Oct 21, 2013
There are a number of trends in the industry, and it seems one that is likely to grow with the expansion of next-gen is video game capture and recordings.
Microsoft are creating an Upload Studio, where players can upload and share their own clips, with the Xbox One continually recording around five minutes of material in the background. Previously, players would have had to have a very complicated set-up to record content from a console, or specific software to record from a PC. Microsoft have stated:
“First, game developers mark ‘greatest clips’ that happen within the game that represent fun and interesting moments within gameplay, such as when you unlock certain Achievements. Additionally, you can also issue commands, with either your voice or the controller, to capture interesting moments you would like to record or that just happened.”
The initial success of Microsoft Live was partially down to achievements, so I am certain that recording your triumphs will be very popular among fans. Younger fans would also love this, as they can brag to their friends, and share it online. The Call of Duty community is about to become a lot more visual.
YouTube looks set to become flooded with new user content, and it will no longer be a difficult, time-consuming task to upload a video of you doing hilarious stunts in GTA. Although the overwhelming amount of content that is sure to be uploaded onto the internet, a huge benefit is that with such ease of use, all the video content is sure to be great quality. So it seems people can say farewell to shoddy quality videos captured from a VGA camera pointed awkwardly at a TV.
Sony have implemented a single function ‘Share’ button on their new DualShock 4 controller. This shows that the trend is becoming big enough to warrant a button in itself. The huge popularity of social networks in previous years has shown that people really enjoy sharing and commenting on each others ventures and achievements in reality. So transitioning this to virtual reality is sure to be popular. Aside from more casual gamers uploading small clips online, the PS4 also supports HDMI-out, so video can be captured via HDMI, with more flexibility and higher quality. With services such as Twitch and Let’s Play videos on YouTube gaining popularity rapidly, this will increase it further. This also means that people will be able to upload their own walk-throughs or game reviews much more easily.
Although gaming has made use of social networks in the past, especially on mobile platforms, it seems that with next-gen consoles, they could become their own form of social network. By sharing video clips, images, and messaging, they could be able to become a web of networks and players themselves. Similar to a platform like Steam, whereby you can view other players achievements and screenshots from the application. Rockstar have also shown that gaming social networks are possible, with Rockstar Social Club. Used to enhanced GTA Online and creating crews, it can also be used with games like Max Payne 3, crossing their different franchises.
Video capture may seem like a gimmick to some, but it can be very useful for a specific niche. Although perhaps not a system-selling feature like the Kinect, or a certain game title, video capture still proves to be a very good addition to the next-generation features.