Sony will be ending Playstation 4 Ustream support on August 1, and players will no longer be able to watch or record gameplay from the program when that date rolls around. Both of the Ustream apps on the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita will also be removed from the Playstation store.
However, that doesn’t mean that players won’t be able to stream anything from Playstation 4 anymore. Players will still be able to stream their gameplay from other websites like Twitch, Dailymotion, and YouTube Gaming.
However, Sony has said that Playstation 4 Ustream support may end at different times, depending on what region you’re in.
This may not be something that’s very notable to many Playstation gamers, considering how prolific websites like Twitch and YouTube Gaming already are, but it was still an avenue that players could use for streaming before Sony ended the Playstation 4 Ustream support.
Ustream has been a part of the Playstation 4 experience ever since the console first released in 2013, first being announced in New York City at the Playstation 4 event. The service was supposed to be able to allow people to stream directly from your console to your television.
The Xbox One also has the ability to stream gameplay from the console to the television, but what that system is using appears to be more successful than Ustream. However, so far Sony has yet to say exactly why Ustream support is being discontinued. Whether it’s because of the service not being popular enough or that Sony has found another option, we may or may not get an explanation.
Either way with capturing devices becoming more and more prolific on the market it’s possible that people just didn’t use Ustream, preferring capturing and streaming devices like OBS and El Gato instead of the licensed technology that Sony started out using when the Playstation 4 first released. In the meantime we’ll see where Sony goes with streaming after this.