The PlayStation 4’s Share Button Can Be Blocked By Developers – Poses Some Issues
According to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, the PS4’s share button will not be without restriction, as developers are able to block what you can and can’t share in their game.
Yoshida told 4gamer.net that his decision to implement the share feature was inspired by his love for Dark Souls. However, the in-game footage that a user can share will be determined by the game’s developers, so it will be different for each game.
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“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see,” he said.
“For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and [the Share function] will have a similar mechanism.
“The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance.”
Now, this poses a few problems. For starters, you can say that this was done to avoid gamers spoiling games soon after release. This could be a good thing. Some may say that YouTube has been doing this for ages, but remember that you have to voluntarily search out a spoiler video like that. With the PS4’s extensive social functionality, it’s possible that videos you share will pop up all over your friends’ news feed and dashboard and, I don’t know, maybe people who follow you. So to that extent, it’s nice.
The more skeptic among us would say that this allows developers the potential to block users from uploading negative things about the game, for instance if we have an Aliens: Colonial Marines situation. But I don’t think this is too much of a problem personally, considering that it becomes null if the game is multiplatform, there’s YouTube and PlayStation exclusives generally meet certain quality standards.
To be honest, like everything with next-gen, we’ll have to wait until E3 and for more information because we just don’t know enough. I mean, at the moment I can’t really see a great purpose for this limitation, as users can always get to YouTube anyway.
Aside from game spoilers, I can’t see much else unless it’s to prevent early leaks, perhaps from early access demos, alphas and things like that. Perhaps there I can understand, because YouTube is one thing, but videos get taken down on YouTube if they’re breaking confidentiality, and it might be a big liability on Sony if they have to also monitor uploaded videos for things like that. Maybe with this limitation, there won’t ever be a problem with users uploading things they shouldn’t be.
There’s probably more to this debate, so let’s put our heads together. What do you say?