Attack of the Fanboy

PS4 Developers will have control over “Share” functions

by William Schwartz


The new sharing features of the PS4 have been advertised as a new way to socially interact with the PSN Community. Integrated with the new DualShock controller, sharing is said to be a one-touch way to capture moments in your games and share them to social networks. However, it appears that users won’t have complete control over what can be shared on the PS4. Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has recently revealed that developers will have the ultimate say so on PlayStation 4 games.

In a recent interview, Yoshida explains: “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.”

While it’s hard to tell if the Share button on the PS4 will be a game changer for Sony or not, the feature was thought up by PS4 development team because they were looking for any easy way for users to upload videos. As Yoshida explains, “We were trying to think of a way to make it easier for users to upload videos, and one day a member of our in-house production team just said, ‘How about a share button?’ We called out in unison, ‘That’s it!'”

The Share button will be implemented on the new Dual Shock 4, which Sony recently released a new video for in which developers talk about the new functionality behind the controller.

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