PS4 able to capture gameplay via HDMI

News Aaron Birch 19 Sep 2013 - 10:02

There will be no content protection limitations on gameplay recording for the PS4, Sony has confirmed...

Despite a rumour that's been circulating the Internet, Sony's upcoming PS4 won't place any draconian HDCP restrictions on gameplay video capture, and will allow users to capture footage directly from the unit via HDMI.

This was confirmed by Sony's head of third-party relations via Twitter.

So, what does this actually mean, and why should you care? Well, basically it means that you won't have to come up with convoluted ways to record and share your footage outside of the PS4's share button functionality. As well as the built-in function, which will share footage through Sony's online services (and was previously thought to be the only option), you'll be able to capture video any way you like via HDMI, using other capture devices. This is great news for machinima makers, and those that like to edit and create their own videos.

The PlayStation 4 will be released in the US on November 15 and in Europe on November 22.

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Could someone who knows this kind of stuff tell me a bit more how this would work, what could I connect and record with via HDMI?
This could be a great study aid for me, my Japanese is now at the level where I'm starting to tackle some easy games - but the ability to record and replay cut-scenes etc would be fantastic for certain parts.

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