RUMOUR: PlayStation 4 gameplay footage might be encrypted with HDCP – Yoshida promises update soon

Thursday, 12th September 2013 23:38 GMT By Ewan Miller

In order to capture video from the PS3, you either had to plug in a capture card to its AV port, or illegally strip the HDCP copy protection out of its HDMI signal. Well, the PlayStation 4 doesn’t have an AV port, so it seems like for the moment it might be impossible to legally obtain PS4 gameplay footage to upload to Youtube. In response to this potential problem, Sony’s president has responded ambiguously on Twitter, so check that out after the jump.

Keep in mind that it’s still only rumour that all PS4 HDMI output is encrypted. That said:

To me, that sounds like gameplay is currently encrypted and rather than stripping that out somehow, Sony are looking into allowing direct uploading to Youtube from the device itself. This would probably be a frustrating solution for Youtubers who already have a workflow established and would prefer to first edit the footage in Finalcut. Of course with a tweet like that, who knows? Maybe you could record straight to the PS4′s hard drive, or an external one.

Hopefully there’ll be a legal way to simply capture the console’s signal output though. Phil Spencer of Microsoft’s Game Studios said last month that the Xbox One’s gameplay footage would not be encrypted, while proprietary content obviously will be.

Thanks, NeoGAF.



  1. noamlol2

    OMG they are going to keep that BULLSHIT HDCP again?!

    FUCK YOU SONY, this is crap
    if someone wants to pirate a blue-ray movie he can do it anyway

    doing the whole HDCP crap will just block users from uploading content which i think sony can hide how crappy a game of theirs is

    so they made the HDCP return so no one could know how shitty their games can be (if the keep making shitty P2W games like uncharted 3)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. RageOfThorn

    Easy fix…. Use the share button Sony. ;)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. RageOfThorn

    Uncharted 3 sh!tty????

    Lets get you to the eye doctor straight away :o, I believe you are in danger of going blind my good man.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    THis is an easy fix since its software based no point in blowing a gasket like #1 here.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    I can understand enabling it for movies, but games?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. tracyis300

    @1 Your out of your mind on saying Uncharted 3 is s**t’y. That game was one of the reasons i didn’t get rid of my PS3.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. noamlol2

    #6 uncharted 3 has microtransactions in multiplayer

    and the story felt like a spin-off after Uncharted 2

    also, the aim was horrible and the guns were just plain boring
    no destrucable enviroment like in BF games
    and the goddamn layouts in MP was too fucking unbalanced

    i give the game a 5.0, cause the graphics were pretty mind blowing

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Phoenixblight


    Microtransactions was added way after release of the game when they made the multiplayer F2P.

    “also, the aim was horrible and the guns were just plain boring
    no destrucable enviroment like in BF games
    and the goddamn layouts in MP was too fucking unbalanced”

    Ahh grasping at straws I see. You are mad at the game because it simply isn’t a game you like to play.

    #8 1 year ago

    That’s stupid -__-

    Look at MW3 and their App so Sony you definitely kidding us

    #9 1 year ago
  10. tracyis300

    @1 i would agree that it wasn’t the best of the 3, but your comparing a game that is completely deferent in every way to one another (lmao!). And the reason you felt that it was a spin off is because it is a spin off (lmfao!). If you don’t like the game then just say it. You don’t have to disrespect it in that way, especially that it did get a ‘game of the year’ award for all 3 titles. And i would also say it was more action packed than the previous 2?…

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Fyre

    @1 “doing the whole HDCP crap will just block users from uploading content which i think sony can hide how crappy a game of theirs is”

    Yeah, I guess that’s why you can upload footage to Ustream, Facebook and Twitch. And it’s a good thing you don’t get paid to think, because only about 2/10 of Sony’s games can even be considered “crappy.”

    And just how is Uncharted 3′s multiplayer P2W?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. airsick7

    @ 1 & 7

    Lay off the caffeine and relax. If you hate Sony’s games that much, this won’t be a problem for you at all, since you probably shouldn’t buy a ps4.

    BTW, Most of us loved Uncharted 3. As a professional screenwriter, I thought the third installment had the strongest story and character development by far. I liked seeing where Drake came from and exploring his relationship with Sully. It reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A fitting homage.

    BF on the other hand has been sitting on my harddrive unplayed for months. Got it for free through PS+ and have never even played a single frame. I’m sure it’s a great game, but I say this to illustrate a point: Different strokes for different folks. Some of us want fun light gameplay with solid story and great graphics.

    If you want super intense online MP honed to perfection, play battlefield. But why get mad at Uncharted for not being battlefield? If they were all the same, wouldn’t that be boring?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. viperatedrko

    Then what’s the point of calling it the Share button. It really sound like they’ll be keeping the encryption.

    I’m really disappointed in Sony, especially considering that this generation is all multi-platform and multimedia even spreading out to mobile phones and tablets. It really upsets me.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Stardog

    Have they even said what quality the recording will be? If it’s 720p some people might not even be interested in putting it on youtube.

    If they allow upload to Youtube/Twitch/etc you can save video from there easily.

    #14 1 year ago

    720p? Let’s get back to 240p then

    Shame on you Sony

    I thought standard is 1080p so what is standard right now is it HDMI or AV/RGB? OMG WTF

    It’s 2013 right and HDMI is standard right? The PS4 is next-gen right? So i need to use AV/RGB? Sony Sony Sony -__-

    Back to the 90`s…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. mreko3230

    I’ve heard a lot of comments around the web saying basically, “Who the hell cares if Youtubers can record video or not.” and “Recording yourself playing is stupid.” Granted, its not the end of the world, but not allowing media outlets to record for video reviews seems like a real bummer. It’s one of the main reasons you don’t see a ton of PSVita video reviews because there is no video out on the Vita.

    Hell, a game like Minecraft was basically born on youtube. Hopefully they allow some sort of work around.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    They upload to Twitch and UStream and if they can go on there its easy to download them and put them on youtube or where ever you want.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Erthazus


    Ahh… Next Gen. Lolish.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Fethennour

    Have you guys heard about this ? One word : Blackmagic.
    HDMI video capture device. Works perfectly with the PlayStation 3. I see no reason why it won’t with a PlayStation 4. ;)

    #19 1 year ago

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