One of Sony's highlighted features when it announced the PlayStation 4 earlier this year is the ability for users to share video and screenshots from games they are playing with their friends, but now Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says that the inclusion of those features in PS4 games are entirely under the control of the developers who make the games. Developers could opt not to include those features at all or could limit their functionality if they so choose.
Speaking to Japanese site 4Gamer, Yoshida explained that gamers may see restrictions placed on the footage they wish to upload via the Share function depending on what game they are playing. He says that there will be parts of a game that the developers do not want people to be able to see. For example, a developer may not want users to share videos of a final boss in a game. The Share feature was introduced earlier this year as a button on the PS4 that allows users to instantly share videos and screens with people on their friends list or through social media.
During the interview Yoshida also discussed making the PS4 "friendlier" for third-party developers, saying there is reduced focus on cramming the console with top-of-the-line hardware. He is likely referring to Sony's decision to change the architecture to something a little less proprietary - unlike the PS3 which used a special chip designed by Sony and its partners (Cell).
Sony said earlier this year that it would launch the PS4 during the 2013 holiday season, but has yet to announce pricing or release dates by region. We expect to hear more about some of that at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June...