PS4 Video Sharing Is Getting Some Big Improvements

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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 personalize 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 recognize 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.

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The share feature is atrocious. Why should I have to take a picture every time I simply wanna access the share menu for starting a stream or uploading a video?
Another thing, the video record feature works half the time. Do something cool in Battlefield 4 or MGSV and wanna share? Too bad. The built-in game capture decided to only record the first 15 minutes of your started application and left a 15 minute gap between where that recording took place and the moment you pushed the share button so you're shit out of luck.
I'm so glad I have an HD PVR and I got sick of waiting for Sony to remove HDCP so I spent $20 on an HDMI splitter that strips HDCP.