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Rumour: PS4 Will Allow You to Share Videos and Screenshots

Posted by Sammy Barker

Europe will be made to wait again

According to EDGE, the PlayStation 4 will allow you to share gameplay footage and screenshots on the fly. In a new report citing development sources, the British publication has hinted that the impending console’s refreshed controller will include a new button, allowing you to distribute your achievements and failures among friends. Apparently, the hardware will constantly record the past 15 minutes of on-screen action, without any impact on the console's performance.

As previously reported, the controller itself will include a small touchpad in the centre of the device. The technology is supposedly based on the PlayStation Vita’s rear touchpad, and will be “similarly responsive” to use. It’s unclear whether the form factor of the unit will change, or if it will be similar to the existing DualShock 3 shape.

The publication continues that the new system will be more powerful than the next Xbox – but only marginally. It’s thought that the platform holder has “earned an enormous amount of goodwill among studios”, admitting its errors with the PlayStation 3, and working hard to rectify them. One source noted that the machine is “very simple to work with”.

Sadly, the site adds that while a 2013 release in Japan and North America is planned, the system may not make its way to Europe this year. The delay is apparently down to the complexities of distribution in the region. If true, it would be a real shame, especially seeing as the territory has been something of a stronghold for the PlayStation brand over the years.

What do you make of these latest rumours? Are you eager to share gameplay footage with friends? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


User Comments (15)



Sanquine said:

Europe screwed AGAIN! We are the best supporters of sony. Even there own people let them fall.. Here all my friends have a ps3... But nooo this again.. Frustrated...



3Above said:

Not sure i would use this much, for video anyway. My Vita is full of screen shots though so that is welcome. If you can export the video it would be great for youtube. As for the Europe thing, i feel for you guys! But having so many countries with different laws pretty much garantees this sort of thing for years to come.



get2sammyb said:

After having lots of fun sharing Vita screenshots on Twitter, I actually think that I would use this. I bet each game is going to have an improved version of LiveArea, where you'll be able to share screenshots/videos and stuff. You'll be able to rate that content, and the best stuff will be promoted when you visit the title's LiveArea.

That actually sounds really cool.



InsertNameHere said:

I had a feeling it would do something like this. I mean why else would they include a "share" function?



get2sammyb said:

@Sanquine The Europe thing is a shame, but it remains a rumour for now. Surely it makes sense to launch the system in North America and Europe first, where Microsoft is likely to be a bigger threat?



Knux said:

Late 2013 for us Americans? Oh God, I'm going to faint.



3Above said:

@get2sammyb When you put it like that oh yeah ti sounds awesome! Every game having a mini ' wall' for players to post on sorta does sound really cool and useful.



Gemuarto said:

I want Sony to make new way of grabbing screenshots from Vita games =(((.... For example - push home, then push screenshot icon.... And let people to post screens to friends activities....



Savino said:

You guys shouldnt complain!
I am living in Brazil and import this kind of stuff from the US costs me 60% extra only in taxes!!



Batman said:

Seems logical from a business perspective at least. We're only the second biggest market outside of Japan. -_-

I understand it must be difficult to roll out in so many languages, but the North American release will surely have both English and Spanish language options, so why not roll it out to select European countries? It's gotta be far more complicated to coordinate a multi-country release in one go. Why not spread it out?



ShogunRok said:

Sharing videos and screens with friends would be great, I think. I've always wanted to show people footage of my playing stuff, just to share the experience. If it's well implemented, this could be a huge feature.



MaxiM_PL said:

They should add "Upload to YouTube" button. That would be freakin' amazing ;]



charlesnarles said:

It'd be good for failblog heh. I was terrified that they wouldn't do a worldwide release. What a kick in the pants



NathanUC said:

Photography in video games. It might sound silly but anyone who played GT5 knows there is a lot of fun to be had taking virtual pictures. I wouldn't be surprised that with PS4, 4K displays, and 3D/VR, taking virtual video/photos becomes a standard feature and hobby in a few years.

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