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The PlayStation 4’s Share Button can be Blocked by Developers

by Joey Davidson | May 6, 2013May 6, 2013 6:00 pm PDT

DualShock 4 Share Button

It looks like whether or not gamers can use the Share button to instantly grab and upload screenshots and gameplay footage of PlayStation 4 games will work based on each developer’s needs.

In an interview with the Japanese, Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida explained that the Share button’s use on the PlayStation 4 will be up to developers. He compared it to the screenshot taking function of the PS Vita, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t based on a specific moment in each game.

Okay, so, “why?” might be the question you’re asking right now. Yoshida addressed that same notion. Here, briefly, is his response:

“The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance.”

Yep, makes total sense. Great games these days come packed with plot heavy moments that shouldn’t be given away ad nauseum online. As it stands now, you need to hunt down spoiler sections of games in order to, say, figure out how to beat a specific moment. With the share button, though, gamers could record the spoilerific moments at a constant clip, and that’s not so good for folks who hate to have plot points ruined.

What do you think about limiting the sharing capabilities of the PlayStation 4 in the above described method? CVG

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...