PS4’s “sharing” can be limited

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The PlayStation 4’s ability to capture and stream video at the press of a button is a pretty neat feature that’s getting a lot of people excited. We could, for example, use bits of video in reviews without having to fight with a video capture device. Pro-gamers could use it to show off their skills, and regular games could just use it to show flukes or secrets. It’s being sold as a way to capture just about anything you do on your console and instantly share it – but that’s not quite the case.

According to Sony’s worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida, it’ll be up to developer how much free reign they’d like users to have with the feature; much the way the vita’s current screenshot ability works.

“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see. For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and (the Share function) will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance,” Yoshida told

This makes sense. We’re already seeing spoilers for the ending of The Last of Us, and if sharing were possible on the PS3, there’s no doubt we’d be seeing them in video form. That said, it is one of the PlayStation 4’s selling features, and it would be nice if users were given a little more free reign over how and when to use it.

What do you think? is restricting the feature smart, or is Sony shooting themselves in the foot a little by gimping one of the PS4’s standout features?

Last Updated: May 6, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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