Rumors like this are absolutely terrifying for someone who relies on devices such as the Hauppauge HD PVR, Elgato, or other similar capture cards to record gameplay. Machinima released a video today revealing news from a “reliable source” explaining how no audio and video can be captured through HDMI on the PlayStation 4.
PS3 users (like me) can “sidestep” that particular issue by using the PS3’s component output, but unfortunately, the PS4 does not have this capability. Many people (again like me) assumed the “share” button function on the PS4’s controller would successfully share gameplay footage on YouTube, but apparently this share function only includes PSN, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.
So if this rumor is true, there will be no legal way to capture and record gameplay. While the source is stated to be reliable, Sony has not yet confirmed this news. This news sounds terrifying, but it isn’t something I’m going to panic about just yet.
With the ability to stream to Twitch, people will have the ability to cut that video and upload it to YouTube just like everyone else. But my main concern about streaming directly from the console is the quality of video. Hopefully with this news spreading, Sony will reach out to make some sort of statement. As the competition between Sony and Microsoft continues to heat up as their respectable release dates quickly approach, I don’t think Sony will allow such news to go untouched, especially if it has the power to send people over to Microsoft’s hands.
Will this be the first negative slash against Sony’s “white knight” image? Keep your eyes out for later updates.