Great news for anyone wanting to capture PlayStation 4 gameplay using an external device: it appears that we’ll be able to capture PS4 gameplay via HDMI after all. The picture below is from the Ars Technica liveblog covering Sony’s “Life with PlayStation 4″ keynote at the Tokyo Game Show.
Notice that one minute before the “write to external memory” phrase comes up, PlayStation 4′s built-in Share function was being discussed. The “HDM” appears to be a typo of “HDMI,” and I say this with confidence given the context in which it appears.
EDIT: This tweet from Adam Boyes, Sony Computer Entertainment of America Head of Publisher Relations, clears up the announcement hinted at by the rough translation from the Ars Technica liveblog.
Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida went on to clarify that the PlayStation 4 will probably not be able to capture gameplay via HDMI at the console’s launch, but would very likely be capable of it within “a couple months,” though I would personally not be surprised if they extended this time frame to encompass PS4′s launch window.
Last week, this tweet from Mr. Yoshida confirmed the fears of YouTubers and gaming journalists regarding PlayStation 4′s ability, or lack thereof, to bypass the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection on the system in order to record gameplay via HDMI. On the Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U, you can use external capture cards such as the Elgato Game Capture HD or Hauppauge HD PVR 2 to record your gameplay using an HDMI port, but HDCP remains in place to block the recording of applications like Netflix and Hulu. Note that no one had an issue with HDCP blocking those applications, but restricting the user’s ability to record gameplay using an external device is most certainly an issue in today’s gaming scene.
For a detailed write-up of why gameplay recording via HDMI is important to the PlayStation 4, check out my post on the official PlayStation General forums. If I look in the comments section of this article and see that you’ve posted, “But there’s a built-in Share feature,” you clearly haven’t read the message board thread I just linked you!