If you were hoping to hop into Atlus’ take on Tokyo in Persona 5 with the pure intention of sharing your gameplay experience with others, you’ll need some extra hardware. The developer has almost entirely disabled the PlayStation 4’s native sharing features.
That means the Share button is useless. You won’t be able to share screenshots, start live streams or capture gameplay video. Not even for your own use.
What did I mean by saying that Atlus “almost entirely disabled” the sharing features? You’ll be able, based on what Japanese gamers have been doing since launch, share media from the title screen and main menu. Which… cool?
What gives? Why disable the sharing features in Persona 5?
Polygon reached out to Atlus for a bit of context here. A representative for the publisher noted that Atlus didn’t want players to potentially spoil any elements of this entirely single player game.
“This being a Japanese title with solely a single-playthrough story means Japan is very wary about it. Sharing is currently blocked through the native PS4 UI.”
You’ll have to use some extra hardware, like a capture box, to do any streaming or recording. Or you could snap the screen with your phone… you heathen.
Persona 5 will launch on April 4, 2017.