Although the release date is still up in the air, Sony will be improving their video sharing feature by adding a new video editing app called SHAREfactory, which is very similar to the Xbox One’s Upload Studio. Also included in the update is the ability to download games early that you’ve digitally pre-ordered from PSN, although you still won’t get to experience them until launch day.
Using SHAREfactory, you’ll be able to edit and combine video footage that you’ve saved to your PS4, add commentary and even save it to a USB drive for exporting directly to your PC. From there you’ll be able to edit the file using your own software or upload it to places like YouTube.
Another improvement Sony will be implementing is the ability to download digital games early that you’ve pre-ordered through PSN, much like Steam does, so they’re ready to go on launch day.
My two cents — SHAREfactory will be most welcome on the PS4, as their video sharing feature is pretty lackluster at the moment (especially when compared to the Xbox One). Moving files around with a USB drive is an extra step that doesn’t need to exist if we could just transfer the file to our PC via wifi, but it’s really not that big of a deal. This will be a big step in the right direction for Sony’s video sharing and once we actually get to play around with the new SHAREfactory app, we’ll give you a full rundown here at What’s Your Tag?. Early downloads for pre-orders is a great idea as well, but I’d still like to see a new pricing model to pass that savings along to the consumer, although I think it’ll be a while before anyone grasps the concept of digital distribution on consoles.
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