Share function to be limited on PS4 games - Report

Developers will be able to prevent parts of PlayStation 4 games from being shared, according to Shuhei Yoshida.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that developers will have the option to limit the "Share" function on PlayStation 4 games. In an interview with Japanese site 4Gamer (via Edge), Yoshida explained that gamers may have restrictions placed on the footage they wish to upload via the Share function.

"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.

The Share button is a new feature that will be introduced on the PlayStation 4 controller. It will allow PS4 owners to upload video footage and screenshots from their game to social networking sites.

Yoshida also discussed making the PS4 friendlier for third-party developers to make games for, saying that there is reduced focus on cramming the console with top-of-the-line hardware.

Sony has confirmed that the PS4 will launch this holiday season, but has not announced region-specific availability or pricing for the next-generation platform. The console will allegedly have the strongest launch software lineup in PlayStation history.

For more information on the PS4, check out GameSpot's latest coverage.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

306 comments
navarz
navarz

Reduced focus on cramming the console with top-of-the-line hardware.

Priceless

Far_RockNYC
Far_RockNYC

Cows on that DAMAGE CONTROL! enjoy your restrictions 

dipdish
dipdish

Is that new PS4 controller bigger than the PS3 controller?

mtnjak
mtnjak

That's good to know since my XPS desktop is in the basement and my PS3 is upstairs.

anigmha
anigmha

Reading the comments below, people need to stop being so stupid and narrow-minded or Sony really need to rename this button the "record" button. Since stupid people often remain stupid, I would go for the latter.

pwc2
pwc2

If Sony were to can the share button, I would not shed a tear.

elucidation
elucidation

Oh god.. What are we going to do for videos and pictures?! OH GOD! 


Phew, I just scoured the internet, and found out they started selling these new things called cameras, where you can press a "capture" button, and just like your screenshot device, it saves it to a folder for you, and you can just upload it from there.. Thank god! 


Apastron
Apastron

Yeah because the lack of a 'Share' button in the past means that I have NEVER seen a final boss battle on YouTube...

J-007
J-007

No problem with me. It would kind of be pointless to share stuff where everyone shares all the secrets...

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Totally useless button

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

AKA remove Share button, cause 90% of devs gonna play an ass. 

garysingh34
garysingh34

Sharing seems to be a 50:50 thing with the gaming community. You're either gona use it or you're not. My guess is the games like COD and e-Sports is necessitating this development so I dont fault SONY at all for responding to gamer needs.

codeman101360
codeman101360

How about we just get rid of the "share" thing entirely because it's completely pointless and most people probably won't end up using it anyways?

hystavito
hystavito

"Yoshida ..saying that there is reduced focus on cramming the console with top-of-the-line hardware."

Yet when they revealed it they were so intent on convincing us that the hardware in it was improved and optimized and whatever, better and more powerful than a PC.  Well, which one is it?  Heh, they throw around so much bull, although this one sounds more like an honest admission.

Hendrix247
Hendrix247

If I can't record myself smashing on a final boss in a game, then what's the point of a SHARE button?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I've no doubt Sony is fully aware that this will not stop people with video capture equipment from releasing videos of PS4 titles, however I'd imagine they've done this because it was requested by the developers to have as an option. Which makes sense, seeing as almost every other decision they've made about the PS4 appears to be influenced by requests from developers.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Maybe someday i will share a Grand Slam in the bottom of the ninth, while I am losing 3-0, in MLB the Show 14.  Maybe.  


racerxgundam
racerxgundam

This feature isnt that big a deal to me. I do believe sony and microsoft overestimate the social aspects of console gaming on a whole. Outside of games that have multiplayer aspects and such, i don't see what the need is to share the single player experience online. 

Also, can't one like video capture and upload videogame stuff online as is? to me a dedicated share button is kinda retarded.

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

If it's on the developer to decide what can and cannot be shared, then it's on the gamer not to support the developer that unreasonably uses the feature.


SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well, at least Sony is just giving the option. The publisher/developer doesn't have to use it. I honestly don't see the point since a gamer can just jump on YouTube and find what he is looking for anyway.

cubachino
cubachino

To all those saying who cares I too used to say I don't care about a sharing feature but every time I use the Wii U I find myself using Miiverse not necessarily to share but to take in the information other gamers are sharing. So now I look forward to it on the PS4.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

I don't understand this. The only reason someone would want to put a restriction on this would be to prevent spoilers I imagine. The onus is on the person not wanting it to be spoiled to avoid watching spoilers. Just because someone shared something on my social feed doesn't mean it's automatically going to force itself on my screen... same way if one was so inclined they could go and youtube any ending to any game. The fact that people don't is to avoid spoilers. 

Seems a pointless restriction to me. I don't like how the latest technology seems to be constantly trying to reduce the users control.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Seems fair. I try to avoid spoilers for the most part anyway unless I become really curious. 

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

That's fine and all, but at the end of the day, the share button is and shall remain one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

this "share" function looks like one of those unnecessary options sony will ditch later on, like sixaxis on ps3. I personally will NEVER use it!

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

I don't see anything wrong with this, as it's up to the developer to place such restrictions.

Commander_Snowy
Commander_Snowy

It's great how they're giving the choice to developers, some games aren't meant to be recorded. Can't wait for June 10!

NorthernDruid
NorthernDruid

@pwc2 Or even just rename it to "record".

Because that would actually be cool. Instead of having social networking pushed on us by the controller.

Apastron
Apastron

@J-007 This already happens.  It's called the internet.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@ZoTrAcK Why? If someone wants to upload a video onto their hard drive and then youtube or likes making screenshots for people to see on their account, it is a very convenient button.

I mean I doubt I would use it that much but it will get used tonnes across the internet. Especially if you can record large chunks of video with voice over from the microphone. Many tutorials and gameplay videos will benefit from that. 

Up to now it has only been expensive capture cards and most of them have to be connected to a PC to save the video to as you go along, which normally means trailing cables and having your console within a convenient distance from your PC. This will cut out the capture card and PC all together. Also there will likely be less compression and lag between hardware components making videos higher quality.

Sounds good to me.

Fulminatory
Fulminatory

@Kyrylo I'm pretty sure the Share button helps many YouTubers (implying if they get one PS4) to livestream eg: SeaNanners, Achievement Hunters, Tobuscus, Pewdiepie etc etc.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@garysingh34 Yeah but it will make it a lot more convenient to capture and that will mean more people will be able to do videos. I mean I probably would if I didn't need capture cards and god knows what else to do it properly.

Pikdum
Pikdum

@codeman101360 Why do you say that? I'm not really big on social media and everything but this sounds very useful. It eliminates the need for 3rd party video capture devices which are a pain in the first place. Who wouldn't want to be able to capture their favorite gaming moments?

Pikdum
Pikdum

@hystavito When Sony released the PS3 they arguably spent too much focus on "hi-tech" and fancy hardware which resulted in a large loss of profit. Looking at the current system specs of the PS4 I'm sure it will be just as powerful or more powerful than the average gaming PC today. I think they are simply stating they aren't going to make that same mistake.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

@hadlee73 once they start taking requests -from EA or Capcom they can close the shop.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

@Hey_Jay No it's not! a lot of people buy hardware(Elgato) to be able to capture their gameplay and share it online.

mattress805
mattress805

I agree. But if Microsoft tries to shove Kinect down my throat, I can handle a share button over multiple cameras in my room. lol

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

@Pikdum it can be done inside the game itself, like dirt3

wyan_
wyan_

@Pikdum @codeman101360 Well, I'm that guy who doesn't care about capturing, but I like people who do it for walkthroughs. This might make that easier.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

@PSYCHOV3N0M Yeah, I know what it is, hence, why I said I don't see anything wrong with this. People will find ways around this anyway.

austin9992
austin9992

@jetfire71 you obviously don't understand the difference between shared video memory and a dedicated gpu. I've been an avid PC gamer for well over 10 years, but I see this misconception thrown around all the time. A PS3 has 512mb of RAM. How can it still hold up in todays market? LOADS more dedicated gpu than most average PCs.  Having 8GB of RAM in a PS4 with even more gpu power and you think a 2010 PC can compete? You're obviously delusional.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@Fulminatory @Hey_Jay @jflkdjs Two problems with that. a) Everyone having the ability to upload. Hm. Fair, but now we're going to have more of a metric ton of crap than ever before. At least purchasing the proper hardware and software filtered out those who had a little more dedication to output something worth it. b) It's still worth it to be those people, considering that this share option will have restrictions put upon it by creators, which kinda defeats the purpose of that freedom, wouldn't ya think? Buy it yourself and you have a choice, or partake of what they allow you to pull (which I can see being even more restricted, over time). Seems like a no-brainer to me. Finally, point out to me the source material if I've missed it, but I don't recall hearing anything about the ability to livestream with the share button.