PS4 Gameplay Sharing Doesn’t Support YouTube at Launch; System Automatically Records Last 15 Minutes of Gameplay

As we’re just over two weeks away from the PlayStation 4 launch on November 15th in the United States and Canada, Sony has decided to release a Mega PS4 FAQ. Since it can be rather daunting and contains so much information, we’ll be breaking the important information we’ve yet to cover fully into separate posts, hopefully making finding what you need a little easier.

With the DualShock 4 having a Share button right next to the TouchPad, sharing your gameplay on PS4 is going to be something very simple, allowing you to save, distribute and share recorded gameplay video, captured gameplay screenshots, and livestream gameplay footage in real time (even if you aren’t a PS+ member).

Starting on console launch, you’ll be able to share video on Facebook, game screenshots via Facebook and Twitter, and gameplay livestreams via Ustream and Twitch. If you’d like to promote your content, you can post the livestream’s URL to Twitter or Facebook when it begins.

There’s also the option to store your recorded gameplay on the PS4’s hard drive, provided you have enough storage space.


For that gameplay, the PS4 automatically records footage in the background, up to a maximum of 15 minutes (no time restrictions for livestreams) before you press the Share button. You won’t be able to choose whether or not to record your gameplay, but if you don’t press the Share button on your controller, the recorded gameplay will not be exported and won’t take up any hard drive space. However, developers are able to restrict certain sections of games when it comes to recording (likely for spoilers), temporarily disabling the feature.

When it comes to editing your footage at launch, you’ll be able to specify a starting and ending point of the video in order to trim it to your liking. Furthermore, you can’t add voice overs to a shared video clip, but you can speak in real time when streaming live video.

There’s also a few more important pieces of info when it comes to sharing, which we’ve placed below:

  • You won’t be able to directly copy recorded gameplay video files from PS4 to other devices, though you will be able to use the Share button to upload videos to Facebook for distribution. This function will be supported by a future system update.
  • As of right now, livestreams will not be archived for further viewing on Ustream.
  • You can archive your livestreams on Twitch by presetting via PC.
  • You can’t share your gameplay videos on YouTube at launch.
  • The PS4 will allow for the use of external HDMI-based capture devices following an upcoming system software update.

How avid of a gameplay sharer do you expect to be? Let us know in the comments below.

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