PlayStation 4 Update 1.70 to Add SHAREfactory, Remove HDCP

Sony has announced that the upcoming 1.70 update for PlayStation 4 will add two major features: SHAREfactory, and the ability to turn off HDCP.

SHAREfactory, described by Sony as a “rich video editor app,” will allow gamers to combine captured videos, add filters and transitions, and share them to friends and social networks. It will also include tools to personalize your videos, like stickers, text, and commentary through picture-in-picture capability using the PlayStation Camera. You can also add audio from the included tracks, or import your own custom music. Once your video is all done, you can share it to Facebook, or export it to an external USB drive.

Even though all of these SHARE enhancements are nice, they pale in comparison to the other big change this update is bringing: the ability to switch off HDCP. If you aren’t familiar with this one, the ability to disable HDCP means that you’ll be able to capture gameplay video directly from your HDMI cable. This is a feature we’ve been waiting on since before the PS4 launched.

Finally, the 1.70 update will also add the ability to automatically pre-download games that you’ve pre-ordered, so that you can start playing immediately at launch.

All of these features are welcome additions to the PS4, and Sony says that there are still more features included that are yet to be announced. There’s no word yet on when the update will roll out, but as soon as we hear, we;’ll let you know.

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