PS4 gamers of the world, rejoice! Sony has announced that a dynamic duo of new updates will allow for a variety of video-based activity previously not available. They did once, long, long ago, promise that you would be able to have unfettered access to your video signal via HDMI which would allow for capturing and recording of your gaming activity. I can see why they did not roll that out right away, because you could hypothetically record any movie or TV show you were watching through the platform, as well causing some copyright concerns I imagine.
In a recent U.S. Playstation blog post, Sony talked about some upcoming changes set to roll out in "the next couple weeks." Among them is this infinitely interesting piece of information.
This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalize your video clips, and you’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the SHARE button to a USB drive. In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI, a feature we’ve previously said would come after launch.
Alright! First off, HDCP or High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, which could almost be read as "video copyright protection," if you squint really hard at it. Considering that Sony is also a movie studio and distribution company they always have their own best interests in mind when designing something. That means they do not want PS4 users "illegally" copying gameplay, movies and television via their console. Illegally is in quotes there because everyone's definition varies. What Sony, the makers of the CD rootkit and 'creative team' behind the imaginary reporter who often gave amazing reviews of movies, deems illegal is what many consider fair use and vice versa obviously.
But I digress. Turning off HDCP means the ability to capture video, specifically gameplay, via HDMI without restrictions. Though, again, knowing Sony, there will most likely still be some restrictions.
Another feature will be the ability to save gameplay footage to an external USB device which you can then carry over to your favorite video editing suite and do with as you please, yippee! What to do with that footage?
Better Twitch and Ustream Sharing
Another update is said to be a combined effort with Twitch and Ustream with the first feature being the ability to archive Twitch broadcasts. They'll be stored in 720p no less. That's some heady stuff for die hard gamers who like a good old-fashioned knife kill/tea bag combo.
Oh, you gamers you. Now start practicing your victory dances because it's about to get a whole lot easier to share them over on YouTube.