Next PS4 Firmware Update Removes HDCP Encryption, Brings More Features

Screenshots and videos can also be saved onto USB drives

By on March 19th, 2014 15:14 GMT

Sony has confirmed that it's going to debut a new PlayStation 4 system software update in the "upcoming weeks" that will finally remove the HDCP encryption for HDMI connections and allow console owners to save videos or screenshots onto a USB drive.

The PlayStation 4 came out back in November of last year and Sony has emphasized that, due to the tight release schedule, some features weren't available for implementation, like the removal of the HDCP encryption for video games.

The company did promise that these problems would be addressed with a future firmware update but it failed to offer a time frame.

Now, Sony has revealed some actual details about the next PS4 system software update, presumably codenamed version 1.65 or 1.70.

According to a post on the PS blog, Sony has taken into consideration feedback from PS4 owners and the next firmware update will introduce some of the most requested features and ideas.

First up, the update will bring a "rich video editor" through which PS4 owners can personalize their recorded video clips. These videos as well as the screenshots, all captured using the Share button on the DualShock 4 controller, will also be available for saving onto a USB drive, eliminating the need to use online services like Twitter or Facebook.

Besides this really great feature, the new PS4 system software update will also add an HDCP off option for when you want to capture gameplay footage or screenshots via the HDMI connection and special capture cards.

Sony promised this option some time ago and it's great to see that it's sticking to its word.

"We recognize that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we’re excited to deliver this option with PS4. There’s a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more — there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone," the company said.

Another PS4 system software update in the future will bring a major new function for those who broadcast their gameplay using Twitch or Ustream. They will finally be able to have their broadcasts archived so that they can watch them again after the transmission ends.

The broadcasts will be recorded at 720p, so PS4 fans can enjoy them in at least an HD-ready resolution.

PS4 owners can expect to hear more about these new firmware updates for the Sony console in the very near future.

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