PlayStation 4 streaming doesn't require Plus

PlayStation 4 won't require a Plus subscription to record and stream video, Sony has confirmed, after reports circulated that the Xbox One game DVR functionality will require Gold.

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PlayStation 4 won't require a Plus membership for recording, streaming, and uploading game footage. Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the functionality is in the system with or without a subscription, in response to questions following news that Xbox One's game DVR functions would require a Gold subscription.

Yoshida gave the responses directly to fans on Twitter, and his statements were later backed up by a UK spokesperson to Joystiq. PlayStation 4 will constantly record the last 15 minutes of gameplay in the background, which you can then edit or publish. You'll also be able to stream video of gameplay sessions live.

PlayStation Plus is required for multiplayer in non-free-to-play PS4 games. However, other online services, like accessing Netflix, do not require a subscription.

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    August 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, PlayStation 4 streaming doesn't require Plus.

    PlayStation 4 won't require a Plus subscription to record and stream video, Sony has confirmed, after reports circulated that the Xbox One game DVR functionality will require Gold.

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      August 8, 2013 9:33 AM

      So, why would I buy an Xbox One again?

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        August 8, 2013 9:33 AM

        Exclusives. TV overlay?

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          August 8, 2013 9:36 AM

          TV Overlay seems useless if you have to pay for the guide :/

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            August 8, 2013 9:39 AM

            I don't know, man!!!!

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            August 8, 2013 9:57 AM

            Or don't have cable.

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              August 8, 2013 9:58 AM

              i still want to know if it'll work with an ATSC HD tuner via HDMI.

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                August 8, 2013 10:16 AM

                While it's not "for me", I'm also very curious to see the breadth (or lack) of MS' implementation for this TV stuff. I can't imagine how the hell it's going to work in non-US places unless they did some serious work on that stuff.

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            August 8, 2013 10:54 AM

            It seems like MS bet on the TV market not changing significantly in the next decade by including the TV overlay. If they believed we'd all be watching TV via the Internet there won't be much of a point having HDMI input. This sucks because the American TV market is horribly backwards with entrenched interests impeding progress.

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              August 8, 2013 11:34 AM

              Well with things like Roku and Chrome cast, those plug in to your TV's HDMI so even though how people get their TV service may change it seems the way to get it to your HDTV will not.

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                August 8, 2013 6:57 PM

                It's designed to interface with cable boxes. We'll have to see but I have a hunch it won't interface with cable competitors like you mentioned because they see them as stealing their turf. It's the combination and integration of hdmi input, channel selection, and kinect voice control that makes the xb1 a transformative tv experience.

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          August 8, 2013 10:01 AM

          Exclusive: your tv watching habits sold to marketing companies!

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            August 8, 2013 10:01 AM

            Exclusive: advertising on top of your television shows!

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              August 8, 2013 10:02 AM

              Don't get pissy, those are just my educated guesses.

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        August 8, 2013 9:36 AM

        Reasons.

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        August 8, 2013 10:03 AM

        So you can buy tv add-ons in the microsoft store to be able to store shows and fast-forward.... rewind will cost you additional fees.

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        August 8, 2013 4:20 PM

        Tv. Tv. Tv. Halo.

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      August 8, 2013 9:34 AM

      but seriously, who is going to own a PS4 and not pay for Plus since it's required for multiplayer?

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        August 8, 2013 9:36 AM

        Ardrid

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        August 8, 2013 9:36 AM

        Exactly.

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        August 8, 2013 9:39 AM

        I agree, but I don't even do multiplayer much - Plus is worth it just for the games. That said, if MS can step up on that front, they'll be basically the same.

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          August 8, 2013 9:43 AM

          Yeah I'm not that into multiplayer gaming yet I've had plus for a while. It actually saved me quite a bit of money. Got a ton of dlc for the PS3 exclusives for free along with a ton of games I would have bought otherwise and then there's the massive amount of stuff I wouldn't have bought but got to enjoy because it was also free!

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        August 8, 2013 9:45 AM

        Exactly. Who will own a Xbox 360 or One and not have a Gold? Having subscriptions like Plus and Gold are just a given. And, super cheap as well.

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          August 8, 2013 10:44 AM

          Me, for one. I haven't had gold and use a 360.

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          August 8, 2013 5:52 PM

          The last time I paid for gold was when Crackdown came out, mostly to be able to play the Halo 3 demo/multibeta that was included with it.

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        August 8, 2013 9:47 AM

        Plus adds a lot more value than just the multiplayer. It's nearly worth it to me on those merits alone.

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        August 8, 2013 9:48 AM

        i bought plus before it was required for multiplayer and somehow i still see value in it.

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        August 8, 2013 9:58 AM

        I would, if Plus didn't also offer a bunch of other stuff. I don't really play MP on my consoles at all, with a few rare exceptions.

        But come PS4 time, if the new game well has dried up and we're not still getting free games every month, I'll cancel PS+ without hesitation.

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        August 8, 2013 9:58 AM

        Me, I have no time for MP, I played MP like 5 times on the 360 and 0 on the PS3 there are a bunch in the same boat --> SP crew or don't have time.

        I have a Plus sub and know what you mean most will play MP but I am sure there are SP peeps out there who don't like MP or have not time so this will be very welcome.

        Its a good thing.

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        August 8, 2013 10:03 AM

        Probably me, I give no shits about MP on consoles, MP is reserved to FPS games and those are PC only for me

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          August 8, 2013 10:03 AM

          think I found a LAMP glitch, test

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            August 8, 2013 6:35 PM

            i see it, too. a white, bold colon after your name on that post.

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              August 8, 2013 7:07 PM

              hah, I didn't notice that, was testing an alt-post bug, if you try and edit a post after tabbing to the post button by clicking in the reply box it will submit if the next thing you press is space or enter.
              I let crasterimage know and he's on it, will forward on the colon glitch now

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              August 8, 2013 7:22 PM

              Whoa, are my proctologist?

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        August 8, 2013 10:20 AM

        I'd get plus for the games, most of my MP is done of PC.

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        August 8, 2013 10:36 AM

        me. I hardly play MP games.

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        August 8, 2013 10:39 AM

        To the people saying they only play MP on PCs, Sony says they are going to continue the free games every week into the PS4 era. I think early on you get Don't Starve and two other similar sized games, plus if you think you will order even just two or three games off the online store the discounts will pay for Plus. I thought Plus was poop at first, but once they got serious with it, it's an insane value. I never really play my PS3 online, but the "free" games have more than paid for my sub.

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          August 8, 2013 10:42 AM

          Yeah I was wondering how they could continue it with the PS4 since the library is so much smaller to start. Having a strong library of indie games at launch should really help them, though.

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            August 8, 2013 10:49 AM

            There's also no reason they can't continue to add to the PS+ library using PS3 and Vita games. Hell, I'm kinda surprised they haven't started adding some PS2/PSX classics as PS3 titles to the instant library.

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              August 8, 2013 10:56 AM

              But you couldn't take advantage of those on the PS4, right?

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              August 8, 2013 11:11 AM

              I know a couple years ago they had a bunch of PSX games up on PS+! I have a bunch of the resident evil games and the syphon filter games along with a couple other random ones!

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            August 8, 2013 4:25 PM

            they could also put on PS3 games into Gakai (sp?) as part of PS+

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              August 8, 2013 6:24 PM

              I have a hard time imagining it working any other way

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          August 8, 2013 10:43 AM

          I may do it for the free games, I already have a ton of backlog on my pc though

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        August 8, 2013 10:41 AM

        I will pay for plus but not for the multiplayer. I almost always play SP games on consoles.

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        August 8, 2013 10:42 AM

        people that don't play multiplayer

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        August 8, 2013 10:48 AM

        Last games I bought for PS3: The Last of US, Lollipop Chainsaw, God of War III.

        So me apparently.

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        August 8, 2013 10:51 AM

        I won't be playing much if any MP on PS4, but might pick up Plus if their free games or whatever are exclusives I can't find on steam.

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        August 8, 2013 10:53 AM

        I'd let my subscription lapse until there's another game I want to play.

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        August 8, 2013 10:54 AM

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        August 8, 2013 10:57 AM

        I have a PS3, and seriously, the only multiplayer I ever do is local MP.

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        August 8, 2013 11:27 AM

        Eh...maybe. I'd try it just like I did gold, but I haven't paid for that since the first year.

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        August 8, 2013 1:10 PM

        Me. I don't play MP games on consoles, I just play the single player exclusives, like RDR...god I wish that was on PC.

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        August 8, 2013 7:07 PM

        I will, even though I do most of my MP gaming on my PC. I'm not getting Gold on the XBone though...I just can't justify it given how little I used it on the 360.

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        August 8, 2013 7:15 PM

        I might get plus, but not for MP. I think the only console MP (online) ive ever done is Demon's Souls?

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      August 8, 2013 9:38 AM

      I love it. That fucking rocks!

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      August 8, 2013 9:55 AM

      Nice, this competition owns with Sony & MS I love it, such good times, I feel a golden year of gaming coming on lets hope so, Q4 is going to be off the chain.

      I am not READY.

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        August 8, 2013 9:59 AM

        Agree, It's a win for the gamers

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          August 8, 2013 10:02 AM

          fixed: "Agree, It's a win for the gamers PS4 owners" :D

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            August 8, 2013 10:26 AM

            Nah it's pretty good for everyone...except WiiU owners

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              August 8, 2013 10:50 AM

              It's good for us too! If you like Nintendo

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                August 8, 2013 10:54 AM

                Wii U has some rad/solid games coming soon, just to bad the dates are un known or they are too far off.

                I still have some hope in them, like I said a lot of games to look forward to, I just wish they where going to be released sooner. As well it be really good to announce a lot more games that are far off to keep the juice flowing.

                We shall see what happens pretty much software is Ns only weapon they need to ramp the announcements up and releases, we will see if that gets improved.

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        August 8, 2013 1:38 PM

        foreal, it's good to see that both companies are being so responsive.

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      August 8, 2013 10:51 AM

      Over/under until Microsoft back peddles??

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        August 8, 2013 10:54 AM

        I don't think it will happen

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        August 8, 2013 11:23 AM

        They never dropped gold requirements for Netflix and Hulu why would it change now?

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      August 8, 2013 11:20 AM

      Sony is just cracking me up. They are literally waiting for MS to announce their stuff and countering their bullet-points one by one with "HAH! Nope! We are doing it better". I mean, it makes gamers happy, I just hope they aren't diffing themselves into a hole they can't get out of.

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        August 8, 2013 11:32 AM

        Only think with Sony is they need to prove it upon release. They don't exactly have a good track record with implementing features that work as advertised.

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        August 8, 2013 11:34 AM

        Doubtful at least in this circumstance. They have a share button built right into the controller so it would be hard to see them locking that functionality behind a pay wall. I would have been more surprised if Sony did charge for it given how major a focus it is for them.

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          August 8, 2013 12:13 PM

          *psst* there's actually a share button on the Xbox One controller's too...

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            August 8, 2013 1:32 PM

            Is there really? I hadn't noticed lol

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            August 8, 2013 4:19 PM

            do you work at Microsoft? or am I confusing you with another guy who replies to every post about XBOX One? i know Fred Garvin is gone and all, but you don't have to take his place as the Number One XBOX Apologist in Chief.

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              August 8, 2013 5:48 PM

              Why is somone who points out wrong information an apologist?

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            August 8, 2013 4:35 PM

            Where?

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        August 8, 2013 12:58 PM

        I'm gonna steal that phrase 'diffing themselves'. I dunno when I'm gonna ever use it, but it's MINE NOW.

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          August 8, 2013 1:01 PM

          It's sounds vaguely sexual...

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            August 8, 2013 1:04 PM

            "Fuck, that chick I picked up last night was AMAZING! She totally gets diffing and it blew. my. mind."

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      August 8, 2013 1:30 PM

      Seems like sony is just waiting for MS to make anouncement just so they can come back and say "yeeeah, we're not going to do that"

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        August 8, 2013 4:03 PM

        Exactly. When are these consoles coming cause all I care about is how the games look and play.

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        August 8, 2013 7:51 PM

        Well it's easy for them because MS just keep listing things gamers wont like about (thatthingIdidn'tbuy) or the xbox one as most people call it.

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      August 8, 2013 4:20 PM

      I just wish you could use twitch instead of ustream

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      August 8, 2013 5:17 PM

      Streaming single player games? Forever cheap and alone.

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      August 8, 2013 7:01 PM

      Hah are we going to have these dueling press releases for every little thing until release?
      They'd better watch it, when elections get into that mode it usually hurts turnout....