PlayStation 4’s Built-In DVR Offers Limited Recording and Limited Sharing

One of the great features of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is the ability to always be recording your final gameplay moments. In the case of the PS4, that’s the last 15 minutes. However, that comes with its own set of restrictions.

The feature is handy for those wanting to record a boss fight, a puzzle solving sequence or perhaps a killer combo that you just magically pulled off. Once decided, you can share the footage on the fly using the new ‘share button’ on the DualShock 4 controller.

Sadly though, Sony has confirmed that you’ll only be able to share the recorded videos with Facebook. Functionality for other social networks, like YouTube, will be added in the future.

“You can send your videos to friends, but on Facebook, you can do custom audiences,” said Sony Computer Entertainment product planning manager Toshimasa Aoki. “Normally, every video is public, but you can make a Killzone list or family list and share videos that only they will see.”

Another known restriction is that you can only record moments for games alone. Those wishing to perhaps record the console’s dashboard itself or other apps will have to rely on external hardware…again. Additionally developers have full control over what parts of the game they want recorded and what they don’t. Suffice to say, if a developer wants then the PS4’s recording feature can be deemed useless for a game.

The PlayStation 4 launches on November 15 for $399.