PS4 will allow direct gameplay capture over HDMI

Sony’s bigTokyo Game Show keynoteturned out to be a bit of a damp squib last night, but it did offer some interesting snippets about the manufacturer’s next generation hardware. One such announcement pertained to the PlayStation 4’s ability to freely output gameplay via HDMI without encryption.

Reports last week suggested that the consolewould employ the same high-bandwidth digital content protection (or HDCP) as the PlayStation 3, potentially making life difficult for those hoping to record footage directly to their PC. However, the firm announced during its press conference overnight that the systemwillsupport “gameplay recording over HDMI”.

While the language is a little vague, the move makes sense considering that the PS4 is built with social experiences in mind. The on-board share button will naturally cater to most gamers’ needs, but buddingYouTube stars may require more than 15 minutes of recording timeto put together a full Let’s Play series. Hopefully, this will now remove the headaches from that process.

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David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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