Yoshida: Plus Isn't Required To "Share"
The scales continue to tip ever so slightly in favor of Sony.
Okay, so there's this nifty new Share feature that will debut with the PlayStation 4. Simply by pressing the Share button on the new Dual Shock 4 controller, players will be able to take in-game screenshots and record video of their gameplay. They will then be able to share it with friends through various social media means.
Microsoft's Xbox One will have a similar function; it's entitled Game DVR. However, we've just learned that in order to access this feature, you'll have to be an Xbox Live Gold member. That's their premium service that costs $60/year. Sony's premium service is PlayStation Plus, which actually costs a little less ($50/year) and offers much more in the way of perks and bonuses, in my opinion. But what if Share needed Plus, too?
Well, it doesn't. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that Share will be available to all PS4 players. However, Yoshida has previously mentioned that there may be restrictions placed on the footage that gamers can upload. This will depend on the developers; there may be portions of a game the designers don't want everyone to see. As for the cost of Plus, Yoshida is also on the record saying the cost is necessary to defray the additional investment Sony has made in the PSN in the new generation.
8/8/2013 11:21:36 AM Ben Dutka