Here's a follow-up to a story last night reporting that Sony announced the Playstation 4 console will support video game capture devices such as the Hauppauge HD PVR2 and Elgato Game Capture Card. Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida provided additional details Thursday revealing that the feature will not be supported when the next-gen console launches in November.
The broadcast of Sony's Tokyo Game Show keynote speech was understandably done in Japanese but the translator appeared to stumble around the part of the speech announcing that the PS4 would support video capture devices.
Yoshida provided clarification on Twitter when he said, "We announced today that PS4 users will be able to capture their gameplay through HDMI output in the future. We'll update you when ready."
When asked if that meant it wouldn't be ready at launch, he responded with, "I would think so unfortunately."
The Playstation 4 console only has an HDMI port to output video which uses HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) to prevent people from illegally recording movies or TV shows. Microsoft set up both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One to turn off HDCP while games are playing but that is not the case with the PS3 (which has component out as an alternative) and it is now apparently not the case with the PS4 either.
While the PS4 does support livestreaming and the direct uploading of gameplay clips to YouTube through the use of the "Share" button on the PS4 controller, it only does so for the last 15 minutes of play. Additionally, a large community has formed online around people recording their entire gameplay sessions, editing them and uploading them online. It's also a critical feature for game reviewers who need to record their sessions for review.
After a steady diet of good news about the PS4, this is a very surprising and uncharacteristic stumble by Sony. Hopefully, it is something that will be resolved with a software soon after the console launches on Nov. 15.
However, what is clear is that Sony either originally intended to block video capture devices or simply overlooked the ramifications of having HDMI as the only video output. The results is the console's first public 180.
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