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The PS4 Definitely Records Your Last 15 Minutes of Gameplay

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It’s probably a testament to Sony’s successes with the PlayStation 4 that the length of the system’s record function sparked a bit of a heated debate today. Speaking at the Develop conference earlier this month, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s head of research and development Mark Brown said that the console could store the last “several minutes” of gameplay. Of course, the word 'several' sounds a lot like 'seven', which was the story doing the rounds this afternoon.

Whether or not the executive misspoke – which seems to be the case – the comments created confusion. Previously, the platform holder revealed that the system could capture 15 minutes of gameplay – something that was proven by Killzone: Shadow Fall’s unveiling during the PlayStation Meeting earlier in the year. But Brown’s speech seemed to contrast that, prompting some speculation that the feature had been watered down prior to release.

However, speaking with CVG, a Sony spokesperson clarified that the console will record 15 minutes of gameplay, just as initially reported. You can pull up that footage at any time by pushing the Share button, and instantly broadcast it across various social networks. Partners haven’t been confirmed just yet, but we already know that Facebook and YouTube are almost certainly in.

The discussion was brought to the forefront in the wake of comments by Microsoft that confirmed that the Xbox One will capture just five minutes of gameplay, resulting in much shorter clips. It’s hardly a system selling advantage, but it’s yet another number that the Japanese giant can boast about in its promotional materials. And that’s a good thing, we guess.

[via computerandvideogames.com, eurogamer.net, twitter.com]

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User Comments (16)

ShogunRokAdmin

#3

ShogunRok said:

15 mins is more than enough really, when you consider most people will be recording particular set pieces or stupid gameplay. I mean, most 'Let's Play' videos are about 10 minutes in length anyway.

BornOfEvil

#4

BornOfEvil said:

I've pulled off impossible on-the-fly headshots in Resistance and Killzone & crazy combos in Tekken and Dead or Alive, it'll be great to have the ability to capture and share those moments.

Itachi

#5

Itachi said:

In the case of Xbox One it can only record your last 5 minutes of gameplay while PS4 has a dedicated button that can record up to 15 minutes at any time and then share with just the push of a button.. This feature has been wired into the PS4's makeup and for Xbox One it seems more like a last minute touch up so they can claim to have the same feature.

get2sammybAdmin

#6

get2sammyb said:

@ajaychitown True. I do really like the way you can add title cards and stuff on the Xbox One, though. I hope that you can do that on the PS4, too.

BornOfEvil

#7

BornOfEvil said:

@ajaychitown I was thinking the same thing about their Skype-powered control highjacking feature. It seems like they're just throwing in features so that Sony can't use it as a marketing tool.

MadchesterManc

#8

MadchesterManc said:

So M$ now deos similar stuff on the Xbox One that Sony unvieled back in february for the Ps4 reveal? Theres playing catch-up, then theres playing CATCH UP :P

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

"Your Last 15 Minutes of Gameplay"

Probably just the senility kicking in, but did anybody else read that title and wonder how the PS4 knew when I was going to quit playing 15 minutes before I quit? (You know, instead of recording my first 15 minutes of gameplay?)

It's late, I'm tired, been a long day, and now I feel like I'm in an SNL skit.

ViciousDS

#10

ViciousDS said:

@rjejr just stream it to ustream or youtube.........and your HOURS of gameplay will be there for the world.

15 minutes to me is plenty but the xbox one 5 minutes.....thats not even enough for some of the fighting matches that happen lol

Cowboysfan-22

#11

Cowboysfan-22 said:

Now I will be able to go to YouTube and watch all of the times I will be killed by hacking 12 year olds on COD! Yippee!

3Above

#12

3Above said:

I want to know if you can do a voice over on the PS4 footage. I think XboxOne can so I see no reason why PS4 wont hut I haven't heard anything about it.

charlesnarles

#14

charlesnarles said:

@rjejr lol like they kill you after the 15 minutes is up?
My death-row last request would absolutely be 15 minutes of playing PS4 : )

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