As you play videogames on the PlayStation 4, your gameplay will be automatically recorded. This gives anyone and everyone the ability to easily create Let’s Play videos and walkthroughs of their gameplay footage, and then upload it to the Internet from WITHIN the PS4. A megaton if you ask me. Voice chat can be recorded as you play via the included PlayStation Eye for PS4 which comes with every system (at least one assumes).
This is a HUGE deal and will absolutely guarantee the widespread word-of-mouth of the PS4 as the Internet gets flooded with videos of people playing their games that have been recorded using the PS4.
One big question mark however is hard drive space. The system will either need to come with a gigantic hard drive (a Terrabyte drive, nothing less IMHO) or it will need to support the ability to use third-party hardrives that you can just plug into the system. So far this aspect is unannounced, although it was confirmed that the PS4 will include a built in hard drive, but how big of one wasn’t revealed. And of course, you’ll have to have a fast internet speed to make things easier for uploading all your high definition video.
I think it is likely that it will both include a very large hard drive (at least 500GB, hopefully a lot more) and support the ability to use new hard drives just like the PS3 did previously. This will make it easy for people to not have to worry about storage space, considering how much all this recorded video will eat up… and it will eat up A LOT considering the high fidelity of the graphics and audio from PS4 games.
The PS4 also integrates automatically with social networks like Facebook, and imports your friends list there, so the Sharing is definitely a huge part of the PS4 experience as is social networking.
Does this excite you, or do you find this to be a feature you didn’t need or want?
I for one thing this is one of the biggest developments in the history of videogames… More on that later.