PS4’s Share Button Will Have Limitations, You Can’t Upload Whatever You Want

Sharing everything? Hold up right there a minute.

When Sony unveiled the next generation PlayStation 4 at their February 21st event, they also showcased the new DualShock 4 controller. It was a significant step up from the original DualShock, particularly in the new Share button taking the place of the Select button.

This new button allows gamers to Share updates via social media and the PlayStation Network on their in-game activities. Of course, for all the possibilities this opens up, there will be limitations according to SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

For instance, players won’t be able to upload whatever they feel like.

PS4 user interface

“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see. For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and (the Share function) will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance,” Yoshida stated to 4Gamer.net (via Edge).

This is all very interesting but would gamers appreciate some aspects being controlled from sharing? As such, the Vita is a completely different beast – but what if someone wants to create a video or walkthrough for their friends, whom this feature would be best for, is it wise to really limit when and where they can do it?

We’ll flip this in another direction: When you introduce a new feature to players, one that they will be sceptical about using – and if the console is indeed for hardcore gamers, you can be damn sure they’ll be sceptical – then doesn’t it make sense to give them free reign in the beginning and sort of work your way back from there?

That free reign is what made platforms like Facebook and YouTube so popular in sharing. The restrictions may have been raining down since, but hopefully Sony reaches an agreeable stance without limiting whatever nifty innovations players may have for the function.

What are your thoughts on this? Sound off in the comments section below.


  • giddieon

    Yes this is a welcome feature… I do not want spoiled ending to games… There are many people that would spoil games if they could…

    • NinoBr0wn

      That’s like saying you have an issue with the thousands of YouTube gaming channels and walkthroughs on other sites. If you don’t want to be spoiled, then don’t watch it. It’s not like you turn on the system and spoilers are thrown in your face.

    • Big Ron

      A lot of Let´s play-videos on Youtube show the whole gameplay of a game and there is nothing wrong about it. If people want to make a kind of manual to get through the game and help other players, they should be allowed to do so.

  • GG

    Not surprised! Cerny boy didn’t seem too happy when the new controller was showed to the public. You can read the tight-lipped smile on his face, something fishy, more like smirking. He knew the PS4 would not be as megaton as you want it to be.

    • James

      Indeed, the Share button has become a joke around the internet. It is something that truly blew up in Sony’s face and pauperfanboys are trying to do damage control to no avail. It’s a useless feature, like the light and tiny touchpad for dwarf fingers.

    • stephen jefferies

      are u mad… if this was a useless feature then why do so many people buy hauppage/other video cards to record and post content of their game play..

    • Damnation

      It’s a useless button alright. I agree with James and all the other things he names.
      Sony should have just made it a menu option, like MS will most surely do on the next Xbox. That button will NEVER be used by most users of the PS4.

    • GG

      Correct. Share buttons only make sense to hillbillies or chuck norrises, not to mention pauperfanturds on the N4G.

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      looks like we have SONY haters in here lol… get a life…

    • oo7PorscheMGS

      you guys are SO not SONY / playstation haters… noooooo, couldn’t be… ;)

    • generic-user-name a.k.a GUN

      What ever helps you sleep at night.

    • NinoBr0wn

      That’s what he always looks like.

    • Roy

      Then he looks quite freaky tbh.

    • generic-user-name a.k.a GUN

      Amazing how you captured the essence of delusion in 3 lines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.smith.315 LEGIT _ELITE

    This is too be expected for example you probably won’t be able to use all of the share buttons features for when you’re watching a movie.

    • NinoBr0wn

      Oh yea?

    • http://www.facebook.com/laurence.smith.315 LEGIT _ELITE

      I never said I liked it just that its expected DAMN!

  • xepfeon

    maybe they could patch the game after a few years when the game is old, for walkthrough-video makers

    • Kaizin514

      I suspect this will likely end up being the case. If the game is a year or two old, by then, anyone could have uploaded all the video they wanted through other means. I could see this being true.

  • Martin Brentnall

    There’s no sense in restricting it, because someone is going to put the stuff on YouTube via other means anyway. Just let players do what they want. People who don’t want to see spoilers don’t have to watch them.

  • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com/ Xino

    this doesn’t make any sense at all!
    EVERYONE Pay attention here! this is SONY.
    They are advertising the SHARE feature, now they will remove freedom to share.
    Who remembered the Other OS? They advertised the same thing and later removed it!

    So this ‘revolutionary’ feature will be down watered later on. It is nothing revolutionary because Onlive did it and there were no restrictions. I still don’t get Sony when it comes to doing software!
    they should just stick to hardware man.
    Just like how Microsoft should just stick to software.

  • oo7PorscheMGS

    HERE’s an idea (not sure why SONY didn’t simply implement it…), why don’t they just have the developers program “SPOILER ALERT” at the beginning of the video if someone records a video of a part that the developer thinks is a big “spoiler” section??? Not that difficult… leave it up to the developer to program a little note in the software that lets the “share button” know that if it records a certain section that a popup window or something simple will come up at the beginning of the recorded video and let people know it contains spoilers… it is NOT that hard and it IS MUCH BETTER than restricting sharing completely. Not sure why they didn’t implement this feature instead :/ Because like the article says, this blocking of sharing will only restrict walkthroughs, but more importantly for me.. it will restrict being able to show / compare with friends who did the best on the final battle, etc..

  • dimka

    This is the dumbest thing Ive heard about. Sony will shoot themselves in the foot if they ever allow that.

  • generic-user-name a.k.a GUN

    As long as I can share the many crazy moments that happen in games like GTA and RDR then I don’t mind.

    Also sounds like these limits would only apply to single player, and I think it’s safe to say that multiplayer videos are more popular than single players, except for walkthroughs of course.

    But this is gamingbolt so let’s ignore anything positive and talk about how this will be the death of Sony. Bring on the downvotes bitches.

  • jerrific

    limiting things like cut scenes makes sense, but restricting gameplay segments (outside of things like in-game tutorials or those terrible dream sequences from me3) is stupid. Hopefully developers utilize this well. Keeping videos spoiler free, or warning about if they are present, should be on the community, not the game makers.

  • Solid Snake

    Sony will work hard around the clock to work around the limitations to keep their community happy as well because Sony knows if they do anything drastic that may majorly upset their community the community will make it known to sony so no worries yet.

    Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!

  • Dan

    from the sounds of things the limitations are only there if the game maker wants them to be. So theoretically Sony are still allowing anything to be shared, but at the same time covering themselves by giving the maker the option of blocking content.

  • zyker91

    Actually Sony isn’t restricting anything, they made the option available to let the game developer do it themselves, to let them sleep at night, Sony gave them a gun; they are the ones that have to learn how to use it for their benefit or to commit suicide.
    I mean the developers can’t be that stupid, they may not want to restrict the final boss battle but they may want to restrict the ending of the games which seems pretty reasonable to me.

  • Ron Borenstein

    Guy seriously? I own a play station but i can care less cause i barely ever use it. You guys are bashing sony for giving the DEVELOPERS an option to restrict their OWN games. So if i were sony and i were to give EA the option to restrict their own game, then you guys would bash on me? I mean seriously you are gonna bash on me cause i am giving the developer the option to restrict their own game. Its kind of like Sony is sells a gun to a man. Now the man shoots and kills another person with that same gun. Who is going to jail sony, the gun, or the man? If you are fanboys like i think you are you would say sony, even though sony didnt fire the gun, did it? This situation is like that. The developers are the man, the gun is restrictions, and jail is youre constant complaining that ps4 sucks because you have an xbox360. Also, like you are saying “you could go to youtube and watch the videos so whats the point of the restrictions.” Now if you are so dumb as to tell me “so what?” Well heres what, if you could go to youtube to watch the videos then why are you mad that you wont be able to watch the videos? GO TO YOUTUBE! Also the share button has many other uses, and the one thing you guys find a little unfair about the ps4 you bash. Well guess what, you are basically bashing it cause its not perfect. Well guess what microsoft’s console isnt perfect either, -.-, srry for my english and let the down votes fall bitches :D

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