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You Won't Be Able to Share Everything on the PlayStation 4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Spoiler alert

Of all of the new additions to the PlayStation 4, the Share button is perhaps the most important. The single input will allow you to instantly upload screenshots and videos from your favourite games – but much like the current PlayStation Vita, there will be restrictions attached to when you can use the functionality.

“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see,” Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Japanese publication 4Gamer.net. “For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and [the Share button] will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance.”

Obviously the limitation is designed to lock down on spoilers, but it’s been used for more nefarious means in some Vita games. Resistance: Burning Skies, for example, restricted any screenshots from being taken at all, presumably because its visuals weren’t up to scratch. Let’s just hope that PS4 developers aren’t overly stingy about what we can share, otherwise this could stifle a potentially great feature.

[via 4gamer.net, edge-online.com]

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User Comments (16)

ShogunRokAdmin

#1

ShogunRok said:

Hmmm, an interesting bit of information. Like you mentioned in the article, let's just hope developers don't block out too much. If it became a trend among the community, then it would render the feature useless.

But on the other hand, this is basically free advertising for your game, right?

BornOfEvil

#2

BornOfEvil said:

That doesn't seem like too bad a restriction, I was expecting something far worse.

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@TheRealBatman I think it was expected, but because it's down to the developers, there's a chance that some studios could just outright say: "No sharing." That would suck.

Jaz007

#5

Jaz007 said:

Maybe Sony could impose some sort of restriction on the ability to restrict sharing. That's easier said than done though and common sense is hard to put down as a rule on paper.

Epic

#6

Epic said:

Well if at least they let me save and share the replay of that combo that I did at random or an epic win in an online match I will be fine.

divinelite

#7

divinelite said:

I know it's dillema.
I for one would like to collect all "Platinum Trophy unlocked", yet most of them it unlocked when spoiler happens.

at least, I remember True End of Atelier Totori is the screen I got my platinum

rastamadeus

#8

rastamadeus said:

This Share idea still worries me. I can see almost every PS4 game making you share photos/videos to get a trophy to finish the game as a cheap way to lengthen their titles.

Alpha

#9

Alpha said:

@Jaz007 Well it ain't to far fetched of an idea. Sony did at one point say that any games from now on will have to have trophies. I know it was because the Xbox had achievements but still a possibility. Also could have an update later in its lifespan to unrestrict any sharing abilities like updates to mercenaries 2 to have trophy support or like MGS4 just recently.

Scrible

#13

Scrible said:

Stupid, as you can still post it on you tube, what's the point of blocking it, your not doing it any justice

Jaz007

#14

Jaz007 said:

@Scrible It takes a lot more effort to post it on YouTube and people will be more likely to watch a video thier freind posted than to look it up on YouTube.

neumaus

#15

neumaus said:

@rastamadeus Oh man, just the thought of that...
Some games now have ridiculous trophy requests, like RO. I really do hope gimmicks like that are not utilized for trophies :/

rastamadeus

#16

rastamadeus said:

@neumaus Tell me about it. Worst two trophies I've seen are on Dead Or Alive 5 - fight online 1,000 times and accept 50 throwdown challenges. Problem is hardly anyone bought the game so nobody is ever online and if by some rare freak someone does throwdown challenge you then half the time the game won't let you accept it. I thought with the game being on PS+ a few weeks back that would help but it hasn't. Oh, the same game also wants you to do every single move for every character in training mode too, and that includes hundreds of punch, kick combos which you have to do for each fighter. Why bother?

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