veggiesaurus ZA

    December 26, 2013 at 08:43

    Maybe Sony can one-up them and have no trace of SkyDrive on their machine at all… already done. My hate for skydrive transcends generations.


    • Rus74

      December 26, 2013 at 11:29

      For me just fix the HDCP issue which was promised earlier and I will be able to record and crop my own recordings with the Roxio device. The built-in capture quality of the PS4 is too low res for my liking.


      • Gavin Mannion

        December 26, 2013 at 11:31

        I thought they did that before release? I’ve captured from a PS4 at events before so it’s 100% possible and ready to do it


        • Brian Murphy

          December 26, 2013 at 11:36

          As far as I’m aware you still can’t capture with the PS4 and share the video anywhere, only to Twitch. You can use capture cards, but PS4 video is still HDCP protected.

          I got a Blu Ray player for my PC for Christmas, and wow, guess what I found out? Just because you own a Blu Ray player, doesn’t mean you have the ‘privilege’ of watching Blu Rays on your PC….oh no, that’s just stupid talk. You actually have to go out and buy a certificate ($20) from the BR Group, in order to have the authentication to WATCH Blu Ray movies YOU bought, on a Blu Ray player you OWN….what the fuck?

          Thankfully, I have moral gray areas, especially in realms where businesses are trying to screw over the consumer. So yeah, there are work arounds. And Fuck you Blu Ray Group.


          • bowlingotter

            December 26, 2013 at 12:34

            This is true, HDCP is still preventing video capture. We’re all just waiting for them to patch it out as promised.

  2. Brian Murphy

    December 26, 2013 at 10:05

    Wouldn’t sharing directly to Youtube be flagged for content now?


    • bowlingotter

      December 26, 2013 at 10:20

      That’s only a problem if you’re planning on monetizing the content.


      • Brian Murphy

        December 26, 2013 at 10:46

        Uh….no. Look into the issue a bit more. There are people who just submit free game reviews/previews who’ve gotten massive amounts of their reviews flagged.

        Angry Joe, is a prime example. His videos are free on youtube.


        • Gavin Mannion

          December 26, 2013 at 11:24

          Even if you submit a free video the rights owners can flag it for moneytisation.

          youTube is broken


          • Brian Murphy

            December 26, 2013 at 11:27

            Yep, so sorry folks, Youtube won’t magically fix anything right now, until they correct their ridiculous copyright rules. And if they don’t, Twitch TV is the new king of games reviews/previews.

        • bowlingotter

          December 26, 2013 at 12:25

          Monetization doesn’t mean that the videos cost money to watch, it means that the uploader gets paid for hits on the video. Angry Joe is a prime example of a YouTuber who monetizes his content.

          Flagging is bad because it hurts the people who depend on revenue from their videos. If you’re not planning on monetizing the content, then you’re not one of the people suffering from the copyright BS.


          • Brian Murphy

            December 26, 2013 at 18:33

            Ok, that makes…well, ok it doesn’t make sense, but it clarifies the Youtube thing. Content developers fail to realize that people like Angry Joe, actually bring them tons of revenue as their loyal listeners tend to agree with/or trust his reviews. Which in turn helps push their content.

            So clearly, you’re simply talking about people who want to share gameplay vids, or crazy moments in games etc.. Which I personally don’t care about, but I understand some do. I think the reviews/previews issue is far more important.

        • Timmy

          January 17, 2014 at 12:04

          Hay man make a new youtube and u got the right to express your expression and have the right of speech and i want too make a propession toow easeur pain contact my psn p0wer_hunger u might be happy ond ull have ur revenge using ur head


  3. Lolatyou332 .

    December 26, 2013 at 20:04

    Thank god i didnt get a gaystation


    • Brian Murphy

      December 26, 2013 at 21:01

      I’m sure every PS4 owner is thankful as well, no need for homophobic shitbags on any games platform, really.


      • Lolatyou332 .

        December 27, 2013 at 01:07

        Sorry some reason i couldnt read that, probably tried to share off your ps4 huh? Lol when will gaystation fans learn


        • Brian Murphy

          December 27, 2013 at 01:31

          If you couldn’t read it, then what are you responding to, smart guy?


        • basementcrawlftw

          December 27, 2013 at 13:44

          Wow you are really are quite stupid.


          • Craig A. Thompson

            February 8, 2014 at 21:23

            He’s been too busy playing a game while watching TV and talking to some little kid on Skype while ordering Netflix, while eating a pizza, while buying batteries, while calling Microsoft support for his magically erased data that he purchased that he will have to purchase again, to get back to these replies. Lol.

    • Craig A. Thompson

      February 8, 2014 at 21:20

      Keep getting raped by Microsoft you douche. By the way, how many batteries have you gone through so far? Or maybe you had to pay for a plug ‘n play that will last 4 days until it explodes. Have fun press your D-pad 86 times for it to register once. So glad I switched back to PS after years of getting ass pounded by Microsoft.


  4. Mitchell Jenkins

    December 26, 2013 at 22:51

    I’m not really sure where the issue with video sharing is coming from. Whey you select share a video clip, it allows you to select the title, and then you can select a clip from the title with the most recent being on top. I haven’t experienced the ‘bug’ the author is referring to.


  5. inFluX

    December 27, 2013 at 06:21

    I have also encountered the bug discussed in this article but there is a work around. Double pressing the share button before every multiplayer game (in the loading screen etc) or campaign levels starts a new recording and scraps the previous video. If you want to keep a clip that you’ve recorded this way just hit the share button so it will save to the hard drive.

    So for me it’s lile this: multiplayer game of Call of Duty is loading, double press share button to start recording (you’re notified in the top right hand of your screen). When the game finishes, if it was a good game worthy of commentary or something happened during the game that needs to be shared then press the share button once for it to be saved to the hard drive. If it was a lackluster game then double press the share button at the next game’s loading screen to scrap the previous one and start anew.

    Also in regards to getting gameplay from the hard drive, I find uploading to facebook and then downloading the raw mp4 using the developer console on Google chrome works nicely. This is convenient for me though as I like to edit and add commentary to my gameplay.

    It would be awesome if we could just simply hit share and then copy that moment onto a usb drive though. Hopefully it will be addressed in a patch in the near future.


  6. Sageville

    December 27, 2013 at 09:38

    “I found myself in a Battlefield 4 server on my PS4 and a fighter jet kamikaze’d itself into my face – I couldn’t keep that moment to myself, now, could I?”

    I thought BF4 only shared “Sexy Man” Poses?


  7. Jonah Cash

    December 27, 2013 at 10:01

    I shared a game once………. I lent the disc to a friend!!!! Don’t get this share gimmick, I play games I finish games I go and buy more games…. That is all!!


  8. basementcrawlftw

    December 27, 2013 at 13:43

    It’s actually working really well for me, already shared a few BF4 clips! 🙂


  9. Chris Needham

    December 29, 2013 at 02:34

    Just scored an amusing goal on Fifa against my mate so after the match I was going to share it but the 15 minute chunk goes up to when we finished picking our teams before the match started so no footage of the match.


  10. Toasty

    January 4, 2014 at 16:36

    I hade some sweet moments in bf4 (sniping pilots out of helis, hitting helicopters with tank shells from far away, high kill streaks,etc ect) but of course those moments don’t show up in share option. Still only shows footage of stuff that happened a month ago and no sooner. What’s up?


  11. Toasty

    January 4, 2014 at 16:41

    Oh and I don’t know about anyone else but y would I want to upload to Facebook to show everyone how much I need to get a life lol


  12. Pro Gamer

    April 15, 2014 at 03:23

    pls support gamers music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcUxcbB2lBw Go Wukong


  13. Pro Gamer

    April 15, 2014 at 03:24

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