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Sony PS4 share button with restrictions

If you have been keeping up to date with Sony PS4 rumors, you will have no doubt heard about the exciting new PS4 Share Button, that will allow users to instantly record gameplay and screenshots, which can then be whisked off to the various social sharing spaces online for your friends to view.

The Share Button is just one of the new features that Sony has incorporated into their new PS4 DualShock4 controller. Aside from video sharing, the Share Button will also allow other users to watch a live stream of gameplay, and communicate with the host in situations where they needed feedback.

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has been speaking a little more about the Share Button, revealing that it will be up to developers on whether they want to disable certain aspects of the feature or not. For example, Yoshida cited a situation where a studio did not want video sharing of a final boss to become freely available.

Developers could shut off this mode if they want to, but then again it doesn’t necessarily stop the footage from being recorded via other means. We see all the time, mobile footage captured of a new game uploaded to YouTube, so should Sony actually just embrace it full on without restriction?

Some may view it as actually very frustrating, for Sony to introduce such an exciting new feature, only for the majority of developers to be able to disable parts of it as they see fit. Developers obviously do not like their work getting out early, so what happens when someone picks up a game days before release, and then goes crazy on the Share Button letting everyone get a nice preview?

It’s an interesting debate, but hopefully the restrictions won’t be too harsh. If you are looking forward to the new PS4 controller, let us know your thoughts on this one.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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