Sony: New Share Feature Can Be Limited By Developers
The Share button on Sony's new Dual Shock 4 controller is a slick new feature that lets players upload videos and screenshots to social networking sites.
However, as you might've expected, there will be some limitations to this feature. In speaking to 4Gamer (as cited by Edge), Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that developers will have the option to restrict the footage they want the player to "Share."
"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."
Therefore, if the developer doesn't want someone spoiling the hell out of a game, they may not allow you to capture the ending scene, or something like that. There may be other reasons for a designer not to allow the gamer to share a certain part of the game, which makes sense. Personally, I have never felt the compulsion to "share" any scene with anyone but that's probably only because I really despise social media. I bet other people like this feature, though. :)
5/6/2013 11:09:15 AM Ben Dutka