Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be receiving a bumper update in the weeks ahead, focused mainly on increasing functionality from a sharing perspective. The most notable change will be the removal of HDCP restrictions currently in effect on the platform, meaning that streaming and game recording enthusiasts will finally be able to use third party recording hardware to capture footage from their gameplay without needing to jump through hoops as is currently the case.
In addition to this, uses will also be able to share their recordings with friends by copying them from the PS4 directly to a USB stick, while the usual stability updates and tweaks will be included.
Further down the line, Sony has confirmed that a new feature will be added at a later date enabling the archiving of streamed footage on Twitch, as well as the ability to broadcast at 1080p, rather than the current maximum of 720p.
You can check out the full announcement below, from Sony's European blog...
Here at PlayStation, we listen closely to your comments and requests, which are weighted heavily when looking at the future of our platforms. SincePlayStation 4launched, we’ve heard a lot of great feedback from you about what you like with the platform and what you’d like to see us work on.
I’m happy to report that, as a direct result of your feedback, we’ll soon be bringing some of your most-requested features to PS4 with a system software update in the upcoming weeks. These features and additions will help make your PS4 even more socially connected by further enabling you to customise your most epic gaming moments and granting even more options to show them to your friends.
This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalise your video clips, and you’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing theSHAREbutton 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.
We recognise that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we’re excited to deliver this option with PS4. There’s a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more — there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone.
As part of a separate system software update in the future, we have been working with our partners atTwitchandUstream, and will also be adding the ability for Twitch broadcasts to be archived – another highly requested feature among PS4 fans who are taking advantage of the SHARE button features. These broadcasts will be also provided with a higher resolution of 720p, so PS4 fans can enjoy live broadcasts with clearer images. We’ll have more to come on these updates and more in the coming weeks.