PS4 doesn't require PlayStation Plus for Share feature

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirms players won't need a paid membership to share screenshots and video like Xbox One requires.

The PlayStation 4's Share functionality, which allows users to capture and share gameplay screenshots and videos, will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription.

President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida broke the news on Twitter today. Check out his tweets to fans below.

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the Xbox One's similar Game DVR functionality is restricted to Xbox Live Gold members.

Though PS4 gamers won't need to have a PS Plus subscription to share screenshots and videos, the "Share" functionality will be limited. Yoshida said in May that may be restrictions placed on the footage gamers wish to upload using the service.

"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," he said at the time.

In addition, a PS Plus subscription ($50/year) will be required to play PS4 games online. Currently, PlayStation 3 gamers can play online for free. Yoshida explained in June that the requirement is a response to the additional investment Sony has had to make on the network side.

The PS4 launches worldwide this holiday for $399/€399/£349.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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680 comments
lostn
lostn

If the console gets outsold by the PS4, I guarantee MS will drop Kinect as a requirement and slash the price to $400.

And I also think the gold requirement for sharing will get reversed too. MS can't do anything right the first time. They seem bad at anticipating reactions from people.

If Sony were smart what they could have done is not announce anything about DRM or used games, until the eve of the launch and say that stuff is gone. Then see what MS does.

decline67
decline67

NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES! IT IS NOT A "RIGHT", companies should be able to charge as much as they want for their goods and services, if you don't like it, DONT PLAY!  stop crying, I suspect a lot of these comments are made by children or folks who live in their parents basements (still) the real world is one of supply and demand markets, this country especially so,if you don't like it,you are free to move elsewhere. 

Luis Gil
Luis Gil

Right IN THE MICROSOFT !

edinko
edinko

"In addition, a PS Plus subscription ($50/year) will be required to play PS4 games online. Currently"

How many games do you think you will be able to play without the hiddenly forced subscription? My guess is that mostly just indies. AAA games will do everything to force some online compoment to a former SP game that seconds as a renamed DRM and of course makes the game unplayable without the sub with some "online is a part of the game" justification.

My point they are both the same. Xbone openly forces you into a sub while PS4 takes the stealth route

Huglyone
Huglyone

Different policies between Xbox and PS , but lets hope no more problems with PS Nowork system ...

Kim E. Salinas
Kim E. Salinas

it should be. what the use if you pay just for sharing.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Sent the GS community an official video below..That particular post is  pending at the moment  but it's in regards to PS4 interface (Nice info)

Runar Jenssen
Runar Jenssen

So not having a bad thing goes as a good thing nowadays? Just stay with the PC. "Bigger and better", can do more and is ultimately cheaper in the long run when considering how much functionality you get, how long it lasts and how much cheaper the games are.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Man  Sharkweek must really be great to Sony..

They're just toying with MS like a seal.

And "CHOMP" no more seal.......

Great White Shark Swims away......

Atef Dadache
Atef Dadache

All sony does is wait for xbox to announce something then quickly runs home to the drawing board to try out do it any company could do this. Sony you suck, and the online play will be just as garbage as the ps3....

pmamba45
pmamba45

M$ moneytizing even on content sharing just alerts Sony's to play second fiddle for our financial benefit. Classic Tom and Jerry with gamer perks at it's best.

Jasurim
Jasurim

I'm not too surprised, they incorporated the whole thing even into their controller, it would silly to not at least allow it in some degree to everyone.  I personally won't really use the feature, but it is always nice for the company to have the right attitude towards its customers. ;)

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

Anti-consumer and money milking policies, just horrible business practices. It amazes me there are still morons out there that defend M$ and try to make them the lesser evil. Brand loyalty is a powerful drug.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Nice for the people who care about this sort of stuff. Social media of any sort is not for me. Other than this site.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I don't care. The share button is not a selling point for me. I can't wait for youtube to be over run with more garbage. Yeah!

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Interesting how Sonybots jump to this article not releasing most people stream multiplayer matches which requires you to pay. But, if it makes you feel better at least your single player streams are free.

pound-u
pound-u

I love how all the butthurt xbox fanboys try to convince everyone how awesome Microsoft is for making us pay for shit other people give for free.

lostn
lostn

Expect another Microsoft policy reversal now. 


They already did it earlier when they announced they will bundle a headset with every console, when they originally said they wouldn't.

Jacob Swoger
Jacob Swoger

Yippee? I just wanna play my damn games!

Rex Thorton Myers
Rex Thorton Myers

blah, I can share vids/pics from any platform free already but thanks anyways. They are spinning everything now in a positive manner. Way to make a non feature a feature. it just seems contrived at times. This just in, You will be able to sit on your ass while playing the PS4. It was rumored but now it has been confirmed.

Aniruddh Murthy
Aniruddh Murthy

PS 4 did not win , it was going to win but it didn't , xbox one is back bitches !!!

Brian Eyekon Koehler
Brian Eyekon Koehler

and your point of course its cheaper they want the cheaper product that the way it works

clynch0527
clynch0527

This may or may not sound bad, but I do think a lot will agree.  Sony should really stop specifying things like this.  Especially if the X1 is doing something people are against, Sony should not announce they are doing the opposite.  I know they are trying to get people to like their console, but if they didn't say it, then Microsoft wouldn't turn around and change their policies.  The used game and always online feature was a different story.  That HAD to be said.  But small features like this, I kind of wish they would keep secret until like a week, or days before the release, giving Microsoft no time to change it without having to release a firmware update or something later down the road.  

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Fact: The noxious smell produced by flatulence is due to the GameSpot comments section. 

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Sony is so pathetic why did they wait until the day after Microsoft announces their plan, just pathetic...

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

That is why when you treat your customers like crap they go somewhere else 50% more PS4 PRE ordered in the usa

beardface21
beardface21

@edinko Sony said a long time ago that we'll need the PS+ to play PS4 games online.

It was not stealth, you just missed the memo.

milomell
milomell

@Huglyone it's gonnna be a paid service so am sure it's gonna be just as ok this time around

Operational117
Operational117

@lostn Not sure how many more reversals they can do now before they get dizzy.

pound-u
pound-u

@Rex Thorton Myers Blame Microsoft for forcing you to pay for every little thing that is free everywhere else.

ruisan101
ruisan101

@clynch0527 Sony was asked a question and they answered honestly they didn't say this in a press conference at gamescon or anything but was asked by fans and answered not really a big announcement its just the media hyping it up.

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

@clynch0527 I understand your point, but I think Sony needs to allay any fears that potential customers might have about their product now. It's not long until they are released, and I would like to know as much information as possible before I buy (a PS4 that is).

cnx2022
cnx2022

@evil_snuggles EXACTLY!!! LOl!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahh. 


What an idiot that dude, no, evil_snuggles? That is the kind of mentality that fucked MS.

edinko
edinko

@beardface21 @edinko I didn't miss anything. That's subscription forcing at its finest. A high number of games will be held hostage with forced online features so that makes sony exactly as bas as xbox with its forced sub.They are just better at brainwashing people than M$

clynch0527
clynch0527

@xiiraveniix @clynch0527 I think we have enough information now though, to know sony is going to do the right thing by the PS4.  They admitted to their mistakes with the PS3 and so far have delivered everything a gamer needs in a console.  Not a bunch of useless extra features that less than 30% of its customer base will use.  What do you think of the comment by Yoshida made in response to the guy asking about changing his name?..."That's people's favorite question that I do not answer."  Maybe this time around, we will have the ability?

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@lonesamurai1 @xiiraveniix  

Your comment was pointless though. Also i don't see how offering the sharing service for free is money grubbing but ok.

If anything Sony offers a great deal.

Even if Steam offers better lol

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@xiiraveniix worry about you, not me you don't own the Gamespot Website,. I said Sony and Microsoft are pathetic, because of their money grubbing tactics.

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

@lonesamurai1 @xiiraveniix You're the moron commenting on a game website if you aren't interested in buying any game consoles or games. What are you even doing here?

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@xiiraveniix   no your pathetic because your going to buy one of those pieces of crap consoles MORON!!