Sony Releases PS4 FAQ; Reveals Tons Of Share Button News

Sony has released a lengthy blog post which details a ton of information about the PS4. Things such as box contents and friends lists are covered, as well as list of launch titles, but what’s interesting is that Sony has finally spilled the beans on the elusive questions surrounding video capture and sharing.

Sony released lots of interesting details about exactly how the Dual Shock 4’s Share button will work. The PS4 is recording all gameplay at all times, with the last 15 minutes available in a cache that you can capture by pressing Share.  Sony has enabled developers to stop the PS4 from recording certain sections of games, meaning that gamers can’t record and upload the ending to a game, for example.

Just how far developers take this technology remains to be seen, but it’ll be interesting to see which parts of games can’t be recorded in the next generation and why.

Another bombshell dropped by the FAQ confirms a long-standing question about Youtube;

“Can I share my game videos on YouTube?
No. At launch, PS4 users will be able to use the Share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller to upload gameplay videos to their Facebook account, or to stream live gameplay to Ustream or Twitch. PS4 owners can follow PlayStation.Blog and for further news on other services to come after launch.”

No Youtube sharing means that if players want to put PS4 video content on Youtube, they’d have to capture using an external device, a process which was still in doubt due to the HDCP block that Sony put on the PS4. Sony has now confirmed that, yes, users will be able to capture PS4 footage using an external device, but only after they release a patch.

If players record footage from their PS4 and save it to the hard drive, then the video files can’t be transferred to a PC, although Sony has hinted at a patch which will address this.

The entire blog post, which features all of the questions on PS4, can be read here.

What do you think? Are you surprised by these developments? Do you think we’ll see Youtube uploading in the future? Let us know in the comments below.