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PlayStation 4's gameplay recording functionality will not require a PlayStation Plus subscription to access, Sony has confirmed.

Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the news in a number of Twitter conversations last night, following Microsoft's confirmation that Xbox One's GameDVR service will be locked behind an Xbox LIVE Gold paywall.

Gameplay streaming will also be available to all PlayStation Network users without the need for a PlayStation Plus subscription.

PlayStation 4 is said to continuously record the previous 15 minutes of gameplay footage - three times as much as Xbox One's automated recording.

Sony has previously discussed some of the changes being made to PlayStation Plus with the arrival of PS4, telling that automatic updates and "social features" will not require a PS Plus subscription.

Source: @yosp

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BrySkye@ FantasyMeister

Anything from 5-10 minutes is quite generous in my opinion. My attention span on YouTube gaming videos is around 30 seconds.
Then it's not a function really aimed at people like you and you certainly wouldn't be my target audience of the videos I make either, lol. :P

But the point is about having footage to work with in editing.

For example, say something pretty interesting happens at the start of an online game. Like a glitch, something wonky etc (and the automatic highlight system doesn't deem it worth keeping).
You're probably not going to drop out of the match to make sure it's captured, but if the match is over 5 minutes long, and they usually are, then it's lost. Gone.

The longer capturing time doesn't just mean you can upload longer videos, it just gives you have more material to work with and edit.
To make it less likely to miss things.

Basically what I'm saying is that if you're going to go to so much trouble creating this feature, then at it's bare minimum it should at least be capable of recording a typical online match in it's entirety from which people can either edit their highlights or upload in its entirety.
5 minutes just isn't long enough to do that in the majority of games.
10 minutes should probably be considered the minimum cut-off point.
Posted 23:29 on 09 August 2013

pblive@ Karlius

Its not the opposite, more that if Microsoft announce something and Sony already have a chance to 1-up them on the news then they'll grab the chance. Same thing works the other way round, though I do think MS should be making a bigger deal of their launch lineup.

Its called good PR
Posted 10:21 on 09 August 2013
Karlius's Avatar


To be honest it just seems as if MS says something Sony wait for the reaction and report the opposite. I know that is far too simple an analogy and probably coincidental.
Posted 09:56 on 09 August 2013
steamygoreng's Avatar


This article really seems incomplete

Someone who might read this might pass it off as another cheap shot by Sony to MS when in fact, it was Sony's policy from the very beginning. The thing is, they never "formally" announced it but Yoshida just answered a couple of questions by Twitter users with a simple "No". Perhaps you should check his twitter:

It would've never been asked had microsoft just kept their mouth shut
Posted 23:57 on 08 August 2013
MasonCooper42's Avatar


About only thing xbox has now over ps4 is that we can legitmately get into making video game videos with xbox, as you can live stream to twitch.
Posted 18:20 on 08 August 2013
FantasyMeister's Avatar

FantasyMeister@ BrySkye

Anything from 5-10 minutes is quite generous in my opinion. My attention span on YouTube gaming videos is around 30 seconds.
Posted 17:53 on 08 August 2013


It's still quite a plus for people who primarily play single player and would like to capture video clips from that.

Of course, this functionality on both consoles is fairly borked with the time restriction. What matters most is the PS4's 10 minutes instead of 5.
Posted 17:20 on 08 August 2013
rico_rico's Avatar


its funny whatever ms do sonny do the opposites
Posted 16:15 on 08 August 2013
vivster's Avatar


Not that it matters since most people who use the online functionality of the console will have plus.

Sony should just get on with it and print their new slogan on all boxes:
"Sony PS4 - We are not XBox"
Posted 15:54 on 08 August 2013
FantasyMeister's Avatar


I think the only thing that matters is that both consoles will have multiplayer locked behind their respective paywalls. That's par for the course for Microsoft but a huge shift for Sony.

What would be neat would be a table showing everything in front of and behind paywalls on both systems in simple table form, don't think anyone has done that yet and it'd probably change a few times between now and launch anyway.
Posted 15:50 on 08 August 2013
DragonGuard666's Avatar


Another tick for PS, making MS look greedy.
Posted 15:46 on 08 August 2013
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