PS4 firmware update will disable HDCP protection

The next firmware update for the PS4 – due out “in the coming weeks” – will bring a long overdue change to the console. Alongside a suite of changes focussing on video sharing, Sony is finally introducing the option to disable High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).

The PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4

If you’ve ever tried to record video directly from your PS4 console via HDMI, it’s HDCP that’s stopped you. It’s a frustrating type of DRM protection that gets in the way of recording and sharing gameplay footage – something Sony has said it broadly supports.

So! The new update directly addresses this feature, giving gamers the ability to “record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions”.

This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalise your video clips, and you’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the SHARE button to a USB drive.

Sony had been promising the removal of HDCP since before the launch of the PS4, and it’s unclear why it’s taken so long to implement. The update promises a bunch of other tweaks as well, which will come to light before release, but for now this video-centric news is a great start.

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