Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event.
NEW YORK CITY — If you love the idea of broadcasting your gaming, but you don’t try because of an aversion to complicated hardware and software, then you’re in luck with the upcoming next gen. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One include built in broadcasting and gameplay-recording features.
We’re planning on messing around with these features in the wild very soon for both consoles, but Sony gave us a demonstration of how it works on PlayStation 4 at a dedicated review event. The system is always recording gameplay and saves up to the last 15 minutes of action. It also enables players to broadcast their gaming to Twitch or Ustream, but it isn’t unlimited. This is Sony’s video party, and they have some rules.
“[Video recording and streaming] is games only,” Sony Computer Entertainment’s manager of product planning, Toshimasa Aoki, explained during the demonstration.
This means you can’t record the PlayStation interface or apps. You’ll still need hardware for that kind of thing. That shouldn’t affect very many people, since most just want to share their gameplay experiences. And it makes sense that Sony wouldn’t enable a way for gamers to record and share whole episodes of Adult Swim shows they watched on Netflix.
The 2nd Annual GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming Summit and GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2
January 25 – 27, 2022
The limitations don’t end with that.
“Developers can say they don’t want certain parts of the game recorded.” said Aoki. “We have an API call, and developers have control over that.”
Again, you are giving up some freedom when using Sony’s video solutions. That includes the possibility that your stream will simply cut off when you reach a part gated off by an over-protective studio. If you want no restrictions, you’ll have to invest in video recording hardware.
GamesBeatGamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
- Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
- The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
- Networking opportunities
- Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
- Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
- And maybe even a fun prize or two
- Introductions to like-minded parties