The PS4 share button was an immediate nod to social media when Sony unveiled the console a few months ago. It will be used to share screenshots and videos, among other things, with other users on the web. However, there were concerns that it would be too open and would enable players to spoil games for others.
This is where SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida stepped in. He said that developers will be able to disable the share button during certain parts of their games. He revealed this in a Japanese interview translated by Edge.
This comes as relief to David Cage of Quantic Dream, though he’s not too worried about his narrative-driven games being spoiled. In fact, he notes that the share button would enable the “water cooler effect” effect the studio had with Heavy Rain.
“People talked about [Heavy Rain],” he noted. “They said, ‘I did this. What did you do?’”
Cage added that on the PS4 gamers would be able to capture and share their experiences of the game with their friends. “They are free to enjoy it the way they want,” he concluded.
He also talked about the new PS4 controller, adding that studios must embrace it and come up with new and interesting designs to enhance gameplay. Cage refused to talk about the studio’s PS4 project.
Sony has dropped its precious XMB user interface from the NGP in favor of a simplified interface so that touch screen controls could be added. They believe it will make the device “very social network orientated”.
SCE worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida revealed this while speaking to Edge. He noted it as the key reason behind the company leaving XMB behind.
As for the “social networking” factor, he said that the company wanted the potential for friends to join in and interact at any given moment.
“To do so, we thought it was important to let users keep track of their game even when they weren’t playing it – with the LiveArea, for example,” he stated.
The NGP is Sony’s second attempt at handheld domination. It is due out later this year. No price has been given yet.
Ever since we got to experience Kratos’s first two adventures in high-definition, there have been rumors of HD remakes of other PlayStation franchises which Sony has confirmed. Now, Joystiq reports that Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios President, is aware of the outcry for Team ICO’s games to be collected in a HD collection.
"As soon as we released God of War in an HD collection, there were people that were giving us suggestions," he said. "And ICO and Shadow of the Colossus is on the top of the list. And we are very aware and we want to see and play it in HD with a better framerate as well, so that’s something we are very, very aware of."
That’s a long way off, though. Sly Cooper Collection, the next HD remake, is due out this November.