The PlayStation blog has announced some new features that will be coming in the next PS4 firmware update, as well as confirmed some other things that are a little further off into the horizon, but are still just as likely to make players happy.
In the next firmware update, "in the coming weeks":
This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalize 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. In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI, a feature we’ve previously said would come after launch. 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.
- Video editor
- Ability to export videos and screenshots to a USB drive
- Ability to toggle off HDCP for gameplay
And then, a little later on in the future, we also have been promised:
As part of a separate system software update in the future, we have been working with our partners at Twitch and Ustream, and will also be adding the ability for Twitch broadcasts to be archived – another highly requested feature among PS4 fans who are taking advantage of the SHARE button features. These broadcasts will be also provided with a higher resolution of 720p, so PS4 fans can enjoy live broadcasts with clearer images. We’ll have more to come on these updates and more in the coming weeks.
tl;dr: The ability to archive your Twitch broadcasts, and the ability to stream (and archive?) at 720p.
These all sound like great additions to me. The ability to turn off HDCP and export videos to USB both will make uploading footage to YouTube easier, and the Twitch archiving will provide another option for that as well. Is there anything in particular here that you're most excited about?